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Deira Waterfront (Deira Enrichment Project)
Updated: 15th September, 2022

Deira Waterfront

Part of the Deira Enrichment Project involving the creation of residences for over 31,000 people and the expansion of the Deira Souq.
Deira Waterfront
Overview
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Overview
Deira Waterfront is an area located within Deira, Dubai.
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Timeline
Construction began in 2017.
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Also known as
Deira Enrichment Project
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Master developer
The master developer is Ithra Dubai.
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The architect
The architectural consultant is DAR Consult.
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Amenities
Amenities will include bicycle routes, covered parking, hotels, a park, restaurants and shops and retail and leisure elements.
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Additional information
  • In January 2021 the Deira Enrichment Project received the “Mixed-use Development of the Year” award at the Big Project Awards ME 2020 for its role in uplifting and modernizing one of Dubai’s longstanding residential districts and the emirate’s historic heart of commerce.

Guide

Deira is one of the oldest communities in Dubai and also one of the most densely populated districts. It has an extensive transport infrastructure, numerous established businesses as well as traditional ones such as gold, textiles, spices and carpets, and a large number of shops, restaurants and cafes.

It is also outgrowing its historic footprint. The DEP Masterplan seeks to retain Deira’s traditions and cultures and incorporate them in the revitalization of the waterfront area, a project known as Deira Waterfront.

The waterfront aea covers the northern portion of the existing Deira District, across the street from the Gold Souq and fronting the Dubai Creek.

Built in two phases over eight years, the project includes the expansion of the Deira Souq, making it the centrepiece of the district, the creation of new retail spaces, and a bustling promenade along the creek with a strip of hotels, restaurants and shops.

The project also involves the creation of residences for over 31,000 people, the addition of new community components such as plazas, parks, bicycle routes and transportation hubs, and the regeneration of the existing shops, hotels, commercial zones, parking garages and storage areas.

The first phase of Deira Waterfront comprises 21 Plots, or districts, each containing a cluster of half a dozen or so residential and commercial buildings. The ground floors of most of these buildings are to be occupied by shops. There will be 50 mixed-use buildings in all, containing 2,200 residential units, 416 commercial units, 843 retail units, restaurants and cafes, as well as eight hotels with more than 1,450 rooms and serviced apartments. Leisure facilities include a park overlooking the waterfront and green landscaping. Multi-storey parking will replace the present open car parks and provide over 8,000 extra spaces.

Construction began in 2017 with Plots 1, 2, 3, 11 and 13. Plot 3, ‘Sherina Plaza’, was completed in September 2020. It consists of two residential buildings, a hotel and an office building. The residential buildings contain 350 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments ranging from 861 to 2,680 square feet. The four-star hotel, operated by Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, has 290 rooms, and the office building has 721,182 square feet of office space. There are 45 restaurants and shops throughout the plot.

Plot 2 comprises another four plazas, Osha, Afra, Maryam and Hind. The Adagio aparthotel in Afra Plaza consists of 189 furnished apartments.

The Gold Souq Extension on Plots 11 and 13 was due to be completed by the end of 2020. It comprises a new cluster of shops and offices dedicated for use by Dubai’s gold and jewellery trade. This frees up congestion at the current Gold Souq, where, owing to its density, the addition of new facilities has been virtually impossible.

An integrated transportation hub on Plot 4 will provide access to the metro, buses and taxis.

The Waterfront Market, which opened in June 2017, is part of the wider project. It is located next to Hamriyah Port and covers an area of 100,000 square metres, selling fresh fish, fruit, vegetables and meat.


