The Zabeel district of Dubai lies immediately east of Trade Centre/Sheikh Zayed Road. The main attraction in the area is Zabeel Park. The public park is home to the Dubai Frame, an observation tower offering fantastic views of the city. Dubai Garden Glow is here during the winter months.

Aerial photograph of Zabeel and Trade Centre
Aerial photograph of Zabeel and Trade Centre

Zabeel Stadium is also here and is the home ground of Al Wasl FC, a local professional football team.

Zabeel Palace is at the centre of the district and is residence and administrative headquarters of the ruling royal family of Dubai. It is not open to the general public.

The rest of the district consists of private residences; mainly large villas and townhouses.


There are no hotels in Zabeel. There are plenty of accommodation options in adjacent areas; Karama, Trade Centre, and Downtown Dubai.


Hotels and places to stay in and around Zabeel include:

  • Jumeirah Emirates Towers
  • Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf Dubai
  • voco Dubai an IHG hotel
  • Raffles Dubai
  • Ibis World Trade Centre
  • Fairmont Dubai
  • Ibis One Central - World Trade Centre Dubai
  • Waldorf Astoria Dubai International Financial Centre
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre
  • Dusit Thani Dubai


Al Jafiliya Metro Station, a Red Line station, is just west of Zabeel Park.

Buses to Zabeel Stadium include the 44 service from Al Ghubaiba Bus Station in Bur Dubai.


Zabeel and surrounding areas are shown on the map below.

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