As befitting an area that has been part of Dubai for almost as long as the city's history, Al Hamriya is as much a ghost to all things past as much as it is to the Dubai of the 21st century. Known by many as the Old Pakistani Consulate area, the area envelops parts of Al Bastakiah, although not the most interesting part, the British Embassy in Dubai (the UAE is unique in having two Embassies in the country, the other being in the capital, Abu Dhabi), and Musallah Road that bustles with activity, day and night.
Al Hamriya is also home of Bateaux Dubai (see picture), a popular tourist destination offering dinner as you cruise up and down Dubai's 'historic' creek.
Al Hamriya is very much a residential area serving a largely South Asian community, however it is well served by its neighbours for facilities - Bur Juman is a walk away in Al Hurair, and the consulate area is on its borders. Dubai Creek is also within walking distance, as is the Souk Al Kabir ("The Big Market") which contains tourist Bastakiah.
For an escape, the area is home to the Four Points by Sheraton, which contains a number a licensed restaurants, as well as the Viceroy, an old school English style Pub which does not get great reviews but is known for good pub grub.
The area has no schools of note, residents would travel in the main to Oud Metha for the nearest schools - a short 10 minutes drive away.
Rents in the area are good value. A 5-bed villa will cost in the region of 115000 to 150,000 AED per annum, a studio from 45,000 AED.
Note: There is also an Al Hamriya in Sharjah.