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:
- OYO 130 Phoenix Hotel
- OYO 157 Al Khaima Hotel
- Royal Falcon Hotel
- OYO 350 Al Rabia
- Best Western Plus Pearl Creek
- Aloft City Centre Deira, Dubai
- Blue Diamond Hotel
- Swissotel Al Ghurair Dubai
- City Avenue Hotel
- Hilton Dubai Creek
Deira offers an excellent choice of restaurants.
The list was last updated on Saturday 14th of December 2019.
|Al Dawaar||Hyatt Regency Dubai|
|Arabic||$$$||Revolving restaurant and lounge on the 25th floor of the Hyatt Regency. Offers great views of Deira and beyond.|
|Creekside Japanese Restaurant||Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers|
|Japanese||$$||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.|
|Spice Island||Crowne Plaza Dubai Deira|
|International||$$||Legendary buffet restaurant at the Crown Plaza Dubai. Friday brunch, themed evenings. Family-friendly.|
|The Kitchen||Hyatt Regency Dubai|
|International||$$||All-day dining restaurant at the Hyatt Regency. Open kitchen. Good breakfasts.|
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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