Deira is the oldest part of Dubai. It lies of the eastern side of the Creek and stretches down from its mouth to Garhoud and Dubai Festival City. The area has plenty to offer in terms of hotels, restaurants, souks and shops, but suffers from horrendous traffic congestion.


Deira boasts a good choice of hotels catering to all budgets.

Real Estate – Apartments

Apartments are the main form of residential accommodation in Deira. Rents and prices are cheaper than in other parts of the Dubai, primarily because of the age of the buildings, traffic congestion etc. Newer, executive apartments can be found near the Creek.

Aerial view of Deira and the Dubai Creek


The area is well served by supermarkets and shopping malls (Deira City Centre, Al Ghurair Centre, Reef Mall, and the Hamarain Centre). The Deira Fish Market and most of the city’s souks are also here (Gold Souk, Perfume Souk, and Spice Souk).

Attractions & Entertainment

There are cinemas at both the Deira City Centre and Al Ghurair City shopping malls. The Deira City Centre also boasts a children’s entertainment centre.


With most expatriate families preferring to live in other areas of Dubai, international schools in Deira are thin on the ground. The Cambridge International School in Garhoud and those at Dubai Festival City are fairly close.

Map of Deira

Interactive map of Deira.