City Tower Hotel Aparments

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Al Muteena Street, Dubai, 54142, United Arab Emirates
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Is it better to stay in Bur Dubai or Deira

by tuynesn


Can anyone tell me the pros and cons of staying in either Bur Dubai or Deira in Dubai. I will only be there for a couple of days and plan on going to the gold souk in Deira, the meena bazzar in Bur Dubai and just generally having a look around. Is it easy to get across the creek from one side to the other and how long does it take to do so and how much does it cost to do so.


Re: Is it better to stay in Bur Dubai or Deira

by Ranjit662

If you use the ferry to cross the creek, then it costs 50 fils - 1/2 Dhiram. Deira is where the Gold Souk is and it is also the old city, where as Bur Dubai is the newer developed areas. The Bur Juman mall is on Bank street in Bur Dubai. The distance is not so much as the crow flies but by road it is round about and I found taxis a bit expensive. In fact I have walked from the Gold Souk (Deira) to Bur Juman mall in Bur Dubai taking the ferry en route a couple of times to really get a feel of the city.

Re: Is it better to stay in Bur Dubai or Deira

by colin_bramso

You can stay in either. Deira is a bit more crowded with traffic, Bur Dubai is the New Dubai side of the Creek, so if you plan to visit the new development areas or the beaches then Bur Dubai si a little closer to them.

To cross the Creek you can use the abra traditional ferry, which costs AED1 each way. There are various abra stations on both sides of the Creek, the abras go from one station on one side to one station on the other, they don't visit more than one station. The shortest route takes maybe three or four minutes.

The spice, perfume, gold souks are in Deira, the textile souk in Bur Dubai and both have general souk areas. They also have traditional shopping streets leading off from the souks. Both are very close to the Creek itself, so walking around is easy.

Bur Dubai has more of the historic areas and the museums.

Re: Is it better to stay in Bur Dubai or Deira

by JessH

As Colin said, there's actually more to explore in Bur Dubai than in Deira.
Also, Deira can be a bit of a nightmare when it comes to traffic (for example, when you're returning to your hotel in the evening, etc.)

In Bur Dubai, try the Arabian Courtyard Hotel (right next to the Museum, the creek, the Meena Bazar, etc.)

Travel Tips for Dubai

Just my overview...

by airasia

If you see with one eye closed ; ))

The Folks :

Who are the local? You practically don’t see much of them. Generally, 70% of the Dubaian folks here consist of outsiders. Dubai & Abu Dhabi especially is sort of like a land of possibility some years back. Due to that many has come here to seek a piece of the cake. Along with that, quite a number of them have been residing here for years, thus considering themselves ‘local’ here.

Generally Dubai has is a mixed bag of folks here. You just don’t see one cultural here but you get to see a number of them. All mixed up & confusing at least for me.

As you lived by you will noticed Dubai is quite populated with folks from the American, Indian, Pakistan, Egypt, Lebanon, Philippines, Britian and a small fraction from China.

What is interesting here is how well these folks here ‘behaved’. Being here for a couple months, I don’t seem to hear any serious problem relating to ‘people differences’ among the folks here.

But then, here is the thing, I personally encounter a tiny small fraction of the locals (which is quite a common thing, anywhere in the world you go if you are a foreigner) being ridiculous & silly. I have seen road rage, queue cutting, discriminating other folks openly, throwing money at people face, etc etc. Interesting right?

Not sure if it is a cultural thingy, the dudes from Indian & Pakistan are not easy to deal with. One must have high tolerance when dealing or even trying to make friends with them. Their ‘ego’ which is the thing you must deal with and it sometimes drive you up the walls ; ))

Amusing scenes :

Take 1 – You see dudes hanging out, lying, sitting or even sleeping in the grass/grassy area around Dubai sidewalk/landscape. Weird but true. Perhaps that’s what we call ‘a change of scenery’

Take 2 – I noticed some men over here hold hands among men as they stroll along the street. Seriously they look really closed as in ‘close friend’. I guess they must have just arrived to Dubai and being labeled ‘fresh meat’.

Take 3 – You see a red Mustang on the road. Cruising along the famous Shiekh Zayed road (one of the main highway) and when you see the driver…a guy dress up with a traditional turban/ghitra. Now, how cool is that? ; ))

Take 4 - It actually rains in the desert ! It rained quite a bit in December, then a bit in January & then it pours for a week in end Feb/early March. And when it rains, even just for 10 minutes, most places are flooded with water. And you will be suprised, shopping centre roof leaks teribbly especially at the highest floor. I guess Dubai never expected/not prepared for climate changed in years to come. Just when you need water, they are everywhere ; ))

The local folks/ Emiraties personalities are generally not too far from folks from Indian & Pakistan. Even some women here are clouded with their silly ego ; ))

But beware, this behavior grows on you. Like some said, ‘give them authority (or money) and you get to judge their personality’. How true…

The Women :

Seriously. 8 out of 10 are really good looking. And they really, really, really, smell great. Even a mile away you can smell them. I am not really sure where they are from, but by speculation, they could be from Lebanon, Russia, Egypt or even Turkey. Wherever they are from, they look cool.

The local women costume (called Dara’a, abbaya, thobe or whatever) combine modesty, elegance and layer after layer of silk smooth cloth, for most of them I witness here. I call them ‘for you eyes only’. They are basically all covered up from tip to toe. So what’s attractive for them? Their crystal blue or desert brown eyes and ‘gucci’ looking abbaya are so mesmerizing at times.

