Abra boats were the old mode of transportation and commutig in Dubai. The old city of Dubai also lies at the banks this creek channel, at both Deira and Bur Dubai districts.
Dubai creek had served as a gateway for traders across the city even before the city gained worldwide recognition. Although public transportation facilities like buses and trains are available today, an abra ride was the only way to commute people to the other side of the city. It also served as a logistic tool for traders back then.
Dubai Creek is a natural saltwater inlet and port traditionally used for trading and transport. The creek divides the city into two prime areas: Deira and Bur Dubai. Residents usually travel from Al Ghubaiba on the Bur Dubai side to the Al Sabkha water station on Deira. The abra rides are conducted every few minutes, offering the best way to view Dubai’s iconic attractions like Creek Park and the pinnacles of Burj Khalifa.