This Saltwater Creek is UAE’s one of the major port and divides the city into two parts and connects the trading port to the desert. Extended to the Persian Gulf and the wildlife sanctuary, this waterway acts as a commercial lifeline as it facilitates not just tourism but also harbours ships, trade and commercial activities.
The creek was developed with the intention of creating a custom and import duty-free trade and to make Dubai as a major hub for the merchants and traders worldwide to conduct trade activities. Surrounded by the Deira twin towers, Dubai creek towers and the Sheraton Dubai creek, this port is a perfect amalgamation of traditions and modernised living and matches up with the overall architecture of the city well. Also known as River Zara, this creek is a highly picturesque spot and attracts masses towards its traditional appeal which makes it different from the surrounding high-rise structures. It gives the city a new identity and boosts the marine trade as well.
Significance of the Shore:
Dubai's creek, also known as Khor Dubai is one of the most important ways to travel from one place to the other and has a well-structured transport connectivity. The already existing small stream was dug up and unearthed and converted into a bigger canal to ensure that it could be used for trade and business purposes. It acts as a layover and enables loading, unloading and transporting of goods. The retro traditional vibe amidst the steel-concrete buildings and offices gives it an earthy feel and makes it a hotspot for sightseeing and tours. One can also go around the city, enjoy dinner cruises or roam around in Dhows, Souks and Abras that no other place has to offer. The Creek bridge has been a successful attempt to cut-down the traffic and to increase the mobility all over.
What to do when in the Creek?
Famous for its expanding pearl industry and diving, its warm-shallow waters provide a wide prospect to dwell and explore the fishing and maritime it has to offer. The 1993 established ?Dubai creek golf and yacht club? is also famous amongst the travellers because of its golf fields, clubhouses, residential properties and championships like Dubai Desert Classic. A city tour in a waterbus or water taxis are a must when you visit this beautiful sight. Dividing the city into two parts and forming a canal- Deira and Bur Dubai, are an example of the authentic locale and an Abra ride is all you need to discover the best of both sides. A lonely-quiet stroll by the waters is perfect for you to feel the soft wind and peace. It is the go-to place to fulfil all your entertainment woes as it gives you some room to enjoy the best live shows, plays, music, fireworks and horse shows and performances. If you are someone who desires everything fancy, a dinner cruise with your loved ones is going to satiate and make you all happy. You get a variety of malls and shopping centres to spend your money on and buy something worthy. The old-style markets and heritage buildings with several spice, gold, electronic, perfume and leather assortments are something you wouldn't want to miss. Fret not if you are a party-animal at heart because famous for its nightlife, you can get several clubs to go to and have a great time as you go on a club-hopping spree! If you swear by eating and tasting exclusive delicacies of every place you go to, the strong aroma of Arabian coffee the food is for sure going to make you crave for more. On your exciting voyage, you can soak your eyes in the beautiful colours of the setting sun or witness the glittering stars while sipping on some wine.
Places to Discover:
1. When on an expedition to this saltwater land, a visit to the RAS AL KHOR SANCTUARY is a must. Situated a couple of metres away from the busy Dubai, it is a wetland reserve famous for its flamingos, heron, egrets, ospreys, sandpipers and thousand of other migratory birds. Also known as ?Cape of the creek?, it aims at preserving the biodiversity and maintaining the balance of nature and protecting the wilderness. It can be visited for free of cost from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturdays to Thursdays.
2. Situated in the narrow lanes of Bur Dubai is the AL BASTAKIYA DISTRICT which is an appropriate representation of the evergreen historical and local art. Away from the glitz and attraction of the main city, this tiny district represents the lives of herders, fishermen and farmers. Often called as ?Al Fahidi district?, this area is also known for its close-knit cultural groups, painting and sculptures, ancient art galleries, tea house cafes and museums. Speciality of the Bastakiya district is the fragrant-soothing Moroccan Tea.
3. DUBAI CREEK PARK is the second largest and one of the oldest parks in Dubai. Located in Khor Dubai and on the periphery of the creek, this place is perfect for kids as well as adults. The park can be reached by a boat and is an ideal picnic spot where people carry their picnic baskets and grills to have a good time with their family. You can rent bikes or hop on into the train to go around the park. It is different from many other parks in terms of its modern fittings and technological access. The lush-green botanical gardens and the flowers blend creek waters and the greenery perfectly.
Dubai Dolphinarium houses several dolphins and seals and lets you swim with them and see the creatures dance, swim and perform stunts. The cable car service presents a beautiful ?bird's-eye view? and an exclusive planetarium and theatre adds up to the structure and facilities of the park.
Dubai creek is a fairy-like place and looks gorgeous when gets lighted-up in the evening. The light and music shows take you on a beautiful journey, leaving you breathless. The floating and moving ?dhows?, yachts, boats and vessels look like shining fireflies in the dark and give a perfect scene to look at. A delectable meal and a starry waterfront is all you need to end your journey and trip on a good note!
One can spot various towers, mosques, souks, heritage village, landmark sites and ancient districts with the help of motorised boats, yachts, water taxis or by foot. Abra rides, like the Gondola Rides, have a small-bearing capacity and but can be availed for an inexpensive cost of AED 1. Creek has a couple of luxury hotels like Park Hyatt, Raffles, Le Meridien and Jumeirah Creekside where you can stay to upgrade your travel experience.