The Food :

Not sure if there is a ‘local food’ in Dubai. Most food I have come across is Western food i.e. burgers & burgers & burgers. But it is seriously delicious comparing back home in M’ysia.

The Pakistan, Indian & Lebanese food is not too bad either. If you are lucky, you get ones that are really tasty and good in quality.

The Life :

It’s a material world here. Every dude & dudette dressed the best, drive the best, eat & drink the best. Or perhaps are they being ‘built’ to live life like this.

They got the tallest building, the longest mall, the biggest ‘china’ mall. The tag line gotta be biggest or longest or something great. Not sure why the recognition is important to them.

And as we speak, another tallest tower is in the pipeline. I just wonder how's the developer strategy to seek rental for such high density building. And then there is plan for Olympic size indoor Ski sports centre around the mountains of Al Ain (2 hours drive from Dubai) which I gather will complete in 5 years time. Think about it, snow skiing in the desert!

So Dubai has the tallest & the longest. But is sustainability being thought when building these awesome building or structures? I reckon not.

With all these amazing buildings & attraction, I still get bored with all that in a couple of months and so what’s next? A bigger & long lasting ‘life’? I doubt it.

Then again, I hope to stay on a little longer to actually witness what Dubai turn out in next 2-3 years from now. I would think it would be interesting once all is done.

Understanding Islam

by JessH

In recent years, Islam has received a bad reputation throughout the Western world... first the world was afraid of the Communists, then the Nazis, then the Russians and now it's the Muslim's turn.

After having lived in the UAE for 12 years now (and after my mother having converted to Islam approx. 9 years ago: not through marriage, but by free will) I have learned one thing: There is a HUGE difference between ISLAM and MUSLIMS:
The teachings of Islam are no better or no worse than the teachings of the bible; basically you are told to be a good person and do no harm. But many people who call themselves Muslims have far distanced themselves from the original teachings: They have either 'taken it to the next level' and have become extreme in their religious & political views, or they have become complete and utter hypocrites- drinking alcohol, visiting prostitutes, not fasting during Ramadhan, etc.
Dubai is filled with the latter, as any visitor will quickly notice (ladies, just have a look in the public toilets what the Arabic girls are wearing UNDER their black "Abayas"... mini-skirts and the likes)

But surely, this is the case with many religions. How many people do you know that attend church on Sundays, and then on Monday cheat someone in business, cheat on their wife, etc.?
I believe we only find the hypocrites in Islam 'worse' because we do not understand how strict" or "easy-going" Islam really is.

So my tip: Educate yourself about Islam and Muslims in the modern world.
In Dubai, even non-Muslims are allowed to tour the Jumeirah Mosque (normally non-Muslims are never allowed to enter a mosque)
Contact the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding for more info, and open your eyes to what our perception and prejudices of Islam are (because of many 'bad' Muslims) and what the teachings really are about.

Shopping the Arabian way

by xty about Souk Madinat Jumeirah

If you want to buy or just look around local Arabian stuffs and want to see local Arabian architecture as well, then Souk Madinat Jumeirah must be your first destination. Various clothing, footwear, paintings, arts, crafts, gifts, souvenirs, musical instruments, etc.

There are also many restaurants and cafes with beautiful views to surrounding areas. It's not very expensive and not also the cheapest one. But definitely you'll love the place and its surrounding.

Trendy Nightclub in Dubai

by chizz about Boudoir

Boudoir is a nightclub for the hip and trendy here in Dubai! Tuesday nights are Ladies Night which free champagne for the girls from 9.30pm 'til 3am. Hangover get ready!!!!
The venue gets very busy as the clock strikes 11pm and seating is only available if you are buying a bottle of spirits or you make friends with people who have a table - as we did!!
The nightclub is very trendily decorated and the music is the typical techno stuff played in most clubs here. The atmosphere is great though and a good time was had by us when we went!!!
Wednesday night is "House Night" with free cocktails all night for the ladies and there are free cocktails for ladies on Thursdays too. Friday nights have free champagne for the ladies, and Saturday is "Ethnic Night", Sunday has free cocktails for the ladies all night.
The club is open from 9.30pm - 'til 3am. Smart - girls were very smartly dressed to impress - guys were more smart casual.

Abras to cross the Creek

by Nemoa

The best way to cross the Creek, and probably the only one unless you want to make all your way to one of the two bridges that cross it, is by Abra.

These are small motorboat that make constant journeys from one bank to the other of the Creek.

There are several Abra routes:

-Bank Baroda to Deira Old Souq
-Dubai Old Souq to the Sabkha abra station on Deira's side.

They are a bit like buses. They wait for people to fill the boat and once they are fully booked they sail to the other side of the Creek. The price is very reasonable, 50 fils only and they will ask you for the money once you are on board. No ticket is required.

It is a bit of an adventure as you never know how good the abra driver is :-) we got a couple of them who were proper kamikazes :) good fun and a good way of mingling with local people and to get a flavour of life in Dubai.

Only a word of advice. The only women I ever saw on Abras were tourists. Don't go too exposed or you will have all the men looking at you. Very inconfortable I suppose...


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Address: Al Muteena Street, Dubai, 54142, United Arab Emirates