Bounding Bur Dubai to the south, the formless suburb of Oud Metha lacks the character of other districts nearby, but is home to a number of attractions tucked away amongst the rather drab concrete streets.
The suburb’s major landmarks are the quirky Wafi complex, with its spiky pyramids poking up above the surrounding streets, and the even larger pyramid of the upscale Raffles hotel next door. This is also where you’ll find the Khan Murjan Souk, a spectacular modern recreation of a typical Arabian bazaar.
Most of Oud Metha’s streetlife is concentrated in the small area north of Wafi, around the ramshackle old Lamcy Plaza – usually buzzing after dark, and with a number of good but inexpensive restaurants in the surrounding streets.
Just south Wafi, the huge Grand Hyatt hotel (the largest in Dubai until the opening of the Atlantis resort) towers over the main highway. A short distance further south brings you to the attractive Creek Park – a nice place for a traffic-free stroll, and also home to several children’s attractions including Children’s City, the Dubai Dolphinarium, and Wonderland, where you’ll find old-fashioned funfair rides and other attractions, plus the Splashland waterpark.