Al Muteena is a vibrant and bustling sub-community in the heart of Deira, Dubai.
Geographically, Al Muteena is strategically located, bordered by Al Baraha to the north, Al Muraqqabat to the south, Naif to the west, and Hor Al Anz to the east. The main streets that define its boundaries are Abu Baker Al Siddique Road (D78), Salah Al Din Street (D80), Al Rasheed Road (D82), and Omar Bin Al Khattab Street (D88).
According to the Dubai Population Bulletin 2021, published by the Dubai Statistics Center, Al Muteena boasts a population of 48,739, making up 1.40% of Dubai’s total population of 3,478,300.
Unlike the high rises found elsewhere in Dubai, Al Muteena has a distinct low-rise character. Al Muteena Park runs through the centre, providing green space and a pedestrian pathway. This pathway is popular for residents to walk, jog and bike for exercise or leisure.
Al Muteena remains a highly populated and lively urban area within Deira’s busy commercial zone. While other parts of Dubai have modernised, Al Muteena retains an old neighbourhood feel.
Transport – Dubai Metro, Buses
Al Muteena is well-connected to Dubai’s public transportation network.
The Green Line of the Dubai Metro system serves the area. Salah Al Din Metro Station is situated on Salah Al Din Street at the district’s southern end. Union Metro Station, a transfer station, is only one stop away. At Union, passengers can transfer to the Red Line for direct transport to places such as City Centre Deira, Dubai International Airport, BurJuman, Karama, Dubai World Trade Centre, DIFC, Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall, Business Bay, DIFC, Dubai Marina, and Jumeirah Lakes Towers.
Taxis are plentiful on Al Muteena Street and Salah Al Din Street. Ride-hailing services like Uber and Careem provide door-to-door service around the clock.
For drivers, Al Muteena is conveniently located near the E11 Emirates Road, which links Dubai to other emirates.
Dubai International Airport is conveniently located just south of the community.
Shops and Shopping Malls
Al Muteena offers plenty of small shops and eateries to serve the needs of residents. The main shopping street is Al Muteena Street, which runs east to west across the district. Lined with low-rise commercial buildings, it caters to pedestrian traffic with many retail stores, cafes, and restaurants at street level. Shoppers can find electronics, clothing, fresh produce, and more among the bustling storefronts.
Salah Al Din Street forms the busy southern boundary, with additional shops and businesses. The Burj Nahar Mall on Al Muteena Street has a large Nesto Hypermarket with international and local products for grocery shopping.
For mall shopping, residents can head to the Reef Mall. This air-conditioned shopping centre features brand-name stores, a food court, a supermarket, and entertainment options in a modern building. The renowned Al Ghurair Centre is only a short walk away, providing high-end retail outlets and a movie theatre.
For fresh produce, the Waterfront Market on Deira Corniche is unmatched. With its vast array of fresh fish, seafood, meats, and more, it’s a culinary enthusiast’s dream come true.
Attractions and Things to Do
Al Muteena is a residential and commercial neighbourhood and has no major attractions.
At the heart of the area is the long, linear Al Muteena Park, which stretches nearly a mile from end to end. Sandwiched between lanes of Al Muteena Street, the park provides much-needed greenspace in the dense urban setting.
A paved pathway lined with palm trees runs through Al Muteena Park, allowing people to walk, jog, or bike for exercise or leisure. The park offers a bit of nature and room to breathe amidst the busy streets. Benches provide spots to sit, and people watch as local life bustles by.
Al Muteena Street comes alive in the evenings with many eateries and cafes. The restaurants here buzz with social activity late into the night.
Residents head just a short drive north to Al Mamzar Beach Park to relax by the seaside.
Although the area lacks cinemas, the Star Cinemas at Al Ghurair Centre is a short distance away.
Hotels and places to stay in and around Al Muteena include:
- OYO 101 Click Hotel
- Fortune Grand Hotel
- Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Dubai Deira
- Claridge Hotel - Dubai
- GULF INN HOTEL
- Fortune Deira Hotel
- Crowne Plaza Dubai Deira
- Marco Polo Hotel
- Asiana Hotel Dubai
- Ramada by Wyndham Dubai Deira
Property and Real Estate
With its central urban location, Al Muteena contains predominantly low and mid-rise apartment buildings to accommodate its dense population. While lacking glitzy high rises, the area offers affordable housing close to the historic centre of Dubai. Many buildings are contemporary concrete structures, often with shops occupying the ground levels.
Typical apartments range from studios to 2-bedrooms, suited for singles, couples, and small families. Rent and property prices are very reasonable compared to other parts of the city.
Al Muteena is a great place to live for those seeking convenience and affordability over luxury.
While no schools are located directly within the boundaries of Al Muteena, the area is well-served by several educational institutes nearby. Students can attend schools in the adjacent Hor Al Anz neighbourhood.
The Pearl Wisdom School and Little Flower English School are two reputable schools in Hor Al Anz.
The area’s central location also provides access to the many schools throughout Dubai via its excellent transportation links.
Healthcare options in Al Muteena itself are limited, with no major hospitals within the neighbourhood. However, residents have access to excellent medical facilities a short drive away. Dubai Hospital is just to the north in Al Baraha. Rashid Hospital is in Umm Hurair, just across the Dubai Creek. These government hospitals provide comprehensive outpatient clinics, emergency rooms, and speciality services.
The Aster Clinic is a polyclinic on Al Muteena Street. The clinic has a dedicated team of experienced specialists and modern diagnostic equipment. The clinic offers a wide range of medical services, including general medicine, paediatrics, gynaecology/obstetrics, cardiology, dermatology, cosmetology, ENT, gastroenterology, orthopaedic surgery, dentistry, ophthalmology, pathology, general surgery, psychiatry, urology, rheumatology, neurology, pulmonology, and endocrinology.
Spirituality finds a home in Al Muteena. The community is dotted with mosques, each a symbol of the deep-rooted Islamic heritage of the region. Mosques include: