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Exploring Deira

Deira is the traditional commercial centre in the northern area of Dubai, located just over the famous Creek. This is where many top malls and hotels are at, including the massive Deira City Centre. Dubai International Airport is also in the Deira district and it is well connected by metro and traditional dhow boats across the Creek. Many visitors head here for the mall shopping as well as for the traditional souk markets, including the Spice and Gold souks near the waterfront.

The area is bustling at all hours so driving here is out of the question. It is very modern and up and coming, though you can still see slices of old Dubai near the souks and in the backstreets. The area is also strewn with notable landmarks, such as the lofty Deira Clocktower and the Maktoum Bridge. There are also many top hotels, such as the five-star Flora Park Deluxe Hotel Apartments.

Sights nearby

Deira is mostly about shopping malls and hotels today and is full of bustle. There are some sights of interest worth seeking out, though, such as the Spice and Gold markets. These are within reach of Deira hotels and the huge Deira City Centre.

Deira City Centre
This massive shopping mall and entertainment complex between the airport and the Creek is a major landmark and focal point in Deira. It is one of the largest and most popular shopping malls in the region, home to many brand name stores like Zara’s, Virgin Megastore and a Carrefour supermarket, and also comes with a great selection of fashion boutiques. There are also good restaurants in here, games areas for the kids and a multiplex cinema. The Sofitel hotel has bars and eateries, while the Ibis Deira City Centre offers cheaper accommodation.

Spice Souk
Although you can pick up the same spices in the malls, the Spice Souk is a must for those looking for a spicy slice of traditional Dubai. The historic market harks back to Dubai’s beginnings and can be found to the west of Deira near the entrance to the Creek. Although hot and stuffy during the summer months, it makes for intriguing sightseeing, but be sure to dress appropriately (especially ladies) and always barter.

Al Ahmadiya School and Heritage House
Located just across the Creek and near the vaunted Dubai Museum is Dubai’s first school, a sandstone complex which hails from 1912 and has been lovingly restored. The exhibits have been well done, though the building itself is the real draw, particularly so the courtyard. The Heritage House itself is attached and is of the traditional 19th century Emirates style.

Eating and drinking and shopping nearby

As with anywhere in Dubai, much of the action regards to eating, drinking and entertainment is in the bigger hotels. The likes of the Marriott, InterContinental and particularly the four-star Al Jawhara Gardens Hotel, have good restaurants. Some also do shopping well, though Deira City Centre has this covered. There are also many eateries at the western end of Deira, near the souks and along Baniyas Road.

Public transport

Deira is fairly compact but is not very walkable due to the heat. Both the Red and Green lines of the Dubai Metro connect Deira with Bur Dubai. The Red lines comes in from the airport and makes a stop at the Deira City Centre shopping mall; use the Green line to get to the Spice Souk. There are also several bridges, tunnels and abra ferry crossings over the Creek—one goes from near the Spice Souk. Buses also run the main routes and head out to Jumeirah Beach.

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