Deira and Abu Hail

Hugely popular part of old Dubai has traditional flavour

What’s the area like?
In the rush to develop, it’s easy to forget that the soul of Dubai lies among the maze of souks, streets and thriving commercial areas beside the Creek. And don’t forget Abu Hail, wedged between the Sharjah border and the airport. Noticeably Arabic in flavour, there are some great bargains to be had in one of the most vibrant corners of the city.

By day you’re a Dhs10 taxi ride away from the pristine waters of Al Mamzar Beach Park. At night the place comes alive with a bustling café culture. If you need a slice of modernity, head for the Park Hyatt and Deira City Centre.

The area is one of the few in Dubai that has a real local character, but the big benefit is the price – it’s still substantially lower than most neighbourhoods in the city – that’s if you can find an available place.

In a word, traffic. Forget it if you need to move around quickly at peak hours. Certain areas can also be uncomfortable for women walking alone at night.

On the radar
Improved transport links with more Creek water taxis and the metro. Certain areas are also to be smartened up by a big Municipality spending programme.

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