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Deira
Updated: 29th September, 2022

Deira

A genuine Middle Eastern township, with its narrow streets, markets and bustling souks selling spices, gold, perfume and electronic goods.
Deira
Overview
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Overview
Deira is an area located within Dubai.
Guide

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.


Transport & Access

Commute times by car

From Deira it takes roughly 14 minutes to drive to Dubai Mall, 25 minutes to Palm Jumeirah, 24 minutes to Burj Al Arab and 29 minutes to The Walk JBR.*

Airport proximity

Dubai International Airport (DXB) is roughly 29 minutes' drive and the new Al Maktoum International Airport is roughly 49 minutes' 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 30 minutes.

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.

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

Available property
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Office To Rent in Umm Ramool
Office To Rent in Umm Ramool
625,000  per year

Sub-communities

There are 67 sub-communities in Deira. Learn more in the following guides.

Abu Hail
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Aladdin City
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Al Baraha
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Al Buteen
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Al Dhagaya
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Al Garhoud
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Al Khabaisi
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Al Mamzar
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Al Muraqqabat
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Al Murar
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Al Muteena
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Al Nahda
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Al Nahda 1
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Al Nahda 2
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Al Qusais
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Al Qusais 1
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Al Qusais 2
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Al Qusais 3
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Al Qusais Industrial Area
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Al Qusais Industrial Area 1
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Al Qusais Industrial Area 2
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Al Qusais Industrial Area 3
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Al Qusais Industrial Area 4
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Al Qusais Industrial Area 5
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Al Ras
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Al Rashidiya
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Al Rigga
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Al Sabkha
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Al Twar
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Al Twar 1
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Al Twar 2
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Al Twar 3
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Al Waheda
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Ayal Naser
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Deira Central
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Deira Corniche
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Deira Waterfront
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Deira Waterfront District 14
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Deira Waterfront District 15
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Deira Waterfront District 16
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Deira Waterfront District 2
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Deira Waterfront District 5
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Deira Waterfront District 6
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Deira Waterfront District 7
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Deira Waterfront District 8
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Dhow Wharfage Development
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Dubai Airport Freezone
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Dubai Creek Villas
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Dubai Islands
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Hamriya Port
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Hind Plaza
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Hor Al Anz
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Hor Al Anz East
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Jewel Of The Creek
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Maitha Plaza
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Maryam Plaza
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Moza Plaza
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Nad Shamma
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Naif
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One Deira
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Osha Plaza
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Port Saeed
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Riggat Al Buteen
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Sherina Plaza
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Umm Ramool
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Wadima Plaza
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Wasl Village
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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.

Deira Location

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 30 minutes.

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

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Attractions
Dubai Museum, 2.0 km
Dubai Heritage Village, 2.7 km
Dubai Creek, 3.2 km
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Parks & beaches
Dubai Creek Park, 3.0 km
Zabeel Park, 4.0 km
Al Mamzar Beach Park, 6.8 km
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Golf clubs
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, 3.1 km
Al Badia Golf Club, 7.4 km
The Track Meydan Golf, 11.6 km
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Cinemas
Vox Cinemas at City Centre Deira, 2.0 km
Vox Cinemas Burjuman, 2.1 km
Vox OUTDOOR at Aloft City Centre Deira, 2.3 km

Local Schools

Deira has many schools nearby including Towheed Iranian Girls School at 1.8 km and Iranian Khadije Kobra School for Girls at 1.9 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 Indian High School Dubai which has a rating of 'Very good'.

Towheed Iranian Girls School
1.8 km, Al Karama
AED 9,000  •  Iranian
Iranian Khadije Kobra School for Girls
1.9 km, Al Karama
AED 4,400  •  Iranian
Little Flower English School
2.6 km, Hor Al Anz
AED 3,600  •  Indian
Pakistani Educational Academy
2.8 km, Umm Hurair 1
AED 6,400  •  FBISE

Things to Do

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 Deira.

Vivaldi, Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers • Ladies Night • Vivaldi Restaurant and Lounge (0.6 km)
Casa De Tapas, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club • Ladies Night • Casa De Tapas (3.1 km)
Saturday Brunch, Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek • Aseelah (0.6 km)
Estrella's
Ladies Night •  7:00pm
Estrella’s Rooftop Lounge (3.4 km)
Cactus Jacks
Ladies Night •  8:00pm
Cactus Jacks (3.4 km)
Cu-ba
Ladies Night •  8:00pm
Cu-ba (3.6 km)
Queens Land
Ladies Night •  7:00pm
Yalumba (3.6 km)
Sunday Brunch
Brunch • Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek
Minato (0.6 km)
Saturday Brunch
Brunch • Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek
Minato (0.6 km)
Saturday Brunch
Brunch • Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek
Shabestan (0.6 km)
Saturday Brunch
Brunch • Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek
The Pub (0.6 km)

Nearby neighbourhoods

Explore communities that are either adjacent or close to Deira.

Bur Dubai
Bur Dubai (2.3 km)
Villas and low-rise apartments abound in this historic district on the banks of Dubai Creek across the water from Deira.
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Al Kifaf
Al Kifaf (4.2 km)
The four residential towers of Park Gate Residences share this place with Zabeel Park, Etisalat Tower and the landmark Dubai Frame.
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Culture Village
Culture Village (4.9 km)
A development overlooking the Dubai Creek, home to the exclusive Palazzo Versace, apartment buildings, shops and exhibition centres.
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Al Jaddaf
Al Jaddaf (5.6 km)
Home to hotels, apartments, shops, leisure facilities, the 80-storey residential D1 tower and the five-star super opulent Palzzo Versace.
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Healthcare City Phase 2
Healthcare City Phase 2 (6.3 km)
A wellness centre providing long-term care, spa resorts, sports medicine facilities, waterfront residences and nutrition centres in Jadaf.
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Sheikh Zayed Road
Sheikh Zayed Road (6.8 km)
The 2km stretch of road between Business Bay and the World Trade Centre roundabout, flanked by walls of skyscrapers. 
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Dubai International Financial Centre
Dubai International Financial Centre (7.0 km)
The financial quarter of Dubai comprising commercial, retail and residential districts, all three linked by a retail corridor
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La Mer by Meraas
La Mer by Meraas (7.3 km)
A beachfront development with shopping, dining and entertainment areas stretching out to sea between Pearl Jumeirah and Jumeirah Bay.
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Deira History

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.

Deira in the News

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Deira Buildings

We currently maintain records for 140 building developments in Deira.

Sedra 4
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Sedra 5
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RIU Dubai
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Wasl Trio
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Bin Juma 1
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Bin Juma 2
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Bin Juma 3
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Bin Juma 4
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Bin Juma 5
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Bin Juma 6
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Ewan Hotel
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Hues Hotel
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Syaj Hotel
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Creek Tower
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Green Tower
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Soul Avenue
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Asiana Hotel
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Delta Center
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Emaar Towers
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Al Reem Tower
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DIRC Building
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Baniyas Center
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Baniyas Square
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Fajar Building
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Garhoud Atrium
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Sama Residence
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Sapphire Tower
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Al Fattan Plaza
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Al Masraf Tower
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Manazel Garhoud
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The Gold Centre
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Zahrat Al Nahda
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Al Baraha Mosque
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Al Masaood Tower
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Al Muhairi Plaza
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Kings Park Hotel
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Park Hyatt Dubai
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Rove City Centre
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Zubaidi Building
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Deira Twin Towers
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Tasaheel Building
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Al Shoala Building
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Bayt Al Muteena 01
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Bayt Al Muteena 02
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Bayt Al Muteena 03
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ACICO Business Park
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Al Khaimah Building
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Al Masaood Building
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Al Meraikhi Tower 2
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