Al Karama

Al Karama, or simply Karama, is a residential district of Dubai located on the western banks of Dubai Creek and one of the older communities of the city. It is outwardly distinctive due to the regularity of its low-rise residential buildings.

The area, which was planned on a tight grid system, is home to thousands of people even though it is only two square kilometers in size. Al Karama is the most populous residential area in Dubai and the most central part of Dubai.

Al Karama is also one of the most accessible parts in Dubai, that makes it very easy for residents to travel to any other parts of the city from Karama with ease due to the wide range of transport available in the town.

The lively, multicultural neighborhood of Karama offers the chance to see a totally different side to the city. There are no gigantic skyscrapers in this district; but you can definitely get an authentic taste of everyday life while hunting for bargains at bazaar-style independent shops.

Al Karama is one of the oldest commercial and residential neighborhoods in Dubai, with a plethora of recreational facilities. While the area is predominantly famous for its commercial market, those living in Al Karama will vouch for the area’s many benefits. If you’re considering moving to this bustling and vibrant neighborhood, weighing the advantages and disadvantages of living in the district is essential.

You can also enjoy a tasty, budget-friendly meal at one of the many restaurants in the area. There's a range of cuisines on offer, although Indian and Pakistani food is a hands-down favorite. Locals wax lyrical about Eric’s for Goan bites, while Jaffer Bhai's Restaurant is dubbed the ‘biryani king of Mumbai’ for a reason.

For more glimpses into community life, pay a visit to the small Karama Park where kids love to play cricket, or indulge in some 'me time' at one of the many locally-owned salons and spas dotted around the district.

Well known for the place to go to for fake designer goods (bags, watches, belts...), furniture, and very colorful saris, Karama in Bur Dubai is one of the city's most interesting and diverse quarters.

A collective of artists has also used some buildings as their canvas, producing large-scale graffiti murals that are the talk of the town. From giant birds and abstract expressionism, to pearl diving and amped-up guitars, there’s plenty of colorful surprises around every corner.


It stretches for 2 km between the Creekside diplomatic area of Umm Hurair 1 to the north, containing numerous consulates, and Zabeel Park to the south, a $50-million technology-themed public park opened in December 2005.

Zabeel Park divides Karama from the landmark Dubai World Trade Centre, as well as Sheikh Zayed Road and its famous skyscrapers. The district's western boundary is Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Street (Trade Centre Road), where the popular BurJuman shopping mall is located.


The majority of Karama's population has traditionally been middle class South Asian and Filipino expatriates, although Dubai's cosmopolitan nature is also well represented, with the presence of many other nationalities such as people from Iran and Lebanon and many European nations.

Virtually all residents are non-UAE nationals, meaning that they are obliged to rent their apartments. The typical annual rent for a one-bedroom flat was about 42,000 dirhams (US$11,500) in June 2006, having risen sharply to around 60,000 dirhams (US$16,335) during 2017.

One notable national community is the Omani contingent, who originally settled in Karama in the early 1980s with the help of Dubai's first modern ruler, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the late father of the current rulers.

About 8,000 Omanis who were among the tens of thousands displaced from Zanzibar in the 1960s later found themselves stateless and homeless until Sheikh Rashid offered them sanctuary with the construction of Hamdan Colony, a collection of apartment blocks which still stand in Karama.

Expat residents from different parts of Dubai find themselves in Al Karama for various things such as tailoring, laundry, dining or, even shopping.


Public Transport

One of the biggest benefits of living in Al Karama is its convenient location. You can use the Burjuman or the ADCB Metro Station to get around town. Several bus routes also cover the area, which means you can manage without owning a personal car.
People can visit Medline Medical Centre and Aster Clinic in Al Karama for medical check-ups. There is the Al Karama Medical Centre as well.


How far is Dubai International airport from Al Karama?

Al Karama is approximately 8 kilometers away from the Dubai International Airport.

What are some of the popular areas to rent apartments in Al Karama DUBAI?

Al Karama Building, Hamsah A Building, Karama New Building and Wasl Hub are the most popular areas to rent flats in Karama Dubai.