Bur Dubai is a historic district in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, located on the western side of the Dubai Creek. The name literally translates to Mainland Dubai, a reference to the traditional separation of the Bur Dubai area from Deira by the Dubai Creek.
It all started in Bur Dubai, one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. Long before Dubai transformed into an urban metropolis, this area to the west of Dubai Creek was the site of the city’s original settlement.
Today it continues to be a hub of residential and economic activity, sustaining a generous spirit of community that’s typical of Emirati culture.
Bur Dubai is a historical district located on the western side of Dubai Creek. The literal meaning of Bur Dubai is ‘Mainland Dubai’.
It is in reference to the traditional separation of Bur Dubai and Deira, both of which are located on either side of the Dubai Creek. In the past, an Abra (a traditional wooden boat) was used to ferry people from either side.
Nowadays, the Floating Bridge, Al Maktoum Bridge and Al Shindagha Tunnel connect the two neighborhoods.
The community is home to historical sites including Dubai Museum, The Ruler’s Court, Al Fahidi Historical District/Neighborhood and Al Shindagha Historical District.
The community is also home to the Grand Mosque which features the city’s tallest minaret and the blue tiled Iranian Mosque. The waterside path of Bur Dubai features a line-up of dhows offering dinner cruises.
The district has many shopping streets and textile souks such as Al Seef and Meena Bazaar.
The Al Bastakiya historic area is located to the east of Al Fahidi Fort (now home to Dubai Museum) and features old courtyard housing which are identifiable with their wind towers Shindagha to the northwest, located between Bur Dubai, the creek, and the sea is the historic location of the ruler's house on the peninsula facing the sea and the creek.
Bur Dubai is a foodie's haven. Dine at cafés tucked into the serene courtyards of the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, or head to the vibrant Meena Bazaar area – Dubai’s Little India – where ethnic eateries offer superb spice-laden curries.
After you’ve had your fill, unwind with a gentle ride on an abra, a traditional wooden boat that has traversed the waters of the creek for centuries.
There’s a wonderful range of independent clothing and jewelry shops to explore in this district, with many helmed by owners who have made Dubai their adopted home over decades.
Stock up at the Textile Souk, where eager merchants sell exotic fabrics, pashminas, and colorful embroidered cushions, before finding a local tailor nearby to create a made-to-measure outfit.
Between 2013 and 2016, the Dubai Creek was extended back to the sea, turning Bur Dubai into an island. Bur Dubai is a popular living area consisting of several apartment buildings.
The Dubai Metro Green Line goes through Bur Dubai connecting with the airport through Al Ghubaiba Metro Station & Union Metro Station.
Bur Dubai is also now home to some iconic buildings, like the Wafi Mall and Dubai Frame. There are also many places to go to like the Dubai Museum, and the many malls.
Bur Dubai’s prime location makes it a popular spot for many hotels. Some of the best hotels in Bur Dubai are:
- Grand Hyatt Dubai
- Hilton Garden Inn Dubai Al Jaddaf Culture Village
- Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel
- Palazzo Versace Dubai
- Raffles Dubai
- XVA Art Hotel
- Emaar Properties
- Azizi Developments
- Al Waleed Real Estate LLC
Transportation and parking spaces
Since there is a mix of old and new buildings in the area, it’s not easy to say what the parking arrangements will be. The newer apartments in Bur Dubai come with dedicated parking spaces for residents, but old buildings often do not.
Those living in Bur Dubai have to either scout for paid street parking spaces or buy a monthly/yearly parking space in the parking lots in the area. Visitors often find parking difficult because of this very reason. Street parking is limited and subject to availability.
Bur Dubai is one of the most well-connected areas in the city. Public transportation in the Bur Dubai area is readily available in the form of buses, taxis and metros.
Some of the popular Dubai Metro Stations in the area include Al Fahidi Metro Station, Al Ghubaiba Metro Station, Oud Mehta Metro Station and Al Jaddaf Metro Station on the Green Line.
ADCB Metro Station and Burjuman Metro Station are part of the Red Line. These are located in Bur Dubai within the different sub-communities. There are also multiple bus stops spread out across the area. Residents can also use the Abra or the water taxi which has stations in Al Seef in Bur Dubai to get to the Deira area.
Bur Dubai is also easily accessed by Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Ain Hatta Road and Al Khail Road for those with private conveyance.
What is there in Bur Dubai?
Bur Dubai is a neighborhood with lots to offer. It is known for its many different residential districts, its vibrant street life and multiple restaurants. It also has many shops, showrooms and offices.
Tourists and visitors can visit the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, Zabeel Park, Dubai Frame, Al Seef, Burjuman Mall, Meena Bazaar and more.
Is Bur Dubai safe?
Like the rest of Dubai, Bur Dubai is a safe area. Bur Dubai is a highly-populated area and there is regular police patrolling in the area. There are police stations in Al Raffa, Port Rashid and in Al Jafiliya near Zabeel Park. Since the Umm Hurair area is home to many consulates there are many police posts and police officers in the area.
How can I get to Bur Dubai by metro?
You can get to Bur Dubai using either the Red Line or the Green Line of the Dubai Metro. There are metro stations in each community in Bur Dubai.
Al Ghubaiba, Al Fahidi, Oud Mehta, Dubai Healthcare City and Al Jaddaf all have their own station on the Green Line. On the Red Line, you have ADCB Metro Station which services the Al Mankhool and Al Karama areas.
Burjuman Metro Station is an interchange station and can be reached with both the Red and Green Lines.
What is Bur Dubai famous for?
Bur Dubai is famous for its souks, tourist attractions and proximity to both old and new Dubai.
One key highlight is Meena Bazaar which is a collection of tailoring shops, jewelry stores and textile shops. Many people come to this vibrant part of the city.
What can I buy in Bur Dubai?
The Bur Dubai Souk and Meena Bazaar are popular souks and shopping destinations in the area.
You can find different types of textiles such as silk, cotton, cashmere, satin, velvet, lace, etc. Souvenirs, clothes, perfumes and spices and also be found in the souk. The modern version of the souk is also part of the waterfront development of Al Seef.
How far is Bur Dubai from Deira?
Bur Dubai is located at a distance of 3km from Deira. It can be reached with the Abra or water taxi or the metro if you’re looking at public transportation options. Those travelling by car can use Al Maktoum Bridge, Floating Bridge or Al Shindagha Tunnel.