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Dubai/Bur Dubai

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Bur Dubai is in essence downtown Dubai. It stretches from the southern side of Dubai Creek to 2nd of December St or D 73 Rd, formerly Al Dhiyafa Rd. It has experienced the most development in the past decade. Jumeirah is to the south, and Deira to the north, across the creek.

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Map of Dubai/Bur Dubai

1 Dubai International Airport (IATA: DXB) is in the neighbouring district of Deira and if you're flying to Dubai, that is where you will touch down. Bur Dubai and rest of Dubai is connected to Deira by five crossings over the creek, namely Al Maktoum Bridge, Floating Bridge, Al Garhoud Bridge, Business Bay Crossing and Al Shindagha Tunnel. All the crossings charge the Salik road toll.

The Metro Green and Red Lines run through Bur Dubai, as does Sheikh Zayed Rd.

Small ferries called heritage abra cross the creek from Deira. One route is from 2 Deira Old Souk Station near the Spice Souk in Deira to Dur Duai Station the west end of the Textile Souk in Bur Dubai. The other main route is from 3 Al Sabkha Station, further up the creek at Al Sabkha Rd in Deira, to Dubai Old Souk Station in the middle of the Textile Souk. The trip costs 1 dirham, payable to the driver after the boat has left the station. Abras set off very regularly, and the service is available round-the-clock.

On the inner side of Dubai Creek, a motorized abra route was opened from 4 Dubai Festival City Marine Station to Al Jaddaf Marine Transport Station (250m from Creek metro station), with a more modern style. These motorised abras are operated by RTA every 10 to 20 minutes from 7AM to midnight and costs 2 dirhams per person.


Historical town of Al Bastakiya
  • 1 Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood (Bastakiya District), Al Fahidi (19th) St crossing ManKhool Rd, north-east of Al Souk Al Kabeer community (east of Dubai Museum),  +971 4 515 5000. One of the last remaining pockets of Old Dubai, home to many reconstructed buildings in the traditional style. While information on the structures is slim here (see the museum in preference), the atmosphere is very evocative and there are plenty of delightful art galleries and cafes to explore. Free of charge. Al Bastakiya on Wikipedia
    • Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural UnderstandingAl Musalla Rd +971 4 353 6666. If you want to learn and understand the customs and traditions of UAE, this is the best place to go. The Centre hosts cultural meals for between 70 and 95 AED, with discussion of UAE culture, customs and religion. They runs walking tours through the Bastakiya district for 60 minutes (35 AED) and 90 minutes (55 AED), starting at either 9 or 10:30AM daily except Friday.
  • 2 Creek ParkAl Riyadh St, Umm Hurair 2 (between Al Maktoum and Al Garhoud Bridges, 15 min from Oud Metha metro station),  +971 50 856 5101. Su–W 8AM–10PM, Th–Sa 8AM–11PM. A great place to hang out in the evening when the park is visited by people of different nationalities, all looking for calm place to enjoy the time. It has all the facilities of a modern park and is one of the best parks in Dubai. The cable car is closed. 5 dirham.
  • 3 Dubai DolphinariumCreek Park gate 1 +971 4 336 9773, 800 365 7446. Several showtimes from 11AM to 7PM. The only indoor dolphinarium in the Middle East offers live shows of dolphins and seals. Swim with Dolphins is possible. Dolphin show 120–140 dirham/adult, 50–100 dirham/child. Dubai Dolphinarium on Wikipedia
  • 4 Dubai Museum11c Al Ibn Abi Talib St and 19 Al Fahidi St, Al Souk Al Kabeer community +971 4 353 1862, e-mail: . Sa-Th 8:30AM–8:30PM, F 2PM–8:30PM. A must-see for anyone interested in the social history of the Emirate (and indeed the country). Located in and under al-Fahidi fort. The fort itself has a few examples of the traditional reed houses and other artifacts, but isn't much to look at. The more interesting parts are the modern galleries beneath the fort, showcasing Dubai's history using the latest technology and culminating in a reconstructed souq from the pearling days, complete with authentic sights and sounds. It is quite fascinating to see the speed at which the transition from poor pearling village to modern metropolis occurred. Admission 3 dirham. Dubai Museum on Wikipedia
  • 5 Grand MosqueAli bin Ali Taleb (11C) St, Al Souk Al Kabeer community (facing Dubai Museum/Al Fahidi Fort). Its large minaret is the imposing feature of this large mosque. It is popular for being quite close to a Hindu temple and one can see followers of both Islam and Hinduism gathering at the same place for prayers. Grand Mosque (Dubai) on Wikipedia Q5594813 on Wikidata
  • 6 Heritage VillageShindagha District, (near the mouth of the creek). Home to the open museums of the Heritage and Diving Villages, and the houses of the late Sheikhs Saeed Al-Maktoum and Juma Al-Maktoum.
  • 7 Iranian mosqueAli bin Abi Taleb (11C) St, Al Souk Al Kabeer community (not far from 34th St). A very colourful and attractive tiled mosque; quite a contrast to the other much more plainly decorated mosques. Can be viewed from a carparking area off the north (creek) side of the street. Iranian Mosque, Bur Dubai on Wikipedia Q20987838 on Wikidata
  • 8 Sheikh Obaid bin Thani House +971 4 39 33 240. a historic building home to royal family members built in 1916 and now converted into a museum. It provides good glimpse to old infrastructure of Dubai.
  • 9 Saeed Al Maktoum Housealong the Dubai Creek in Al Shindagha. Sa-Th: 8:00-20:30; Fr: 15:30-21:30; Ramadan Sa-Th: 09:00-17:00 Fr: 14:00-17:00. Another very historic building built in 1894 now converted into a museum and contains artefacts and images of the old town of Dubai. It was the residence of the Saeed bin Maktoum bin Hasher Al Maktoum, the former ruler of Dubai.
  • 10 Crossroad of Civilization MuseumSheikh Hasher bin Maktoum Al Maktoum Home, Al Mina Rd, Shindagha Heritage area, POBox 46298 +971 4 393 4440fax: +971 4 393 0069, e-mail: . Su-Th 9AM–5PM, closed on Friday. Museum includes a lot of artefacts and old books, including a Gutenberg Bible and a curtain of the door of Kaaba from 1543 AD. 30 dirham for 3 museums.
    • 11 Old Weapons Museum (Inbetween the Crossroad of Civilization museum and House of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum). Large collection of swords, daggers, riffles, from several centuries. 30 dirahm for 3 museums.
    • Manuscript, Old Book and Print Museum (Colocated with Old Weapons Museum). 30 dirham for 3 museums.


