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Deira

District, Dubai
Deira Key Information
Location type
District
Area
Dubai

Deira Overview

A group of Bani Yas tribesmen from Abu Dhabi came and settled in Deira in 1833 and took over Dubai which had until then been dependent on Abu Dhabi. By the early 1900s Deira had become an important port, known primarily for pearl exports. Foreign merchants settled here and the town grew into an international trade centre.

In 1970 Port Rashid at the mouth of Dubai Creek opened to shipping and rapidly became a major world port, but by 2008 all commercial shipping was using Port Jebel Ali at the other end of Dubai. Port Rashid closed and is now earmarked for residential development.

Nevertheless, maritime trade established Deira as the ‘capital’ of Dubai and it is here and on the opposite banks of the Creek that government buildings, law courts and foreign embassies are to be found.

Most residential buildings are older than the buildings in ‘New Dubai’ making it cheaper to live here. There are not many villas so most accommodation is in apartment buildings. These may not have the amenities that newer buildings offer but there are plenty of hotels with pools and gyms that non residents can use.

Shoppers who prefer streets to malls will love the eclectic mix of shops and stores, and when looking for somewhere to eat you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Deira Amenities

Built largely in the 1960s, Deira bears little resemblance to the towering glass and steel districts of New Dubai and its gated garden suburbs. This is a genuine Middle Eastern township, with its narrow streets, schools, hospitals, markets and bustling souks selling spices, gold, perfume and electronic goods. The textile souk is to be found across the Creek in Bur Dubai.

Traditional wooden boats known as ‘abras’ ferry people to and fro across the Creek for the princely sum of one dirham, providing an easy way to get about when travelling on foot.

And yes, there is a golf course, at the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club.

Proximity to landmarks
The Walk JBR
29 mins drive
Dubai Mall
14 mins drive
Mall of the Emirates
21 mins drive
Al Maktoum International Airport
49 mins drive
Burj Al Arab
24 mins drive
Dubai International Airport
29 mins drive
La Mer
20 mins drive
Palm Jumeirah
25 mins drive
Ibn Battuta Mall
29 mins drive

Road Access

The main highway through Dubai, the E11 Sheikh Zayed Road, runs past Deira linking it to the neighbouring Emirate of Sharjah to the east and to New Dubai and Abu Dhabi to the west. Dubai International Airport is right next door and can be reached by car in 15 minutes.

On a good day, driving to the Dubai Mall takes 15 minutes, to the Mall of the Emirates 20, Dubai Marina 25, Jebel Ali race course 30, and Abu Dhabi 2 hours.

Public Transport

Deira is well served by the metro and by public buses. There are seven red line and three green line metro stations in this busy district making it very easy for commuters to get about.

The ride from Union Square, where the two lines meet, to the airport Terminal 1 takes just eight minutes and to Terminal 3, 11 minutes. Dubai Marina is a 45 minute ride and costs just AED 4.50.

Deira Communities

We currently maintain records for 51 sub-communities in Deira.

Abu Hail
Deira
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Aladdin City
Riggat Al Buteen
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Al Baraha
Deira
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Al Dhagaya
Deira
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Al Garhoud
Deira
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Al Khabaisi
Deira
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Al Mamzar
Deira
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Al Muraqqabat
Deira
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Al Murar
Deira
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Al Muteena
Deira
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Al Nahda
Deira
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Al Nahda 1
Al Nahda
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Al Nahda 2
Al Nahda
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Al Qusais
Deira
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Al Qusais 1
Al Qusais
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Al Qusais 2
Al Qusais
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Al Qusais 3
Al Qusais
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Al Qusais Industrial Area
Deira
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Al Qusais Industrial Area 1
Al Qusais Industrial Area
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Al Qusais Industrial Area 2
Al Qusais Industrial Area
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Al Qusais Industrial Area 3
Al Qusais Industrial Area
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Al Qusais Industrial Area 4
Al Qusais Industrial Area
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Al Qusais Industrial Area 5
Al Qusais Industrial Area
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Al Ras
Deira
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Al Rashidiya
Deira
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Al Rigga
Deira
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Al Sabkha
Deira
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Al Twar
Deira
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Al Twar 1
Al Twar
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Al Twar 2
Al Twar
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Al Twar 3
Al Twar
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Al Waheda
Deira
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Ayal Naser
Deira
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Deira Central
Deira Islands
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Deira Corniche
Deira
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Deira Islands
Deira
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Deira Islands Night Souk
Deira Islands
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Deira Waterfront
Deira
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Dhow Wharfage Development
Deira Corniche
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Dubai Airport Freezone
Deira
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Dubai Creek Villas
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
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Hamriya Port
Deira
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Hor Al Anz
Deira
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Hor Al Anz East
Hor Al Anz
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Jewel Of The Creek
Deira
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Nad Shamma
Deira
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Naif
Deira
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Palm Deira
Deira
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Port Saeed
Deira
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Riggat Al Buteen
Deira
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Umm Ramool
Deira
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Deira Reviews

See what the residents have to say by reading 10 user reviews courtesy of flatreviews.com

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Deira receives an overall rating of 3 based on 10 reviews. Users were asked to consider many factors including the view, finishing, layout, noise levels, traffic, public transportation, parking, security, swimming pool, gym, and maintenance.

