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Bur Dubai
Updated: 23rd September, 2023

Bur Dubai

Villas and low-rise apartments abound in this historic district on the banks of Dubai Creek across the water from Deira.
Bur Dubai
Bur Dubai is an area located within Dubai.

Bur Dubai is part of the original Dubai city and includes a number of historic places on the western banks of Dubai Creek opposite Deira.

The district is bounded on the north by the industrial Port Rashid, and to the west by Al Jaffiliya and Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

The influence of Dubai’s huge Indian population is evident here in Bur Dubai, in the many markets, shops and restaurants, as well as the only Hindu temple in Dubai.

Residential properties in Bur Dubai are mainly villas or low-rise apartments. Local amenities are plentiful, with more than 20 schools, 25 clinics, eight public parks and scores of cafés and restaurants.

Many foreign embassies are located in the diplomatic area along the banks of the Creek, together with various government and royal buildings.

Transport & Access

Commute times by car

From Bur Dubai it takes roughly 12 minutes to drive to Dubai Mall, 24 minutes to Palm Jumeirah, 23 minutes to Burj Al Arab and 27 minutes to The Walk JBR.*

Airport proximity

Dubai International Airport (DXB) is roughly 30 minutes' drive and the new Al Maktoum International Airport is roughly 48 minutes' drive.*

Road access

Bur Dubai’s proximity to Deira on the one hand and Downtown Dubai on the other makes it a popular place to live, with quick and easy access to most areas of Dubai. Both the E11 Sheikh Zayed Road and the E66 Dubai-Al Ain Road pass through.

Public transport

The area is also well served by public transport with both metro lines crossing Bur Dubai. The train journey from Al Karama to Dubai Marina takes 40 minutes.

* Drive times are calculated by Google Maps and assume fastest route in typical traffic conditions.


There are 29 sub-communities in Bur Dubai. Learn more in the following guides.


Although Deira, on the other side of the creek, boasts the best collection of souks, the best textile markets are to be found in Bur Dubai, home as it is to the majority of Dubai’s Asian population.

Other attractions include Za'abeel Park, home to the Dubai Frame, the Burjuman shopping mall, with its 300 leading stores including Saks 5th Avenue, and Lamcy Plaza, a ‘classic older style mall’.

Bur Dubai Location

Bur Dubai’s proximity to Deira on the one hand and Downtown Dubai on the other makes it a popular place to live, with quick and easy access to most areas of Dubai. Both the E11 Sheikh Zayed Road and the E66 Dubai-Al Ain Road pass through.

The map below shows the location of Bur Dubai and just below are summaries of the nearest attractions, parks, beaches, golf clubs and cinemas.

Dubai Museum, 1.8 km
Dubai Heritage Village, 2.5 km
Dubai Dolphinarium, 2.7 km
Parks & beaches
Zabeel Park, 1.6 km
Dubai Creek Park, 2.3 km
Culture Village Park, 4.1 km
Golf clubs
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, 3.1 km
Al Badia Golf Club, 7.0 km
The Track Meydan Golf, 9.7 km
Vox Cinemas Burjuman, 0.6 km
Vox Cinemas at City Centre Shindagha, 2.5 km
Vox Cinemas at City Centre Deira, 2.7 km

Local Schools

Bur Dubai has many schools nearby including Iranian Khadije Kobra School for Girls at 0.5 km and Towheed Iranian Girls School at 0.5 km.

In terms of performance there are four 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 Lycee Francais International Prive de Dubai (AFLEC) which has a rating of 'Very good'.

Iranian Khadije Kobra School for Girls
0.5 km, Al Karama
AED 4,400  •  Iranian
Towheed Iranian Girls School
0.5 km, Al Karama
AED 9,000  •  Iranian
Lycee Francais International Prive de Dubai (AFLEC)
1.3 km, Oud Metha
AED 29,500  •  French
Indian High School Dubai
1.4 km, Oud Metha
AED 7,900  •  Indian

Things to Do

We've partnered with and to give an overview of the current Ladies Nights and Brunch offers in the vicinity of Bur Dubai.

