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 (£0.23, €0.26, $0.27). Tickets cannot be purchased. The fare is paid directly to the driver. Nol Cards cannot be used.
Abras on this route (Route 1) operate from 6 am to midnight with a departure every couple of minutes.
The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) operates an information kiosk near the dock. Staff is on hand to provide information and advice. There are also several stalls here selling drinks, snacks, and souvenirs.
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.