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DIFC

Financial hub of the Middle East

Perfect for urbanites and located adjacent to the Sheikh Zayed Road, The Dubai World Trade Centre and the Burj Khalifa, the emergence of Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) is a critical part of Dubai´s plan to attract high quality expatriate staff in to what they plan will be a world class financial center for residents who have chosen to purchase apartments in the area. Hosting residential and commercial blocks, DIFC is designed for financial and business professionals seeking to live, work and enjoy their leisure time in spacious rented apartments in one strategic location. The inclusion of a museum, a performing arts center, as well as several art galleries, lounges, fitness centers and eateries, all add to its overall appeal.

On the map

Closest metro stations: Emirates Towers Metro Station and Financial Center Metro Station.

Closest school: Jumeirah Baccalaureate School

Closest hospital: Al Zahra Hospital

Dubai International Airport: 17- minutes drive.

Directly and easily accessible via public transport; plenty of taxis available within the area.

The Neighbours

Corporate workaholics

Seeing as DIFC aims to become a global financial hub, it has attracted many highly qualified expats into its world. Singles and young professionals prefer living closer to work because of the intense traffic in Dubai, and the residences within the area are right next-door to the offices, promoting utmost convenience. The central location makes the area very accessible from public transport. The district is the finest definition of city-living by far.

Art lovers are eagerly anticipated by the myriad of art galleries within the vicinity, offering exhibitions of contemporary local and international artists. Since Dubai is centrally located between the East and West, it serves as a pivotal excellence for global corporations. Boasting a vivid, swift pace, the lively atmosphere, buzzing nightlife scenes and vast variety of food and beverage joints available make the development perfect for trendy, work-centric individuals.

Workaholics find living and working in DIFC to be a stepping stone into successful careers.

What to expect

A work-hard, play-hard mindset

The close proximity of offices, dining and nightlife venues from the residences make DIFC a pedestrian-friendly stretch.

The district houses hundreds of financial institutions for to entertain the corporate-minded, and still has a lively nightlife including fine-dining restaurants, cafes and some of the best retail outlets.

- Rida Jaber, Luxury Sales Specialist

Picture credits: Zuma

The peppy city within a city is often coined as 'Dubai's international food court' as some of the best places for fine-dining in all of Dubai reside in the vicinity. Zuma is a world-class contemporary Japanese restaurant and lounge, preferred by many because of its award-winning food that was prepared by the renowned chef, Reif Othman. Furthermore, La Petite Maison is a top-notch French restaurant with a scrumptious menu and romantic setting.

Some of the titans of Dubai's exorbitant dining scene are lined along the corridors and alleyways of DIFC, like Roberto's, Gaucho and Cipriani. Offering a plethora of bars and lounges right at your doorstep, the development is a cosmopolitan area for highly paid young enthusiasts who prefer grabbing a quick drink after work nearby, like in the eloquent lounge and bar: Indie. 

The Gate (center), and Precinct Buildings (both sides of the Gate)

The Gate is a global center for leading financial businesses designed to embody the transparency and integrity of DIFC. Located in-between Emirates Towers and Dubai World Trade Center (DWTC), it is one of the major free-zone areas in the city and companies based in this area are under the categories of banks, banking services, capital markets, asset management, fund registration, insurance, reinsurance and Islamic finance. Dubai International Financial Exhange (DIFX) is also based within the complex. All companies are regulated by Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA).  The 15-story building has a marble walk placed beneath the structure that hosts numerous retail outlets and cafes. 6 buildings trail the landmark with offices of multinational and local setups called the Precinct Buildings, as well as ample underground parking spaces available. 

DIFC Courts

With 1,200 companies, DIFC offers maximum business opportunities in a single platform; a place where young professionals congregate to talk, make and spend money. All these global corporations are regulated by an independent jurisdiction under the U.A.E. constitution which follows their own civil and commercial laws, very similar to the English common laws. To do so, they have created their own court system and arbitration center called DIFC Courts that cover issues under corporate, commercial, civil, employment, trusts and security laws. 