20th Mar, 2016
Asma
From Pakistan
Moved here in 2019
Living with parents
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Al Baraha Area
Cheap
Parking, crowd
The area right around Al Baraha street is great, it's the mess between here and Jesco that is a bit iffy, but it's still livable, cheap and has decent groceries but not much else. Parking situation is terrible post 7-8PM and on Frida's, good idea to get a monthly deal more… with the parking lot operator - great deal. Show less
This review is the subjective opinion of a FlatReviews.com user and not of Propsearch LLC
8th Mar, 2015
Stef
From Italy
Moved here in 2015
Living with spouse
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Good value for money
The view
The noise
The building is decent, the apartments are nice if you overlook the Creek. The maintenance and the security are very 'cheap' and this reflects on the whole building unfortunately. The quality of the finishing is decent, but more efforts should be put into maintaining the quality.
This review is the subjective opinion of a FlatReviews.com user and not of Propsearch LLC
23rd Dec, 2014
Marisolle
From Philippines
Moved here in 2019
Living with parents
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Overprice Rent for 2 Bedroom
The best things I like in our place are: we are near to Metro Station, malls, groceries
The building is old. Since I came here in Dubai 1999, up to now they didn't even change the false ceiling of our kitchen, toilet and even paint. We ourselves do the paint of our house. The lift is old and it is always broke down. The rent is too more… high for an old tenant living in this building for so long. Show less
This review is the subjective opinion of a FlatReviews.com user and not of Propsearch LLC
15th Oct, 2014
Sameh
From Egypt
Moved here in 2009
Living with spouse
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I like the location
Location
The price
It is very close to my work, I can walk in the evening, also joggling, easy to find shops around me, close to the city center.
This review is the subjective opinion of a FlatReviews.com user and not of Propsearch LLC
19th Aug, 2014
Arturo
From United Arab Emirates
Moved here in 2014
Family with children
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Apartment
Big room
Maintenance and the walking distance going to bustop
Our apartment is located in Al baraha, Deira. A bit far from bustop and metro station. The room is ok with my family, but sometimes the smell of the food being cooked on the other rooms enters to our room, and sometimes smells bad. The maintenance is more… not good, we experienced a break down of the A/C but it takes 3 days to repair it, although the owner offers us to sleep on his room, but still it is not comfortable to me wnd my family.Show less
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27th Jul, 2014
Patricia
From Philippines
Moved here in 2013
Living with flatmate
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Very accesible community
Anything i need is in my doorstep
Sometimes its crowded
My community is very accessible to transportation,to shopping mall and restaurants and supermarkets..but the thing is quite expensive for me with regards to my salary..
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22nd Jul, 2014
Sara
From Egypt
Moved here in 2019
Living with parents
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Demolishing
Location
Finishing and noise
Very old building, with almost excellent maintenance, but it is becoming worse and needs to be demolished.
This review is the subjective opinion of a FlatReviews.com user and not of Propsearch LLC
22nd Jul, 2014
S kumar
From India
Moved here in 2014
Living with flatmate
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Horrible building and service
Communication
Services
I am staying here in since last 2 month and the services of the building are pretty bad.
This review is the subjective opinion of a FlatReviews.com user and not of Propsearch LLC
10th Jul, 2014
GHULAM ASGHAR KHAN
From Middle East
Moved here in 2013
Living alone
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My sweet memories
Friendly enviroment, near main market, with all needfull facilities
I love this area
This review is the subjective opinion of a FlatReviews.com user and not of Propsearch LLC
20th Jun, 2014
Richelle
From Asia
Moved here in 2012
Family with children
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Easy access to both metro lines
Being near to both Green line and Red Line Metro Station. A 5 minute walk to Reef Mall is a bonus.
This building is old but still in good condition. Our studio flat is like a smaller version of one bedroom apartment with no hall, because there are doors that separate the bedroom, kitchen and toilet. So, it was okay to live here with the kids. We are also located near more… reef mall, and it is very convenient to be near both red line (Al Rigga) and Green line (Salahuddin) Metro Stations. Show less
This review is the subjective opinion of a FlatReviews.com user and not of Propsearch LLC

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