Deira area in Dubai city
Deira area in Dubai city is famous all over the world as a shopping center with huge shopping malls and famous markets of gold, perfume, spices, fish and much more. But Russian tourists have other associations, for Russians Deira area is primarily associated with cheap hotels and tours to the UAE.
Indeed, there are many hotels in Deira – from posh five Hyatt, Sheraton, Hilton and Carlton to two and even one-note hotels. If tourists want to go to Dubai on the cheap, then 95% of the time they end up in Deira. For this reason, we devote a separate article to this area.
The prices in this article are current as of January 2022.
The latest big news
The One Deira complex has been completed and should open to the public in the first quarter of 2022. The One Deira complex consists of a shopping center, hotels and office spaces combined with the Gold Souq metro station (green line) and the bus station.
What would it all look like? Will it be convenient and interesting for tourists? We will find out in the near future.
Where is the Deira area
In the northeast of the city of Dubai. On the map on the right, we have shown the location of Deira and other areas of the city. Deira is shown as number 1. Click on the map to enlarge it.
Deira stretches along the coast from the border of the emirate of Sharjah in the northeast to Dubai Creek (a long natural channel, a sea arm) in the southwest. The area is bounded by the coastline to the northwest and the E11 (Sheikh Zayed Road) to the southeast.
On our map Deira looks small, but it only seems small compared to the size of Dubai City. The area of Deira is about 25 square kilometers, which is comparable to the largest districts of Moscow (not counting the New Moscow) – Metrogodok, South Butovo and Yasenevo.
Deira is considered one of the most densely populated areas of the city of Dubai. There are 10 metro stations (7 on the green line and 3 on the red line) located within the area. For a diagram of the Dubai Metro, see our article “Dubai Metro”.
Deira is part of Old Dubai, the large area around the Dubai Creek Canal. On one side of the canal is the Deira district, on the other side is the Bur Dubai district. Deira has always been the commercial center of the emirate.
Disadvantages of vacationing.
The first and main disadvantage is the problem with the beaches.
First line hotels with their own beaches in Deira no. There is only one public beach called “Mamzar Beach”. It has a wild free part and an organized paid part with an entrance fee of 5 dirhams. See our article “How much money is there in the UAE” for the current rate.
Mamzar Beach is located in the very north of the area, where the metro does not go. You will have to take a cab to the beach, the cost is 12 to 20 dirhams one way, depending on the distance from the hotel to the beach. Read our article “Taxis in the UAE” for more details. Or you can take the C28 bus, if it stops near your hotel.
For such a cost it is cheaper to take the metro to the public beach in Jumeirah area, as some experienced tourists do.
Some hotels provide a free shuttle bus and entrance to Mamzar beach. If you want to sunbathe on the beach and swim in the Persian Gulf without overpaying, we recommend you to find such a hotel. We will talk about Mamzar Beach in detail later in this article.
Next to it see a map of the Deira area with the important and interesting sites for tourists. Click on the map to enlarge it.
Look for paid and free beaches in Mamzar to the north. The map shows Dubai Metro branches and stations in red and green, and shopping malls, markets, and attractions in blue.
The second drawback is transportation.
Deira is quite far from the main attractions of Dubai. If you are used to travel by subway, you will feel comfortable. If you prefer a cab, open your wallet wide.
Deira is separated from the rest of the city by the Dubai Creek Canal. There are 5 roads across it: Al Maktouma Bridge, Pontoon Bridge, Al Garhud Bridge, Business Bay Crossing and Al Shindah Tunnel. All of these crossings are tolls, this fee is called “salik”, the price is 4 dirhams. For cab rides, the saliq is paid by the passenger. That is, 8 dirhams will have to be paid for each trip to other parts of Dubai.
Of course, the amounts are not that big, but let’s do the math. Let’s say the tourists vacation for 7 days in a hotel in Deira. For those 7 days they took a cab 5 times to Mamzar beach and 4 times to other parts of Dubai to see the sights. Total overpayment for transportation: 5×35 + 4×8 = 207 dirhams, which is about $55. Agree, it’s not pleasant.
The third disadvantage is the population of Deira.
Most Russian tourists are afraid of Indians, Pakistanis, Malaysians and Iranians (in the photo on the right, click to enlarge). Russians feel much more relaxed if they are surrounded by European faces. Europeans in Deira are rare, the Bur Dubai area on the other side of the Dubai Creek Canal is more popular with European tourists.
