Arabianranta (Finnish) or Arabiastranden (Swedish) ("coast of Arabia") is a fast growing residential part of Helsinki, Finland. It is bound by Vanhankaupunginlahti bay from east, and connects to neighboring boroughs of Vanhakaupunki in north, Hermanni in south and Toukola and Kumpula in west. Officially it is part of the greater Toukola region.
On the other side of the bay lies a popular natural reserve, Viikki.
Arabia is age old industrial area. The ceramics factory is famous for its design products. It was once the biggest ceramics factory in all of Europe. Nowadays the factory is not operational anymore, but it houses facilities for the Helsinki University of Art and Design. The university is another very dominant factor in the district.
Before the construction of the new housing area begun in 2000, Arabianranta was mostly known for the number of homeless people living in the bayside area.
Frequent buses and tram number 6 take about 15-20 minutes to Arabianranta from downtown Helsinki. There are also many bus links to other locations in the city, as well as tram number 8 to Töölö and Jätkäsaari.
- Helsinki Virtual Village
- Map of Arabianranta
- Kaupunkisuunnitteluvirasto: Arabianranta
- Aralis library
- Arabia elementary school
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