Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Through The Water Ways

The Creek that is located at the centre of Dubai separates the city into two parts - Deira Dubai (north) and Bur Dubai (south).

Motorized Abra
Crossing the Creek: The quickest (takes under 10 minutes) and cheapest way to get between Deira and Bur Dubai is  by the traditional water transport in the UAE called Abra. There are two types of Abra, one is rowing and the other is motorized. The motorized Abra is a flat-bottomed single engine craft with a capacity of about 20 passengers seated under a canopy. Its operator stands at the center of the hull, steers the vessel using a wheel that is connected to a wooden rudder by a series of ropes and pulleys.

Water bus
Cruising the Creek: To save time and money visiting Dubai's key archaeological and tourist landmarks take the air-conditioned water bus. It offers passengers a quick means of transport to visit these locations and has a capacity to accommodate 36 passengers and the trip takes 45 minutes, with an interval of 15 minutes between services. Tourists and visitors can explore Dubai Creek in one day via the water bus.

Water taxi
Touring Dubai: If you want to leave the Creek and navigate the waters of the Arabian Gulf, take the water taxi. It taxi can seat 11 passengers and 20 per cent of the seats will be dedicated for people with special needs. It has 18 stations along  the Creek and other tourist spots around Dubai including the top hotels like Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Atlantis and Jebel Ali Hotel and Spa.

Image/Video Credit:  Gulf News