ABOUT AL BARAHA
Dubai’s vibrant waterfront community, Deira is also the oldest commercial district. Especially popular among professionals, it is an employment hub as well as a sought-after site for renting properties. The community has evolved with a number of projects in Old Dubai and Al Baraha is one of the residential developments here. It houses a range of residential apartments and villas offered at reasonable rents.
D 92 Al Khaleej Road and D 82 Al Rasheed Road bound the community from the northern and southern ends, respectively. Residents have direct access to main roads from D 78 Al Baraha Street. Residential streets extending from the east to the west are named in even numbers (2nd Street to 24th Street) while those that run north to south are odd-numbered (1st Street to 29th Street).
IN A NUTSHELL
- Residential development in Deira
- Waterfront community
- Affordable rents and prime location
- Suitable accommodation for singletons
- In proximity to the main roads
Existing in a commercial district that is also the hub of activities, Al Baraha has lit and lively streets. It connects to Abu Hail near Fish Roundabout where you usually see many people on-the-go. Here, the residential properties exist amid shops, offices, malls and leisure points so residents rarely feel the need to go outside for any reason. Residents have quick access to:
- Basic living amenities within the vicinity
- Many cafés, shops and hotels
- Bus stations around the town
Deira being the oldest neighbourhood reflects old Arabian culture with traditional architecture and historical monuments. Similarly, Al Baraha makes for a close-knit residential district tied to its roots that still shows in its construction.
PROPERTIES IN AL BARAHA
Properties in Al Baraha include apartment buildings and independent houses. These are usually available for rent while one may also find some villas for sale. The community is popular for apartment rentals because it offers affordability and easy commute options.
- Renting apartments in Al Baraha is most suitable for singles and professionals.
- A standard studio flat costs around AED 20k per annum.
Those looking for private villas to live with family can expect rents around AED 130k for 3-bedroom and AED 190k for a 5-bed house. These properties span from 2,000 sq. ft. to 4,200 sq. ft. featuring equipped kitchens, outdoor space, parking area and spacious balconies.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING SPACES IN AL BARAHA
Major modes of transportation in Al Baraha would be bus links and taxis. There are many bus stations scattered around the area. Besides, the nearest metro station is a short drive away in Muteena and Hor Al Anz. Also, motorists can access E 11 Sheikh Zayed Road within 11 minutes via D 78 Abu Baker Al Siddique Road.
Similarly, finding parking spaces in Al Baraha won’t be difficult as it is a well-planned development. Residents get a dedicated stop within the complex while visitors can park their cars in public parking areas. There’s a paid parking lot on 17th street and free street parking space on 16th street.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
SUPERMARKETS IN AL BARAHA
Jishar Supermarket and Almaya Supermarket are the two go-to supermarkets in Al Baraha. More options like LuLu Centre, Happy Land Supermarket and Department Store, and Master Express Department Store are in the neighbouring localities reachable within 5 to 8 minutes.
MOSQUES IN AL BARAHA
Residents can find many community mosques in Al Baraha such as Rahma Al Shamsi Mosque, famous Musalla Al Eid Open Mosque, Al Baraha Mosque and Latifa Mosque. Besides, the most popular and oldest mosque in Deira, Omar Ali Bin Haider Mosque is accessible within 8 minutes. Worshippers from around the town gather here on special occasions like Eid prayers forming a big crowd of over 1,000 people.
OTHER PLACES OF WORSHIP IN AL BARAHA
There’s a villa church in Al Baraha known as Shiloh. Besides, the Christian community can visit JA1 Church and Winners Chapel International Dubai nearby. Also, those looking for a Hindu temple near Al Baraha can access Shrinath Ji Temple, Shirdi Sai Baba Mandir and Sindhi Gurdarbar on Al Fahidi Street.
SCHOOLS IN AL BARAHA
There are many reputable options for kids’ schooling. Happy Kids Nursery is within the community while nearby options include:
- The Primary Nursery - a 5-minute drive
- Tiny Tots Nursery - a 7-minute drive
- Spectrum Nursery - another 7-minute drive
All three options are a few blocks away in Abu Hail. The Primary Nursery also has a daycare centre for toddlers. Other schools in Al Baraha are:
- Amna Bint Wahab Secondary Girls School
- Religious Boys’ School for Secondary Education
These are within Al Baraha while one can also find The Elite English School and Omar Bin Al Khattab Model School at a 10-minute drive.
CLINICS AND HOSPITALS IN AL BARAHA
Clinics and hospitals in Al Baraha have been servicing the area for many years. Popular options include:
- Dubai Hospital
- Al Baraha Hospital
- Belhoul Specialty Hospital
One can also get regular medicines and medical tools from pharmacies in the community such as Al Shihhe Pharmacy, Sahar Pharmacy and Life Pharmacy.
These are the direct neighbours of Al Baraha:
- Al Muteena
- Al Murar
- Abu Hail
One can find Deira Corniche, a commercial district and centre of tourism to the north and Al Muteena to the south of the community. Also, sister community Al Muraqqabat – the home of Deira Clocktower is 11 minutes to the south.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
MALLS NEAR AL BARAHA
One can never run out of options for typical shopping sprees around here. There are many malls near Al Baraha including old souks and markets that attract many visitors every day.
