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Bustling streets, busy neighbourhoods and lively shopping arenas are what define Al Karama at its best. One of the old localities of Dubai, the area mainly accommodates numerous low-rise residential buildings.
Although it is small in size, it is home to thousands and lives up to its reputation of being one of the most congested areas in the emirate. It is the prime residential hub among South Asian communities and other expatriates.
Families prefer Al Karama primarily because of its connectivity to other parts of Dubai, having easy access to public transport like buses and the Metro.
Its social infrastructure is quite impressive and residents can spend leisurely evenings at places like Zabeel Park or the local Karama Park, also known as the Lulu Park.
It is replete with retail outlets that carry affordable items, famous of which is the Al Karama Souq, probably the best place to find good deals. Whether you are a resident or a tourist, this place has numerous shops selling everything from handbags, watches and sunglasses to knickknacks and souvenirs.
The locality is also dotted with supermarkets, community centres and numerous restaurants and eating joints that cater to almost every palate. If you are a seafood lover, the Karama Fish Market can overwhelm your senses with its plethora of fresh catches at affordable prices.
Furthermore, the area has schools, nurseries and daycare centres, and hotels and hotel apartments. However, the lack of parking areas is a major problem and as car ownerships rise, dedicated parking lots often cannot keep up with the demand.
Although still one of the most affordable residential destinations in Dubai, rents in the area have gone up considerably in recent years. Studio apartments can now be rented at anywhere from Dh40,000 to Dh60,000 per year, one-bedroom flats from Dh75,000 to Dh105,000 and three-bedroom units at Dh95,000 to Dh135,000.
• Al Karama is a bustling area with numerous low-rise residential buildings
• It attracts families as it has numerous nurseries and pre- and grade schools
• It has easy access to public transport, parks, retail shops and supermarkets
Source: Shabnam Mondal, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer