Dubai Abras

Crossing the Dubai Creek by boat is a popular mode of transport for many of the city’s residents and tourists.

The boats used are small motorised water taxis called abras. They can hold around twenty people and offer the cheapest and fastest means of travelling between Deira and Bur Dubai. Forget expensive, private cruises, this is the real way to see the Creek.

Crossing the Dubai Creek on an abra
Crossing the Dubai Creek on an abra

Dubai Creek Abra Routes

Motorised abras currently ply two main routes across the Dubai Creek. There are four stations; two on the Deira side, to the north of the Creek, and two on the southern Bur Dubai side.

RouteDeira Station (northern side of the Creek)Bur Dubai Station (southern side of the Creek)Trip Time (minutes)Fare (AED)Operating Hours
1Deira Old Souk Abra StationBur Dubai Abra Station515 am to midnight
2Sabkha Abra StationDubai Old Souk Abra Station7124 hours

Route 1 goes from Deira Old Souk Abra Station (near the Spice Souk) to Bur Dubai Abra Station (just west of the Old Souk). The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) route code is CR1.

Route 2 runs from Sabkha Abra Station (just southwest of Baniyas Square) to Dubai Old Souk Abra Station (at the Old Souk). This is the busier of the two routes, accounting for around 70 percent of abra rides. The RTA service code is CR2.

Operating Times

Abras on Route 1 operate every day of the week from 5 am to midnight while those on Route 2 offer a 24-hour service. There are around 150 boats working the routes with departures every couple of minutes during peak times.


The fare for a traditional abra ride is just 1 dirham. The price is an absolute bargain. It is paid to the abra driver. No tickets are issued.

If you want a personalised cruise it’s also possible to charter an abra by the hour. No booking is required. Just turn up at any station and speak to a driver.

Other Abra Services

Other abra services in the city include that between Al Jaddaf and Dubai Festival City.

Route Map

The map below shows the abra routes. Click here for an interactive map showing nearby tourist attractions, hotels, and more.

Map showing route of Dubai Abras

Comments and Additional Information

  1. My favorite ride & spot in Dubai. If you ride once you will love it.

  2. May i take my luggage into the abra? Is it ok?

  3. is bike allowed in water taxi?

  4. What a wonderful trip! This is one of those trips we will make regularly! Thank you.


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