I love that the Abras don’t have conventional seats. All passengers just take their place on the sides of that wooden platform!
Like so. I love that Dubai has kept the wooden boats as is. They could easily replace those with hundreds of modern speed boats. But why would they replace such a charming thing? I thought these Abras were just a tourist novelty. But I saw locals using these too. Very convenient, quick, and a pleasant breath of fresh cool air.
Additionally, Abra is also a starting point for Dhow Cruise Creek boat trips.
This one had a mini titanic episode…
Here’s a mini drawing of Dubai Creek to show you where those wooden water taxis are handy.
I love that despite being one of the most modern cities in the world, Dubai has retained the wooden Abras. It’s interesting to imagine how these wooden taxis have ferried thousands or millions of people throughout the years. Specifically, transporting people from “modern” Dubai, to Old Dubai (separate post on that soon)
Dubai may be the city of airconditioned bus stops, biggest aquarium in the world, tallest building, etc. But it was upon entering Old Dubai, stepping into the Abra that this mega modern city took my breath away…