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Dubai Creek

Explore the lifeline of the city with a trip down its waterway, and discover traditional and modern Dubai as well as an impressive variety of wildlife.

Cutting through the very heart of Dubai is the saltwater creek which divides this great city in half. Bur Dubai lies to the south-west and is the more traditional portion, with its stunning Middle-Eastern architecture echoing the simplicity of a time long past. Conversely, Deira Dubai, which lies to the north-east of the creek, oozes sophistication, with a glittering skyline that has become synonymous with the UAE's most dynamic city.

Historically, the creek played an integral role in the growth of Dubai, enabling trade with India and Africa while also ensuring trading ships could moor safely.

Nowadays, there are many ways you can explore the creek. If you would like the more rugged method of travel, hop an abra or water taxi to explore the waterways. This is a cost-effective way of getting from one side of the city to the other, which is why so many local workers utilise these small motorised boats.

If you would like a more indulgent trip, why not try a traditional dhow, which offer cruises throughout the day and night? Glide down the waterway and capture the magnificent skyline reflecting the sunlight during the day or magnificently illuminated at night. With the option of a meal on-board, this truly is a romantic experience.

Another way to explore Dubai Creek is by foot on the landscaped paved walkways that run alongside the creek. Watch the hustle and bustle of abras, dhows and yachts criss-crossing the waterway. The promenade is well-lit at night, ensuring a relaxing evening stroll.

Dubai Creek naturally comes to an end at the Ras al Khor bird sanctuary, which stretches across 620 hectares of mud flats, lagoons, pools and wetlands. Plovers, curlews and gulls are some of the species of water birds you may spot during the course of your visit.


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Grand Hyatt Dubai SG$188
Grand Hyatt Dubai

Grand Hyatt Dubai

Riyadh Street, Sheikh Rashid Road, Dubai Healthcare City, Dubai
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Dubai hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Dubai Creek, City Centre Deira and Dubai Frame. Dubai World Trade Centre and Dubai Garden Glow are also within 6 mi (10 km). Health Care City Station is 9 minutes by foot.

    Palazzo Versace Dubai SG$264
    Palazzo Versace Dubai

    Palazzo Versace Dubai

    Jaddaf Waterfront, Dubai
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Dubai hotel is located on the riverwalk, within 3 mi (5 km) of Dubai Creek and Dubai Festival City Mall. Dubai Tennis Stadium and Dubai Mall are also within 6 mi (10 km). Al Jadaf Station is 15 minutes by foot and Creek Station is 17 minutes.

      Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights SG$106
      Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights

      Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights

      20th Street, Dubai Healthcare City, Bur Dubai, Dubai
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Dubai hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Dubai Creek, City Centre Deira and BurJuman Mall. Dubai World Trade Centre and Gold Souk are also within 6 mi (10 km). Health Care City Station is 12 minutes by foot and Oud Metha Station is 21 minutes.

        Park Hyatt Dubai SG$258
        Park Hyatt Dubai

        Park Hyatt Dubai

           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Deira, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dubai Tennis Stadium and City Centre Deira. Dubai Creek and Dubai Festival City Mall are also within 3 miles (5 km). GGICO Station is 11 minutes by foot and Deira City Centre Station is 20 minutes.

          Jumeirah Creekside Hotel SG$120
          Jumeirah Creekside Hotel

          Jumeirah Creekside Hotel

          Road Al Garhoud Deira, Al Garhoud Deira, Dubai
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Dubai hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Dubai Tennis Stadium and City Centre Deira. Spice Souk and Gold Souk are also within 6 mi (10 km). GGICO Station is 12 minutes by foot and Deira City Centre Station is 25 minutes.

            Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights Residences SG$101
            Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights Residences

            Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights Residences

               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Bur Dubai, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Mohammed Bin Rashid University Of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dubai Creek and American Hospital Dubai. City Centre Deira and BurJuman Mall are also within 3 miles (5 km). Health Care City Station is 12 minutes by foot and Oud Metha Station is 22 minutes.

              Movenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai SG$85
              Movenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai

              Movenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai

              19th Street, Oud Metha Area, Dubai
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Dubai hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Dubai Creek, Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre and Dubai Museum. Grand Mosque and Dubai Festival City Mall are also within 6 mi (10 km). Health Care City Station is 19 minutes by foot and Oud Metha Station is 20 minutes.

                Novotel Bur Dubai SG$81
                Novotel Bur Dubai

                Novotel Bur Dubai

                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Bur Dubai, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Mohammed Bin Rashid University Of Medicine and Health Sciences and Wafi City Mall. Dubai Creek and American Hospital Dubai are also within 1 mile (2 km). Health Care City Station is 6 minutes by foot and Oud Metha Station is 23 minutes.