May 6, 2017 kyliego 9Comment

What comes to your mind when you hear the word Dubai?

Gold, Skyscrapers, Extravagant Lifestyle, Top-notch cars? Well, there is no argument on that. In fact, those are the exact same words I used to describe Dubai before I left my hometown to start a “new” life here.ย  Well aside from shawarma, of course.

But just recently, I’ve learned that behind all the luxurious front of Dubai, is an even richer cultural side of it. A side I’ve never seen before. A side with souks instead of skyscrapers and abras instead of Ferraris. A refreshing scenery even under the 39 degree heat. Truly the heart of Old Dubai.

For just AED 1 ($0.27), you get to ride an abra which is a traditional boat made of wood to cross the creek. You’ll share the boat with 10-20 others for a 2 to 5-minute ride. But if you want to take a tour around the Creek, you can rent an abra all to yourself for AED 20 to 30 depending onย how good you negotiate. I think the best time to do this is during sunset.

The creek kind of reminded me of the canals in Venice. I don’t know how they call the person who drives the abraย but make them sing and you’ll get a gondola-style boat ride. Haha.

Behind me is a closed store. We went around 1PM on a Friday, what was I thinking? Lesson learned: go early morning or late afternoon. But I heard it’s best to visit the souks at night?

Me posing in the backyard of someone else’s house. Whose house, I don’t know.

I’m a bit sad to be sharing photos of myself instead of showing you the beauty of Old Dubai. I actually recorded clips of my experience only to find out that they were corrupted. (Damn, gopro)

Anyways, I promise to film my next experience (a more in-depth one) to show you that Dubai is not just about all those fancy things. Behind the mask lies a greater beauty.

X, Kylie


  • Wow it looks amazing. What an adventure!

    • kyliego

      Thank you so much, Rolene!

  • Thanks for this great overview of Dubai; really liked the layout of this post. We didn’t visit it yet, but hopefully we’ll visit this gem on our next vacation. We love your photos too much!!

    • kyliego

      Aww thank you, that means the world to me. Let me know when you do visit. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Gorgeous! That looks like an ocean compared to the creeks around the mountains here in North Georgia. Thank you for this peek into Dubai.

    • kyliego

      Thank you, Tifany ๐Ÿ™‚ I would love to see the creeks around the mountains there! Must be breathtaking!

  • This is gorgeous! I love your photos such a rich feeling of old history combined with the most beautiful scenery. I defiantly would love to go here. Thanks for sharing lovely happy Sunday ! ๐Ÿ™‚