"What is a creek?" My daughter asked me when I crossed over AlMaktoum bridge once. "Well, I simplified. Imagine playing at the beach and digging a "river" from the sea into the beach. That river is a Creek."
Dubai dwellers cross the Creek at 5 junctions of town, and yet they forget it even exists. In the 80s, all commercial activities were around the Creek. The hotels, the shops, the offices, the rulers' offices, the museums, the souks and ofcourse the infamous Dhow trade.
I therefore always notice the Creek when I cross it, even through its old Shindaga tunnel. I point to its beauty when we ride over a bridge. I interrupt my golf game for a background picture.
And I dream of the Creek, regularly and constantly. I swim in it mysteriously. It is my recurrent dream. Dubai may have moved its center away from the Creek, but my heart is sewn to it.