United Arab Emirates
Abra Creek Crossing
The bustling Dubai Creek has been the lifeblood of locals for generations, as the favoured site for early settlers and where the city's first port and pearling industry thrived. Today, it is still a lively spot, continuing to attract visitors year-round. For just AED 1 (US $0.27), you can hop aboard one of many traditional ferry boats, known as abras, to cross the creek that separates Bur Dubai from Deira, Dubai's city centre; the journey is one of the most affordable yet authentic experiences in the city.
An abra, which means "to cross" in Arabic, runs every few minutes throughout the day between four stations along Dubai Creek. The first route goes from Deira Old Souk Abra Station (near the Spice Souk) to Bur Dubai Abra Station (west of the Textile Souk). The second, much busier route, runs continuously from Al Sabkha Abra Station (just southwest of Beniyas Square) to Dubai Old Souk Abra Station.
Photo by A.Savin