One of the best things to do in Dubai is to explore the Creek. Dubai’s pearling industry started here which once formed the backbone of the economy. The Creek’s legendary presence is still felt today, read on to find out more!
Explore Dubai Creek by an Abra boat
One of Dubai’s most popular tourist activities is to take a traditional abra boat ride across the Creek. It’s not free but it may aswell be – for just 1 Dirham you can take a trip on one of the ageing dhows and join the fisherman and merchants who set off to Iran and India by dhow every day.
Discover Al Seef on Dubai Creek
The new Al Seef area offers a wonderful combination of Emirati heritage and homegrown concepts to explore as you walk around the area. Discover the charming walkways, marina, boulevard and dine by Al Seef’s promenade dotted with cafes and restaurants. Look out for Dubai’s traditional Middle Eastern restaurants such as the Syrian restaurant Al Hamidieh.
Tip – Stay at the nearby Zabeel House MINI by Jumeirah™
The Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
The pedestrian-friendly Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, also known as Al Bastakiya, can be explored on a cultural walking tour. Start your walking tour at the Arabian Tea House at Al Fahidi Street in Bur Dubai and enjoy a cup of local ‘karak chai’ – a local tea with milk and spices.
Tip – take a bottle of water and wear loose fitting trousers, ladies bring a pashmina to cover shoulders.
Take a Dubai Creek Cruise
Dubai Creek at night is a wonderful experience and a popular tourist activity is the Bateux Dubai boat cruise. Explore Dubai Creek while enjoying gourmet cuisine inside this air conditioned luxury vessel. This is a great family activity while in Dubai. Relax with panoramic views of the city’s iconic skyline, enjoy fine beverages and live entertainment while on board!
Dubai’s best souks
Discover the gold, spice, perfume and textile souks at the Creek. Buy lavish gold jewellery, hand-woven fabrics, traditional oud fragrances and cheap knickknacks. A wander through one of Dubai’s bustling souks is an essential experience when visiting the city.
Explore Zabeel House by Jumeirah™