International City - Area Guide

Best for: Modern accommodation on a budget

Team getthat
August 3, 2017

Are you fed up of paying over the odds on your rent? For every Dubai Marina penthouse or Downtown Dubai duplex, the city also has more affordable areas. International City is one of those alternatives. The place didn’t get off to the rosiest of starts, with developments shelved and issues with sanitation appearing in the media.

Thankfully, things are now looking up for area. Numerous shops and restaurants have sprung up across the community and there are plenty of green spaces for kids.

The place is comprised of different districts, named after different countries. This includes an English Precinct, a Chinese District, a Moroccan District and even an Emirati District. Fittingly then, International City also has a cosmopolitan population, with different nationalities represented by the area’s dynamic and affordable restaurant scene. And, if you’re into retail therapy you’ll be well served by the colossal Dragon Mart, which is on your doorstep and home to almost 4,000 stores.

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Residents Love The wide choice of affordable dining options, Dragon Mart and the parks and sports facilities.

Residents Dislike The commuter traffic.

Dining/Nightlife Pet friendly Family friendly
  • Metro
  • Shopping malls
  • Hospitals
  • Restaurants
  • Nightlife
  • Mosques
  • Schools


International City is located between Shiekh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road and Al Awir Road and is accessible from both. It is also just a 20-minute drive from the airport.

Public transport

Although International City doesn’t have a dedicated metro station, it’s well served by buses, which you can catch to Rashadiya station in around 15 minutes.

Things to do

Home to the largest trading hub of Chinese products anywhere in the world outside mainland China, International City’s Dragon Mart shopping centre has nearly 4,000 shops. If you can’t find what you need there, you probably can’t find it anywhere in Dubai! Dragon Mart is also home to a 12 screen Novo Cinema, where you can catch the latest Bollywood or Hollywood flicks.

If you’re partial to dining out but being careful with your dirhams, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for that in International City where there are bargains galore. Scoff a shawarma at Dyar Al Sham for your Middle Eastern food fix or sample the Chinese seafood soup at Sun Tour Restaurant. In fact, most cuisines are covered with Tex Mex, Thai, Japanese, British, Italian, American, Pakistani and Indian restaurants, as well as Afghan options and even a Nepalese joint (Yalla Momos) all readily available.

Not all activities involve consumption in International City though. With running tracks, basketball courts, parks and a number of gyms dotted around, there are plenty of opportunities to stay in shape too.


Al Aweer Central Fruit & Vegetable Market If you’ve ever picked up cooking ingredients in a small, independent supermarket, the chances are they would have been sourced at Al Aweer Central Fruit & Vegetable Market. Vast in size, the market prices are significantly lower than they are in large supermarket chains and you can push the costs down even further, if you’re willing to haggle. The market’s on the other side of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road to International City.

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