Dubai Creek has long been the lifeblood of this city. And the best way to get a feel for it is on an abra. These traditional water taxis run regularly and are chock-full of locals wanting to get from Bur Dubai to Deira. Make the 15-minute drive from Downtown Dubai and you can charter your own abra with a little bartering. As you head down the creek to Al Maktoum Bridge, you’ll see a mix of gold-plated buildings and dhows laden with everything from rice sacks to TVs.