Dubai Creek, UAE

Dubai may be famous for the glitz and glamour of its sky-high towers, but the real heart of the city is, and always will be, the Creek. The saltwater estuary is the original site where the Bani Yas tribe settled, and its waters were vital for what used to be Dubai's main forms of economy: pearl diving and fishing. Today, the area is awash with the history of the emirate, as it's home to the Dubai Museum as well as the labyrinthine alleyways of the gold, spice and textile souqs.



Dubai Creek is a nautical that splits the city into two main sections: Deira and Bur Dubai, the creek ending is approximately 15 km, so it is a natural harbor for small ships. Al Maktoum Bridge and Al Shindagha Tunnel were built to connect the two sides of Dubai. This beautiful creek is an exciting tourist site, as it contains many interesting activities for tourists and locals, restaurants and cafes located along its basin.

While at the Creek, a ride across the water on a traditional Arabic dhow called Abra (wooden water taxi) is a must, and at an unbelievable AED1 per ticket (only one Dirham), it's easily the best value tourist attraction in the city.