Estrella's, The Canvas Hotel • Ladies Night • Estrella’s Rooftop Lounge (0.0 km)
Eve Penthouse and Lounge, Hyatt Regency Creek Heights • Ladies Night • Eve Penthouse and Lounge (0.0 km)
Saturday Brunch Buffet, Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai • The Fountain Restaurant (0.0 km)
Gorgeous Saturdays
Ladies Night •  7:00pm
Sky Garden Lounge Dubai (0.0 km)
Ladies Night •  8:00pm
Moe's on the 5th (0.0 km)
Thirsty Thursday
Ladies Night •  8:00pm
Nido (0.0 km)
Ladies Night •  10:00pm
VII Dubai (0.0 km)
Saturday Brunch
Brunch • Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek
Aseelah (0.0 km)
Seafood and International Brunch
Brunch • Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek
Fish Market (0.0 km)
Saturday Brunch
Brunch • Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek
The Pub (0.0 km)
Saturday Brunch
Brunch • Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek
Shabestan (0.0 km)

Nearby neighbourhoods

Explore communities that are either adjacent or close to Bur Dubai.

Al Kifaf
Al Kifaf (1.9 km)
The four residential towers of Park Gate Residences share this place with Zabeel Park, Etisalat Tower and the landmark Dubai Frame.
Read more
Culture Village
Culture Village (4.1 km)
A development overlooking the Dubai Creek, home to the exclusive Palazzo Versace, apartment buildings, shops and exhibition centres.
Read more
Healthcare City Phase 2
Healthcare City Phase 2 (4.6 km)
A wellness centre providing long-term care, spa resorts, sports medicine facilities, waterfront residences and nutrition centres in Jadaf.
Read more
Dubai International Financial Centre
Dubai International Financial Centre (4.6 km)
The financial quarter of Dubai comprising commercial, retail and residential districts, all three linked by a retail corridor
Read more
La Mer
La Mer (5.2 km)
A beachfront development with shopping, dining and entertainment areas stretching out to sea between Pearl Jumeirah and Jumeirah Bay.
Read more
City Walk
City Walk (6.5 km)
A stylish, vibrant town-centre community combining residential, shopping, dining and attractions in the heart of the Jumeirah district.
Read more
Business Bay
Business Bay (7.9 km)
A new regional business hub with office and residential towers, landscaped gardens and a network of roads and waterways. 
Read more
Meydan (10.3 km)
A 40 million square foot development underway in MBR City, home to the world famous Meydan Race Course which  hosts the annual Dubai Cup.
Read more

Bur Dubai History

A number of historic buildings bear witness to the importance of Bur Dubai, notably the house where Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum, the visionary Ruler of Dubai (1912-1958), once lived. His grandson, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is the present Ruler. Nearby is the Al Shindagha Watchtower, built in 1939 for defence and restored in 1994, and several other historic buildings that together give a sense of what this place was like in the good old low-rise days.

Bur Dubai in the News

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Bur Dubai Buildings

We currently maintain records for 281 building developments in Bur Dubai.

Rose 3
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Brass 1
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Etjar 56
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Hamsah A
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M Square
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Al Rais 6
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Anannas 2
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Mushref 1
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Wasl Onyx
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Al Telal 2
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Bashayer 1
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Expo Tower
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The Bricks
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Wasl Amber
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Dewa Mosque
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Dubai Frame
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Gulf Towers
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Juma Mosque
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Lulu Centre
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M Residence
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1 Residences
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A R Fikree 1
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One Za'abeel
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Sunrise B245
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Zabeel Plaza
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Al Nasr Plaza
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Grayton Hotel
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Hier Building
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Jumeirah Star
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Rove Downtown
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Vida Za'abeel
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Afnan Building
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Al Hamriya 431
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Al Nasr Palace
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Al Nasr Square
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Al Raffa Tower
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Canon Building
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Delma Building
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Downtown Views
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Etisalat Tower
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Golden Sands 1
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Golden Sands 2
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Golden Sands 4
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Golden Sands 9
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Pyramid Centre
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