These are the most popular options nearby:
- Al Ghurair Centre – 5-minute drive
- Reef Mall – 9-minute drive
- Waterfront Market – 6-minute drive
Decades-old Al Ghurair Centre has remained a popular choice among families and youngsters alike. The mall expanded in 2013 offering more dining, shopping and entertainment opportunities alongside making room for offices and 5-star hotel suites.
Moreover, City Centre Deira is a firm favourite shopping and entertainment point. With more than 1.2 million sq. ft. of retail space, the mall has 11-screen VOX Cinemas, VOX Café and over 370 brand outlets and shops including Paris Gallery, Debenhams, Virgin Megastore and Carrefour Hypermarket. Children and adults who are fond of video games and theme rides will love it in Magic Planet while others can spend time in Bowling City. Besides 8-lane bowling arena, one can grab treats from the snack bar, sing on karaoke or enjoy billiards and network games.
RESTAURANTS NEAR AL BARAHA
The community is loaded with popular food chains and eateries. Within Al Ghurair Centre, you will find a variety of cuisines from around the world including American, Italian Indian, Oriental, Eastern and European. Other restaurants near Al Baraha are:
- Al Taj Restaurant – 4 minutes away
- Ind Chi Restaurant – 4 minutes away
- Dukem Grill and Restaurant – 3 minutes away
- Danillo – 3 minutes away
- Lahore Darbar – 5 minutes away
Friendly neighbourhood café like Fili Café, Rehat Al Kahawa, Sultan Tea and Mister Baker are nice spots for casual meetups.
BEACHES NEAR AL BARAHA
Deira is a waterfront community and living in Al Baraha means you are always close to the Corniche vistas. But if you want to plan a fun-filled picnic under the sun, Al Mamzar Beach Park is a family favourite beach near Al Baraha. Besides water sports activities, it offers a variety of beverages and cocktails and has a strip of tea and coffee stalls.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
Al Baraha is a lively residential district in Dubai’s most happening commercial site and leisure destination. It is in proximity to traditional old souks, museums and entertainment sites. Major landmarks around the area include:
- Deira Gold Souk – 10 minutes’ drive
- Deira Clock tower – 9 minutes’ drive
- Heritage House – 8 minutes’ drive
If you’re up for some cosy movie nights, head towards Aloft City Centre Deira that offers amazing outdoor cinema experience on starry nights. Moreover, Hummer Desert Safari Site is only 4 minutes from Al Baraha if you’re up for an adventurous trip on sandy dunes.
Another popular leisure activity around the town is especially for those fond of art and history. There are many museums near Al Baraha and Bait Al Banat Women’s Museum is worth mentioning. One of the best museums in Dubai that displays artwork by female artists around the world has many visitors on a daily basis. It is in Gold Souk, a short drive away.
Last, parents can plan a trip for kids to Dubai Dolphinarium around 15 minutes away. The place has amusing shows and performances where dolphins and seals dance, sing, paint and do acrobatic tricks. One can also participate in swimming sessions with dolphins for real.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
There are many fitness clubs near the community accessible within a few minutes such as:
- Combat Martial Arts and Fitness Club – 7 minutes
- Asian Gulf Fitness Centre – 7 minutes
- Griffins Health Club and Luxury Spa – 8 minutes
Also, moving to Al Baraha may seem like you have entered a community that never sleeps. As for outdoor activities, there are many family parks nearby including Al Muteena Park, Abu Hail Park and Hor Al Anz Community Park. Those who wish for some relaxing treats can head straight towards spas and salons like:
- Taki Spa
- Lotus Massage Centre
- Miracle Beauty Salon
Famous YHI Spa in Melia Hotel is a must-visit if you are craving for authentic body and soul nourishment. The award-winning blissful spa centre is 15 minutes away and operates throughout the week.
There’s hardly any dull and boring day in this part of the Emirate. Thanks to the numerous museums and heritage sites including Al Ahmadiya School and Heritage House in the vicinity, residents are never away from exhibitions and events. Those fond of music can attend nightly concerts at Boracay, Asiana Hotel. Moreover, Mamzar Beach hosts many festivals with fireworks throughout the year.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
With streets that never sleep and a neighbourhood that's always bustling, life in Deira might seem overwhelming to some. It is not for those who look for a cosy and silent environment in a tucked away locality. Similarly, Al Baraha is most suitable for professionals, youngsters and frequent travellers as the place offers affordable rentals and closeness to major commercial hubs and leisure destinations.
- Dubai International Airport is reachable via D 89 in around 14 minutes
- The area is 7 minutes to the North from Muteena Park
- Deira Clock Tower, Al Maktoum Road is 9 minutes away via Abu Baker Al Siddique Road
- Baraha Eid Musallah Bus Stand is at a 6-minute walking distance
- Deira Waterfront Market is only 6 minutes away