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Abra - The Traditional Mode of Transport in Dubai Creek

Updated on September 23, 2007

Dubai Creek

Dubai City is devided into two parts namely Deira and Bur Dubai by a creek. At present there are two bridges and an under water tunnel to cross the creek from one side to the other. Today people travel between these two locations mainly by private vehicles. about three decades before the main mode of transport across this creek was small boats called Abras in arabic language. Even now abra transport is available and is popular as it is very cheap.

1. Abra in the Creek.
1. Abra in the Creek.

Abra

Each abra can transport about 20 passengers at a time. These boats are fitted with a single engine. Passengers' seating area is generally sheltered by canopies covered by colourful fabrics with advertisements printed on it. Abra takes about 10 minutes to cross the creek.

2. Closer view of an abra
2. Closer view of an abra
Currently there are about 150 abras transporting people between Deira and Bur Dubai. The responsibility to regulate abra service is given to Dubai Roads and Transport Authority. It is said thai about 15 - 20 million people are ferried across the creek annualy.

3. Abras are parked at the docking station on Deira side.
3. Abras are parked at the docking station on Deira side.

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      Ashley 7 years ago

      very cool feeling to be sitting on a abra the boat rocks side to side

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      nettech 7 years ago from London (UK)

      Its amazing sitting ont eh abra, very very cheap and you get to see some beautiful buildings such as Dubai bank etc.

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      Dave McClure 9 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

      I enjoyed your abra pictures. I used them a lot, and will again, but am now in Qatar for a while.

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      Rmnathan 9 years ago from Sharjah

      Yes, you are right. You rarely get things for that price in Dubai.

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      Dave McClure 9 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

      And at 50 fils (half a dirham) single fare, it is the best bargain in Dubai.