OLD DUBAI, DUBAI CREEK, SOUQS
The Dubai Creek, situated in the heart of Dubai and flowing between Bur Dubai and Deira, is where trade with the outside world began for the emirate more than a century ago. The growth of giant ports in the emirate has not diminished the Creek’s importance, as it remains vital for regional traders, and is a vibrant reminder of Dubai’s development into a commercial hub
Feel the essence of Arabia exploring Dubai’s famous souks. Since the city’s early days, merchants from neighbouring countries would sail in to peddle their wares here. Gold, textiles, perfumes and fish are all on offer in these markets today, but the greatest sensory overload comes from the Spice Souk, which is alive with vibrant colours and aromas of some of the world’s most prized spices.
You can travel between the two souk areas by Abra over the Dubai Creek. At just AED1 for a ticket, the boats are not only quick and inexpensive, but are a truly authentic Dubai experience.