Boats depart from the dock for Bur Dubai Abra Station on the other side of the Dubai Creek. The journey takes just five minutes and costs a measly 1 dirham.
Abras on this route (Route 1) operate from 5 am to midnight with a departure every couple of minutes.
The surrounding area is a busy commercial district. Aside from the Spice Souk, there are plenty of small shops, places to eat and drink, and other businesses.
To reach the Spice Souk just cross Baniyas Road, via the pedestrian crossing or underpass. To get to the Gold Souk just walk 300 yards up Old Baladiya Street. The Perfume Souk is just to the east.