Dubai Creek is a saltwater inlet that runs 6 miles inland. This geographical phenomenon, known as the river Zara to the ancient Greeks, was where the city was born.
Dubai Creek historically separated the original city into two main areas, Deira and Bur Dubai. Two bridges, a tunnel, and small traditional boats connect the two sides.
The history of Dubai Creek
At the start of the 20th century, Dubai Creek was a minor port for traditional dhow boats arriving from places as far away as India and Africa but was still incapable of receiving large scale transportation due to the strong current flow.
In the mid-20th-century, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum dredged the creek and built breakwaters, which allowed large vessels to access the city and load and unload cargo.
Exploring Dubai Creek
Dubai Creek is one of the best zones in the city to take a gentle stroll. The most interesting places to discover are 'Deira Creek' and the Heritage Village.
Another way to explore Dubai Creek is by boat. An evening dinner cruise is simply an unmissable experience during your visit to the city.
The Spice Market of Dubai (207 m) Al Bastakiya (310 m) Dubai Museum (320 m) Deira (352 m) Al Ahmadiya School (394 m)