Its a very calm and lovely experience to travel on traditional wooden boats aka Abra .
If you are tourists its recommended to try Abra and it's very cheap and cost only 1 AED which you can pay directly to the ferry driver. There is old souq near to Abra you can enjoy shopping. Its soo nice to cross from Bur Dubai to Deira, which takes us to the street markets for shopping.
Also it is so nice to see that Government is still preserving the traditional modes of transportation.