The Dubai Creek to Come Alive as Winter Draws Nearer

Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers offers ’10 Things to Do’ on the Creek


With the delightful Dubai winter quickly approaching, the Dubai Creek area is about to come alive with activity, as residents emerge out of hiding from the searing summer heat.


The majestic Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers, set on the very edge of the Creek, has been extending warm hospitality to residents and travelers alike for the last 36 years, and has witnessed this seasonal explosion in activity for decades.


“The Dubai Creek used to be the central hub of activity for the Emirate, and as this started to change, the Creek has become where Dubai’s legacy truly lives. The Sheraton is in the unique position of being able to offer not only spectacular views over Dubai’s iconic Creek, but also offer sweeping panoramic views of the city skyline. We’re minutes from some of the most iconic settings in the city, and still a short drive from ‘New Dubai’,” said Stephan Vanden Auweele, General Manager for Sheraton Dubai Creek.


Sheraton Dubai Creek offers the below ’10 Things to Do’ guide for entertainment on or near the bustling iconic creek.

  1. Wander Al Bastakiya District, Heritage Village and Dubai Museum, all offering a historic and traditional look into Dubai. The museum, located in Al Fahidi Fort, was built in 1787 and is the oldest existing building in Dubai.
  2. Ride the Cable Car, which runs the 2.3km length of Dubai Creek Park in under half an hour, and is suspended 30 metres in the air.
  3. Cruise down the Creek at your own pace on a traditional wooden dhow, or hire an abra (water taxi) to see the spectacular historical sites dotted alongside the vast Creek.  
  4. Visit the Dubai Dolphinarium, one of the region’s most loved attractions where visitors can get up close and personal with bottlenose dolphins as part of action-packed live shows.
  5. Stop by The Chelsea Arms at Sheraton Dubai Creek and enjoy delicious food and refreshments in Dubai’s first English pub with the longest happy hour in town.
  6. Walk along the bustling Dubai Dhow Wharfage area along the Creek, where pallet after pallet of goods is passing through Dubai en route to its final destination. Talk to the sailors, who are usually happy to invite you on board their dhows for a tour and cup of tea!
  7. Shop ‘til you drop at the nearby spice and gold souks. Take in the aroma of unique herbs and spices, marvel at one of the finest and most extensive collections of gold anywhere n the world, and haggle with merchants at the oldest market in Dubai.
  8. Take in the live street shows and activities during the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF). Al Seef, Al Muraqabat, and Al Rigga streets, to name a few, play host to character shows, music, dancing and fireworks. Entertainment includes folk dancing in national costumes, live music and performances from a variety of genres. One of the highlights is sure to be the circus acts; everything from unicyclists and stilt-walkers to jugglers and mime artists can be found delighting the crowds lining the streets.
  9. Take a short metro or car ride to nearby shopping malls, such as Deira City Centre, Burjuman or even Dubai Mall, and take advantage of Dubai’s legacy as a top global shopping destination.
  10. Finish off a busy day by watching the sunset over dinner at Vivaldi by Alfredo Russo, the signature Italian restaurant located in Sheraton Dubai Creek. As well as views of the famous Dubai skyline, the breathtaking Creek view is best seen from the restaurant’s stunning open terrace.