Abra ride & Spice Souk

A flock of seagulls and dark clouds accompanied us along the abra ride one evening at Dubai creek. A friend was visiting and we were on a customary souk tour. For me an abra ride is always a refreshing experience, one I never get tired of. Most tourists too seem to enjoy boarding the wooden dhow, sharing space with scores of daily travellers and most of all soaking in the sights of old Dubai, that seems so remote as compared to the high rises and glitzy malls they just stepped out of. The cool breeze and the twinkling lights from other dhows added a dash of old world magic to the short boat ride that took us from Bur Dubai to Deira in less than 10 minutes . abra The first souk we visited after alighting from the abra ride was Deira’s spice souk on Baniyas Road. The covered souk has lanes of tiny shops with Iranian traders selling sacks of colourful spices. Yellow hues of turmeric merged with the stark brown cinnamon sticks and dried buds of pink roses vied for our attention along with sacks of fiery red chilies. 20150117_181521 We bought a few spices, among them was a packet of dried lavender that can be fermented to make tea. Beyond the spice souk is the glittering gold souk. Not big fans of gold we still ogled at rows of chunky necklaces and bangles. Back home with stacks of memories and packets of spices, a mud oudh burner and chocolates that looked like little pebbles, the first packet we opened was the lavender tea and we were not disappointed. lavender tea

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. notyet100
    Jan 21, 2015 @ 12:46:23

    Even I loved strolling there in the narrow lanes

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  2. Tessy
    Jan 22, 2015 @ 10:45:50

    It’s a different world πŸ™‚

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  3. farzain
    Jan 25, 2015 @ 10:46:52

    Lovely capture. One of my favorite things to be doing in Dubai.
    Check out
    http://colorsofourrainbow.blogspot.ae/2014/11/why-i-love-winters-in-uae.html

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  4. Tessy
    Jan 25, 2015 @ 22:16:58

    Thanks for reading, it’s the best time to explore the emirates πŸ™‚

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  5. Dad in Dubai
    Jan 31, 2015 @ 23:39:10

    Reblogged this on Delhi to Dubai: One Way Ticket and commented:
    To know the real Dubai, you must take an Abra (water taxi) and reach Diera to amble around the old Souk (market)… It’s here that History stares you in the face.

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  6. Tessy
    Feb 01, 2015 @ 13:21:05

    Thanks Dad in Dubai for supporting my blog πŸ™‚

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  7. Patricia Torres
    Feb 03, 2015 @ 11:19:08

    Ah.. I went here.. last month with a few cousins who were on holiday… Strange.. how we dont do this on our own.. But we had a fabulous time.. and the Gold Souq was intriguing..

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  8. Tessy
    Feb 04, 2015 @ 09:06:55

    One of my favourite things to do in Dubai is the abra ride πŸ™‚

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