Recently in one of the WhatsApp group someone asked this question about Bur Dubai. I was wondering why would someone ask such a question, who doesn’t know about Bur Dubai. But then realized, when I travel to a new place, my feelings, questions are so same. But for a person who is living for in that place for years it may seem weird. So, I thought I should write this content.

Being in UAE, in Dubai for more than 16+ years, there are many places that I must visit, some places that I have never visited. But then there are few such places, which has my heart. Bur Dubai Surely is one of them. A place that is congested in terms of traffic, small roads, crazy crowd, yet one of the places that needs to be visited. It has something, that you will connect to. There are times, traffic is so crazy that it takes almost 30+ minutes to move from one stop to the other if you are driving. Parking spots have become limited, you end up going for paid parking, where you pay 4 times the parking money. one of the location that connects to entire Dubai as easy as it can be.

Yet, if you know me, I will still go.

It’s one of the shopping spots for the best Indian wears. Has its own gold souk, electronic spots, and some cool and amazing food joints.

Let me share some details if you are new to this place, what you can expect which places should you visit, and some tips to get some deal breakers

How to reach to Bur Dubai?

To reach to Bur Dubai, you can take metro Al Fahidi Metro station, cabs, taxis, buses or you can drive.

Parking options:

Government parking spots are there, but they are mostly occupied, there are private parking options as well, where you pay a bit more than regular parking’s. Normal parking fees is AED 4 but private parking charges range from AED 5 to AED 20 per hour.

Things to Do at Bur Dubai:

there is a wedding, why dont you shop at Bur Dubai? Diwali is coming, lets shop at Bur Dubai, we need office Kurtis, lets shop at Bur Dubai.

The most common spot that I visit at Bur Dubai is for shopping Indian clothes. Be it for formal office outfits or wedding or festive looks. I get them all there.

This place has plenty of shops that sell outfits, located in and around. Walkable distance.

Unique styles, to latest trends, to old fashion to new looks, you have it all.  You have the high-end shops to budget friendly shops available.

You have an idea of what you want, yet you will be confused, as there will thousands of alternatives or similar products, which will just leave space for more options. Styles from Pakistani brands to Indian brands to local brands or international brands are available.

Few shop names that I visit – Tia Fashions, Bareeze, Manyavar, London Fashion, Kalyan Silks, WaheGuru, Variety, Ambika Fashions, Riwaaz and few others.

Majority of the shops accept cash, cards and other currencies like dollars, pounds etc. for all card payments, they would charge an nominal fee.


You have stuff starting from AED 5 to AED 1000’s and even more depending on what you want, what is your requirement. You need to have patience to choose from the unlimited options. If clothes, trying every style that you see.

Skills required: negotiating, bargaining, ignoring, avoiding.

Note: Some places photography is restricted.

Bur Dubai is not a place but an emotion for many. People are living there for years and years. People are willing to take efforts to struggle, yet not leave the place. While the place has developed over the years and is still developing. It is a must visit if you are visiting Dubai, UAE.

Best Regards,

Laveena Pinto Queen Bee