Dubai Creek (Khor Dubai)
Cutting through the beating heart of Dubai, is the seawater Dubai Creek. It winds its way from the trading port on the Gulf to the Ras al Khor bird sanctuary on the desert edge of Dubai.
It was along the Bur Dubai creek area that members of the Bani Yas tribe first settled in the 19th century, establishing the Al Maktoum dynasty in the city. In the early 20th century. The creek, was incapable at that time of supporting large scale transportation until its dredging in the 60s, but it still served as a minor port for dhows coming as far away as India or East Africa.
The creek remained an important element in establishing the commercial position of Dubai, being the only port/harbour in the city. Dubai’s pearl industry, which formed the main core of the city’s economy, was based primarily on trade in the creek, prior to the invention of cultured pearls in the 1930s.
Traditional dhows criss-cross the water from Bur Dubai on the left bank to Deira on the right. Catch a water taxi dhow, called an abra, to get from A to B, or sign up for a romantic sunset dhow cruise traveling further upstream.
A cruise reveals the glittering high-rise buildings lining the Creek, passing under several bridges to reach the Creekside gardens. Or take a stroll along the paved promenade lining the Creek on the Bur Dubai side of the waterway.
The creek is the true origin of Dubai and its trading heritage, its where old Dubai meets new Dubai and simply a must when visiting Dubai.