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Where to stay in Dubai – a neighborhood guide

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Emerging as a cosmopolitan metropolis and a global city in its own right, Dubai is a major business and cultural hub in the Middle East. Many visitors, using the city as a major transport hub, are flocking in their thousands to visit the ambitious development projects popping up around the city. Dubai is symbolic for its skyscrapers and luxury high-rise hotels that showcase breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf.

Andy Harbuk

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Jumeirah Beach & Dubai Marina


There’s no better way to describe Jumeirah Beach, as the name ‘Jumeirah’ is translated as ‘beautiful.’ The scenic landscape is mainly made up of low rise buildings built in different and quirky architectural styles that slope down to the beach. Becoming one of the most exclusive parts of Dubai, this area is visited frequently by expatriates staying in luxury hotels that dot the shoreline all the way through to Dubai Marina. Visit the awe-inspiring sight of the Jumeirah Palm Island, a man-made island boasting extravagant properties, and don’t forget to hire a yacht and sail in style around along the shoreline.


Bur Dubai


On the western side of the Dubai Creek, Bur Dubai is known for its historic Al Fahidi District, where a former fort contains the Dubai Museum that gives an insight into the exotic history of the Arabian World. Stroll down the waterfront to the mouth of the creek where Sheikh Saeed House, the official residence of past rulers, is open to the public to enjoy the humble display of the power they wielded. If you are looking to relax, chill out in the calm oasis of parks and gardens between Maktoum and Garhoud bridges where Dubai’s oldest public park, Zabeel Park, is located.




On the eastern side of the Dubai Creek, Deira is without a doubt Dubai’s busiest area. To experience the best of Dubai’s marvellous culture, discover the city’s souks which are busy with vendors and excited visitors, or walk along the gliding Arab dhows docked in Dhow Wharfage on Baniyas Road. Take a wander through the Heritage House Museum and find out what it means to be an Arab merchant in centuries past. Wind down to Maktoum Bridge and you will find no shortage of luxurious hotels along the waterfront promenade. But for a true taste of the old city, take a ride on the old water taxi (the Abra) for what amounts to pennies in cost. This particular activity is a tourists’ favourite and a must-do if out in the older parts of Dubai.