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To get the most of what Dubai has to offer you'll find a useful starting point is in getting your bearings around the Emirate. Each of the different districts of Dubai offer their own attractions for visitors - from shopping to beaches to historical buildings and more.

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The video to the right takes you on a journey through the old port districts of Dubai Creek and Bur Dubai. For info on other districts just follow any of these links:

•  Dubai Creek

•  Deira

•  Bur Dubai

•  Al Shindagha

•  Bastakiya

•  Sheikh Zayed Road - Downtown

•  Jumeirah

•  Outside The City

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Having experienced significant expansion over the last 10-15 years along both banks of the Dubai Creek, the central business district is divided into two halves - Deira on the northern bank and Bur Dubai to the south. These two districts are connected by a tunnel and two bridges over the creek itself.

Dubai Creek

If you step back in time you'll find that modern day Dubai emanated from the Creek area - it's very much the historical centre-point of the region. The Creek is an inlet of the sea which cuts like a knife through the  city centre, and is the perfect place to visit to get a feeling of old Dubai's trading past.

On the creekside you'll find dozens of trading dhows arriving from and departing to destinations across the Middle East, India, and Africa - and a great way to get up close is on a ride across the water on one of the water taxis known as Abra's.....more about the Dubai Creek


Bordered by the Persian Gulf, Dubai Creek, and Sharjah( another Emirate of the United Arab Emirates), Deira was historically the commercial center of Dubai. As modern progress has made its way through Dubai, Deira has managed to hold on to its long history of trade by the continuous thriving nature of its Souks.

Two of the most popular Souks in Deira are the world famous Deira Gold Souk and the Deira Spice Souk.

Read more on the Deira district

Bur Dubai

Located on the western side of Dubai Creek, Bur Dubai definitely lives up to its name of being a historic district in Dubai. Home to the Grand Mosque as well as several other mosques, Bur Dubai is also home to the country’s only Hindu Temple.     Read more on the Bur Dubai District

Al Shindagha

While most people today would think of the Burj Khalifa when discussing the modern center of Dubai, the Al Shindagha neighborhood sits amongst the modern skyscrapers and bustling Emirate as a testament to Dubai’s cultural heritage. This lasting historic area of Dubai was once home to the then ruler of Dubai Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum from 1912 to 1958. The ruler’s past residence now stands as a public museum....Read more on Al Shindagha


Situated on the Bur Dubai side of the near 14 km length of Dubai Creek, the Bastakiya Quarter has a history stretching back to the early 19th century. Demonstrating the unique history and heritage of Dubai, the quarter is well worth a visit to gain a good understanding of the Emirate's cultural and historic roots.

Sheikh Zayed Road - Downtown

While some would not necessarily consider Sheikh Zayed Road a district in itself, it most certainly can be considered an attraction due to its length and access to many of Dubai’s famous buildings, restaurants, hotels, and tourist areas.

Downtown Dubai is a large scale, mixed use complex that is home to some of Dubai’s most important landmarks. Among these are the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Fountains, and the Dubai Mall. Also located within Downtown Dubai is the Address Downtown Dubai. This super tall skyscraper rises to 1,004-feet and sits right alongside the Dubai Mall.    Read more on Sheikh Zayed Road & Downtown


The area of Jumeirah is now known as one of the most exclusive parts of Dubai. A coastal residential area that is administratively divided into three neighborhoods, Jumeirah 1, Jumeirah 2, and Jumeirah 3, this area of Dubai is host to some of the most luxurious hotels, tourist attractions, restaurants, and shopping areas.

Outside the City

In a single day in Dubai you can relax on a beach, have lunch in a high class restaurant, drive over desert dunes, and enjoy the peaceful beauty of the mountains.  Of these you'll need to leave the city to enjoy both desert and mountains, but experiences outside the city can be just as rewarding as those in it.

This Wikipedia article on the Emirate examines the districts in some depth and offers plenty of additional information about Dubai too.

Want To Know More?

Take a look at the video below. It's a well shot video that takes you on a tour around Dubai - demonstrating the different districts and attractions that form the core of the Emirate.

The city can be broken down into different regions or districts to help get your bearings.

At its core lies the centre of the city itself, split by a stretch of water known as Dubai Creek.

From the city centre which encompasses Deira and Bur Dubai - located on either side of the Creek - development extends outwards towards the Emirate of Sharjah to the North, and South and West along the Gulf taking in the districts of Jumeirah, Satwa, and Umm Suqeim.

Outside of the city and the coastal areas, the mountains and desert regions are not exactly districts but are an integral part of the Emirate...Read more on Dubai's districts....
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