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:
- Emirates Grand Hotel
- Al Khoory Executive Hotel, Al Wasl
- Chelsea Plaza Hotel
- Ramada by Wyndham Jumeirah Hotel
- Rove Trade Centre
- Sofitel Dubai Downtown
- Fairmont Dubai
- Conrad Dubai
- Crowne Plaza Dubai
- Four Points by Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road
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 Saturday 14th of December 2019.
|24th St. World Street Food||Dusit Thani|
|Indian, Korean, Japanese, Arabic, Italian, Chinese||$$||Licensed restaurant on the 24th floor of the Dusit Thani. Street food concept offering dishes from around the world (Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Arabic etc.). Vibrant and colourful interior. |
|Al Mallah||2nd December Street|
|Lebanese||$||Lebanese restaurant founded in the 1980s. One of the best places in the city for shawarma. Outdoor dining area.|
|Turkish||$$||Contemporary Turkish restaurant at City Walk.|
|Chamas||Crowne Plaza Dubai|
|Brazilian, Steakhouse||$$$||Brazilian churrascaria at the Crowne Plaza Dubai. Offers all-you-can-eat meat feasts served at your table. Salad and dessert bars. Live music. Friday brunch.|
|Chival||La Ville Hotel and Suites|
|International||$$||Restaurant at La Ville Hotel and Suites, City Walk. Great breakfasts. Outdoor seating area.|
|Feast||Sheraton Grand Hotel|
|Flair No. 5||The Ritz Carlton Dubai International Financial Centre|
|Bar||$$||Outdoor bar and lounge at the Ritz Carlton DIFC. Resident DJ. Licensed. Ladies nights.|
|L'Occitane Cafe||City Walk|
|French||$$||French cafe at City Walk.|
|Level 43 Sky Lounge||Four Points by Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road|
|Noodle Bowl||2nd December Street|
|Chinese, Malaysian||$||[Trip Advisor]|
|Ravi||Al Dhiyafa Road|
|Pakistani, Indian||$||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).|
|The Boston Bar||Jumeira Rotana|
|Pub, British, American||$$||‘Cheers’ style bar at the Jumeira Rotana hotel. Happy hour and DJs.|
|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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