The Dubai Creek or Khor Dubai is a natural, sea water creek, which cuts through the centre of the city. The Dubai Creek is around 14 kms long and divides the city into Deira Dubai and Bur Dubai and is the historical focal point of Dubai. In earlier days the creek was not deep enough for the vessels that came from foreign countries such as India or East Africa and hence the goods were transferred to Dhows (small Arab Sailing vessels) at the entrance of the Creek. The Creek was deepened later in the 1960's understanding its importance and now its serves as an integral part of Dubai city.
Attractions on Dubai Creek
We can hire a small water taxi also known as an Abra and see the old trading ports and the dhows which are loaded and unloaded. We can also see the historic monuments and other recent landmarks while we travel to Al-Maktoum Bridge . A walk along the wharf gives us a fairly good idea about trading traditions of Dubai.
Ras Al Khor Wildlife sanctuary has also been set up at the end of the creek and there are more than 27,000 birds in the sanctuary. Many hotels, golf courses and yacht clubs have started functioning on the banks of the Creek, seeing its great potential.
Dubai Dhow Cruise
You also take a Dubai Dhow Cruise for 2 hours between 8:30 PM and 10:30 PM for around 180 Dirhams for adults and 100 Dirhams for children. It is also a great venue for honeymooners where you could rent the entire Dhow at 2000 Dhirams or half the Dhow at 850 Dirhams.