Al Satwa is neighbourhood in Dubai, mainly consisting of high-density residential and commercial properties. The area is popular with the city’s Southeast Asian workers, particularly Filipinos.
Satwa Road runs from north to south and is lined with local restaurants and shops.
2nd December Street another busy street. It is found at the northern end of Satwa and until 2011 was called Al Difayah Street. It was renamed to mark the 40th UAE National Day.
There’s a limited choice of accommodation in the area. Visitors looking for 4 and 5-star hotels can find options on Sheikh Zayed Road. Airbnb is a good choice for those looking for budget rooms to rent (discount code available here).
Hotels and places to stay in and around Al Satwa include:
- Jumeira Rotana – Dubai
- La Ville Hotel & Suites CITY WALK Dubai, Autograph Collection
- Four Points by Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road
- Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai
- Ramada by Wyndham Jumeirah Hotel
- Fairmont Dubai
- Gevora Hotel
- Carlton Downtown Hotel
- Al Khoory Executive Hotel, Al Wasl
- Towers Rotana - Dubai
Most restaurants in the area are simple establishments catering to local residents.
More upscale dining options and those licensed to serve alcohol can be found in the hotels on Sheikh Zayed Road/Trade Centre.
The list was last updated on Sunday 4th of October 2020.
|24th St. World Street Food||Dusit Thani|
|Indian, Korean, Japanese, Arabic, Italian, Chinese||$$||Licensed restaurant on the 24th floor of the Dusit Thani. Street food concept offering dishes from around the world (Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Arabic etc.). Vibrant and colourful interior. |
|Turkish||$$||Contemporary Turkish restaurant at City Walk.|
|Chamas||Crowne Plaza Dubai|
|Brazilian, Steakhouse||$$$||Brazilian churrascaria at the Crowne Plaza Dubai. Offers all-you-can-eat meat feasts served at your table. Salad and dessert bars. Live music. Friday brunch.|
|Level 43 Sky Lounge||Four Points by Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road|
|Ravi||Al Dhiyafa Road|
|Pakistani, Indian||$||Legendary local restaurant. Founded by a Pakistani labourer in the 1970s. Known for its authentic Pakistani food. Located near the Satwa Roundabout (junction of 2nd December Street and Al Satwa Road).|
|Tresind||Nassima Royal Hotel|
Satwa Road is home to a variety of local shops and businesses. Supermarkets, tailors, clothes stores, fabric shops, electronics stores, money exchanges, salons, and many more are here.
There are no major tourist attractions in Satwa itself.
There are a handful of small public parks in Satwa. Satwa Park is on Al Satwa Road, next to the bus station. Al Khazan Park lies at the southern end of the district, opposite City Walk. Large parks in nearby areas include Safa Park in Al Wasl and Zabeel Park in Zabeel. Zabeel Park offers a number of attractions such as the Dubai Frame and Dubai Garden Glow.
Al Satwa Bus Station is the main bus station in the area. Services from here include the E304 service to Sharjah, and Metro feeder buses F11 and F28.
Places of interest in Satwa and the immediate vicinity are shown on the map below.
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