PhotoPOSTcard: A Glimpse of Old Dubai

A glimpse of old Dubai on Dubai Creek

Last Updated on 10/18/20 by quiltripping

New Dubai is shiny and high tech. But along the Dubai Creek you can still get an occasional glimpse of Old Dubai.

It is here, along the banks of this creek that the area was first settled in the 19th century. In this view of the Deira side of the creek, traditional wooden Dhow boats are docked two to three deep as they wait to be loaded with cargo before sailing off to Iran, Iraq or other points east. A smaller wooden Abra boat acts as a water taxi, ferrying passengers for the price of 1 dirham (equivalent to about 25 cents) from one side of the creek to the other. Hidden from view by the Dhow boats are the narrow passages of the historic Dubai spice souk where scents and colors assault all your senses. Looking at this scene, it is hard to believe that only a few miles away is the world’s tallest building.

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