Al Satwa

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Al Satwa
View of Sheikh Zayed Road from Satwa

Al Satwa (Arabic: السطوة‎‎) is a community in Dubai, United Arab Emirates comprising high-density retail outlets and private residential dwellings. It is located southwest of Bur Dubai and adjacent to Sheikh Zayed Road. Originally, its residents were mainly of the Bloushi tribe. Notable features include the Iranian Hospital and the Al Satwa bus terminal. Al Satwa is known for its large South Asian community. E 11 (Sheikh Zayed Road) forms the southern boundary of Al Satwa.

Satwa is the subject of the critically acclaimed spoken word piece/ photo-novella, Satwa stories, by Mahmoud Kaabour and Denise Holloway of Veritas Films. The project highlights the hidden gems and iconic characters of the Satwa neighborhood through poetry, photography, and music.[2]

Jumeirah Garden City Proposal

With the announcement of Jumeirah Garden City, the survival of this community is bleak. If the project goes through, the community will be razed to make way for part of the new development. Some soil testing has already been done for a few of the proposed buildings, most notably EP 09 Towers and 1 Park Avenue.

Parody Video

Police in November 2013, also arrested a US citizen and some UAE citizens, in connection with a YouTube parody video which allegdly portrayed Dubai in bad light.[3] The parody video titled 'The Deadly Satwa GS' was shot in areas of Satwa and depicted gangs learning how to fight using simple weapons, including shoes, the aghal, etc.

External links


  1. Existing Population and Future Holding Capacities in Dubai Urban Area. Dubai Healthcare City. 2000
  2. Shalaka Paradkar (June 25, 2008). "Last goodbye to Satwa". Gulf News Report. Retrieved 30 October 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>