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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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Premier Inn Dubai International Airport SG$73
Premier Inn Dubai International Airport

Premier Inn Dubai International Airport

Opposite Terminal 3, via Street 52b, Dubai International Airport, Dubai
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Garhoud, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Dubai Tennis Stadium and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Dubai Festival City Mall. Festival Center is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) away. Emirates Station is 15 minutes by foot.

    Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights SG$147
    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 2 mi (3 km) of Dubai Creek and City Centre Deira. BurJuman Mall and Dubai World Trade Centre 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$310
      Park Hyatt Dubai

      Park Hyatt Dubai

      Port Saweed, Dubai
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Deira, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club and City Centre Deira. Dubai Creek and Creek Park are also within 2 miles (3 km). Deira City Centre Station is 20 minutes by foot.

        Dubai International Airport Terminal 3 Hotel SG$284
        Dubai International Airport Terminal 3 Hotel

        Dubai International Airport Terminal 3 Hotel

        Dubai Airports, Dubai
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Dubai Tennis Stadium, City Centre Deira and Dubai Festival City Mall. Festival Center is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away. Airport Terminal 3 Station is 7 minutes by foot and Airport Terminal 1 Station is 11 minutes.

          Movenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai SG$119
          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 Museum and Grand Mosque. Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre 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.

            Jumeirah Creekside Hotel SG$137
            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 Airport Terminal 1 Station is 27 minutes.

              Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre SG$124
              Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre

              Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre

              Airport Road, P O Box 10001, Dubai
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Dubai hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of City Centre Deira, Dubai Festival City Mall and Dubai Creek. BurJuman Mall and Gold Souk are also within 6 mi (10 km). Airport Terminal 1 Station is 13 minutes by foot and GGICO Station is 17 minutes.

                Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai SG$88
                Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai

                Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai

                Airport Road, Casablanca Street, Al Garhoud, Dubai
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Garhoud, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Dubai Tennis Stadium, and within 3 mi (5 km) of City Centre Deira and Creek Park. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club and Dubai Creek are also within 3 mi (5 km). GGICO Station is 9 minutes by foot and Airport Terminal 1 Station is 15 minutes.