DOWNTOWN

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downtown

  • Largest landmarks including Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, and Dubai Fountain
  • Area of 2 square kilometres (0.77 sq m), at an estimated cost of US$20 billion
  • Al Wasl locality on the Northwest
  • It is bounded to the South by Business Bay and to the Northeast by Financial Centre Road
  • Development is divided into 11 projects. Burj Khalifa, Dubai Fountain, Dubai Mall, Burj Park Island, and The Address Downtown Dubai hotel are at the center of the complex
  • The Old Town and The Old Town Island are mostly low-rises residential buildings
  • Three hotels and Souq Al Bahar. Emaar Boulevard, The Residences and South Ridge
  • Burj Khalifa is the centrepiece of Downtown Dubai. At 828 m (2,717 ft), it is the tallest building in the world and the tallest man-made structure ever built. Burj Khalifa is estimated to have cost US$5 billion
  • The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest shopping mall by total area. It is the home of 1,200 shops
  • Dubai Fountain cost of Dh 800 million (US$217 million) designed by WET Design, the California-based company
  • Downtown Dubai is the flagship mega-development by Emaar Properties
  • A centre for tourism, Downtown Dubai has several world-class hotels including the world’s first Armani Hotel and Emaar’s flagship Address, Vida and Manzil hotels
  • 41 cafes in Dubai Mall
  • 47 fast food and dining in Dubai Mall
  • 56 Restaurants in Dubai Mall

HOTELS

  • Taj Dubai
  • Armani Hotel
  • The Address Downtown
  • Radisson Blu Hotel
  • Park Hyatt
  • Grand Hyatt
  • Movenpick Hotel
  • Raffles
  • Manzil
  • Sofitel
  • Steigenberger Hotel
  • Al Murooj Rotana
  • Vida Downtown
  • The palace
  • Rove downtown
  • Condo Hotel

Downtown has a community feel: children’s play areas, cafes and restaurants, souks and swimming pools. The wide promenades, Arabian passageways and palm-lined streets that link the different residential quarters encourage residents to get around on foot.

The adjacent Sheikh Zayed Road is Dubai’s busiest motorway, but if traffic doesn’t bother, try the strip between Trade Centre Roundabout and Interchange One, which is home to some of Dubai’s biggest towers.

There are nurseries (Old Town Nursery, Kangaroo Kids’ and Cello Kids Club), but no schools in Downtown Dubai, but those in Jumeira and Al Qouz are close.

Downtown Dubai is a shopper’s dream with both The Dubai Mall and Souk Al Bahar within walking distance. Dubai Mall has a Waitrose, and there are Spinneys stores and Al Maya outlets scattered around. Several banks are on the ground floor of Dubai Mall, along with pharmacies, money exchanges and opticians. Next to the Mall, Souk Al Bahar houses boutique shops. Sheikh Zayed Road also has Mazaya Centre and the supermarkets of Jumeira nearby. Both sides of Sheikh Zayed Road have pharmacies and smaller shops.

Souk Al Bahar is a nightlife hub with several licensed bars and restaurants. Dubai Mall has a few unlicensed restaurants along with two huge food courts. Also, there’s the two Address hotels, home to Neos sky bar on the 63rd floor of the Downtown hotel, and Cabana, the funky pool bar at The Dubai Mall hotel. Sheikh Zayed Road has plenty of takeaway restaurants, and the strip is full of nightlife in the Shangri-La, Fairmont, Crowne Plaza and Towers Rotana.

The massive Downtown Dubai development is made up of high and low-rise residential units, with landmark buildings – The Address (Dubai Mall and Downtown), The Palace Hotel, Emaar Square and the Burj Khalifa – as the cornerstones. At one end, near to the Burj, are the Burj Residence Towers, The Lofts, and 8 Boulevard Walk, while at the opposite end, on the border with the Business Bay development, are the South Ridge and Burj Views high-rises. In between is the Arabian architecture of Old Town. There is plenty of parking within each of the residential complexes, and the Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall Metro stop is walking distance from some apartments and a short feeder bus ride from the others.

Options range from tiny studios to expansive four-bedroom townhouses, and the finishing in most buildings is a high spec. Most residential towers come with facilities including games rooms, libraries, barbecue areas, gyms, pools and sports courts.Annual rental prices: One-bedroom from Dhs.90,000 in the Old Town or Dhs.160,000 in the Burj Khalifa.

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