Picture credits: Artspace (left), Cuadro Gallery (right)

Several art galleries reside within the vicinity to compliment the contemporary art scene in Dubai. Diverse range of international artwork and culture, and from across the region is deployed across the district to leave a sanctuary of art to be discovered. About a dozen world-class art galleries host regular events, including stand-up comedy shows and exhibitions with thought-provoking works of art on display to attract art collectors and enthusiasts. A renowned auction house, Christie's, stands tall amongst other galleries that portray pieces by international and local contemporary artists. A bi-annual event called Art Nights is hosted to showcase and establish new talent, along with an array of global cuisine at your service, building up to an eve of art, culture and entertainment.

DIFC is a top photoshoot venue amongst upcoming contemporary photographers because of its tasteful architectural blueprint on the artsy city of Dubai.

Emirates Financial Towers

Emirates Financial Towers, one of the iconic landmarks of DIFC, is home to 13 dining and nightlife venues, like the award-winning restaurant The Rib Room. Guests staying in the hotel are provided with unlimited complimentary access to the fun-packed water park Wild Wadi, as well as Jumeirah's excluded beach. Eight meeting suites within the building offer the perfect setting for conducting business meetings.

Two of the most sought-after hotels in Dubai have branched into DIFC. Ritz-Carlton, a 5-star hotel which hosts three restaurants and two lounges, like Le Cirque and No.5 Terrace. A ballroom in the hotel is perfect for any events or business meetings to be held. The other 5-star hotel, Four Seasons, is one of the most favoured hotels of Dubai, keeper of a modern American-styled restaurant, Penrose, Firebird Diner by Michael Mina; perfect for fine-dining, a tea lounge and a terrace with a bar.

What not to expect

A Quick-paced lifestyle amidst swamped roads

Undesirable for families because of its corporate vibe, DIFC is a highly-populated area best suited for hip and trendy over-layers, to maintain international dtandards, develop international relations and promote economic development of the city. There are no schools in the vicinity and very few nurseries, and to travel further for a school can be a nuisance because of the appalling traffic during office hours in the weekdays, therefore, the area has been made very pedestrian-friendly for people to easily and punctually reach work everyday. The urbane feel of the development does not promote any greenery or parks because of its promotion of a trendy and exclusive lifestyle, and those who prefer living in seclusion are found to be irritated by the hasty speed of life the district has to offer. 

DIFC is a dream location for hard-working, diligent individuals who like living lavishly.

Architecture

Spectacular works of art

Every piece of architecture differs from the other; its always fascinating to be in the area. A pleasing environment helps produce a better working environment and DIFC has just that to offer.

- Rida Jaber, Luxury Sales Specialist

Every piece of construction that is lodged within DIFC is uniquely designed to compliment the modern city-living of the area. High-rise residential towers have obtained extremely high standards with their immaculate finishes and spectacular architecture. Studio apartments, duplexes and one to three bedroom apartments are all available in the area. The development aims to strike a perfect balance between retail, commercial and residential space. The vision they uphold is to enrich the business community of not only Dubai, but all of Middle East.

The Index Tower (left), Limestone House (right)

The Index Tower is a smartly constructed, beautiful skyscraper that caters to not only office spaces, but also residential apartments. With 25 levels for commercial offices and 47 levels for residences, the building hosts a modern facade to compliment the contemporary living of DIFC. A sky lobby divides offices from residences with a swimming pool, gym, bars and restaurants. The unique, award-winning tower earned its title as the Best Tall Building in Middle East and Africa because of its enthusiasm for sustainability. It uses energy strategically as it is oriented from east to west, moving it away from the city's axis, thereby reducing sun exposure and lowering the requirement for air conditioning, therefore reducing energy costs for tenants.

With close proximity to the DIFC retail district, Limestone House is a luxury apartment building with one to four bedroom units. Spread across 15 floors, the complex offers some of the best amenities: central atrium courtyard, swipe-card access, concierge facilities, pool, fitness center, jacuzzi, retail outlets, and the spectacular private access from elevators straight into some of the apartments.

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Brand New Triplex Penthouse in Central Park, DIFC

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