Dubaï Districts (and
what you will find)
Considered as the historical center
of Dubai, it is often neglected by expatriates or tourists passing
of newer, more "commercial" neighborhoods. You will find
here the most authentic souks (including the Gold Souk) and
the famous boats in wood "the abras"
(you can pick one for a stroll in the evening - for more
information, see "What to do ?"). Finally, it's here
that your journey will probably start as the international
airport is also located
Sometimes considered the old Dubai, you will come across many carpet
stores and electronics (watches, gadgets, camcorders etc ...).
Prices are not displayed in the window, so be ready to discuss
the price !
Located at the opposite of the Deira district (and
therefore before the inlet), Bur Dubai is home of two old districts
that you must
see if you want to keep another memory of skyscrapers : the
and the Shindagha. You can stroll through the narrow streets
to observe the typical Arab architecture of historic buildings
and wind towers,
visit many art galleries or pay a visit to the Dubai Museum
to understand the origins of the city.
This district faces the sea along the white sandy beaches, you
will find many hotels complex high-end (the famous hotel Burj
Al Arab sail-shaped and the complex of islands "The World")
and villas where are staying rich Emiraties and expatriate families.
Of course, to satisfy all these people
many chic restaurants and the largest shopping center has
been developed here (like
the Mall of
the Emirates with its indoor ski slope).
Before being a neighborhood, Sheikh
Zayed Road is primarily the main artery of the city (despite the
name of "road",
but rather a 2x 7-lane highway). It separates the Jumeirah
district with the south of the city and offers a look quite
grasping on the architectural
possibilities of the constructed buildings. If you go from
the airport to the southern districts, you will spend necessarily.
Apart from the skyscrapers, you will
find the highest of Dubai (The much famous "Burj Khalifa"), but also the
Nad al Sheba Racing Club if you are fond of horse racing, the
business district "World trade center "or flamingos Ras
Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary.
As the name suggests, the "new Dubai" fresh
out of the ground with its many residential areas and multiple
hotels (again!), its artificial palm "Palm Jumeirah" and "Palm
Jebel Ali." As this is a new area, do not be surprised by
the sheer number of cranes and buildings under construction,
because here the demand and growth never stop (unless global
Finally, the Jumeirah beach can be an opportunity for a stroll
by the sea and if you are a luxury yacht lover a trip to Dubai
Marina is a must ...
You just understood, the New Dubai is the exact opposite of
Deira along the creek ...