Dubai is a contemporary and cosmopolitan city with a diverse culture, yet rooted to its Islamic tradition. The Emiratis balance their work and religious obligations very gracefully. For them, work is secondary and remembering the almighty five times during the day is primary. They take pride in preserving and displaying their legacies, and have done so very magnanimously. There are several iconic religious monuments that attract the best of scholars and architectures from every nook and corner of the world.
If you are interested in knowing how and from where Dubai has risen to become the world’s leader in commerce and tourism, then visit the Dubai Creek. The trading activities that started here long back have shaped up today’s Dubai. To witness how past has shaped the present, here the 5 must things to do at the Dubai Creek.
Visit Creek Park
Though the Creek Park is Dubai’s oldest park, it is the most popular and the second largest public space within the city spanning over 96 hectares of area. The park’s greenery is spellbinding, and it is decked with plenty of amenities to prompt visitors to visit repeatedly. You can visit the park by taking a boat route or land directly in its center on a helicopter. Among the several activities you can do inside the park such as cycling, roller skating, train ride, and barbecuing, walking on the nature trails is the best experience to get the feel of trekking. The maze of the park is best to test your adventurous spirit and IQ. The cooling wind rising over the Creek is another relaxing factor that rejuvenates you. There is a huge playground in the park for children to go frenzy. There are restaurants inside the park that make the atmosphere aromatic with their savory dishes. To emulate Indian culture, special kite festival is organized here during the Basant month.
Ride the Cable Car
Ride the cable car and enjoy a panoramic view of the Old Dubai from 30 metres above the ground level. The car will take you over the Dubai Creek and the Creek Park covering the entire length of 2.3 km in half-an-hour. While en route, you can enjoy the spectacular sights of the high-rise building on the Sheikh Zayed Road, and Bur Dubai. The rope car will familiarize you with the geography of Dubai, and you will learn how land and water are divided to create the best civilization in the world.
Ride a water taxi
The beauty of the Creek and its neighboring area is best enjoyed by taking a ride in one of the water taxis. You can have privacy with luxury both at one place by booking a ticket in Dubai’s water taxi. The taxis are well built with consideration for passenger’s safety. These water taxis also offer food while on the move and play Hollywood movies on the LCD screens to entertain passengers. They travel at a minimal speed to enable passengers to enjoy the beauty of the Creek and the surrounding leisurely. There are several stations to book and take the water taxis. The interesting fact about these water transport systems are that they are updating themselves continuously and trying to accommodate the needs of holiday makers.
Vivaldi By Alfredo Russo
This is an Italian restaurant by the Dubai Creek to enjoy lunch, dinner, and drinks while experiencing the exotic looks of the Creek. The idea of suggesting this place is not to motivate you to try the Italian food though, but to make you drench in the beauty of the Creek and the activities going around. Watch the water taxis ferrying passengers and the magnificent buildings and relish their architecture. Just hit the terrace for an unforgettable view of the sunset with a drink. You are sure to fall into a deep trance after watching the natural phenomena that take place every day and everywhere. Though you might have watched the sunset from hill stations of different countries, one thing is sure that you would have never enjoyed the view before like you will do here.
The Dhow Wharfage is along the Dubai Creek and is bustling with different activities from the usual tourist spots. Nevertheless, this place is as interesting and incredible as others. Just walk down the bank of the Creek and see loading and unloading of goods to and from the tethered wooden dhows. The activities are often chaotic here, but worth enjoying for a different experience. You can satisfy the photographer in you by clicking unique pictures. The captains of dhows may even allow you to take a closer looks of the boats on request.
Dubai Creek has been the old trading port since 1960. It is a saltwater freeway that divides the Gulf and the Ras al Khor bird sanctuary and passes through the heart of the city. It has still preserved its old tradition of transporting cargoes containing goods, foodstuff, and other daily necessities with the help of boats. This place is still bustling with dhows, abras, and water taxis. It was here where the pearl industry flourished and paved the way for a progressive and ever-expanding economy of the city.