I needed to go the ‘other side’ of Dubai – other side with reference to where I work and live, that is. Dubai is divided into two areas by a natural water inlet called The Dubai Creek: Deira (old Dubai) and Bur Dubai side (new Dubai).
I needed to go near Bur Dubai bus station where car parking is almost non-existent and weekday traffic classically a nightmare. What I did was take a bus to the abra water taxi station in Deira Old Souk and rode the tradional wooden boat called “abra” to cross the creek.
Here’s the current abra route map, from the RTA website (click to enlarge, if you’re interested):
It’s November already so the weather is nice. It was a great ride, I even took a video while on it.
The ride lasted but less than 10 minutes and costs 1 dhs (US$0.27) one way.
Riding an abra while in Dubai is not to be missed – it’s a great break from all that huge commercial malls and other touristy stuff. However, note that there are no safety provisions in that small wooden motor boat other than a mere couple of round orange life saving devices for 20 people on board. No seat belts, no individual life jackets!
God forbid – I can’t swim so I make sure to befriend the person beside me, especially if he looks like a swimmer. I mean, he must be!