The Deira district is one of the central districts of Dubai. It has around 400,000 people, with access to a range of facilities.

Restaurants and shops can be found here, and several residential buildings are being built. The standard of living is moderately high, and development is rising.

Deira is the oldest commercial district in Dubai. It is bordered by Dubai Creek, Sharjah and the Gulf.

It is one of the most popular places in the emirate to live and work in. A major trading hub, this district is well known amongst tourists for the glittering Gold Souk.

Deira is a historically significant district within the city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates bordered by the Gulf, Sharjah and Al Awir. It is located at the northern end of the Dubai Creek.

Today, the creek is as active as ever, with modern yachts and Arabian dhows gliding side-by-side at busy wharfs. The waters are also busy with smaller motorized wooden vessels known as abras, which whisk passengers between Deira and Bur Dubai for just AED2.


Deira is one of the oldest and most established areas of Dubai, its origins date back to the mid-1700s, it developed along the canal called Dubai Creek, this saltwater canal separates Deira from Bur Dubai.

The canal enabled the area to develop in importance; it facilitated the sea trade, which is still operational today, thanks to the traditional dhow boats which still load and unload hundreds of tons of goods on the canal docks every day.

The Al Ras district in Deira and Dubai Creek in the mid 1960s
In 1841, a smallpox epidemic broke out in the Bur Dubai district, forcing residents to relocate east to Deira.

In 1896, a fire broke out alongside the Dubai Creek, a disastrous occurrence in a town where many family homes were still constructed from barasti – palm fronds. The conflagration consumed half the houses of Bur Dubai, while the district of Deira was said to have been totally destroyed.

In the following years, more fires broke out and in 1908 the "great storm" struck the pearling boats of Dubai and the coastal emirates towards the end of the pearling season that year, resulting in the loss of a dozen boats and over 100 men.

The disaster was a major setback for Dubai, with many families losing their breadwinners and merchants facing financial ruin.

These losses came at a time when the tribes of the interior were also experiencing poverty. In a letter to the Sultan of Muscat in 1911, Sheikh Butti bin Suhail Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai at the time, laments, "Misery and poverty are raging among them, with the result that they are struggling, looting and killing among themselves."

Historically it was the most important commercial center of the emirate alongside its twin across the creek, Dubai City (Independent of Deira at the time), It reached its peak during the pearl fishing period before pearls started to be cultivated on a large scale in the early 1930s by the Japanese.

The ferrying of people is provided by small boats that constantly go back and forth between the two sides.

Despite's its historic importance, it has been losing its losing during the past decades due to recent development and larger focus by the government towards areas along E 11 road (Sheikh Zayed Road) and areas further down the coast towards Abu Dhabi since the Union of the 6 Emirates in 1971.

Deira alongside Bur Dubai, Karama and Satwa, is part of an area that’s locally known as ‘Old Dubai’.

It’s due to the fact that these are some of the most historic quarters of the city and home to countless of iconic structures, from centuries-old gold and spice souqs, to ancient forts and fortresses.


Transportation and parking spaces

There are plenty of public parking spaces in Deira Dubai, but it can be extremely crowded during the week. Visitors should also remember most apartment buildings do not have dedicated parking, so residents are competing for those same parking spots as well.

Some enterprising folks have capitalised on this need by opening up several paid private parking spots around the busy areas but that can rake up, as the hourly rate is AED 10.

Public transportation

Those relying on public transportation in Deira Dubai will be happy to know the area is extremely well-connected with plenty of taxis and buses to take you around the city. Al Rigga and Union metro stations service most of the area. There is also the Deira City Centre metro station which is connected to the shopping centre. 

Nearby areas

Situated north of the Dubai Creek, the community is near Bur Dubai, Al Qusais, and Al Garhoud.

Deira Dubai is one of the most densely populated parts of Dubai, with a constant stream of traffic coming in from Sheikh Zayed Road, Emirates Road and Mohammed Bin Zayed Road.



Where is Deira located in Dubai?

It is the oldest commercial district in Dubai surrounded by the Persian Gulf, Sharjah and Dubai Creek.

What are the best deira hotels in Dubai?

Some of the top hotels in Deira are Rove City Centre, Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre and Park Hyatt Dubai.

How to get to Deira city centre by bus or metro?

You can find bus routes 27, 88 and X28 that pass near Deira City Centre.

What to do in Deira Dubai?

Shopping is the all-time-favourite activity for most visitors. You can head straight to the City Centre or get the most beautiful jewellery from Gold Souk.

Those looking for some activities to enjoy with kids can find many museums in the area such as the Pearl Museum and Coin Museum. Moreover, don’t forget to enjoy scrumptious 5-course meals at Dhow Cruise on your next trip.

How far is Deira from Dubai airport?

It is right next to Dubai International Airport, around a 12-minute drive away.

Is Deira a city?

Deira is a mixed-use neighborhood in Dubai. It is often called as a city in itself for offering all kinds of amenities within.

What time does Deira city centre open?

Deira City Centre is open from 10:00 am to 01:00 am throughout the week.