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Dubai Neighbourhoods

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Dubai Neighbourhoods


Dubai is known to be a city full of life and rich culture for visitors. If you happen to be in or are looking to explore this must-see city, take a look at these neighbourhoods that will be sure to satisfy any interest. From foodies, historic buffs and trendy shopping, there's something for everyone in Dubai's cool neighbourhoods. By studying up on Dubai's local scenes, you can be prepared to head to the area that best meets your interests. What's more, most areas of Dubai are conveniently linked with the Dubai Metro, which makes getting around the emirate easy and efficient for tourists.

Take in the Art of Al Quoz

Al Quoz, which is full of warehouses and industrial buildings, doesn't have much to offer a visitor at first glance. But when you look deeper at what is going on in this neighbourhood, you will find a haven for art enthusiasts. If you head to Alserkal Avenue, you will be in an emerging cultural hub filled with 20 permanent art galleries, like the first local gallery dedicated to Middle Eastern art, Salsali Private Museum. There are also hip cafes to sit down and relax in, like Tom & Serg and the vegan cafe Wild & The Moon. 


• Salsali Private Museum: Al Quoz 1, Street 8 Alserkal Avenue Complex
• Tom & Serg: 15A Street, Al-Joud Center
• Wild & The Moon: Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, H-77

Enjoy the Public Jumeirah Beach

A very tourist-friendly area, Jumeirah Beach is a must-see. Right by the ocean there are hotels, restaurants and a shopping mall, The Beach. The mall has its own cinema, restaurants and shops, so you can find yourself spending hours in there. If you are just looking to visit the famous public beach, take a stroll along The Walk, a pedestrian-friendly pathway with graffiti murals and art pieces lined with cafes. You can also just enjoy the beach and spend some time taking pictures by the ocean. 
• The Beach:  Al Mamsha Street, opposite JBR 
• Burj Al Arab Hotel: Jumeirah St

Explore the History of Deira

Better known as Old Dubai, Deira is made up of rustic neighbourhoods that line the Dubai Creek and Abras, traditional boats used to transport people along the creek. Deira is known for its enduring food markets, and gold and spice souks, where your senses will come alive. After exploring the markets, you can take an abra ride across the creek where the best ethnic restaurants serve authentic Lebanese, Moroccan and Arabic foods in Bur Dubai. 


• Dubai Museum: Al Fahidi area - Bur Dubai 
• Al Fahidi Historical District: Al Fahidi historical area - Bur Dubai
• Kava & Chai Coffee House: Al Seef St

Explore Downtown Dubai

Home to the world-renowned Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, it's hard to skip a visit to Downtown Dubai. The Downtown area is considered the jewel of Dubai since it also houses the world's largest mall, The Dubai Mall, and the world's tallest hotel, Gevora Hotel. The district is also known for its family-friendly activities like The Dubai Fountain and The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. It also boasts walkways lined with eateries, art galleries, and children's play areas. Burj Park is a great place to take in the skyscraper views and enjoy local events. 


• Burj Park: Burj Khalifa - Burj Khalifa Blvd 
• Burj Khalifa: 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd  
• The Dubai Fountain: Fashion Parking - Dubai Mall - Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd

Get to Know the Design District

One of the most recent neighbourhoods to pop out of Dubai, the design district is a hub for everything contemporary and creative. As one of the trendiest areas of Dubai, the design district boasts plenty of fashion shows, concerts, and pop-up exhibitions. It hosts over 30 public art installations and is the perfect place to relax while enjoying some coffee and strolling to check out the latest in art and fashion. Visit Amato to shop in the UAE's first global couture brand and then head to The Lighthouse, where you can shop for unique gifts and eat fresh and seasonal dishes. 


• The Lighthouse: Dubai Design District Corner of Building 6
• Chez Charles Restaurant: Dubai Design District Building 11, Ground Floor
• Amato Couture: Dubai Design District Building 6, First Floor B101

Dubai is a city that offers a wide array of activities and places to explore. It has neighbourhoods which offer a look into its rich past and areas where the future is showcased at its best. Choose to visit one or more of these neighbourhoods, and your visit to Dubai will be one to remember!