Dangerous but Fun ride
Recently, all the dhow cruises were restricted from sailing, then they were allowed to cruise, reason for allowing them is still un known, same story was posted by Farrukh on this blog.
May be authorities just wanted to ensure that safety measures are taken care of OR may be some big shots were not able to tolerate hefty daily income loss.
But what about the water taxis (abrahs), does anyone stopped them from ferrying people from Deira to Bur Dubai and back?, no I don’t think so. These abrah masters are not trained sailor, neither they have any safety equipments / measures on board in case of any emergency. Each abrah carry atleast twenty passengers at a time and cross 200 meter wide creek atleast 50 to 76 time a day and there are atleast 15 boats on Dubai creek alone, with only one life guard boat, which has to take care of Jet Ski area near Garhoud.
BUT, still it’s a cheapest way of crossing Dubai Creek and commuting from Deira to Bur Dubai. Sometime, when I don’t have any urgent work at office and want to stretch my legs I go for a round in abrah. It costs me AED 1 but gives me a good 15 minutes refreshing ride, really its good fun, crossing creek with atleast twenty people standing in 20 feet boat. Try it if you dare !!!!!!