Transport & Access

Commute times by car

From Deira Waterfront it takes roughly 17 minutes to drive to Dubai Mall, 29 minutes to Palm Jumeirah, 28 minutes to Burj Al Arab and 33 minutes to The Walk JBR.*

Airport proximity

Dubai International Airport (DXB) is roughly 19 minutes' drive and the new Al Maktoum International Airport is roughly 54 minutes' drive.*

Road access

Infinity Bridge carries theD92 highway across Dubai Creek, linking Bur Dubai and Diera.It is a key component of the Al Shindagha Corridor Project, an eleven-phase project that started in 2016 and is due to be completed by 2027

The thirteen kilometre Corridor runs along Sheikh Rashid Street, Al Mina Street, Al Khaleej Street and Cairo Street. Besides Deira and Bur Dubai the Corridor serves Deira Islands, Dubai Seafront, Dubai Maritime City and Port Rashid. It is expected to serve one million persons and will reduce travel time from 104 minutes to just 16 minutes by 2030

Infinity Bridge has twelve traffic lanes, 6 in each direction, and can accommodate 24,000 vehicles per hour in both directions. It also carries a combined 3-metre-wide track for pedestrians and cyclists.

Originally known as the Shindagha Bridge, it was re-named as the Infinity Bridge owing to the 42m high steel arch, which represents the mathematical symbol of infinity.

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

Sub-communities

There are 16 sub-communities in Deira Waterfront. Learn more in the following guides.

Deira Waterfront Location

Infinity Bridge carries theD92 highway across Dubai Creek, linking Bur Dubai and Diera.It is a key component of the Al Shindagha Corridor Project, an eleven-phase project that started in 2016 and is due to be completed by 2027

The thirteen kilometre Corridor runs along Sheikh Rashid Street, Al Mina Street, Al Khaleej Street and Cairo Street. Besides Deira and Bur Dubai the Corridor serves Deira Islands, Dubai Seafront, Dubai Maritime City and Port Rashid. It is expected to serve one million persons and will reduce travel time from 104 minutes to just 16 minutes by 2030

Infinity Bridge has twelve traffic lanes, 6 in each direction, and can accommodate 24,000 vehicles per hour in both directions. It also carries a combined 3-metre-wide track for pedestrians and cyclists.

Originally known as the Shindagha Bridge, it was re-named as the Infinity Bridge owing to the 42m high steel arch, which represents the mathematical symbol of infinity.

The map below shows the location of Deira Waterfront 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 Deira Waterfront, visit our Things to Do guide.

attractions
Attractions
Dubai Museum, 1.4 km
Dubai Heritage Village, 1.4 km
Dubai Creek, 5.0 km
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Parks & beaches
Zabeel Park, 4.6 km
Dubai Creek Park, 4.6 km
Al Mamzar Beach Park, 6.9 km
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Golf clubs
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, 5.0 km
Al Badia Golf Club, 9.3 km
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Cinemas
Vox Cinemas at City Centre Shindagha, 2.0 km
Vox Cinemas Burjuman, 2.5 km
Vox Cinemas at City Centre Deira, 3.9 km
Looking for more Deira Waterfront things to do and entertainment? Visit our Things to Do guide.

Local Schools

Deira Waterfront has many schools nearby including Iranian Khadije Kobra School for Girls at 2.7 km and Towheed Iranian Girls School at 2.7 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 Ambassador School which has a rating of 'Very good'.

Iranian Khadije Kobra School for Girls
2.7 km, Al Karama
AED 4,400  •  Iranian
Towheed Iranian Girls School
2.7 km, Al Karama
AED 9,000  •  Iranian
New Academy School
3.2 km, Bur Dubai
AED 17,500  •  American
Ambassador School
3.6 km, Al Mankhool
AED 28,000  •  Indian

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 Waterfront. For full nightlife listings and to see what else is happening nearby see the Things to Do page.

Vivaldi, Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers • Ladies Night • Vivaldi Restaurant and Lounge (2.1 km)
Estrella's, The Canvas Hotel • Ladies Night • Estrella’s Rooftop Lounge (2.8 km)
Sunday Sky Brunch, Hyatt Regency Dubai • Al Dawaar (0.5 km)
Sky Garden
Ladies Night •  7:00pm
Sky Garden Lounge Dubai (3.9 km)
Casa De Tapas
Ladies Night •  7:00pm
Casa De Tapas (5.0 km)
Sky5
Ladies Night •  9:00pm
Sky5 Dubai (5.3 km)
Cactus Jacks
Ladies Night •  8:00pm
Cactus Jacks (5.3 km)
Saturday Sky Brunch
Brunch • Hyatt Regency Dubai
Al Dawaar (0.5 km)
Saturday Brunch
Brunch • Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek
Aseelah (1.6 km)
Sunday Brunch
Brunch • Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek
Minato (1.6 km)
Saturday Brunch
Brunch • Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek
Minato (1.6 km)

Nearby neighbourhoods

Explore communities that are either adjacent or close to Deira Waterfront.

