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Downtown Dubai, sometimes called Downtown, is one of Dubai's most iconic and exclusive neighborhoods. It is considered one of the most upscale areas in the world and is dubbed as 'The Center of Now.' It houses some of the world's largest and most significant, such as the world's tallest building Burj Khalifa, the enormous Dubai Mall, the majestic Dubai Opera, and the Dubai Dancing Fountain. Due to these iconic landmarks and the numerous entertainment options that it offers, Downtown Dubai is a crucial area for tourism in Dubai. It boasts a distinctive mix of artistically planned commercial zones and residential towers.
Downtown Dubai is strategically located right at the heart of Dubai, along Sheikh Zayed Road, across from Al Wasl, bordering Business Bay, only five minutes away from Dubai Financial Center and ten minutes away from Dubai International Airport. Its convenient location, coupled with its global appeal, has made it a popular destination for those looking for a place to call home, do business, or enjoy leisure activities. It welcomes both tourists and expats from all around the world who want to experience its luxurious lifestyle.
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The most common property type in Downtown Dubai is apartments, though there are also several luxurious penthouses and stylish villas around the area. Being one of the most upscale places in the world, most buildings in Downtown Dubai, both commercial and residential, boast high international standards of construction.
Apartments in Downtown Dubai have a wide range of different designs and configurations, depending on the building. They mostly come in studios to 4-bedroom configuration, but several apartments offer 5-bedroom units. Some apartments also provide a separate driver's room. In terms of styles, each apartment tower in Downtown Dubai is unique. Renters and buyers can choose between low-rise Middle Eastern souq-inspired apartment blocks in the Old Town to more modern skyscrapers. However, Old Town apartments are usually smaller and quite gloomy. Modern buildings are considered a better option for those who need more space and light. They typically come with better views, but they are generally more expensive than Old Town options.
Studios and 1- to 2-bedroom apartments in high-rise buildings are popular among singles and couples, while families usually prefer 3- to 4-bedroom apartments in low-rise buildings. Most apartments in the area feature communal gymnasiums, swimming pools, kid's playgrounds, and restaurants on the ground floor.
Villas in Downtown Dubai varies from 2- to 5-bedroom estates. Most villas have large living and dining area. They usually provide storage areas, built-in wardrobes, large balconies, secure parking spaces, 24-hour concierge and security, gyms, steam rooms, saunas, kids' playgrounds, gardens, and swimming pools.
As a popular tourism destination, Downtown Dubai is packed with attractions, hotels, and restaurants. It is home to some of the most famous landmarks in the world. One of the most famous is, without a doubt, Burj Khalifa. Towering a height of 830-meters, the Burj Khalifa is currently the tallest building in the world. It features multiple restaurants, some of the world's best luxury hotels, multiple restaurants, and upscale apartments. People can take pictures in front of this 21st-century architectural marvel or take the elevator to the observation deck on the 148th floor. The views from the observation deck are incredible, especially at night when the city is filled with lights.
Dubai Mall complex, infamously known for being the biggest shopping mall in the world, is also very popular among both tourists and residents alike. With an area of more than 500,000 square meters and 1,200 outlets, visitors can spend a whole day exploring the mall and still not see everything that it has to offer. Besides shopping, visitors can also try ice skating in a world-class ice rink, let the kids have fun in a kids-only amusement center, or visit a sizeable walk-through aquarium. The aquarium called the Dubai Aquarium, and Underwater Zoo is home to over 33,000 marine life. It has 10 million liters of water within its tank and showcases underwater life that can be found inhabiting not only the ocean but also rivers and other water bodies across the planet.
Just outside the Dubai Mall, visitors can see the famous Dubai Fountain. It is the largest choreographed water fountain in the world. It surges as high as 150 meters, forms breathtaking arcs, and jumps in complete synchronization to Arabic, classical, and other famous world musical numbers. The show starts in the evening every day.
The other major drawcard to Downtown Dubai is the Dubai Opera. Opened in 2016, the Dubai Opera is one of the newest additions to the area. This 2,000-seat, multi-format, performing arts center is an architectural masterpiece designed by Zaha Hadid. This opera house's design is just as impressive as the show it hosts, from theatre and opera to concerts, ballets, conferences, and exhibitions. Some of the most famous plays that the Dubai Opera hosts are Broadway classics Mary Poppins and CATS, as well as world-famous operas such as La Bohème.
Downtown Dubai is the most prestigious location to live in Dubai, thanks to its state-of-the-art facilities and luxurious properties. This means that the standard of living in Downtown Dubai is one of the highest in the emirate, if not the world. It is a popular area to live for high-earning locals and expatriates and is considered to be an ideal place for young, high-earning professionals who wish to live in the center of all the fine things Dubai is famous for. Those who live in Downtown Dubai do not need to leave the area to get what they need. It has everything within walking distance, making it a perfect place to live for those who prefer a pedestrian lifestyle. Medical centers, children's playgrounds, dining options, and supermarkets are all within close distances to residential areas.
Parents with children can find several nurseries and kids clubs around the area, and while there are no schools located directly in Downtown Dubai, schools in nearby areas such as Jumeirah are not too far away. Downtown Dubai is also a pet-friendly neighborhood since Burj Park is one of the few public parks in Dubai that allows owners to walk their furry friends. Many of the buildings in the area also allow people to bring in pets.
Those who live in the area would also be happy to know that Downtown Dubai has easy access to public transport. It is incredibly well-connected to the rest of Dubai. It only needs approximately 20 minutes to travel to other areas in the city – from the beaches on the west coast and Dubai Marina in the south to old Dubai in the north and the desert. Those commuting to offices in Business Bay, Dubai Internet City, and DIFC can use the Dubai Mall Metro. Taxis and buses are also available.
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