If you just want to get away from the hustle of the city and relax a bit, take it slow and see the city as it used to be, then the Dubai Creek, Old Dubai United Arab Emirates is the place to head. Although the Creek does get pretty busy at times :-).
The Dubai Creek is located in the Deira area stretching all the way to the Persian Gulf. There are a few stops along the way, one of which is Al Sabkha.
There are plenty of places to eat in this area. Just walk along the Creek or duck into one of the neighboring souqs.
What To Do
Walk around the Creek area and check out the local stores along the way. Also, look at the ships that go up and down the creek. Some actually bring supplies to/from Iraq and Iran. It’s pretty amazing to see.
Then when you’re ready to cross the Creek, take the Abra. These are boats where you just sit facing the sides. It cost 1 AED for this amazing journey.
Dubai Creek, Old Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Abras waiting for a fare at night