You can access Bur Dubai through the Burjuman Metro station or the ADCB station, also known as Al Karama.
The bustling area includes sub-communities such as Mankhool, Oud Metha, Al Fahidi, Al Jaddaf and Za’abeel. A renters’ favourite owing to the large, spacious apartments, Bur Dubai is notorious for traffic jams and lack of parking. But public transport is readily available.
The community includes all amenities such as hospitals, schools, museums, hotels and commercial shops in addition to restaurants and cafes. Healthcare facilities include American Hospital Dubai, Rashid Hospital, Medeor 24/7 Hospital and Aster Hospital.
Horizon International School, New Academy School, Ambassador School Dubai, GEMS Winchester School, Indian Curriculum Schools and Business Directory are the best schools in Bur Dubai. The area houses a variety of hotels such as Citymax, Holiday Inn, Howard Johnson, Al Seef Hotel, Goldstate Hotel, Gateway Hotel and Four Points by Sheraton.
Head to Meena Bazaar for all your sartorial needs. The Aryaas Gourmet is a favourite for a good South Indian breakfast and Barbecue Delights in Oud Metha for Pakistani fare. There are also dozens of no-frills curry houses.
Check out the Dubai Museum as it introduces people to Dubai's culture and heritage. The Bastakia Quarter, constructed during the 19th century, should also be on top of your to-do list if you're a history buff.
Don’t miss: Arabian Tea House for its old world charm; a dhow cruise dinner.
Neighbours: Budget-conscious South Asian expats, singles.
Pros: Affordable rents, plenty of schools, hospitals and restaurants
Cons: This area can get very busy and congested, especially during rush hours and weekends, so you have to prepare yourself for a lot of bumper-to-bumper traffic.
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