Deira is often referred to as “Mini-India”. No UAE citizens live in this area, it is a place of compact residence of guest workers. Read more about the population of the Arab Emirates in our article “Citizens and Other Populations of the UAE”.
If you feel comfortable surrounded by Indians and Pakistanis, welcome to Deira. If this situation is uncomfortable, we advise you to choose another area of Dubai.
Note that there are no security problems here, any area of Dubai is safer than Moscow or St. Petersburg. The index “Crime Index” for Dubai is 19.5 (category “very low”), for Moscow – 46, for St. Petersburg – 43.5 (category “average”).
The fourth disadvantage is that there is nothing to do except for shopping.
There is almost nothing to do in Deira. There is only one entertainment complex for children, a couple of parks, a few places of interest.
The entertainment is particularly bad. The Deira City Centre has the Magic Planet amusement park. There are several attractions, slot machines and a children’s maze. The easiest way to get there is by metro, the station “Deira City Centre”. This is where the entertainment program in Deira ends before it has even started.
The pluses of relaxation
The first and main plus is a huge opportunity for shopping.
Deira has always been the shopping center of the emirate of Dubai, and now has not lost its importance. There are several large shopping centers and famous markets.
Of course, the local malls are a long way from Dubai Mall in terms of size, but their main advantage is in the prices. The big shopping malls in fashionable areas are always overpriced. The assortment in the markets in Deira is decent, the photo below is a store window at the jewelry market The Gold Souq.
The second advantage is the proximity to the airport.
Dubai International Airport is located right on the border with Deira. You will either have to take the metro a few stops or take a cab for 10-15 minutes.
The third plus is low hotel prices.
If you want to go to Dubai as cheaply as possible, you can find a hotel in Deira for even 30-40 dollars a night. For this money you get a full double room with air conditioning – not luxury, but not worse than rooms in hotels in Egypt or Turkey.
The only public beach in the area. It is located very inconvenient for tourists – in the northernmost part. You can’t get here by subway, the stations are far away.
You can take the C28 bus, which zigzags around all of Deira. The fare is 3 dirhams. The bus runs at 30 minute intervals. The journey time varies from 20 to 50 minutes depending on the distance from the hotel to Mamzar beach. The C28 bus is a cheap option, but horrible in terms of time.
And the most comfortable option is a cab. A trip from the hotel to Mamzar beach will cost 12-20 dirhams, a 10-20 minute journey.
Mamzar beach is divided into two parts – free and paid.
The free part has no sun beds or umbrellas, there are changing cabins and showers. The quality of these services is not guaranteed, yet it is a municipal beach.
The part called “Mamzar Beach Park” is located on the cape. It is a combination of a park and a beach.
Admission to the park is AED 5. Use of the pool – 10 dirhams. Umbrellas and sun loungers – 25 dirhams. There is a restaurant with a meager selection of fries and burgers. There is an amphitheater in the center of the park that hosts live concerts. Shish kebabs can be arranged in the park. Drinking alcohol is prohibited as it is throughout the UAE, read our article Alcohol Laws in the UAE.
On Mondays and Wednesdays only women and children are allowed in the park.
See our article “Mamzar Beach” for more details.
There are four famous markets in Deira, which attract people from all over Dubai and even from neighboring Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Kaiwain and Ras Al Khaimah. Each market focuses on a different product. Take a sampling of each.
The Gold Souk Jewellery Market
This is the best seller among tourists. Want to see 10 tons of gold at once? That’s how much gold is permanently on the shelves of more than 300 stores in Gold Souk.
The fantasy of the goldsmiths knows no bounds. Crowns, bracelets of all sizes, even real gold dresses, necklaces up to the incredible size, figurines of camels, turtles and fish.
To look at the variety of jewelry on the counters is highly recommended, but you should not buy gold here. Of course, the authorities of Dubai city assure that they strictly control the authenticity of all sold items and constantly conduct inspections. But think about it, who in the first place will try to “shove” a fake from under the counter? Of course, a tourist!
Opening hours – from 10-00 to 22-00. Read our detailed article “Gold Market in Dubai”.
