Mankhool & Bur Dubai
What’s it like?
Bur Dubai, along with Deira, is one half of the original heart of the city, a sprawling area that stemmed from trade on the creek. It has existed for many years, enabling it to grow a real street scene. Its buildings are therefore older, from the wind towers of Bastakiya to the lived-in Golden Sands apartments.
BurJuman shopping centre and Spinneys are both close at hand and helpful, although a couple more supermarkets and high street stores wouldn’t go amiss. Instead there are fleets of independent Indian and Arabic restaurants, the souks over by the creek as well as art hive Bastikiya’s alleyways and galleries. There are also several schools and hospitals in the area.
Those on a budget and who value a lively atmosphere.
Bur Dubai and Mankhool both offer manageable rents (although they can be rather anti-bachelor). They are also both truly multicultural.
Taxis hate going there, and they hate hanging around there because they never get a big enough fare from the residents.
Average cost of a two-bed apartment in Mankhool: To rent Dhs85,000.