Al Satwa

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Al Satwa
Al Satwa Roundabout
Al Satwa Roundabout
Coordinates: 25°13′09″N 55°16′21″E / 25.21907°N 55.27256°E / 25.21907; 55.27256Coordinates: 25°13′09″N 55°16′21″E / 25.21907°N 55.27256°E / 25.21907; 55.27256
Country United Arab Emirates
Emirate Dubai
City Dubai
 • Total 2 km2 (0.8 sq mi)
Population (2000)
 • Total 30,147[1]
Community number 334
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. As the government provided better houses for emaratis staying here, only few Arabs are found residing here. Notable features include the Iranian Hospital, Satwa Grand Mosque and the Al Satwa bus terminal. Al Satwa is known for its large South Asian community, especially Filipino Nationals. It is often referred to as mini-Manila by Filipino community. E 11 (Sheikh Zayed Road) forms the southern boundary of Al Satwa, Jumeirah 1 borders its northern area.

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[edit]

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[edit]

Police in November 2013 arrested a US citizen and some UAE citizens in connection with a YouTube parody video which allegedly 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[edit]


  1. ^ Existing Population and Future Holding Capacities in Dubai Urban Area Archived 2008-09-11 at the Wayback Machine.. Dubai Healthcare City. 2000
  2. ^ Shalaka Paradkar (June 25, 2008). "Last goodbye to Satwa". Gulf News Report. Archived from the original on 2008-07-03. Retrieved 30 October 2010.
  3. ^ Fisher, Amira Agarib And Amanda. "Three held for parody video on Satwa streets". Retrieved 2018-05-29.