Bur Dubai

Bur Dubai is located on the western side of the Dubai Creek and borders Jumeirah, Downtown and Meydan districts. It includes the following areas:

Bur Dubai

This historic district of Dubai is located to the west of Dubai Creek.

The neighbourhood is quite popular with tourists as it is home to historic buildings and museums. Although the main souks in Dubai are located in Deira, there are also souks in Bur Dubai, such as the popular textile souk which is located near the abra station.

Umm Hurair

This area is divided into two sub-communities:

In the heart of Bur Dubai, you will find Umm Hurair 1. The BurJuman shopping centre and Golden Sands accommodations are located in this area.

Bordering the Dubai Creek, you will find Umm Hurair 2. This area is home to the Dubai Creek Park as well as newer developments such as Dubai Healthcare City and Al Boom Tourist Village.

Umm Hurair 1 and 2 are geographically separated by Oud Metha and Karama.


Karama is one of the most populous residential areas in Dubai. The neighbourhood is also well known not only for its bargain shopping centres, but also for the covert sale of fake goods like handbags and watches. Despite that, the area retains its old charm and has plenty of old shops that are well worth a visit.

Oud Metha

Although this neighbourhood is mainly residential, it is also home to a number of businesses, schools and churches, the popular Lamcy Plaza Mall and luxurious Wafi Mall. This is also where the Al Nasr LeisureLand sports and entertainment complex is located.

The main hotels in the area include the Grand Hyatt Dubai, the Movenpick Bur Dubai Hotel and the Raffles Dubai.

If travelling by metro, you can get off at the Oud Metha Station on the Green Line.

These communities are some of the oldest residential and commercial areas of Dubai. They have many old buildings, small streets and souks and are home to a thriving middle class population.

In recent years the Government of Dubai had invested plenty of resources towards this area's infrastructure to ease traffic flow and provide quicker access to its various neighbourhoods. As a result, the area has turned into a more modern residential, retail and hotel hub. It offers a wide choice of 3 and 4 star hotels, shopping malls and office buildings. Its popularity continues to rise as a destination that showcases the transition between old and new Dubai.