Deira Fish Market
The variety of Gulf fish is no less than in the aquariums. And visiting the market is completely free. Some of the marine animals sold here even cause tourists to be loudly bewildered: “You’re eating them. “
In addition to the large fish section, there are vegetable and fruit sections. Here you can buy quality dates inexpensively. Read our article “Dates in the Arab Emirates” about them.
The market is open from 5:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
There are two fish markets in Deira – Deira Fish Market and New Fish Market. Take the one you like, there is not much difference.
The Spice Souk – The Spice Souk
They say you can find every spice in the world here. Spices are brought here from India, Iran, and Pakistan. Iranian saffron is very cheap here. The smells in the market are fantastic.
Despite all its flavor, The Spice Souk in Deira is slowly dying. Too much competition from supermarkets is reducing the flow of visitors. Hurry to see it before it closes.
Opening hours are from 10-00 to 22-00 all days except Fridays. On Friday, the market is open, but there is no point in coming, some of the stores and stalls are not working.
In addition to spices, they sell textiles, incense, hookahs and souvenirs.
Perfume Market – The Perfume Souk
This is not even a market, but rather a large concentration of perfume stores around Sikkat al Khail, Al Soor and Souk Deira Streets.
Here you can find both traditional Arabic perfumes and international perfume brands. We don’t recommend buying foreign perfumes here because there is a big chance of buying a fake one. The local perfumers can even mix the essences and oils in front of the buyer to create a personalized scent of perfume.
This is the best place to buy bahur and oud-based perfumes. Read our article “Agar Perfume – Bachur and Oud” about them.
Deira has four large shopping malls: Deira City Centre, Hamarain Centre, Reef Mall and Al Ghurair Centre.
The largest of these is Deira City Centre (pictured left, click to enlarge) with 121,000 square meters of retail space. Certainly not comparable to Dubai Mall (350,000), Mall of Emirates (223,000) or Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi (232,000).
The main advantage of the malls in Deira is not the size, but the prices. Prices are cheaper in all stores, except for those where changing prices prohibits the brand itself. Even then, merchants in Deira often violate the price policy and give cheaper, especially if the price is discussed with the seller privately, without extra ears. Traders in the UAE have every opportunity to give low prices, there is only 5% VAT tax (in Russia 20%). We have discussed the prices in the UAE in the article “Shopping in the UAE”.
There are few sights, nothing spectacular.
The British newspaper The Telegraph placed this clock tower at number 17 on its list of the most beautiful in the world. At night it sometimes glows pink, looking as if it has just been taken out of a Barbie doll’s accessory box.
It looks brand new, even a little futuristic (pictured right, click to enlarge). You wouldn’t think it was built back in 1964.
To be more specific, the clock was given to Sheikh Rashid by his son-in-law, Sheikh Ahmed of Qatar. The clock was very big and there was no place to put it. Sheikh Rashid commissioned engineer Ziki Homsi to design a monument on which the clock could be placed. That’s how the Deira Clock Tower came into being.
Now one of Dubai’s symbols, it is a symbol of the UAE’s transition into a new era of oil and oil revenues.
See our article “Deira Clock Tower” for all the details.
Heritage House Ethnographic Museum
This house was built in 1890 and once belonged to Matar Said ibn Mazina, a wealthy pearl merchant. The building was made of coral stone, which was the height of luxury at the time.
In the house you can see the utensils, furniture, household items. See how the wealthy Emirati lived before the oil age. When tourists see this, they ask, “If this is how the rich lived, how did the poor live?”
At the pier on the shore of Dubai Creek, you can see the traditional Arabian dhow boats. These boats were once used to transport cargo, as pirate ships, and as floating bases for pearl divers.
The dhows still carry people across the Creek for only Dhs1 per person. You can book an evening ride with dinner, with prices ranging from 70 to 100 dirhams.
Good to know
– If you’re going to Deira and choosing a beach, read our review of The Best Beaches in Dubai;
– If flying on your own, read our article “How to get from Dubai airport to the city”;
– If you’re going to see places of interest in Dubai, read our articles “How to save money on parks and water parks in Dubai” and “Excursions in Dubai”;
– To stay out of trouble on transportation, choose the best fare and get around Dubai cheaper, read our article “NOL Cards”.
Have a great holiday in Deira, and read our articles about the UAE ( links below ).
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