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Where the lofty heights of Deira cityscapes align, the Al Maktoum Road, initially dubbed as the Shaikh Zayed Road of old Dubai, bears the historical fulcrum of the city. Once a single lane, it has moved with the times and has expanded, hosting the iconic 80-metre tall Deira Clock Tower.
Nestled in the centre of Baniyas and Rigga areas, the striking elements on this avenue of business towers include the Dubai Municipality Office, Etisalat Tower, the Russia and Denmark Consulates and the University of Dubai. Close to the Dubai International Airport, Business Village, Dnata Headquarters and Deira City Centre, hotels and hotel apartments have settled here like the Metropolitan Palace, Residence Deira by Le Meridien, Al Khaleej, Emirates ConcordE and Marriott, along with airlines sales offices, travel agencies, institutes, pharmacies, supermarkets, banks and petrol stations.
The dining scene goes live in the evening in this thoroughfare strewn with a diverse range of eclectic offerings – from Iranian, Chinese, Indian, Arabic to Greek cuisines. Once here, get a chance to eat delicious dishes at the famous Sadaf Persian Restaurant, or try the Chinese tradition at China Sea. In this area, you won’t be able to resist feasting on hearty local dishes and shawarmas offered at great prices in informal yet friendly spots while enjoying free Wi-Fi.
The Baniyas Square has always been attracting discerning customers. It is no surprise that this is a buzzing shopping district with an eventful nightlife. Get lost in the intersections of shops, which get more crowded and busier as darkness falls, for great bargains.
The Al Maktoum area has become a popular place to hang out. The sweeping view of the Dubai Creek nearby offers tourists an infinite escape from the rigours of daily life. It also has excellent transport facilities with the Baniyas and Union Metro Stations nearby.
• Al Maktoum Road provided the way for current developments
• This road has Baniyas and Union underground metro stations
• It is bordered by the Deira Clock Tower and the Baniyas Square
Source: Alfred Ocianas, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer