Where is it?: In the north of Dubai, Deira is the heart of old Dubai, bordered by the Gulf, the Creek, the airport, and Sharjah.
What’s it like?: The historic commercial centre of Dubai, Deira is still a busy and bustling marketplace with vast numbers of small businesses, independent shops, tourist attractions, office towers and malls.
Where’s the best bit?: There are a few hotspots, including Business Village, Deira City Centre mall, the shore of the creek, and the spice market.
What sort of businesses are there?: Anything and everything. There’s space for all sorts of businesses here, from the tiny to the huge.
How do I get a spot?: It depends where you want to set up shop. For Business Village and Deira City Centre you can make an enquiry through their website, and it’s worth trawling the internet for private landlords with available units.
What’s the downside?: Trade has been moving away from old Dubai to new Dubai, so Deira is less of a hub than it used to be.
What’s the upside?: There is still a huge number of people living here, meaning there’s a lot of footfall. It’s also cheap, and the history of the area gives it a lot of credence.
What else should I know?: Deira can be a bit of a rabbit warren, so make sure people know where to find you.
Top tip: Being so close to Sharjah, it’s worth targeting customers from there.For all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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