The abra is the oldest mode of water transport in Dubai. Abras are small wooden canopied boats traditionally used to ferry passengers across Dubai Creek from Bur Dubai to Deira. Abras have come a long way from the original rowing abra to motorized abra, then to electric abra and finally to modern air-conditioned abra. They are fast, cheap and very popular among commuters.
This service links Deira to Bur Dubai and follows two routes: Deira Old Souk Abra Station to Bur Dubai Abra Station and Dubai Old Souk Abra Station to Al Sabkha Abra Station. The first route is operating from 5.00’am to midnight and the second runs 24/7. There is a universal charge of 1 AED per trip, payable to the driver, no tickets issued. Abras can also be hired for private cruises across the Creek. There is no booking service, you can go down to the Creekside and negotiate with the driver. 120 AED per hour is the fee they usually charge.
Rowing Abras operate out of Public Library Station, daily between 5.00’am to 12.00’pm, and out of Creek Park Station, also daily between 10.00’am to 9.00’pm.
Electric Abras provide daily transport services out of four stations: Burj Khalifa, Global Village, Atlantis and Al Mamzar.
Service runs daily from 7.00’am to midnight, between Al Jaddaf Marine Station and Dubai Festival City at a cost of 2 AED per trip.