Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Dhows, abras and freight boats on the Dubai creek

Dhows are traditionally fisher boats but you hardly see them here on the Dubai Creek. The wooden abra boat is now used for tourist purposes, for a trip up to Port Rachid and back down on the creek. Many tourists, about 20 million a year, can not resist the temptation; on both sides of the creek you see so many beautiful antique boats, mosques and interesting buildings. We didn’t do this, the requested price for such a dhow tour was far too expensive. We decided to walk and visit the side streets on the bank. The creek divides the old Dubai in two parts, the Bur Dubai and Dubai Deira. We particularly liked the freight ships. They have nicely painted decorations on the deck and are fully operational. You would think these vessels could no longer sail, they look so old and the wood is poorly maintained. Labourers from low income countries work very hard to unload the freight. They must have a very rough life.

Dhows zijn traditioneel vissersboten, maar je ziet ze heel weinig op de Dubai Creek. De houten abra boot wordt nu gebruikt voor toerist doeleinden, voor een tochtje naar Port Rachid en terug op de rivier. Vele toeristen, ongeveer 20 miljoen per jaar, kunnen niet aan de verleiding weerstaan. Aan beide kanten van de Dubai Creek zie je dan ook vele moskeeën, antieke boten en interessante gebouwen. Wij hebben hier geen gebruik van gemaakt, de vraagprijs voor een boottochtje was veel te duur. We besloten te wandelen en ook de zijstraatjes langs de oever te bezoeken. De Creek verdeeld het oude Dubai in twee delen, de Bur Dubai en Dubai Deira. We vonden de oude vrachtschepen heel indrukwekkend. Ze hadden mooi geschilderde decoraties op het dek en de boten zijn nog steeds operationeel. Ze zien er uit alsof ze elk moment zouden kunnen zinken, de verf bladert langs elke zijde af en het hout ziet er versleten uit. Zeelui uit lage loon landen werken hard om de vrachten te lossen. Ze moeten een zwaar leven hebben..

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35 comments:

  1. Wat is het daar mooi. Prachtige foto's.Dank je wel voor je bezoek.

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  2. Wow...ihr habt so viele tolle Fotos und Beiträge, daß ich mit den Kommentaren nicht nachkomme...super Eindrücke zeigt ihr aus fremden und schönen Ländern....
    Liebe Grüße, Karin

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  3. Agree, the ships are so nicely painted!

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  5. I like the freight ships, excellent photographed !

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