An area in decline
Following coastal development such as the new district of Jumeirah and the Sheikh Zayed Road's evolution into the business district, Deira is gradually losing importance. However, it still evokes certain aspects of a bygone era thanks to the traditional dhow boats that cruise along the waters between Dubai and Iran transporting goods.
Places of interest
- Dubai Gold Souk: Hundreds of shops where you can buy precious jewelry at a good price. On the surrounding streets, you will also find people offering watches and other items with a dubious history of ownership.
- Dubai Spice Souk: The unmistakable aroma of spices and perfumes is the best way to immerse yourself in the essence of old Dubai.
- Al Mamzar Beach Park: This pleasant green area surrounds one of the best beaches in the city. It also has a comprehensive range of installations such as cabin rentals, swimming pools, and restaurants.
- Heritage House: Constructed at the end of the 19th century, this was the stately residence of rich pearl merchant and is a splendid testament to the city's past.
- Al-Ahmadiya School: Dating back to 1912, this was the first proper school in Dubai. It has been completely restored and now houses a museum.
Deira is a lively neighborhood with busy, generally safe streets all round the clock. However, there are areas and establishments that are undoubtedly seedy. The population of the district is largely formed of male immigrants from neighboring countries. Therefore please be aware that couples, and women who are traveling alone, may feel uncomfortable.
Deira is certainly a place where you will find cheap accommodation and is a good choice for adventurous travelers on a budget.