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  • The Museum parking area and nearby public parking areas are available (relatively few)
  • Do not self drive to museums and heritage sites as they are located in crowded old city areas and parking is a scarcity there; you are rather advised to use public transport.
  • Wear easy to slip in and out footwear as many places would need you to remove your footwear.

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Before and when visiting Dubai there are a lot of suggestions of things to do that people will talk about. Similar to all countries in the world, some are must dos and favourites amongst residents are tourists alike such as eating sharwama, going on a Dhow cruise or a desert safari, which are geared to giving you a feel for the country.

However, there are also activities that only residents or locals would talk about and suggest that focus on the roots of the city and the ones which are even traditional.

So if you are in Dubai or visiting Dubai shortly, we have a suggestion for you which is both traditional and local; ride and go on an Abra.

Old Dubai or Deira and Bur Dubai sides outline the famous Dubai Creek, and one of the best ways to see the Creek is by Abra, which is a small motorised wooden boat taxi. They can hold upto 20 people in one trip and offer the cheapest and fastest way to cross the Creek between Deira and Bur Dubai. It is one of the best ways to see the Creek as well as to beat rush hour traffic.

There are four main stations, two on the Northern side of Deira and two on the Southern side of Bur Dubai. The trips are fast and by fast we mean less than 10 minutes and costs a fil.

The main routes, Route 1 which is from the Deira Old Souk (near the Spice Souk) to the Bur Dubai station operates every day from 5am until midnight. Meanwhile Route 2 from Sabkha Station to Dubai Old Souk is operational all day.

If you want a personalised trip just show up to the station wait for an abra and speak to the driver, he will give you suggestions accordingly. It might approximately be 100AED for an hour.

This might be a good idea if you have time to spare as there is a lot of places to see and visit such as the Bastakiya Quarter, Deira Fish market, The Dubai Museum, The Heritage and Diving Village, The Old Souq, Perfume Souq, the Spice Souq and the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding.

There are more than 150 boats on the creek at any given time. It bearly takes a few minutes between departures but should you have to wait, there are plenty of little outlets selling hot bites to eat and a cup of karak (local tea) to drink. While trying the abra you can also get a feel for the snacks residents eat while on the go.

The best time to visit the places on the creek might be during day time to ensure the places are open shopping, however for an unforgettable scenic experience the night time is best when the creek is lit up in all its glory. For more information, please call 800 90 90.