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 Deira include:
- Sun and Sands Plaza Hotel
- Galaxy Plaza Hotel
- Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre
- Landmark Grand Hotel
- Al Jawhara Gardens Hotel
- Le Wana Hotel
- Aloft City Centre Deira, Dubai
- Downtown Hotel
- Grand Central Hotel
- Copthorne Hotel Dubai
Deira offers an excellent choice of restaurants.
The list was last updated on Sunday 4th of October 2020.
|Al Dawaar||Hyatt Regency Dubai|
|Arabic||$$$||Revolving restaurant and lounge on the 25th floor of the Hyatt Regency. Offers great views of Deira and beyond.|
|Aseelah||Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek|
|Arabic||$$$||Arabic restaurant at the Radisson Blu. Licensed. Entertainment and belly dancing.|
|Creekside Japanese Restaurant||Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers|
|Japanese||$$||Japanese restaurant at the Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel and Towers in Deira. Buffet nights feature various Asian cuisines. Terrace offers good views of the Dubai Creek.|
|Danial Restaurant||Twin Towers, Baniyas Road|
|Arabic, Iranian||$$||Buffet restaurant. Good range of dishes. Good value for money.|
|Miyako||Hyatt Regency Dubai|
|Japanese||$$$||Established Japanese restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Dubai. Licensed. Simple wood interior.|
|The Pub||Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek|
|Pub, British||$$||British-style pub. Cosy interior with wood-panelled walls.|
|Yum!||Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek|
|Asian||$$||Pan-Asian restaurant with open kitchen. Dishes from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore etc.|
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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