The picturesque Dubai Creek has been inextricably linked with the development of Dubai as a noteworthy cosmopolitan commercial city. By the early years of the 20th century this waterway functioned as a port for dhows (traditional sailing vessels) arriving and departing to destinations as distant as India and East Africa. Due to the fact that it was the sole sea port within the city the creek played an important role in Dubai’s development as a significant hub for commerce and trading.
Today the creek remains a popular attraction for visitors as it presents a captivating spectacle which will remain etched in the memory of the beholder. This stretch of seawater extends through the bustling heart of the city stretching from its port on the waters of the Gulf to the bird sanctuary at Ras al Khor bordering the desert.
If you visit the waterway during the daylight hours you will see a multitude of wooden dhows departing and arriving at the port. Some of these dhows function as water taxis and visitors may hire one of these vessels to travel from one point to another. An even better choice would be to arrange a sunset cruise on a dhow, which will typically take you to a more distant location upstream.
Taking a cruise will enable you to admire the gleaming high rise skyscrapers of the city which flank the waterway on either side. The cruise dhow will pass beneath a number of bridges, taking you to the gardens located further upstream. You could also take a leisurely walk along the promenade which borders the waterway.
The attractive Dubai Creek Park which is located on the shores of the creek is an attraction in itself, as demonstrated by the families who frequent the park on evenings and weekends. Cool breezes from the water refresh visitors along with the plants, greenery and the nature trail. Visitors may take a ride on the miniature train and the cable cars, rent bicycles and replenish their energies at the attractive cafe.
Well-informed visitors who wish to explore the city and desire accommodation in Dubai will find an appealing choice in Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa. This fine Palm Jumeirah Hotel offers well-appointed interiors and an array of modern amenities.
Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.