  • 1 Dubai Ferry tripAl Ghubaiba Marine Transport Station, Al Ghubaiba Rd, Al Shindagha community (250m from Al Ghubaiba metro station). 3PM, 5PM. The Dubai Ferry makes a sightseeing circular trip to Jumeirah Beach (deep sea side) or to the Floating Bridge (toward the creek). 50 dirhams/person in regular, 75 dirhams/person in gold class.



  • 1 Dubai Textile Souk (Old Textile Souk), between the creek and Ali Bin Abi Taleb (11C) St, Al Souk Al Kabeer community. A lot of shops selling scarves and keffiyeh. A few of the shopkeepers can be quite forceful in trying to get you in to their shop. Dubai Textile Souk on Wikipedia Q21523365 on Wikidata

Two other historic markets, Spice Souk and Gold Souk, are located in Deira just on the other bank of the creek, reachable via heritage abra ferries for 2 dirham.


  • 2 BurJumanSheikh Ralifa Rd, Al Mankhool community +971 4 352 0222, +971 4 409 3110 (management), +971 4 409 3120 (security), e-mail: . Sa-W 10AM-10PM, Th-F 10AM-11PM. A 4-floor shopping mall housing more than 300 stores. It is one of the oldest, and still one of the largest, malls in Dubai, but has become less popular. BurJuman on Wikipedia Q2386719 on Wikidata
  • 3 [dead link]Computer Plaza @ Al-Ain CentreMankhool Rd, Al Mankhool community (200m from Al Fahidi metro station, along from the Ramada Hotel, heading towards the creek). Sa–Th 10AM–10PM, F 2PM–10PM. A mall specializing in computers, laptops, computer parts and computer add-ons like monitors, VoIP phones, hard drives, etc. Prices aren't particularly low, even after haggling, and choices are limited (for example very few shops sell AMD hardware). There used to be an internet cafe here and it may return in 2014. Other malls in this area are also good for computers and computer equipment.
  • 4 Lamcy PlazaSheikh Rashid Rd, Oud Metha community +971 4 335 9999fax: +971 4 335 9996, e-mail: . Sa–W 10AM–11PM, Th–F 10AM–midnight. A 3 story shopping mall housing more than 150 stores. One of the oldest malls. Q4272441 on Wikidata
  • 5 Wafi Mall & Khan Murjan SoukSheikh Rashid Rd, Oud Metha Rd, Umm Hurair 2 community, POBox 721 (600m from Dubai Healtcare City metro station),  +971 4 324 4555, +971 4 324 5454, e-mail: . Sa–W 10AM–10PM, Th–F 10AM–midnight. Includes Marks & Spencer, Goodies. Focus is almost entirely on luxury brands, jewellery and expensive boutiques. Many upmarket restaurants and bars, many of which serve alcohol. A luxury spa is attached to the complex. The Egypt-themed architecture, which includes quite beautiful stained-glass pyramids, is worth seeing. Wafi City#Wafi Mall on Wikipedia Q2659361 on Wikidata


Deira skyline from Bur Dubai
  • GharanaSheikh Zayed Road (Al Barsha),  +971 4 323 4333, e-mail: . 7PM-11:30PM. Gharana an Indian Restaurant in Holiday Inn Dubai – Al Barsha hotel brings you flavors of various spices and herbs with live entertainment.


