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Al Raffa Area Guide

Al Raffa Area Guide

Schools: 1*
Entertainment – 3*
Family friendly – 1*
Traffic – 1*
Rents: 3*

Al Raffa is a non-descript, largely residential area in Bur Dubai, however there are several banks, restaurants and shopping centres (such as Al Khaleej Centre), as well as budget hotels, such as Imperial Suites and the Ascot Hotel. Luxury is catered for by the Meliá Hotel on the border with Al Hudaiba.

Al Raffa in fact borders Al Souk Al Kabir to the north, Al Hudaiba to the south, Port Rashid to the west and Al Mankhool to the east. As such it is in touching distance of more interesting districts of Dubai.

Residents will not suffer from a lack of places to eat, or convenience stores to restock their shelves – Al Raffa is well served in this sense at least. For casual dining Al Mankhool Road probably offers the best options, however for something a little special head to Meliá Dubai and “Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor”, which gets pretty good reviews across the board.

Al Raffa Hospital is also within walking distance or a short drive away for most – as is the International Modern Hospital, also situated in Al Raffa.

Those living Creek end benefit from being next to the Al Fahadi Metro station, which makes jumping to distant parts of Dubai a breeze. That the area is bordered by Al Khaleej Road means travel to Deira by car via the Al Shindagha tunnel is about as easy as it gets (which is never that easy).

Accommodation is not fancy, largely a little drab, and consists mostly of largely functional apartment blocks. Residents are largely from South Asia, and for a small area, it packs them in – some 32,000 people live in the area, with a ratio of 3:1 male to female.

Rents in the area mirror the Bur Dubai average – a 1-bed apartment will cost in the region of 65,000 AED to 75,000 AED. A two bedroom apartment will cost from 85,000 to 95,000 AED.


There are no schools in Al Raffa. The closest to the area is the Global Indian High School in Al Mankhool, a 5-minute drive away (if traffic is free flowing). There are a number of nurseries also to be found in Al Mankhool including the British Orchard Nursery, and the Hope Montessori Nursery.

Close to the Metro
Close to restaurants, hotels
Close to Al Shindagha

Not the cleanest part of the city
No green spaces
A lack of light


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