Karama, a residential district of Dubai, is located in close proximity to Dubai Creek and the busy older areas of Dubai. It extends almost two kilometers between one of the important diplomatic areas towards the north. Karama is considered to be one of the best known destinations for cheap furniture deals along with sale of counterfeit branded goods. These include a wide variety of goods such as watches, handbags, leather belts, shoes, sunglasses, and other accessories.
If you want to see a real colourful districts of Dubai where there are also most of the bargains, and where you can get the cheapest goods, then Karama district is for you to visit.
Al Karama district is located next to the Medina or old-town centre of Dubai, the Bur Dubai district and it is traditionally an immigrant district. The word “karama” means Dignity in Arabic. Al Karama has been the district of the immigrants arriving in the country either as refugees or with the plain reason to find work. The first immigrant group arriving here were thousands of Omanis who previously have lived in Zanzibar before, but due to a governmental change there, they had to leave the country. They asked for help from the Sheikh of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Saed Bin Rashed Al Maktoum, and the Sheikh helped them, giving them a chance for a new life in Dubai. That was when the first living-area had been build in the area of Karama, called Hamdan colony, a part of which can still be seen in Al Karama.
Today Al Karama packs with immigrants from many countries, mainly India, Pakistan or South-East Asia, such as Indonesia, Philippines or Thailand, just to mention a few examples. That is where you can find the most colourful variety of restaurants, bars, hundreds of shops and community centres. In addition, eating out is much cheaper over here, then in any other districts of Dubai.
Al Karama district is also very famous for the cheapest selling-goods in Dubai. These goods vary from cars to just anything. You can see all types of bargain furniture over here, various types of accessories such as handbags, copied from the most expensive brands. If you go to visit the Karama district, for sure you will not return with empty hands.
It is also interesting to note, that an immigrant cannot buy a real-estate in the area of Dubai, and the rental prices are sky-high all around the city, so that is why Karama is the most affordable place to rent flats, which most immigrants must do, if they want to live in Dubai.
The most popular shopping centre of Karama, called BurJuman shopping centre, is a highly popular spot for everyone living in the area. The other good feature of the district is its location, from where it is very easy to get to any part of Dubai.
Next to Al Karama, we can find the world-famous World Trade Centre, and the main artery of Dubai. The long Sheikh Zayed Road is also not too far from here.
Karama is one of the most populous areas of Dubai and a home to thousands, although it is just two square kilometers wide, area-wise. This place is especially famous for the low rise residential buildings, which have been planned and constructed on a tight grid system. The residents of the region comprise of an interesting, but very unique blend of the cosmopolitan representatives of Dubai’s some of the most elite population and the traditional middle class South Asian expatriates. The region is also home to some important nationalities and representatives of countries such as Lebanon, Iran and other famous European nations. In fact, the residential complexes are mostly occupied by the non-UAE nationals. However, it is to be noted that the annual rates of these residential complexes have been on a rise, since the last few months.
Karama is one of the most fast developing areas of Dubai and very popular among families, mainly for its self contained apartments. The region has several entertainment zones and the very popular $50-million technology-themed public park for the residents. Tourists often visit the Zabeel Park, which also helps to divide Karama with Dubai World Trade Centre. There are several commercial units located at different areas of the region. You will find several shopping complexes with covered parking facilities for the facility of the residents. In the recent times, with development in commercial complexes and with it number of tourists and residents, there has been a significant demand of parking spaces in the region. If you plan to shop in one of the malls, you need to look for parking space availability. Plans are being continuously made to overcome this problem of parking space in the region.
The residents of Karama often complain about the lack of community life in the region. They often feel that in spite of the best of location and facilities, the region still lacks a common focal point. The residents do not seem to connect to each other. Crime rates are also increasing in the region. This mainly happened due to the multi cultured residents and diverse language of the people. It created a virtual cultural and language barrier among the residents. However, in the recent months, a lot of effort is being made to give Karama a rich culture and closeness, in spite of diverse nationals. One such community is the Omani Contingent who settled in the regions almost two decades back.
If you happen to visit Dubai do not miss out Karama. If you are planning a long term stay you can even rent an apartment of the region and enjoy one of the best residential localities of Dubai.
Although Al Karama is mostly a relaxed district, but there have been proofs of an increasing criminal activity in this location. However, this is natural if so many people of many averagely poor nations live in a smaller area. So when visiting the Karama district, make sure that your goods are placed in safety and possibly leave all unnecessary but tempting values, such as rings, credit cards, any communicational devices of extensive value, in the safe of your hotel.