Whether by day or by night, Dubai’s natural lake is worth a visit. It is located in the center of old Dubai, near the gold and spice souks. The nighttime dinner rides are the most popular, but if you don’t want to spend, for only 1 AED (30 cents USD), take a community water cab for a daytime ride.
Dubai Creek (“Khor Dubai”)
Is a saltwater creek of about 15 kilometers that runs through the center of Dubai. The center is thus divided into two districts: Bur Dubai and Deira. Bur Dubai has a short history, the people of the Bani Yas tribe settled there in the 19th century. In the 20th century, there was a small port in Dubai Creek for dhows (boats with which one could sail to India and Africa and trade with neighboring Emirates such as Abu Dhabi) and boats for pearl fishermen. Pearl fishing was a popular profession in Dubai in the early 20th century.
As it does not have the capacity to accommodate large ships, this canal is used for the navigation of the Dhow (Arabian boat), which connects Dubai to Iran, India and East Africa. Therefore, it has always been an important contribution to the economy of this region, since it is considered the only port in the city, allowing commercial communication between several countries.
Fishing is also practiced here, and the use and navigation with the dhows are very important for the search of resources. You can visit the following buildings: the Deira Towers, Dubai Creek Tower, Sheraton Dubai Creek, National Bank, and Dubai Creek Park (one of the largest in Dubai).
Nowadays, you will see cargo ships to supply the city, as well as tour boats and yachts for tourists. In addition, the Abras stand out; these are the traditional boats that are now used as water cab passengers for 1 AED (about 25 cents) to go across the river from Bur Dubai district to Deira and vice versa. In addition, on both banks of the creek you will find many remarkable buildings, which, certainly at dusk, give a beautifully lit picture.
Restaurants and bars
As evening and night approaches, activity continues on Dubai Creek and the city buzzes with life. You’ll find a host of restaurants serving authentic Arabic cuisine, bars and nightclubs, bars and cafes. If you want to stay in a hotel on Dubai Creek, you have a choice of budget and luxury hotels.
How to get to the creek
Metro To visit Dubai Creek, you can easily get off at Al Ghubaiba metro stop (Bur Dubai side) or Al Ras metro stop (Deira side), both located on the green line.