Deira - The historic & cultural community of Dubai
Deira is the historic neighbourhood of Dubai and a showplace of the United Arab Emirates. The venue is outlined by the Persian Gulf and the Emirate of Sharjah. It falls on the east side of Dubai Creek and opposite to Bur Dubai, which is renowned for its modern architecture, commercial centres, lavish business zones and ornate homes. On the contrary, Deira is known for its old town area, narrow streets, traditional courtyard houses, historic trading areas and trademark souks and is frequented by tourists from all over the world.
The area features numerous upscale restaurants, smaller shops and modern retail stores making traveling to Deira Dubai, a colourful and memorable experience. If you’re already thinking about paying it a visit, then the following post is for you as it explains detailed information about Deira Dubai – from how you can get there to things to do in Deira, you will find everything here.
How to get there
Deira Dubai is at a short drive from Dubai International Airport and Deira Abra train station. Not to worry, if you do not want to hail a taxi, as you can catch a bus from the airport or ride the metro to Union Station. You can also take a water bus to Al Sabkha Marine Transport Station if you like and check out the creek.
Where to stay
Deira offers a number of accommodation options from upscale to budget and mid-range hotels including Sandras Inn and Rafee Hotel, respectively. To save your budget for sight seeing and traveling, I suggest you pick an economical hotel. If you have no budget constraints then you can go for other centrally located and upscale hotels like Sheraton Deira Hotel, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Deira, Radisson Blu Deira Creek and Desert Palm Resort. Other than hotels, Deira also features short stay apartments and serviced apartment hotels such as the chic Al Jawhara Hotel Apartments.
Things to do in Deira
Deira Dubai contains a plethora of traditional and modern souks and shops offering everything from gold to spices. One can say that shopping is the biggest attraction of Deira. Other than shopping, you can find several small cafes along the narrow streets that usually remain open from early morning to early evening. To avoid the scorching heat of Dubai during the day, you stay indoors or visit Deira City Centre Shopping Mall featuring branded shops along with traditional ones, several restaurants and a cinema.
To enjoy everything in a traditional way, you can also opt for camel racing, desert dune buggy rides and water taxi ride across Dubai Creek. At Al Nasr Leisureland, you can enjoy ice skating. A must visit picnic and barbeque spot in Deira is its public beach at Al Mamzar Park. Nightlife is Deira vibrant a good time to go out on the streets to shop and to hangout.
The attractions are
To epitomize the modern Middle Eastern architecture, you’d find many modern buildings amongst older structure sand traditional mosques in Deira. For example, Etisalat Telecommunications building, the twinkling glass National Bank of Dubai building and the promenade or Corniche by the British Embassy, all of them offer a slice of the modern architecture on the skyline of Deira. Dhow Wharfage at Port Saeed is the most notable attraction of Deira. Across the Creek, lies the historic Bastakia district with its ancient forts and wind towers and the Sheikh Saeed Al Makhtoum House, which is now a history museum.
Other than these, the area features numerous shopping, dinning and entertainment options that you will surely enjoy.