The lively, multicultural neighborhood of Karama offers the chance to see a totally different side of the city. There are no gigantic skyscrapers in this residential district, but you can definitely get an authentic taste of everyday life while hunting for bargains at bazaar-style independent shops.
Indeed, if it’s bargains you’re looking for, Karama is definitely one to add to your to-do list. The central shopping hub, better known as Karama Market, is home to more than 300 shops spread across a number of buildings. As well as gifts and souvenirs, the area is known for selling a huge range of fashion items. You’ll find plenty of handbags, clothing, sportswear and accessories here – just don’t forget to haggle!.
For more glimpses into community life, pay a visit to the small Karama Park where kids love to play cricket or indulge in some ‘me time’ at one of the many locally-owned salons and spas dotted around the district.
A collective of artists has also used some buildings as their canvas, producing large-scale graffiti murals that are the talk of the town. From giant birds and abstract expressionism to pearl diving and amped-up guitars, there’s plenty of colorful surprises around every corner.
Getting there: Hop on the Dubai Metro and get off at the ADCB/Al Karama station on the Red Line.