Boats operate on abra Route 2 and leave the dock for Dubai Old Souk Abra Station in Bur Dubai. The ride take about seven minutes and the fare is just one dirham. Abras on the route run 24 hours a day.
Walking north from the station up Al Sabkha Road will take you into the commercial heart of Deira. It’s packed with supermarkets, small shops, pharmacies, cafes, restaurants, banks, and budget hotels.
The Naif Market on Deira Street is a lively souk selling cheap clothes (abayas etc.), textiles, perfumes, and everything else under the sun. Be prepared to barter.