Downtown Dubai

The Center of Now

Downtown Dubai

Downtown Dubai is an upscale-inspired urban concept and provides modern city living at its best for the inhabitants of sublet apartments in the vicinity. The development is home to many of Dubai's unrivaled attractions; 'Burj Khalifa,' the tallest building, 'Dubai Mall,' the largest shopping mall and the man-made 'Burj Khalifa Lake' that hosts the world's tallest performing fountain system, 'Dubai Fountain.' Being one of the most exclusive addresses for high-flying residents in the world, Downtown has been branded the 'Center of Now' by the master developer, Emaar. Offering an array of housing, entertainment, retail and dining options, this area has quickly become a top tourist destination as it never fails to amaze visitors with its elegant, fun and metropolitan lifestyle. Located strategically in the heart of the city, Downtown Dubai is perfect for business-centric, high-earning individuals that don't mind the hustle and bustle of city life.

On The Map

Closest metro station: Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall Metro Station

Closest bus station: The Dubai Mall Bus Station

Closest school: Raffles International School

Closest hospital: Medcare Hospital

Dubai International Airport: 19-minutes drive.

Directly accessible via public transport: Dubai Metro and plenty of taxis available.

The Neighbours

Unparalleled Posh Living

The thriving and lively atmosphere of Downtown Dubai is designed for those who have acquired a special appreciation of la dolce vita living as the area showcases glitz and glamour at its finest. A high-profile Dubai neighbourhood that mainly attracts expats because of its multicultural nature, the area offers world-class amenities alongside modern attractions and attractive lifestyle privileges. 

The ideal location spoils its residents with the most exclusive and hip neighbourhood in Dubai, offering a plethora of high-end retail outlets and eateries, along with an eccentric nightlife, all located right at their doorsteps. With convenience stores, large supermarkets, high quality medical centers and parks, smaller families that reside in the expanse enjoy luxurious living in the happening center of the city. Several nurseries and kid's clubs are available in the vicinity, despite the lack of schools. Downtown is best suited for young, chic professionals following successful careers because of the district's high-end lifestyle.

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Young professionals

Young powerhouses, couples and smaller families enjoy the extravagant-living of Downtown Dubai.

What To Expect

Eager Young Professionals Wanting To Experience A 'Quintessential Dubai' Lifestyle

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The pedestrian-friendly lifestyle that the development offers leaves no urgency to venture off to anywhere else; own transport use is well-shaded. E-scooters around the area enable you to travel freely. The area brims with cafes, restaurants and nightlife venues to cater to the posh, electric lifestyle of its business-centric residents.

Home to the largest mall, tallest tower, excellent eateries, exciting nightlife and impressive dancing fountains, Downtown Dubai is a major attraction to worldwide travelers and residents. Not only is the location perfect, right in the heart of Dubai, the development boasts city-living at its best.

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard is a restaurant-lined 3.5-kilometer strip that runs in almost a full circle around the iconic zone that hosts Souk Al Bahar, Dubai Fountain, Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall, with the Address, Vida and Manzil hotels placed along the route. The renowned, affordable restaurants and cafes that lie on the street are a mixture of local and international fine-dining eateries. The route can be cycled around with a rented bicycle or e-scooter that can be found around the boulevard, and a romantic alternative for two is a rickshaw (buggy) that promotes a cosy ride down the street. The Dubai Trolley is a retro hop-on, hop-off tram trolley that is promoted as the first hydrogen-powered, zero-emission street trolley that only services along a one-kilometer stretch of the road.

Some of the popular residences on the boulevard include the Burj Khalifa, BLVD Crescent, BLVD Heights, Standpoint Tower, The Lofts, 29 Burj Boulevard, Old Town, Boulevard Central and The Residences. Hotels like The Address Fountain Views, The Address BLVD, The Address Sky ViewsVida Hotel & Residences also offer residences that many can enjoy. 

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Home to a whopping 1,200 retail outlets; the usual retail suspects and most of the exclusive brands, alongside over 160 dining venues is the largest shopping and entertainment destination in the world, The Dubai Mall. Amongst many attractions inside the mega-structure of the shopping district lies an aquarium and underwater zoo (that holds more that 33,000 underwater creatures in the aquarium, as well as a diverse collection of aquatic life in the zoo), a large ice rink, a massive cinema complex, a Golden Souk (a separate district for gold shopping), a 76,000-square foot VR themed amusement park and multiple other kid-focused entertainment options, along with the biggest Apple Store in the Gulf. The auspicious entertainment area is marveled at not only by tourists, but residents from all over the city.

