Metro guide: Karama

Tania Shaikh goes haggling for bargains in Little India and finds some mean curries along the way

Karama Park
Karama Park
Calicut Paragon
Calicut Paragon
Galaxy Sports
Galaxy Sports
Paratha King
Paratha King

Karama translates literally from Arabic as ‘dignity’. That’s a good word for this long-standing and proud neighbourhood with a strong Indian presence. It is teeming with fantastic restaurants, a real community atmosphere and, of course, Karama shopping market, where the word bargain takes on new meaning.

Avenue: Five minutes down the road from the stations, Avenue is a department store that sells everything from branded shoes and clothes to household goods.
04 397 9983, Sun-Thu 10am-11.30pm, Fri 5pm-11.30pm.
Five minutes walking distance from the station

Al Arz: This might be a neighbourhood packed with Indian eateries but Al Arz is resolutely Lebanese. Although the surroundings are basic, the food is thoroughly decent.
04 396 4466, 8am-3am daily.
Four minutes walking distance from the station

Paratha King:
This hole-in-the-wall, hidden down a backstreet, serves 100 varieties of paratha, or Indian stuffed bread. As every order is made from scratch, it’s likely you’ll have to wait a few minutes for them to cook yours up – but it’s worth the wait.
04 397 9110, Sat-Thu 8am-3pm, 7pm-11pm; Fri 7pm-11pm daily.
Eight minutes walking distance from the station

Calicut Paragon: Another excellent stop, this Keralan joint serves standout fish curries and chicken biryani.
04 335 8700, 11.30am-4.30pm; 6.30pm-12.30am.
Eight minutes walking distance from the station

Gazebo: Serving traditional spicy food from Lucknow and Hyderabad, Gazebo has many loyal devotees. If the menu proves a tad overwhelming, the waiters are eager to make recommendations. Be warned that many of the curries are spicy, and not for the faint of heart.
04 359 8555, Sat-Thu noon-3.15pm, 7pm-11.45pm; Fri 1pm-3.15pm, 7pm-11.45pm.
Ten minutes walking distance from the station

Chappan Bhog: Specialising in Indian sweets, the two-floor restaurant also serves decent Indian mains.
04 396 8176, Sat-Thu 12.30pm- 3pm, 8pm- 11.30pm; Fri 9am-11.30pm, 1.30pm-3pm, 7.30pm-11pm.
Eight minutes walking distance from the station

When it comes to vegetarian cuisine, the Indians have it nailed – witness the plate of steaming tofu tikka masala for conclusive evidence of this. There are close on a 100 dishes on this exhaustive menu, including a decent range of Jain dishes, so you’re unlikely to go short of options.
04 359 5441, Sun-Thu 10.30am-3.15pm, 7pm-11.45pm; Fri 1.15pm-3.30pm, 7pm-11.45pm; Sat 10.30am-3.15pm, 7pm-11.45pm.
Nine minutes walking distance from the station

Karama Park:
Karama Park is relatively tiny compared to other green spaces in Dubai. But that doesn’t mean it hasn’t got its own charm. Most evenings it’s crowded with parents taking their children to play while they relax and watch over them.
Opposite LuLu Centre.
Ten minutes walking distance from the station

Karama Shopping Complex: It’s nigh on impossible to walk round this place wihtout someone shouting ‘DVD! Gucci watches! Prada handbags!’ directly in your face. But bear with them. Whatever you’re after, you can find it here – just take your time and choose carefully.
Near LuLu Centre.
Seven minutes walking distance from the station

Galaxy Sports: Do not be deceived by the size of this store. It may be small, but it houses the best sporting goods to be found anywhere in Karama. It’s often crowded with sports enthusiasts, gazing longingly at professional cricket helmets, bats and pads or football gear.
Karama Shopping Complex, 04 336 5462. Open 9am-2pm; 4pm-10.30pm.
Seven minutes walking distance from the station

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