Bur Dubai is centrally located on the western side of the Dubai Creek. It boasts a vast array of hotels, restaurants, shops and malls, and is also a popular residential area. Many of the city’s historical attractions are also found here.
Bur Dubai is a heavily built up area. Most accommodation in the area is in low to medium-rise apartment blocks. New apartments are pretty expensive to rent or buy, but there are plenty of cheaper options in older buildings.
Hotels and places to stay in and around Bur Dubai include:
- Hampton by Hilton Dubai Al Seef
- Orchid Vue Hotel
- Holiday Inn Bur Dubai - Embassy District
- Sea View Hotel Dubai
- Manhattan Avenue Hotel
- Majestic City Retreat Hotel ( Formerly Majestic Hotel Tower)
- Howard Johnson Bur Dubai
- Queen Elizabeth 2 Hotel
- Four Points by Sheraton Downtown Dubai
- Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa
Bur Dubai offers an excellent choice of restaurants. Some of the best are listed below.
The list was last updated on Sunday 4th of October 2020.
|Al Ustad Special Kabab||Al Mussallah Road|
|Iranian||$||Legendary Iranian restaurant. One of the best budget restaurants in Dubai. Founded in 1978. Aka Special Ostadi Restaurant.|
|Arabian Tea House||Al Fahidi Street|
|Arabic||$$||Outdoor cafe in Bur Dubai. Relaxed courtyard setting with tables shaded by canopies. Offers more than 100 varieties of tea from all corners of the globe. Food menu includes Arabic breakfasts, salads, sandwiches, and BBQ dishes.|
|Cantina 1810||Grand Excelsior Hotel|
|Mexican||$$||Mexican restaurant on the ground floor of the Grand Excelsior Hotel Bur Dubai. Indoor and outdoor dining areas. Live music. Licensed.|
|Doors Freestyle Grill||Al Seef|
|Steakhouse, Seafood||$$$||Steakhouse and seafood restaurant at Al Seef. Offers super juicy steaks, lamb chops, and more. Overlooks the Dubai Creek. Unlicensed. |
|Karachi Darbar||Al Nahdha Street|
|Indian, Pakistani, Chinese||$||Cheap restaurant offering a variety of Pakistani, Indian, and Chinese dishes.|
|Maharaja Bhog||Hamsah Building, Za'abeel Street|
|Indian, Vegetarian||$$||Restaurant specialising in vegetarian thali (platters) from Gujarat and Rajasthan areas of India.|
|Rasoi Ghar||Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Street|
|Indian, Vegetarian||$$||Vegetarian restaurant offering Gujarati and Rajasthani thali. Located opposite BurJuman.|
|Sind Punjab||A Street|
|Indian||$||Hole-in-the-wall restaurant established in 1977. Offers authentic Punjabi cuisine. Great butter chicken. Located in Meena Bazaar.|
|XVA Cafe||XVA Art Hotel|
|Arabic, Vegetarian||$$||Courtyard restaurant at the XVA Art Hotel. Peaceful atmosphere. Offers vegetarian Arabic dishes.|
There’s a wealth of small independent shops and stores in Bur Dubai plus a good choice of large supermarkets (Carrefour, Spinneys, Choithram, Union Co-Op). Malls include Al Khaleej Centre and Al Ain Centre, both known for computers, plus the BurJuman shopping centre. The Old Souk/Textile Souk is also here.
Attractions & Entertainment
Bur Dubai boasts most of the city’s heritage attractions; Dubai Museum, Heritage and Diving Villages, and the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding.
There are no popular schools for expatriate children in Bur Dubai.
Khalid Bin Al Waleed Metro Station is one of Dubai’s two transfer stations. It offers access to both the Red Line and the Green Line and fast connections to most areas of the city. It’s located next to the BurJuman shopping mall.