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Dubai Creek

Explore the lifeline of the city with a trip down its waterway, and discover traditional and modern Dubai as well as an impressive variety of wildlife.

Cutting through the very heart of Dubai is the saltwater creek which divides this great city in half. Bur Dubai lies to the south-west and is the more traditional portion, with its stunning Middle-Eastern architecture echoing the simplicity of a time long past. Conversely, Deira Dubai, which lies to the north-east of the creek, oozes sophistication, with a glittering skyline that has become synonymous with the UAE's most dynamic city.

Historically, the creek played an integral role in the growth of Dubai, enabling trade with India and Africa while also ensuring trading ships could moor safely.

Nowadays, there are many ways you can explore the creek. If you would like the more rugged method of travel, hop an abra or water taxi to explore the waterways. This is a cost-effective way of getting from one side of the city to the other, which is why so many local workers utilise these small motorised boats.

If you would like a more indulgent trip, why not try a traditional dhow, which offer cruises throughout the day and night? Glide down the waterway and capture the magnificent skyline reflecting the sunlight during the day or magnificently illuminated at night. With the option of a meal on-board, this truly is a romantic experience.

Another way to explore Dubai Creek is by foot on the landscaped paved walkways that run alongside the creek. Watch the hustle and bustle of abras, dhows and yachts criss-crossing the waterway. The promenade is well-lit at night, ensuring a relaxing evening stroll.

Dubai Creek naturally comes to an end at the Ras al Khor bird sanctuary, which stretches across 620 hectares of mud flats, lagoons, pools and wetlands. Plovers, curlews and gulls are some of the species of water birds you may spot during the course of your visit.

You'll find it hard to believe how much there is to do at Dubai Creek. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

If you're chasing more activities, take a look at our Bur Dubai things to do page.


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Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre Rs5,853
Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre

Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre

Airport Road, P O Box 10001, Dubai
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Dubai hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of City Centre Deira, Dubai Festival City Mall and Dubai Creek. BurJuman Mall and Gold Souk are also within 6 mi (10 km). Airport Terminal 1 Station is 13 minutes by foot and GGICO Station is 17 minutes.

    Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai Rs4,682
    Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai

    Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai

    Airport Road, Casablanca Street, Al Garhoud, Dubai
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Garhoud, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Dubai Tennis Stadium, and within 3 mi (5 km) of City Centre Deira and Creek Park. Dubai Creek and Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club are also within 3 mi (5 km). GGICO Station is 9 minutes by foot and Airport Terminal 1 Station is 15 minutes.

      Movenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai Rs6,146
      Movenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai

      Movenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai

      19th Street, Oud Metha Area, Dubai
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Dubai hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Dubai Creek, Dubai Museum and Grand Mosque. Dubai Festival City Mall and Gold Souk are also within 6 mi (10 km). Health Care City Station is 19 minutes by foot and Oud Metha Station is 20 minutes.

        Jumeirah Creekside Hotel Rs6,633
        Jumeirah Creekside Hotel

        Jumeirah Creekside Hotel

        Road Al Garhoud Deira, Al Garhoud Deira, Dubai
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Dubai hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Dubai Tennis Stadium and City Centre Deira. Spice Souk and Gold Souk are also within 6 mi (10 km). GGICO Station is 12 minutes by foot and Airport Terminal 1 Station is 27 minutes.

          Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights Rs7,024
          Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights

          Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights

          20th Street, Dubai Healthcare City, Bur Dubai, Dubai
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Dubai hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Dubai Creek and City Centre Deira. BurJuman Mall and Dubai World Trade Centre are also within 6 mi (10 km). Health Care City Station is 12 minutes by foot and Oud Metha Station is 21 minutes.

            Park Hyatt Dubai Rs15,856
            Park Hyatt Dubai

            Park Hyatt Dubai

            Port Saweed, Dubai
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Deira, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club and City Centre Deira. Dubai Creek and Creek Park are also within 2 miles (3 km). Deira City Centre Station is 20 minutes by foot.

              Dubai International Airport Terminal 3 Hotel
              Dubai International Airport Terminal 3 Hotel

              Dubai International Airport Terminal 3 Hotel

              Dubai Airports, Dubai
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Dubai Tennis Stadium, City Centre Deira and Dubai Festival City Mall. Dubai Creek and BurJuman Mall are also within 6 miles (10 km). Airport Terminal 3 Station is 7 minutes by foot and Airport Terminal 1 Station is 11 minutes.

                Premier Inn Dubai International Airport Rs3,863
                Premier Inn Dubai International Airport

                Premier Inn Dubai International Airport

                Opposite Terminal 3, via Street 52b, Dubai International Airport, Dubai
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Garhoud, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Dubai Tennis Stadium and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Dubai Festival City Mall. City Centre Deira and Dubai Creek are also within 6 miles (10 km). Emirates Station is 15 minutes by foot.