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Al Jaddaf is located in western Dubai in the district of Bur Dubai. The E11 Sheikh Rashid road forms the northern boundary and the E66 Oud Metha Road defines the western boundary. To the east and south the area is bounded by the Dubai Creek. Al Khail Road crosses the area.
Latifa Hospital, the Al Wasl football club facilities and the proposed Phase Two of Dubai Healthcare City take up most of the west and south of Al Jaddaf. To the east, on the banks of Dubai Creek, are the industrial shipbuilding yards and dry dock, the Mohamed bin Rashid Library and the upmarket Dubai Culture Village. In between these places there is a large area of land parcelled up for development.
The Dubai Creek that once petered out here has been extended to the waters of Business Bay and through Safa Park to break out into the sea at Jumeirah. The resulting generation of marine transport and leisure activity will no doubt bring increased prosperity to the shipbuilding and maintenance yards here in Al Jaddaf.
Many of the construction projects we saw taking place in 2018 were nearing completion in August 2020, but it was evident that not many new projects were starting.
There is no greenery here whatsoever.
From Al Jaddaf it takes roughly 16 minutes to drive to Dubai Mall, 27 minutes to Palm Jumeirah, 26 minutes to Burj Al Arab and 31 minutes to The Walk JBR.*
Dubai International Airport (DXB) is roughly 22 minutes' drive and the new Al Maktoum International Airport is roughly 49 minutes' drive.*
The road network was taking shape when we visited in August 2020.
There are two metro stations here, Al Jadaf and Creek, on the Green Line which terminates at Creek.
There are eight sub-communities in Al Jaddaf. Learn more in the following guides.
Al Jaddaf is the home of Al Wasl FC and houses the club’s Zaabeel stadium and facilities as well as those of the Dubai Police Officers Club.
Latifa Hospital, built in 1987, specialises in care for women and children and is one of the largest maternity and children's hospitals in the UAE.
The Swiss International Scientific School is located in the Dubai Healthcare City Phase 2 neighbourhood.
The Mohamed bin Rashid Library houses eight specialised libraries: children, youth, family, multimedia, business, Arabic, international, and popular. Between them they contain more than 1.5 million printed books, two million digital books, and one million audio books.
Dubai Culture Village is a waterfront development between the Al Garhoud Bridge and Business Bay Crossing over the Dubai Creek. Besides cultural and exhibition centres Culture Village is also home to exclusive hotels, 582 apartment buildings, shops and leisure facilities. The principal elements of this quarter are:
Manazel Al Khor - A low-rise, waterfront development by Dubai Properties featuring 74 spacious three- and four-bedroom apartments.
Dubai Wharf - A mixed-use development combining culture, heritage and art. The project includes four residential towers and a wide walkway beside the Dubai Creek with shops, cafés and restaurants.
The Jameel Art Centre - One of the first contemporary arts institutions in Dubai.
Palzzo Versace - A five-star super opulent hotel opened in November 2015. It has 215 rooms and 169 condominiums, ranging from one to six bedrooms. Outside there are three pools and a spa.
D1 (standing for ‘Dubai 1’) is an 80-storey residential tower with a sky lounge, private cinema, indoor pool, gym and concierge services. The building opened in 2015.
There are now many hotels here including the Occidental Al Jaddaf and the huge Al Jaddaf Rotana hotel.
There are 137 outlets currently open in Al Jaddaf including 27 restaurants, a butcher, 14 mini marts, 11 cafes, a medical clinic, two coffee shops, five spas, nine ladies' salons, four pharmacies, 15 men's salons, 13 supermarkets, seven laundrettes, four tobacco shops, a pet shop, a mechanic, a children's nursery, three car rental shops, two real estate offices, a bakery, three trade offices, a sweet shop, three flower shops, a fashion shop, a massage centre, a stationary shop, a tailoring shop and an ice cream shop.
For a full list and analysis of shops and services in Al Jaddaf visit our Al Jaddaf amenities page.
The road network was taking shape when we visited in August 2020.
The map below shows the location of Al Jaddaf and just below are summaries of the nearest attractions, parks, beaches, golf clubs and cinemas. For a more in-depth look at the local attractions, and to see what's on in and around Al Jaddaf, visit our Things to Do guide.
Al Jaddaf has many schools nearby including Swiss International Scientific School Dubai at 1.1 km and Dubai Gem Private School at 2.5 km.
In terms of performance there are five schools nearby that have achieved either of two highest government inspection rating of 'Very Good' or 'Outstanding' including Dubai English Speaking School which has a rating of 'Outstanding' and Indian High School Dubai which has a rating of 'Very good'.
We've partnered with LadiesNightDubai.com and BrunchCrunch.ae to give an overview of the current Ladies Nights and Brunch offers in the vicinity of Al Jaddaf. For full nightlife listings and to see what else is happening nearby see the Things to Do page.
Explore communities that are either adjacent or close to Al Jaddaf.
The name, Al Jaddaf, means 'The Rower' and refers to the town’s origins as a boat building site. Today the shipyards are still here and are the only place for the building and maintenance of dhows.
See the development of Al Jaddaf in photos.
There are 139 building developments in Al Jaddaf. For a full list of all Al Jaddaf buildings visit our Buildings Guide.
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