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 Le Meridien Fairway, Marco Polo Hotel Dubai, Rose Garden Hotel Apartments Bur Dubai, City Seasons Suites, Best Western Premier Deira, Flora Creek Deluxe Hotel Apartments, Orient Guest House Dubai, Hilton Dubai Creek, and Riviera 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.