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Port Rashid
Updated: 2nd February, 2023

Port Rashid

Port Rashid is a district in Bur Dubai.
Port Rashid
Port Rashid is an area located within Bur Dubai, Dubai.

Transport & Access

Commute times by car

From Port Rashid it takes roughly 23 minutes to drive to Dubai Mall, 35 minutes to Palm Jumeirah, 33 minutes to Burj Al Arab and 38 minutes to The Walk JBR.*

Airport proximity

Dubai International Airport (DXB) is roughly 24 minutes' drive and the new Al Maktoum International Airport is roughly 59 minutes' drive.*

Available property


There are four sub-communities in Port Rashid. Learn more in the following guides.

Port Rashid Location

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

Dubai Heritage Village, 0.9 km
Queen Elizabeth 2, 1.1 km
Dubai Museum, 1.8 km
Parks & beaches
Maritime City Park, 1.2 km
Zabeel Park, 4.4 km
Port De La Mer Beach, 4.7 km
Golf clubs
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, 6.2 km
Al Badia Golf Club, 10.4 km
Vox Cinemas at City Centre Shindagha, 1.0 km
Vox Cinemas Burjuman, 2.9 km
Roxy La Mer Cinema, 5.3 km

Local Schools

Port Rashid has many schools nearby including New Academy School at 2.3 km and Ambassador School at 2.9 km.

In terms of performance there are three schools nearby that have achieved either of two highest government inspection rating of 'Very Good' or 'Outstanding' including Ambassador School which has a rating of 'Very good' and Lycee Francais International Prive de Dubai (AFLEC) which also has a rating of 'Very good'.

New Academy School
2.3 km, Bur Dubai
AED 17,500  •  American
Ambassador School
2.9 km, Al Mankhool
AED 28,000  •  Indian
Iranian Khadije Kobra School for Girls
3.2 km, Al Karama
AED 4,400  •  Iranian
Dubai Autism Center
3.3 km, Al Satwa
AED 30,000  •  Specialist SEN

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 Port Rashid.

Estrella's, The Canvas Hotel • Ladies Night • Estrella’s Rooftop Lounge (0.0 km)
The Huddle Bur Dubai, Citymax Hotel Bur Dubai • Ladies Night • The Huddle Sports Bar & Grill Bur Dubai (0.0 km)
Poolside Brunch, The Canvas Hotel • Estrella’s Rooftop Lounge (0.0 km)
Gorgeous Saturdays
Ladies Night •  7:00pm
Sky Garden Lounge Dubai (0.0 km)
Ladies Night •  9:00pm
Sky5 Dubai (0.0 km)
Ladies Night •  8:00pm
Moe's on the 5th (0.0 km)
Thirsty Thursday
Ladies Night •  9:00pm
Nido (0.0 km)
Sunday Sky Brunch
Brunch • Hyatt Regency Dubai
Al Dawaar (0.0 km)
Saturday Sky Brunch
Brunch • Hyatt Regency Dubai
Al Dawaar (0.0 km)
Sunday Brunch
Brunch • Hilton Garden Inn Dubai Al Mina
Sky Garden Lounge Dubai (0.0 km)
Saturday Brunch
Brunch • Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek
Aseelah (0.0 km)

Nearby neighbourhoods

Explore communities that are either adjacent or close to Port Rashid.

Bur Dubai
Bur Dubai (3.4 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 (4.5 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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La Mer
La Mer (5.3 km)
A beachfront development with shopping, dining and entertainment areas stretching out to sea between Pearl Jumeirah and Jumeirah Bay.
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Sheikh Zayed Road
Sheikh Zayed Road (6.2 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 (6.5 km)
The financial quarter of Dubai comprising commercial, retail and residential districts, all three linked by a retail corridor
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Culture Village
Culture Village (7.5 km)
A development overlooking the Dubai Creek, home to the exclusive Palazzo Versace, apartment buildings, shops and exhibition centres.
Read more
City Walk
City Walk (7.7 km)
A stylish, vibrant town-centre community combining residential, shopping, dining and attractions in the heart of the Jumeirah district.
Read more
Healthcare City Phase 2
Healthcare City Phase 2 (8.0 km)
A wellness centre providing long-term care, spa resorts, sports medicine facilities, waterfront residences and nutrition centres in Jadaf.
Read more

Port Rashid History

By the early 1900s Deira had become an important port, known primarily for pearl exports.

As more and more foreign merchants settled here the town grew into a centre for international trade.

Oceangoing ships were obliged to anchor off Dubai to unload their cargoes which were ferried ashore in barges.

Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, who became ruler of Dubai in 1958, was ambitious to turn Dubai into a major trade centre, and as trade grew it became clear that to realise his ambition a deep water port was needed.

In 1965 Sheikh Rashid invited Sir William Halcrow & Partners to design a port.

They proposed a four berth port built on reclaimed land at Shindaga, which had been the traditional home of Dubai's ruling Al Maktoum family.

The proposal included a passenger terminal, restaurant, workshops and offices.

Dredging was to provide deep water and the dredged material was to be used to construct berths, storage areas and ancillary facilities.

Less than two years after construction began, with expansion in trade boosted by offshore oil discoveries, the port’s design was revised from four to 15 berths.

To meet the extra cost of the additional berths Sheikh Rashid had everything he considered unnecessary removed from the design, including the passenger terminal, restaurant, offices and workshops.

By the time the fifteenth berth was completed, by double berthing ships, 23 vessels were being unloaded.

A private contractor was appointed to manage the port, the contract going to Gray Mackenzie and Co. Gray Mackenzie’s managing director, George Chapman, was one of Sheikh Rashid's trusted advisors. His company represented international shipping agencies and had been operating Dubai's tug and barge cargo operation since the early 1950s.

Gray Mackenzie established a new company, Dubai Port Services, to manage and operate Mina Rashid, as the port was known, and recruited a port manager a harbourmaster and a port engineer.

The British India Shipping Line's passenger liner MV Sirdhana was the first ship to berth at the new port in November 1970.

MV Sirdhana was the first ship to dock at Port Rashid.

British India Shipping Line passenger ships went on to become regular callers at Mina Rashid, bringing contract labour from India for the many construction projects now being started in Dubai.

Mina Rashid was formally opened on 5th October 1972 when Sheikh Rashid unveiled a commemorative plaque set in a large rock symbolising his personal role in identifying a suitable rock source at Badiyat for the port’s construction. Using local rock instead of imported rock saved millions of Dirhams in construction costs.

Operations at Mina Rashid played a significant part in Dubai’s development. Dubai was able to attract trade away from other Gulf areas and to develop new international business. Construction projects surged ahead throughout the emirate, thanks to the ease with which materials could now be imported.

In 1976, Sheikh Rashid gave instructions for an even more ambitious project, the construction of the world’s largest man-made harbour at Jebel Ali. In 1978 Mina Rashid was expanded to include 35 berths, five for large container ships. 

The new port at Jebel Ali was completed in 1979 and in 1991 it merged with Mina Rashid to become the Dubai Ports Authority.

In 2008 it was announced that all cargo operations would be moved to Port Jebel Ali and that Mina Rashid would become a cruise terminal and mixed-use urban waterfront area to house 200,000 people.

Port Rashid Buildings

We currently maintain records for four building developments in Port Rashid.

construction Under development
Seagate Building 2
construction Under development
Seagate Building 3
construction Under development
Seagate Building 4
construction Under development

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