split down the middle by a creek which runs through the centre
of the old part of town.
is the lifeblood of this area, a tightly spaced, densely populated
urban area which provides moist of the hustle and bustle in
Some of Dubai’s landmark buildings
can be found in Deira, including the famous Bank of Dubai
structure, and the Etisalat tower, which houses the United
Arab Emirates’ telecommunications company.
South of the creek is Bur Dubai. This is
again a largely urban area - although as you head closer to
the coast a more upmarket feel takes hold as the low rise
apartment buildings give way to spacious villas.
The other major centre of Dubai
is centred on the artery of the Shaikh Zayed Road, a six lane
super-highway which cuts through the heart of the city’s
financial district and stretches through to the neighbouring
town of Jebel Ali.
The area around the start of the Shaikh
Zayed Road has been the subject of massive development over
the past decade. The aim being to shift the focus of the city
away from the now overcrowded urban areas of Deira and Bur
It is the heart of the new financial district
with the Dubai International Financial Centre and the Emirates
Towers (both now bona fide Dubai architectural landmarks)
giving an aesthetically pleasing aspect to the busy hub.
Once you get past the ‘trade centre’
district of the Shaikh Zayed Road, the highway stretches for
40km through the town of Jebel Ali and onto the emirate of
Abu Dhabi. Development has sprung up around the major road,
with residential developments, skyscrapers, shopping malls
and industrial areas dotted along most of its length.
The coastal areas of Jumeirah and Umm Sequim
are fairly well developed now and are home to a plethora of
luxury residences and hotel resorts, including the iconic
Burj Al Arab and the Jumeirah Beach Hotel and the world famous
palm Jumeirah development.
More recently, a development known locally
as 'New Dubai' has been springing up on the other side of
It features luxury developments like Dubai
Marina and the sprawling Emirates Hills residential development,
as well as trading zones such as Internet City and Media city.
These areas house the regional headquarters
of some of the world’s most famous companies. Microsoft,
Cisco Systems, CNN, BBC World and Mastercard to name but a