Best Area to Stay in Dubai

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A stunning night image of The Zabeel District (Downtown), which is one of the best areas to stay in Dubai.
The Zabeel District (aka Downtown) is close to top attractions.

What’s the Best Area to Stay in Dubai?

It’s important to know the area you’re going to stay in, especially when travelling alone in Dubai.

Dubai has 14 main districts with their own communities, where some districts are more expensive than others. Some of them are far away from thе tourist attractions, so it can be difficult to get around without a car.

While choosing your hotel, it can be more convenient to stay around Downtown, as the hotels are more affordable. It’s easier for tourists to get around, saving both time and money.  So, if you’re looking for the best place to stay in Dubai: the fairly new and most Westernised neighbourhood of Dubai Marina and JBR are the most practical, as you can literally walk around new Dubai.  It is worth noting that normal hotel Check-in time is 2:00 PM, while Check-out time is 12:00 PM.

As a tourist, the best districts in Dubai, depending on what you want to explore, are: 

  • Zabeel District (aka Downtown), close to top attractions
  • Jebel Ali District (Dubai Marina), for Marina views 
  • Jumeirah District (where local residents live), for memorable Beach trips 
  • Deira District, for Historic and affordable accommodation
  • Bur Dubai/Al Karama area, for the lively crowd  
Beach chairs on a beach in Jumeirah District, one of the nicest areas to stay in Dubai.
Stay in the Jumeirah District for memorable beach trips

Disclaimer: Information in this article is general in nature and current at the time of publication, and no warranty is offered as to its accuracy or completeness.

Gopher Burrow