Location: Right at the heart of Dubai city, sprawling left and right of Sheikh Zayed Road and adjacent to the financial zone
Description: Glamorous, chic, hot spot of soaring skyscrapers with world class shopping and dining
Good for: Ambitious business types, young couples, global investors
Details: Strategically located in the heart of the city, if there is anywhere in Dubai that could be called the centre of things Downtown Dubai is most probably that place. A vibrant business, lifestyle and leisure destination, this is a glamorous urban development and provides modern city living for the inhabitants of its glittering apartment towers and chic residential blocks. Home to the tallest building in the world, the iconic Burj Khalifa (which in includes the Armani Hotel), the largest shopping mall in the world The Dubai Mall, and many other landmarks, the area easily lives up its Emaar branded slogan of being ‘the centre of now.’ Apartments here come in a range of sizes, styles and price tags for those looking to make the area their new home, as well as investors interested in leasing out or holiday rentals. There are some truly amazing hotels here for residents to take advantage of – the Palace, the Address Downtown, Dusit Thani – the list goes on. Life here can be as busy or as relaxed at you choose, and there’s no doubt a plethora of world class restaurants, spas, fitness facilities and entertainment hubs will keep you amused. For investors, Downtown Dubai offers amazing RoI due to its high desirability and reputation as a global business centre ideal for expats and locals alike. For day-to-day life, there are tons of convenience stores, large well-known supermarkets, top notch medical centres, and an increasing number of nearby parks and golf clubs. This is a community perfect to enjoy the best of all worlds. What’s more, Downtown Dubai is well serviced transport wise with a Metro line passing straight through and endless taxis on hand. Sit and enjoy a coffee while people-watching on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard – a 4km strip of cafes and restaurants that runs almost a full circle around tourist favourites like Souk al Bahar and the amazing Dubai Fountain with its nightly lightshows. When life gets a bit too hectic head over to the pretty Burj Park which is located just a short stroll from Dubai Mall. Here you can bask in splendid views of the fountains and enjoy a picnic or a good book in a relaxing green space. The park holds several fun events and fairs throughout the year. Culture vultures also have the spectacular Dubai Opera – the cultural and artistic soul of the city – right on their doorstep. This architectural masterpiece was designed by Zaha Hadid and has been the venue for impressive shows such as Cats and Mary Poppins, as well as gorgeous operas such as La Bohème.
Interesting fact: Downtown Dubai now also has the quirky Dubai Trolley, a charmingly retro hop-on, hop-off tram that is the first ever hydrogen powered, zero emission street trolley.