Located in the heart of Dubai City is Dubai Creek. The Creek splits Dubai into two main regions, Bur Dubai and Deira. Deira on the eastern bank of Dubai Creek is home to many of the sites of which Dubai is famous for, including the spice souk, Dubai clock tower, and the world famous Dubai Gold Souk. On the western edge of the Creek is the area of Bur Dubai, an area popular for its shopping malls and other famous buildings including the tallest building in the world; the Burj Khalifa. Well recommended on a holiday to the Dubai Creek is a visit to the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, a region of wetlands located at the end of Dubai Creek which is home to a large number of migratory birds and other animals.
Known locally as Khor Dubai, the Saltwater Creek has been of vital importance to the growth of Dubai through the ages, providing business, transportation and food for the population. A holiday to Dubai is not complete without a visit to this famous waterway, where a fusion of the traditional culture meets the futuristic new buildings of Dubai. The original pearl fishermen who founded Dubai in its current incarnation colonised the area around the creek from which the city we all know today has grown and Dubai Creek still offers holidaymakers a glance back in time with trips on the traditional Abra boats which are still used today.