When you visit Dubai or read about architectural marvels of this "Pearl of Persian Gulf", one place which you cannot afford to miss is "Dubai Creek". It is from here that Dubai embarked on the journey of becoming a global city.
Dhow cruises ferrying on today's Dubai Creek
The word "Creek" means an inlet of the sea. Dubai Creek's natural length is approximately 14 km (and its further extension work is in full swing) which divides Dubai into two important parts "Deira" and "Bur Dubai". Though Dubai has always awed the world with its giant new age constructions like Palm Jumeira (palm shaped artificial archipelago) or Burj Khalifa (world's tallest building over 800 meters high) or Dubai World (cluster of 300 artificial islands in the shape of world), but Dubai Creek still holds its old world charm where time has stood still. Amongst the sky scrapers built along the creek, narrow lanes will take you through the densely populated areas to the ancient times where you will find rulers fort and wind towers (used as residences in pre-electricity era). So no one can deny the economic, social and cultural significance of the creek in Dubai's history.
Picture showing the wind towers and boats of old Dubai
Before the advent of crude oil, Dubai was a pearl fishery village with its population mainly concentrated on both sides of the Creek. The pearl industry suffered huge losses in later 1930's when Japanese invented an artificial way of cultivating pearls. As a result Dubai had to develop itself as one of the main ports and a free trade zone to save its economy from sinking.
This brought many foreign merchants to this land. The markets (also known as souk) began to flourish along the creek side. Today, there are around 200 nationalities in Dubai. And the gold souks, textile souks and spice souks in Deira are mainly dominated by the people of Indian and Iranian origin.
The mornings at creek are chaotic and full of hustle-bustle with loading and unloading of the cargos but as the siesta approaches, things begin to slow down. Sunset on the other hand unleashes the splendid beauty of this place. Dhow cruises, aroma of the sizzling barbecues, cool sea breeze, dazzling waves in the moonlight hold the calmness and serenity in the atmosphere even though one is surrounded by hundreds of people, with street dances and night markets in full swing. A true delight indeed!!!
Dance performance at the creek in a 2 week long celebrations of Eid in Dubai
Isn't it a beautiful place to spend some time with your loved ones....?