Karama & Oud Metha
What’s the area like?
Bakeries, cafés and supermarkets give Karama a neighbourhood feel. It isn’t uncommon for its central park to completely fill with families eating picnics. Oud Metha doesn’t have quite the same character, but has a large range of accommodation options. And there’s always Creekside Park, which offers some rolling green respite.
Karama is home to the city’s best supply of Indian food. Shopping is unpredictable and eccentric – the stores near the fish market continue to churn out well-rendered fakes and cut-price furniture. Wafi is close to Oud Metha and there’s an unexpected feast of food in the Lamcy area. The decrepit Al Nasr Leisureland provides an ice rink and several good-value licensed restaurants, with mega club Chi @ The Lodge next door.
Karama is mainly home to bachelors, but families are happy here, too.
It has a central location and some of the best budget restaurants in town. With several metro stops dotted about, you no longer have to fight for a taxi or sit in a traffic jam if you need to get elsewhere.
It is a long way from plushness, the smaller roads often get clogged up and it can get noisy. Also, considering the cost of renting in Karama, many of the apartments aren’t in the best condition.
Average cost of a two-bed apartment in Karama: To rent Dhs65,000.