Bur Dubai

Welcome to Bur Dubai

Further towards the creek, away from the glittery flashing lights, lie two of the biggest parts of Old Dubai: Deira and Bur Dubai. Newcomers to Dubai might not realise it, but before the emergence of mega-blocks like DIFC, Dubai Marina and JBR, Deira used to be the heart of Dubai, and Bur Dubai its quieter, more relaxed sister. Bur Dubai is home to many historic sites, museums and old buildings. Tour the living museums of the Heritage and Diving Village in Al Shindagha and explore the souks. Or wander through the lanes of the historic Al Fahidi District, home to some of the only original Arabic wind-tower houses left on the Arab side of the Gulf, built by wealthy traders and pearl merchants.

Nearest Stations

  • BurJuman metro station
  • ADCB ( Al Karama ) metro station
  • Oud Metha metro station

Commute Times by Car

  • Jebel Ali – 40 minutes
  • Dubai Marina – 29 minutes
  • Dubai Mall – 13 minutes
  • DIFC – 7 minutes
  • Dubai International Airport – 12 minutes

Around the block

The neighbours

South Asian expats

Bur Dubai mainly attracts South Asian expats as well as international expats looking for affordable housing close to the centre of town.

Like Deira, Bur Dubai is densely populated. Both areas are worth exploring, and offer countless benefits. Much of the charm of Bur Dubai lies in simply wandering along the waterfront and through the busy backstreets, although there are a number of specific attractions worth exploring.

At the heart of the district, the Dubai Museum offers an excellent introduction to the city’s history, culture and customs, while the old Iranian quarter of Al Bastakiya (recently renamed Al Fahidi district) nearby is home to the city’s collection of traditional buildings, topped with dozens of wind towers.

Perfect for

Young professionals, small to mid-sized families

Bur Dubai is perfect for people looking for reasonable residential rent in close proximity to the hotspots of central Dubai. It’s one practical place to live when considering rent, amenities, and local transport links.

Working expats with low-to-mid income can find great accommodation options in Bur Dubai for a reasonable price.

The lifestyle

Busy, loud and full of adventures

Bur Dubai gets quite busy in the evenings as more and more people go out to grab a snack, have dinner, or finish errands. Residents spend a good deal of time out and about walking the streets and enjoying the many quick snack shops and cafes that line the streets. On weekends, particularly Friday afternoons, families head out to the creek or spend time in the different parks and attractions throughout the neighbourhood.

Compared to newer districts in Dubai, Bur Dubai enjoys a more natural, organic feel. The availability of outdoor activities and affordable entertainment options give residents a chance to explore the beauty of the city without breaking the budget.

not so great for

Pet owners, large families and people who like to live in a quiet environment

If you are someone who owns a pet, or generally needs a lot of space, then Bur Dubai is probably not the best choice for you. Despite the apartments being larger than other newer areas of Dubai, the chaos of the backstreets does not lend itself to happy free-roaming pets like other areas in the Greens, The Springs, and The Lakes.

Bur Dubai can get very congested, especially during rush-hours and weekends, so prepare yourself for a lot of bumper-to-bumper traffic and noise pollution. In this area, using the Dubai Metro is a great option to avoid the delays caused by traffic.

the market

Low to mid-range apartments

Rent in Bur Dubai is relatively cheap (starting from 50,000 AED/year). The area is dominated by mid-rise buildings offering 1BR, 2BR, 3BR, and 4BR apartments. There are the occasional villas in Bur Dubai, but finding a vacant one to rent is very difficult.

Residential buildings vary in Bur Dubai; some offer top-notch amenities such as swimming pools and gyms, while others conspicuously require maintenance and upkeep.

you will fall in love with

The creek, the history and the food

Every small detail in Bur Dubai is a reminder of a rich Emirati past. From museums, to art galleries, old Dubai is where residents can explore the “real” Dubai.

This is also where you’ll get the strongest sense of Bur Dubai’s status as the city’s Little India, with dozens of no-frills curry houses, window displays full of glittery saris, and optimistic touts offering fake watches or “nice pashminas”.

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Our selection

Afghan Kebab house

One of the oldest authentic Afghani restaurants, the eatery is consistantly busy but worth the wait for some finger-licking kebabs.

Karachi Derbar

A legendary restaurant serving authentic Pakistani flavours. Karachi Derbar is a favourite amongst Dubai residents and can get extremely busy on the weekends.

The Boardwalk

Nestled on the shores of the idyllic Dubai Creek, The Boardwalk has been a popular Dubai institution since its opening 20 years ago. Perfect for Friday lunches for the entire family.

Burjuman

Burjuman is one of the oldest shopping malls in Dubai, and today represents the number one shopping destination for Bur Dubai residents.

Deira City Centre

A huge shopping centre with fashion, electronics and department stores, plus a multiscreen cinema and a number of restaurants and eateries.

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Deira Old Souk

Deira Spice Souk or the Old Souk is a traditional market selling a variety of authentic products from fragrances and spices to the many herbs used in Arabic and South Asian food.

Zabeel Park

One of the largest parks in Dubai, Zabeel Park is located between Al Karama and the Za’abeel area, and attracts hundreds of families on the weekends.

Dubai Creek Park

Dubai Creek Park is in the heart of the old city and is one of the oldest parks in Dubai, but is still as popular today with families. The park enjoys the cool breeze from the creek and has barbeque and children’s play areas.

Al Hamriya Park

Al Hamriya park is a small park with plenty of play areas for children. The park is known for its rich selection of flowers and exotic plants.

Unifit Gym

Established in 1989, Unifit Gym is one of the most popular gyms in Karama.

Gold's Gym

Gold’s Gym International is one of the most popular gyms in the world, offering everything from personal trainers, to regular championships.

Fitness First

Fitness First is the UAE’s largest health and fitness company, offering many fitness classes and world-class equipment.

Al Fahidi Fort

Dubai Museum, built in 1787 is the main museum and oldest existing building in Dubai.

Bastakiya

Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, also known as Al Bastakiya, is a historic district in Dubai that offers cultural experiences and tours of the area from local and traditional people.

Heritage and Diving Villages

A cultural area showing traditional craftsmen in action and demonstrations of pearl diving.