The 30-acre Burj Lake, located in the middle of Burj Khalifa, Souk al Bahar and Dubai Mall. hosts one of the most sought-after attractions of the city: Dubai Fountains, and it's completely free for all! The tallest choreographed fountain system in the world shoots water up to 500-feet in the air with syncing lights, while dancing to a blend of contemporary and modern Eastern and Western tunes. With an interval of 30-minutes, the nightly dancing fountains perform for eager viewers from 6PM to 11PM, along with two shows in the afternoon everyday. The long central arc of jets is joined to a smaller arc with 5 circles of jets building up a length of 900-feet. Traditional 'Abra' boat rides are also conducted within the lake for 30-minutes each, offering a retro feel amongst the metropolitan development.

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Dubai Fountains and the Diving men at Dubai Mall

Souk Al Bahar transliterates to 'market of the sailor', accentuating the traditional, arabesque decor promoted by the shopping, dining, and entertainment havens within. Brimming with nightlife venues, the souk is the best place in the area to grab a fancy drink. One of the latest hot spots for residents is the Time Out Market in Souk Al Bahar, which is home to 17 award-winning, homegrown chefs and restaurateurs, three stunning bars and vibrant cultural entertainment. 

Souk Al Bahar is filled with over 100 shops of antique carpet and lifestyle stores. Approximately 22 restaurants, cafes and lounges that all showcase waterfront dining at its best. Spinney's, a convenience store that is a favourite amongst many, resides with the traditionally constructed cluster of buildings, located within beautiful scenic views of Dubai's crown jewel: Burj Khalifa, the Burj Lake and just a walkway over from the Dubai Mall.

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Souk al Bahar

The Address, Dubai Mall, offers a luxurious experience in an elegant and chic setting. With an ideal location, this glamorous hotel overlooks the Burj Khalifa and is connected to the Dubai Mall. An upscale and unique eatery, The Restaurant is a new and different attraction for all to try at the newly opened The Address BLVD. The world-class hotel offers traditional Arab hospitality in a contemporary and cosmopolitan setting.

Palace, Downtown Dubai, is a classical themed, Arabesque facade in a city resort. The hotel hosts a uniquely built infrastructure and ensures service of the highest prevalence and the private balconies in each of the rooms overlook the magnificent Dubai Fountains, the picturesque Old Town and the spectacular Burj Lake. 

The Address Fountain Views, The Address Sky Views and The Address Boulevard are the newer, exciting hotels in the area. The Address Sky Views is home to one of the highest swimming pools in the world and its restaurant C'est La Vie promises delicious meals with a view. 

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The Address Sky Views

Home to Souk Al Bahar, Al Saha offices and Palace, Downtown Dubai, the 5-star hotel, is the mixed-use town, The Old Town Island. Spread across 26-hectares of land, the picturesque development offers world-class homes, boutique offices, a hotel, a spa and entertainment and retail venues in a traditional Arabesque facade. The dynamic neighbourhood hosts 405 apartments, 161 hotel rooms, 83 suites, 2,100 parking bays, 15 restaurants and cafe, 89 shops, 130,000-sq.ft. of boutique spaces and 4 infinity pools. The low-rise development is divided into four quarters and is custom designed to feel like a village amidst a busy city, yet promoting a cosmopolitan lifestyle.

On a little island amidst the vast Burj Lake lies the Burj Park; amounting to 29,000-square meters in area with unparalleled views of Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountains. Within walking distance from the largest mall and the tallest tower, the park is accessible from the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid boulevard that directs visitors to a generous amount of underground parking slots, while aesthetic bridges link access to the park from the mainland. It was specifically designed for high-end events and exhibitions like luxury product launches, exclusive concerts, fashion shows, gala dinners, corporate functions, weddings, banquets, etc. The park can accommodate many tents, marquees and stages when popular festivals take place, including Market OTB during Dubai Shopping Festival. Furthermore, yoga classes and occasional bootcamps are conducted on the premises and entry to the park is completely free and can be accessed round the clock. Burj Park  retains a cycling track all around the green patch; bicycles can be hired at the park entrance. 

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Burj Park

The Opera District located in the heart of Downtown Dubai is an upcoming post-modern community hosts the iconic dhow-shaped building, Dubai Opera. It is the first purpose-built performing arts theater in the country, accommodating up to 2,000 people. Dubai Opera promises to bring contemporary and memorable art, culture and music to life. The creative heart of the city furthermore provides a majestic rooftop restaurant and a sky garden with spectacular scenic views of Dubai Fountains and Burj Khalifa. Residential off-plans include a 66-story exclusive building called Opera Grand, a luxury apartment building; The Address Residences Dubai Opera, an aesthetically pleasing complex; Forte, and two towers designed with inspirations from Dubai Fountains; Act One, Act Two. Il Primo is also a development worth noting due to its exclusivity of half floor and full-floor penthouses.

