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Dubai tourists are estimated to reach 18 million in 2023. What makes Dubai so special? There are many reasons that attract so many people to this city every year, and not just because it has a lot of fame, but rather because it offers a wide range of tourism experiences. There are many beautiful skyscrapers, a magnificent network of dunes, and most importantly Arabian Desert Nights, a time of supreme liveliness in the desert during which one can experience lavish Arab lifestyles.

I have compiled a list of 5 Best Areas To Stay In Dubai with family from my own personal experience. These are places that you have the option of choosing based on your own preferences. This will help you make an informed decision about where to stay in Dubai during your visit.

5 Best Areas To Stay In Dubai

1. Downtown Dubai

There are many famous tourist attractions within walking distance of Downtown Dubai, making it one of the best areas of Dubai to stay for tourists. In fact, this square binds the splashing Dubai Fountains, the astonishingly giant Dubai Mall, and the most famous symbol of Dubai – the Burj Khalifa. Apart from these most prominent attractions, this area is also home to a variety of other restaurants, hotels, souks, and stores, such as the Souk Al Bahar in this particular case. Dubai’s downtown offers leisure travelers once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to enjoy comfort and pleasure in the UAE. The most significant thing about this square is the value for money you get. Hotel prices may be slightly higher than the rest of Dubai. However, this difference in price is justified by the fact that it gives the tourists so many benefits that it is worth the difference in price.

With its location in the city center, which features the biggest skyscrapers in the world, as well as offices and Dubai World Trade Centre, this area might be the number one choice for business travelers in the city.

Things to do in Downtown

  • Dubai Fountain
  • At The Top – Burj Khalifa
  • Dubai Fountains
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Dubai Tour
  • Hysteria Haunted House
  • Souk Al Bahar
  • Dubai Opera House
  • Thrill Zone Dubai
  • SKI Dubai

Burj Khalifa

2. Jumeirah Beach

Jumeirah is a beautiful beach area and another best areas to stay in Dubai for tourists. It boasts a variety of decent attractions, including pretty impressive art galleries, lavish restaurants, shopping zones (Souks), and some bike tracks to satisfy your motor skills. The marvellous Burj al Arab, which stands proudly over the sea, is located in the same region.

Among the many resort hotels, the region’s famous Jumeirah Beach Hotel offers incredible sea views from all rooms. With its immaculate setting and high-class facilities, it ensures the Royal Experience – a characteristic of Emirati culture. Moreover, Wild Wadi Park offers many water sports designed for both adults and kids, along with dining spots, and the pools will surpass your expectations. If you are planning to book a furnished apartment at this hotel, remember, the higher you are, the more you see. Alternatively, you can rent out a private furnished apartment in this area. This makes Jumeirah one of the best places to stay in Dubai for tourists, offering a blend of luxury, leisure, and scenic beauty.

Things to do in Jumeirah:

  • Jumeirah Mosque
  • Wild Wadi Park
  • Jet Ski, Glory Art Gallery
  • WOW Kids Amusement Arcade
  • Afternoon tea at Burj Al Arab
  • Madinat Jumeirah,
  • Dragonfly by Tim Raue
  • Dubai Zoo

3. Deira (Creek Side & Riga)

The Deira region in Dubai has been a bustling hub for quite some time. Located north of Dubai Creek, it offers a variety of attractions and options for travelers. For those seeking budget-friendly choices, Deira provides affordable food options and cheap hotels. Additionally, you can explore the vibrant atmosphere of traditional markets, including the famous Gold Souk and Spice Souk. What sets Deira apart is that it houses almost all of Dubai’s historic buildings, preserving a significant portion of the city’s ancient culture. Notable places to visit in this area include the Heritage House Museum and the Dubai Creek Golf Course.

Consider Deira as a great choice when looking for a budget-friendly stay in Dubai that is conveniently close to the airport (just a 10-minute drive away). You can enjoy a cost-effective stay without compromising Dubai’s high standards.

Deira also serves as a crucial connection point between Dubai and Sharjah, acting as the border between the two Emirates’ rich states. While it was once Dubai’s commercial center, its significance has diminished due to recent developments in Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, and even Dubai’s Business Bay. The area has witnessed the construction of metro tracks and shopping malls. Tourists often visit the border between Dubai and Sharjah for shopping excursions. With ongoing development in progress, Deira is poised to grow rapidly in the near future.

Things to do in Deira

  • Dhow Cruise Creek
  • See Clocktower
  • Gold Souq
  • Spice Souq
  • Naif Museum
  • Heritage House
  • Women’s Museum

4. Dubai Marina

Known for its towering skyscrapers that define the skyline, Dubai Marina is one of the most impressive attractions in the city. This area is renowned for its luxurious offerings, making it one of the most expensive areas to stay in Dubai. It’s brimming with high-end hotels, fine-dining restaurants, and vibrant bars. While it’s a favorite destination for tourists, it’s also home to a sizable expat community, especially from European countries such as the UK and USA.

Dubai Marina is a masterpiece of modern urban planning, featuring a total of more than 200 high-rise towers. Among them, 40 of the Jumeirah Beach high-rise towers are standout landmarks. It’s truly one of the most famous marinas ever built by man, and the architectural marvels in this area are a testament to Dubai’s commitment to pushing boundaries and creating awe-inspiring spaces. If you’re looking for a luxurious and vibrant stay, Dubai Marina is the perfect choice

Things to Do

  • Marina Walk
  • Yacht Tour
  • Marina Dhow Cruise Dinner
  • Visit Marina Mall
  • Yellow Boat Tour

5. Bur Dubai

Bur Dubai is the most favourite place to stay among Pakistani, Indian & Flippin tourist. You will get several benefits if you stay in Bur Dubai. Since it is located in the middle of Dubai, so it would be effortless to move anywhere. Another advantage is Burjuman metro station has both red and green lines. Foods are cheap here. Countries option is available for food, especially if you are coming from any Asian country or you’re a vegetarian, then restaurants in Bur Dubai will not disappoint you.

Things to Do

  • Bastakia Quarter
  • Dubai Museum
  • Majlis Gallery
  • Old Souq
  • Meena Bazaar
  • The Dubai Heritage Village
  • Dolphin Bay

Let me know in comments about which area would you stay in Dubai?

Updated on 31 Aug 2023.

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