Bur Dubai
Bur Dubai (3.1 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 (4.8 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 (6.6 km)
A development overlooking the Dubai Creek, home to the exclusive Palazzo Versace, apartment buildings, shops and exhibition centres.
Read more
La Mer by Meraas
La Mer by Meraas (6.8 km)
A beachfront development with shopping, dining and entertainment areas stretching out to sea between Pearl Jumeirah and Jumeirah Bay.
Read more
Sheikh Zayed Road
Sheikh Zayed Road (7.0 km)
The 2km stretch of road between Business Bay and the World Trade Centre roundabout, flanked by walls of skyscrapers. 
Read more
Al Jaddaf
Al Jaddaf (7.2 km)
Home to hotels, apartments, shops, leisure facilities, the 80-storey residential D1 tower and the five-star super opulent Palzzo Versace.
Read more
Dubai International Financial Centre
Dubai International Financial Centre (7.3 km)
The financial quarter of Dubai comprising commercial, retail and residential districts, all three linked by a retail corridor
Read more
Healthcare City Phase 2
Healthcare City Phase 2 (7.6 km)
A wellness centre providing long-term care, spa resorts, sports medicine facilities, waterfront residences and nutrition centres in Jadaf.
Read more
Deira Waterfront Milestones
Date Launched
2012
Construction Started
2017
Companies Associated with Deira Waterfront
Master Developer: Ithra Dubai
Architectural Consultant: DAR Consult

Masterplan

A look at the original masterplan published by the developer at the time of the launch of Deira Waterfront.

Construction Updates

As of June 2019 construction work on Plot 3 was 85% complete, plots 2 and 11 were 75% and 70% complete, and plots 1 and 13 were 60% complete.

 

 

See the development of Deira Waterfront in photos:

  • April 2021

    Construction of Deira Waterfront began in 2017 with Phase 1 Plots 1, 2, 3, 11 and 13. Plot 3, ‘Sherina Plaza’, was completed in September 2020.

  • February 2022

    The 40 steel segments that make up Infinity Bridge’s arch, some weighing up to 130 tonnes, had to be installed over the Dubai Creek and above the bridge deck, which could not support a suitably sized crane. The segments could only be installed by cranes operating from the banks of the Creek.
    To achieve this, crane service providers Mammoet and Aertssen Machinery Services (AMS) teamed up to install the segments, relying on a duo of powerful Demag lattice boom crawler cranes: Aertssen with its CC 3800, positioned at the northern side of the Creek and Mammoet with its CC 8800-1, positioned on the southern bank.

  • February 2022

    Infinity Bridge is 300m long, 22m wide and sits 15.5m high above the water level. Its infinity arch rises to about 42m above the Creek, meaning that the mid-bridge segments required tandem lifts by two cranes positioned on opposite banks of the Creek and with a working radius of 140m.
    Built by BESIX Construct LLC, a Middle Eastern subsidiary of a Belgian company BESIX, the entire operation was completed over a period of six months and the Dhs394 million (USD105m) Infinity Bridge opened to traffic on 16 January 2022.

Deira Waterfront in the News

Deira Waterfront Buildings

There are 38 building developments in Deira Waterfront. For a full list of all Deira Waterfront buildings visit our Buildings Guide.

Wyndham Dubai Deira
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Days Hotel by Wyndham
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Hind Plaza Building 3
construction Under development
Maryam Plaza Car Park
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Osha Plaza Building 1
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Osha Plaza Building 2
construction Under development
Osha Plaza Building 3
construction Under development
Deira Waterfront Mosque
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Maryam Plaza Building 2
construction Under development
Maryam Plaza Building 3
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Deira Waterfront District 5 Building 1
construction Under development

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