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What Not To Expect

Budget Friendly Living And Fields Of Flora

Luxury always comes at a price, and the residents of Downtown Dubai have become aware of that. The iconic location, right in the center of now, entails extraneous expenses because of the high annual rent and exceptional, yet highly-priced amenities within the residences. Although living the true city life in the area is satisfactory in all aspects, larger families find it difficult to stay in Downtown because of the lack of schools, despite the many nurseries within the vicinity. Many festivals and parades take place on the boulevard because of its quintessential location; during those events and peak rush hours everyday the seemingly endless traffic on the roads in the area slows the driving progress. However, young enthusiasts find living centrally the best for their careers and social life. Furthermore, kids are found at a disadvantage because the park does not host any play equipment or go-carts to be hired for their entertainment. Moreover, the lack of greenery in the area is not everyone's cup of tea; many prefer scenic views of fields of green and the only views Downtown has to offer are those of phenomenal architecture and unbelievable monuments.


Wondrous Display Of Phenomenal Construction

The Burj Khalifa has redefined what is possible in design and engineering. Cutting-edge technologies and cultural influences, meets ultra luxury in this tall, spectacular tower. The lifestyle in that building is beyond comparison.

Downtown Dubai is an iconic, central location filled with leading unique buildings and structures. The accommodations in the area mainly consist of apartments with some villas on the podium levels of a few buildings; offering the genuine feel of a villa. The area is also home to one of the most expensive addresses to acquire in the country; Burj Khalifa. All buildings within the area are well-spaced so that the area isn't over-crowded and natural light can enter through most apartments. Smaller apartments gain popularity in the quiet maze of the picturesque Old Town and the Old Town Island. Notwithstanding Dubai's impressive skyscrapers; clusters of high-rise buildings reside in the area, mostly residential apartments like South Ridge, The Lofts, The Residences, Blvd Central, Downtown Views, Vida Residences, BLVD Crescent and Residence, the BLVD.

Post Modern Architecture

Surpassing more than 9 world records, the crown jewel of Dubai, Burj Khalifa is a wonder to be indulged in. Catering to not only tourists in its high-end Armani Hotel, the tallest tower in the world is also a residential heaven for the upscale members of the city. With over 900 private residences and a plethora of meters for office space, the building consists of 163 floors built upwards in 828-meters. The soaring skyscraper was built in 2004, in the heart of Dubai's most iconic development, Downtown Dubai. The outdoor observation deck at the 124th floor hosts a cafe and souvenir shop for the visitors, while the highest outdoor observation deck in the world, At The Top SKY, placed at 555-meters on the 148th floor of the tower, entertains an exclusive lounge. With unparalleled engineering, the world-class restaurant, At.mosphere is the world's highest restaurant on the 122nd floor. 

BLVD Crescent and BLVD Heights that are latest developments carry with it a strong architectural gravitas. BLVD Crescent is also hone to a creative co-working space meets art gallery called Foundry.

Promoting ultimate lavish-living, The Residences promise a soothing ambiance with spectacular views of Dubai's crown jewel; Burj Khalifa. With spacious interiors and elegant finishes, this residential building offers one to four bedroom apartments and penthouses. Amenities include a swimming pool, squash and badminton courts, fitness centers, a mini-theater, library, meeting room, day-care center and a business center, along with storage space for residents, four levels of parking, concierge facility, as well as 24-hour maintenance and security.

Spacious and luxurious, The Lofts is an apartment complex amidst a vibrant lifestyle, consisting of three towers with studio apartments, as well as one and two bedroom apartments. Floor-to-ceiling windows promote space and lighting. A leisure deck, open-air swimming pool, courtyards and gardens are free for use for all residents.


Arabesque Facades

One of the most sought-after residences in the city because of its strategic location in the center of now while maintaining tranquility within the area is called The Old Town. It accommodates low-rise, 3-story apartment buildings, along with a few mid-rise buildings and penthouses. It is Arabesque in style and is made up of  6 clusters. Amenities include children's playgrounds, relaxation areas, pool facilities, gym, squash court, entertainment lounge, aerobics room, badminton court, coffee shops and steam rooms. The complex is lined by a boulevard filled with retail outlets, eateries and bustling cafes.

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Left to right: The Residences, The Lofts, The Old Town

Browse Properties In Downtown Dubai

  • Downtown Dubai Ready

    Burj Khalifa Tower AED 2,250,000
    • Apartment
    • studio
    • 548 sq. ft.
  • Downtown Dubai Off-plan

    Forte AED 4,799,999
    • Apartment
    • 3 beds
    • 1,644 sq. ft.
  • Downtown Dubai Ready

    Burj Khalifa Tower AED 8,200,000
    • Apartment
    • 3 beds
    • 2,333 sq. ft.