Where to live: Deira & Abu Hail

From lofty villas with views of the sea, to inner city apartments, find your perfect home in our guide to Dubai’s residential areas

Deira & Abu Hail

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. 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.

Best for
Families, couples and bachelors who are happy to trade luxury pads for an authentic, buzzing neighbourhood.


The area has a real local character, and the big benefit is the price – it’s still lower than most neighbourhoods in the city – if you can find an available place. Getting around is easier now, thanks to the opening of the Deira City Centre metro stop.

If you have to get around by car, the traffic is still terrible at peak hours. Although this may improve by February 2010 with the opening of the rest of the metro stops. Certain areas can also be uncomfortable for women walking alone at night.
Average cost of a two-bed apartment in Deira: To rent Dhs90,000.

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