Dubai Creek: Where Dubai Born and Grown up

Dubai Creek (Arabic: Khor Dubai) is a saltwater creek located in Dubai. This historic focal point of life in Dubai, The Creek, a natural sea-water inlet which cuts through the centre of the city dividing city into two main sections – Deira and Bur Dubai. The eastern and western sections are linked via four bridges (Al Maktoum Bridge, Al Garhoud Bridge, Business Bay Crossing and Floating Bridge) and one tunnel (Al Shindagha Tunnel).

Dubai Creek
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It was along the Bur Dubai creek area that members of the Bani Yas tribe first settled in the 19th century, establishing the Al Maktoum dynasty in the city.

Dubai Creek
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It is very interesting to see the colour and bustle of the loading and unloading of dhows which still ply
ancient trade routes to places as distant as India and East Africa. The creek remained an important element in establishing the commercial position of Dubai, being the only port or harbor in the city. Dubai’s pearling industry, which formed the main sector of the city’s economy, was based primarily on expeditions in the creek, prior to the invention of cultured pearls in the 1930s.

Dubai Creek
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The creek’s initial inlet into mainland Dubai is along the Deira Corniche and Al Ras areas of eastern Dubai and along the Al Shindagha area of western Dubai. It then progresses south-eastward through the mainland, passing through Port Saeed and Dubai Creek Park. The creek’s natural ending is at the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) from its origin at the Persian Gulf.

Dubai Creek
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An attractive way to view the Creek and the dhows is from an abra, one of the small water taxis which criss-cross the Creek from the souks of Deira to those on the Bur Dubai side. Boatmen will also take visitors on a fascinating hour-long trip from the abra embarkation points to the mouth of the Creek and inland to the Maktoum Bridge, passing on the way many of the city’s historic and modern
landmarks.

Dubai Creek
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At the inland end of the Creek is a large, shallow lagoon, now a wildlife sanctuary which has become a haven for migrating shore birds. Some 27,000 birds have been counted here at one time during the autumn migration. The most spectacular are the many Greater Flamingos which have made the Creek their permanent home.

Dubai Creek
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An extension of the creek has recently been approved. The extension, which is part of the Business Bay development, will bring the creek all the way around Bur Dubai and into the Persian Gulf. The expansion will initially add 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) to the creek, which will eventually be increased to 12.2 kilometres (7.6 mi) by November 2010. The 10 km extension (which was nearly completed in late September 2007) costs Dhs. 484 million (US$ 132 million).

Dubai Creek
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Additionally, a new project consisting of seven islands known as The Lagoons was proposed to be built on Dubai Creek. The center piece of this project will the be Dubai Towers Dubai, a set of towers of which the tallest will top 400 metres (1,312 ft) while two others will exceed 300 metres (980 ft).

Some More Cool Collection Of Dubai Creek Pictures-(Click on the Picture To Enlarge)


Map Of Dubai Creek

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The Abras of Dubai Creek

Dubai Creek Development

Dubai Creek Abra Ride

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14 thoughts on “Dubai Creek: Where Dubai Born and Grown up

  • December 27, 2008 at 2:22 am
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    I have sort of kinda started liking your blog posts. you have some stunning info about Dubai. Actually my friends were calling me for a holiday and I found your site. I actually liked the weird idea of building a refrigerated beach. wow! seems insane but an awfully great revenue earner.

  • December 27, 2008 at 12:27 pm
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    @Tshering – Thanks alot for your words man. Yes if you got a chance you should go and visit dubai. There are so many weird ideas going in dubai. when i went there first time i really amazed with stuff going on there. Even i have been to UK and other EU countries but Dubai was really unique and better place compare to all of them……That’s how it is getting more and more popular holiday destination for people from all over the world…

  • December 30, 2008 at 5:56 pm
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    Great presentation, now I know what I am missing when all my friends say they been to Dubai.

  • December 30, 2008 at 6:48 pm
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    Whoa, such a nice place , i’ve never known Dubai was this nice. I really love the pictures you presented here, i’ve even saved some of them to look at later on. I want to go there on holliday some day. Nice informative article aswell , very well written. Keep up the nice work.

  • December 31, 2008 at 3:09 am
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    This is a complete article on growth of dubai, i have seen/read lately. Thaks

  • December 31, 2008 at 4:50 am
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    I really love the pictures you presented here, i’ve even saved some of them to look at later on. I want to go there on holliday some day. Nice informative article aswell , very well written.

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