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Think affordable residential districts in old Dubai, and Bur Dubai an Deira easily come to mind. And with the mention of the two comes a list of the numerous neighborhoods that encompass them.
Karama is one of the areas in Bur Dubai that has proved popular among the masses mainly for its reasonable rents. Densely populated and bustling with activity, there is a certain charm to the constant din that pervades its atmosphere that simply cannot be ignored. No wonder, it witnesses a steady stream of people, residents and tourists alike, wanting to get hold of its wide range of offerings.
Saturated with low-rise buildings, mostly old ones (new ones are few and far between) but more spacious than its newer counterparts, residents looking for a place that is easy on the wallet will not get disappointed here. Average rents in the area start from Dh60,000 for a studio unit, Dh85,000 for a one-bedroom, Dh95,000 for a two-bedroom and Dh115,000 for a three-bedroom. The locality is also replete with hotels. Add to that a dedicated Metro station, the nearby Burjuman Metro Station and several bus stops in strategic spots that make commuting to other parts of the emirate easier and quicker.
Karama Park is found within its midst; Zabeel Park is just a few paces away. Among the structures that hold prominence in the area are the Karama Post Office and the fish market, which is second only to the Deira Fish Market.
However, Karama is also known as a bargain haunt. Once you get off the metro station, you will most likely be approached by traders lurking in the alleys, urging you to check their "branded" wares sold in discreet shops. Karama Centre, Al Attar Centre and the good old Karama Market sell almost everything - from knockoffs of branded items to fancy accessories. In the place's quieter comers line many furniture shops selling beds and other furniture that can be had at lesser prices, if you just know how to haggle. But there is a posh shopping venue nearby, Burjuman, and other shopping outlets such as Centrepoint and Max. Supermarkets and roadside grocery shops abound in the area.
A foodie haven, Karama is frequented by people for its cheap eats consisting of several cuisines - from Filipino to lndian to Arabic to Oriental. It is no surprise then that people are drawn to this area like a moth to a flame.
• Karama offers residents numerous residential options In low-rise buildings
• It is replete with shopping outlets, hotels, supermarkets, restaurants and cafes
• Rents start from Dh60,000 for a studio to Dh1155,000 for a three-bedroom flat
Source: Ellen Joyce Soriano, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer