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11 October 2023

‘Old City’ Charm: Your Guide to the Bur Dubai Area

Planning a trip to Bur Dubai? Here’s what you need to know about navigating Dubai’s historical ‘Old City’ district. 

As one of the oldest parts of Dubai, Bur Dubai has a storied past and cultural heritage that you’ll see in its many landmarks, buildings, and attractions. It’s a neighbourhood that never fails to enchant. So whether you’re passing through or planning to stay at a hotel in Bur Dubai, it’s good to know what you can expect when visiting this vibrant part of the city. 

Read on to find out more about the attractions, exactly where to stay, and how to get around the neighbourhood. And if you’re looking for a hotel in Bur Dubai to make the most of your stay, we’ve also included some recommendations. Let’s dive in!

When it comes to accommodation options both near Bur Dubai and around the city in general, Rove Hotels has got you covered! We offer nine hotels across Dubai, meaning that no matter where you need to be during your stay, there is a Rove hotel perfectly located for your requirements!


Getting Around Bur Dubai

When it comes to getting around Bur Dubai, there are plenty of options. The Dubai Metro is a convenient and affordable way to explore the neighbourhood and the rest of the city. The Burjuman Metro Station is just a short walk away from the Rove Healthcare City Hotel near Bur Dubai, making it easy to hop on and off at your leisure. 

If you prefer to travel on foot or by bike, Bur Dubai is a pedestrian-friendly area with plenty of sidewalks and bike lanes. Have a car? There are several parking options available, including street parking and public parking lots. Just be sure to check the signage for any restrictions or time limits.


Sightseeing in Bur Dubai

The neighbourhood is home to some of Dubai’s most iconic attractions, including the Dubai Museum, housed in the city’s oldest building, and the bustling souks of Bur Dubai, which offer a sensory feast of colours, scents, and sounds. Be sure to haggle for the best prices on fabrics, spices, and souvenirs. 

For a bit of relaxation, head to Dubai Creek, where you can take a ride on a traditional dhow boat or stroll through the lush greenery of Dubai Creek Park. Whether you’re interested in history or culture or just soaking up the sights and sounds of Dubai, Bur Dubai has something for everyone.

For a full list of our top spots to visit in Bur Dubai, check out our Local Guide to Must-See Sights and Delights. 


Food and Drink in Bur Dubai

Bur Dubai is the place to be if you’re a foodie with an appetite for some delicious Middle Eastern cuisine. There’s an impressive array of dining options available, ranging from traditional Emirati fare to modern takes on Middle Eastern meals. Head to the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding for a taste of local cuisine and a cultural experience. For something more contemporary, Logma is a trendy eatery that offers delicious mezze platters and a stylish atmosphere. Looking for a night out? Check out the rooftop bar at the XVA Art Hotel for stunning views of the Dubai skyline, or head to the Irish Village for some live music and good beer.


Your hotel stay is In Bur Dubai

Looking for a place to stay in Bur Dubai? Look no further than the Rove Healthcare City Hotel, located in the heart of this vibrant neighbourhood. With comfortable rooms, modern amenities, and a convenient location, the Rove Hotel is the perfect base for exploring Bur Dubai and beyond. 

If you’re looking for something a little different, there are plenty of other accommodation options in the area, from boutique hotels to serviced apartments. No matter your budget or preferences, you’re sure to find the perfect place to stay in Bur Dubai.


A few tips from locals

  • Haggle in the souks: When shopping in the souks of Bur Dubai, be sure to haggle for the best prices. Vendors expect it, and it can be a fun way to interact with locals and score some bargains.
  • Take a sunset abra ride: Explore the waterways along Dubai Creek at sunset. The views are top-notch and a great way to see the city from a different perspective.
  • Explore the backstreets: Bur Dubai, much like the rest of the city, is very safe. So don’t be afraid to wander off the beaten path and explore its backstreets. You might stumble across a lesser-known resident favourite and get a glimpse of local life.
  • Visit the Dubai Frame: While not technically in Bur Dubai, the Dubai Frame is a must-visit attraction located nearby in Zabeel Park. It offers panoramic city views and a glimpse into Dubai’s past and future.
  • Dress appropriately: Remember to dress modestly when visiting religious sites such as the Jumeirah Mosque. Also, remember that Dubai is a conservative city, so it’s a good idea to dress modestly in public places.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to make the most of your visit to the Bur Dubai area and have a memorable experience in this unique district.

Looking for the perfect place to unwind after a day exploring the vibrant Bur Dubai area? Look no further than the central and stylish Rove Healthcare City hotel. With a range of current specials, there’s never been a better time to book your stay. So why wait? Head over to our website now to book and start planning your ultimate Dubai adventure today! Book Now.