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.
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.
Hotels and places to stay in and around this area include Landmark Grand Hotel, Hyatt Regency Dubai, Flora Grand Hotel, Ramada Deira, Star Metro Deira Hotel Dubai, Avani Deira Dubai Hotel, Hyatt Place Dubai / Al Rigga, Carlton Palace Hotel Dubai, Jood Palace Hotel Dubai, Coral Dubai Deira Hotel, Summit Hotel Dubai, Comfort Inn Hotel Dubai, Copthorne Hotel Dubai, Grand Excelsior Hotel Deira, Somewhere Hotel Apartment, Avari Dubai Hotel, The Carlton Tower Hotel, Best Western Premier Deira, Landmark Plaza Baniyas, Marco Polo Hotel Dubai, Asiana Hotel Dubai, J5 RIMAL Hotel Apartments, J5 Hotels - Port Saeed, Samaya Hotel Deira, Hyatt Place Dubai Baniyas Square, Al Sarab Hotel, Riviera Hotel Dubai, Rove City Centre, Flora Hotel Apartments Dubai, Royal Continental Hotel Dubai, Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek, Al Ghurair Hotel Managed by AccorHotels, Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel and Towers, Novotel Deira City Centre, Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre, Hilton Dubai Creek, Avenue Hotel Dubai, Suba Hotel, Hues Boutique Hotel, Movenpick Hotel Apartments Al Mamzar Dubai, Lavender Hotel Dubai, Crowne Plaza Deira, City Seasons Hotel, JW Marriott Hotel Dubai, Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Apartments, Al Jawhara Gardens Hotel, Pearl City Suites, Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre Residences, The Galleria Residence Hyatt Regency Dubai, Raintree Hotel Dubai, Holiday Inn Down Town, Best Western Plus Pearl Creek Hotel, Asfar Hotel Apartment, Al Khaleej Palace Hotel, Marriott Executive Apartments Dubai Creek, Al Jawhara Hotel Apartment, Sadaf Hotel, Al Deyafa Hotel Apartments, and Monaco Hotel Dubai.
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. Places of interest in Bur Dubai, on the western side of the Creek are also shown. This area is easily accessible from Deira by Metro or abra.
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