  • Basta Art CafeBastakiya +971 4 3535071. Set in a lovely garden courtyard in a restored house. Great place to take a breather with a cold drink and write some postcards. The sandwiches-and-salads menu is aimed squarely at tourists, but if you are sick of kebabs, they will cater to your salmon-avocado wrap and mango smoothie cravings. The "Basta Special" drink of mint and lemon is also excellent. 50 dhs.
  • GazeboAl Mankhool Rd, Kuwait St, near Sharaf DG, opposite Oman Insurance Company +971 4 3598555, +971 4 3599712fax: +971 4 3599713. noon-midnight. Very nice and warm welcome given by the waiters. Food as good too. Not so expensive when compared to the quality of food. 35 AED per person.
  • Ravi Restauranttwo locations: Satwa roundabout; and near Mussala Tower +971 4 3315353. A Pakistani restaurant that provides cheap Pakistani & Indian food. Good for anyone with a spicy tooth. 20-25 AED per person for a good meal.
  • [dead link]Student BiryaniKuwait St, Al Karama +971 4 3369992fax: +971 4 3666649. A Pakistani restaurant serving the country's most popular biryani. About 100 AED.
  • 1 Local HouseHouse 51, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, 19 Al Fahidi St, Al Souk Al Kabeer community (near Al Fahidi roundabout, opp Al Mussallah Post Office, camel statue at the entrance),  +971 4 386 2040, +971 55 190 4330, e-mail: . Emirati cuisine featuring camel meats and camel milkshakes in a traditional Dubai house. Camel cheese burger for 45 dirham.
  • 2 Barjeel Al Arab RestaurantBarjeel Heritage Guest house, walk near Al Ghubaiba Rd, Al Shindagha community (near Al Ghubaiba Marine Transport Station, 250 m from Al Ghubaiba metro station),  +971 4 354 4424. Breakfast: 7AM–10AM daily, Dinner: noon–11:35PM daily. Emirati traditional cuisine, facing the creek's mouth.


  • Al Haj Bundu KhanLamcy Plaza, Oud Metha +971 4 3709881. Indian and Pakistani food. About 100 AED.
  • Pars Iranian KitchenShk Zayed Rd (in the residential area of Diyafah Rd next to the Rydges Plaza Hotel),  +971 4 398 4000. This is an open air Iranian restaurant where one can sit in traditional machans (large bed-like seating) and enjoy a fine Iranian meal. The speciality is the mixed grill which is served with live coal. After the meal, you may smoke a traditional sheesha pipe. No alcohol served. Around 150 dhs per person.
  • Wafi GourmetWafi Mall, Oud Metha +971 4 324 4433. Excellent Lebanese cuisine and ambience. In the cooler months the outdoor verandah is a pleasure. No alcohol served. About 100 AED.
  • Yakitori HouseCentury Hotel, Khalid Bin Walid St, Bur Dubai +971 4 205 7333. Japanese cuisine, very popular with the Japanese expat community.


  • Asha'sWafi Centre +971 4 324 0000. Indian cuisine. Run by Asha Bosle. Good food but a little expensive
  • Manhattan GrillGrand Hyatt Dubai. Fine dining restaurant, specialising in steak. A suitable venue for romantic dinners and family gatherings. 30-300 AED.


  • 1 [dead link]Jockey's PubPanorama Hotel, Omar Bin Al Khatib Road, Al Mankhool Road, PO Box 14703, Dubai, United Arab Emirates +971 4 351 8518. With leisure amenities and friendly bar and nightclub, this restaurant bar is a comfortable and modest place during vacations. Loud night clubs music is played up until 3 am. Food is good with specialization in Indian food.
  • 2 Barrels PubMajestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai, Dubai +971 4 359 8888. It is a bar is a clean, quiet and bright venue with large variates of snacks options. Every wall is mounted with screen playing number of sports games. The interiors looks good with polished timber tables and benches all around and wall cladding.
  • 3 Bollywood CaféD 79, Regent Palace Hotel, Bur Dubai, Dubai +971 4 396 3888. 9.30pm-2am. Excellent DJ, Live music and indian food. It is a Bollywood-themed glamorous bar and nightlife with elegant to casual laid backs and pleasant musical twists, mostly Indian music.
  • 4 Chill Rooftop LoungeRoyal Ascot Hotel, Bur Dubai, Dubai +971 4 355 8500. 12:00-02:00. Dance floor with excellent DJ. It is an expansive rooftop venue painted in pink surrounded with fake grass. An outdoor seating place with good food.
  • 5 Marine's ClubSeaview Hotel, Bur Dubai, Dubai +971 4 355 8080. A lively bar and nightclub with 80's music most of the time. It is a budget friendly venue with great service and superb bouncers.





There are a number of Internet cafes on Al Musalla Rd/Al Mankhool Rd, including one at 38 Al Musalla Rd and one on the corner of 41st St (10 AED per hour, minimum 1 hour).

This district travel guide to Bur Dubai is a usable article. It has information for getting in as well as some complete entries for restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.