The Old and Gold of Dubai

By Rocky Real Estate

5 areas for housing a majority of Dubai’s population

The Old and Gold of Dubai

Dubai has witnessed a massive growth in the overall construction and property business in the market. Booming at certain times, slow at other times, the areas in Dubai have been under constant uplifting in one way or the other.


When it comes to residential properties, these 5 areas are still king, housing a majority of Dubai’s population.

So rents and prices are cheaper here than in other parts of Dubai.

Bur Dubai

Bur Dubai is one of the first original settlement areas in UAE. It is located on the western side of Dubai Creek and home to Dubai Museum, Souk, Heritage Village and several popular places for tourists.

Now, Bur Dubai has become a popular living area consisting of several apartment buildings. Most of the residents stay here due to easy accessibility to shopping streets, souqs, restaurants and to Dubai Creek which makes it a lovely area for a stroll.


Deira lies on the eastern side of the Creek, across Bur Dubai and has been the commercial center of Dubai. It is the oldest city in Dubai but has developed much since due to a number of shopping malls and modern buildings springing up and still more are under way.

Gold Souk, Spice Souk and Fish Market are found in Deira which favors the residents living here.

Not too far from the Dubai International Airport (10-15 minute drive) and the well-connected roads that lead to Sharjah as well as to new Dubai, makes Deira a centre of attraction for residential as well as commercial properties.

Al Bada’a

If you wish to live in a villa, check out Al Bada’a. This community has the most number of villa with balconies, private roof garage and swimming pool. Most residents liked the privacy and space that Al Bada’a offers. Also close to the beach, it is accessible to some International Schools, World-Class restaurants, parks and high-end clinics.

Neighboring communities are Jumeirah, Al Hudaiba and Al Satwa.

Al Satwa

For people who prioritize savings, Al Satwa offers very low rents. It is one of the most accessible residential communities to one of the largest commercial hubs on Sheikh Zayed Road. Restaurants offering unique cuisine as well as cafés plus utility shops are found here.

Recently, the Dubai government developed Satwa to a huge open air art gallery covered in beautiful graffiti, stencils and more.

Al Karama

Living in Karama means living in low-rise residential buildings. Though small in size amongst all communities in Dubai, it is the most populous residential area but also is the second district with the most number of restaurants in Deira.

Rents in Karama are very affordable and very accessible to Sheikh Zayed Road and the famous Zabeel Park. This draws residents to stay here aside from the vibrancy of the community.


We recommend Old Dubai if you are looking for heritage, retail and affordable rents. Rocky Real Estate has 120 residential buildings that you can consider when you want to stay in the vibrant Old Dubai.

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