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I hope that Santa was generous for all of you and you got nice presents and you have not eaten too much of Christmas delicacies.
I discovered some photos of Dubai that I haven't seen yet. I hope you will like them.

Dubai Creek is a saltwater creek. Historically, the creek divided the city into two main sections – Deira and Bur Dubai. It was along the Bur Dubai creek area that members of the Bani Yas tribe first settled in the 19th century, establishing the Al Maktoum dynasty in the city. In the early 20th century, the creek, though incapable then of supporting large scale transportation, served as a minor port for dhows coming from as far away as India or East Africa. Dubai's pearling industry, which formed the main sector of the city's economy, was based primarily on expeditions in the creek, prior to the invention of cultured pearls in the 1930s.

For just AED1 (US$0.27c), you can hop aboard one of abra to cross the creek.
Each abra holds about 20 passengers, with 150 working the two routes between Deira and Bur Dubai. Each journey takes about 5 minutes. Simply buy a one-way ticket, or even hire your own abra for an hour to explore much further up the river. Riders usually sit on a central wooden bench for the short journey across.

I loved going to the other side of the creek by abra. My hotel was only a few minutes away from the Creek, so I went there many times, and always it was a great fun.

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Closer view of the abra.
On a boat.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12051 W: 126 N: 30713] (143276)
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