As temperatures in Dubai climb way past comfort levels, residents and visitors alike crouch in air-conditioned hotels, malls and offices. But sometimes you crave a breeze that doesn’t come out of a box, which is when a jaunt down or across Dubai’s main waterway, Dubai Creek, starts to look enticing.
Unlike Dubai’s palm tree-shaped islands and irrigated parklands, its Creek is much as nature intended (with the occasional touch-ups to make it more shipping-friendly). But whereas the word “creek” suggests something narrow and bucolic, Dubai Creek is actually a busy expanse lined with skyscrapers, winding for 14 kilometers (nearly nine miles) from the wetlands of the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary to the Gulf. Once a center of fishing and pearl-diving, the Creek is now an important artery for trade and transport.