Photographer's Note

The Creek divides Dubai into two parts - Deira Dubai and Bur Dubai. The creek is 14 Kms long. It now has eight wharfages each capable of catering to 31 ships of capacity of up to 800 tonnes. Around 720,000 tonnes of cargo pass through the creek each year. Only wooden ships are allowed to enter the creek to keep its traditional feature.

Countries which depend on the creek in their trade with Dubai are countries in the Gulf states, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Somalia and India.

The Creek has played a major role in the economic development achieved by Dubai. Since the early days, when Dubai was a center for pearl fishing and pearl trade, Dubai’s trade development was attributed to the creek.

Ships and dhows from the Gulf, Iran, the Indian subcontinent and even from European coasts called on Dubai. These ships laden with between 200 and 300 Tonnes of cargo used to anchor at the creek to fulfill the needs of the local markets or for re-export purposes, emphasizing the historical position of Dubai as a center for regional trade.

The Creek has constantly been an important and a safe harbor for small and medium size ships which sail to the ports of the Arabian Gulf Region, the countries of the Indian Subcontinent and East Africa, loaded with different goods which are re-exported to these various Regions.

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