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Downtown Dubai
4.2 /5

Downtown Dubai

(based on 229 building reviews)

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Downtown is Dubai’s crown jewel: it hosts the city’s best tourist attractions, the Dubai Mall, Dubai Fountain, Burj Khalifa and Dubai Opera. It also offers an array of housing, entertainment and shopping options that never fail to impress.
Located between Old and New Dubai, Downtown is a good fit for high-earning professionals working in DIFC and Business Bay. Many young professionals working in senior positions in their companies choose to live in Downtown Dubai. It is considered to be among the most exclusive neighbourhoods in Dubai.
Among the choices of buildings, residents appreciate that the towers are well-spaced. Other options include smaller apartments in Old Town, as well as spacious apartments in high-rises such as The Lofts, Burj Residences and Burj Views.
While there are plenty of tourists in Dubai, and Downtown in particular, residents do not get the feeling of being overwhelmed by tourists – at least outside the direct sphere of Dubai Mall. However, congestion is commonplace during New Year's Eve and weekends if you stay near the Burj Khalifa or Dubai Mall.
Downtown Dubai is situated in the heart of the city. Driving 20 minutes in various directions is all you need to get to most other parts of Dubai. From old Dubai to the north, the beach to the west, the Marina to the south, and the desert to the south, from Downtown Dubai, you’re never too far from anything else in Dubai.
With many attractive nightlife options, and the world’s largest shopping mall, residents of Downtown need not ever leave the neighbourhood. Parents have the option of several nurseries and kid’s clubs to entertain their children and, although there are no schools directly in Downtown, those schools across the road in Jumeirah are not far off.
Downtown has pretty much everything a community should have: from convenience stores and large supermarkets to medical centres, children’s playgrounds and parks. At the Dubai Mall, one can find the usual retail suspects alongside most of the world’s most exclusive brands. In addition, Dubai Mall houses a cinema, aquarium, ice rink and multiple kid-focused entertainment options. The area brims with cafés, restaurants and nighttime venues, many with views of the Dubai Fountain.
Residents love the variety of high-quality restaurants that line the Boulevard, as well as the spectrum of food and beverage outlets throughout Dubai Mall. These spots, in addition to fancy options in Souk Al Bahar and in the many hotels in Downtown, leave residents spoilt for choice.
If you’re in the mood for Arabic food, try Abd El Wahab or Asian fare at Karma Kafe, both in Souk Al Bahar. For something to impress, try Thai cuisine at Thiptara, Palace Downtown.
In addition to the high annual rent, living in Downtown can get quite expensive: shopping for daily groceries, visiting the local fitness centres, and enjoying the many restaurant options can add up quite quickly. There is ongoing construction that affects various roads. The area is close to major business districts such as DIFC and Business Bay. While this is convenient for those working there, the slow progress of rush-hour traffic is an oft-cited pain point among Downtown residents.

Don’t miss: A dinner date at Thiptara watching the Dubai Fountain.

Neighbours: Arab, Asian and Western expats, high-earning professionals.

Lifestyle: Urban, elegant

Pros: Stunning views, pedestrian lifestyle
Cons: Not suited for those on a budget, congestion during events

House prices House Prices

Avg. 1 Bedroom Apartment Asking Price:
1,350,000 AED
Avg. 1 Bedroom Apartment Transaction Price:
1,520,000 AED
Avg. 1 Bedroom Apartment Rental Price:
85,000 AED
Avg. Gross Yield:
6.30%
The Market:
High-end towers interspersed with villas at the podium level

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4 /5
Clean and sleek
Yi Wei, VP Product
I've lived in Downtown Dubai over the last 6 months, and I absolutely love it. While building prices may not be the cheapest, Downtown Dubai has a unified design style that is clean and sleek, and is less busy than areas like the Marina. Traffic in Downtown Dubai can be busy on evenings and weekends when people flock towards the Dubai Mall. However, it's extremely accessible to Sheikh Zayed Road or the Metro, which gives the commuter many options that they can choose from. Living in Downtown Dubai also means that you'll be encountering many tourists who are here to visit the Burj Khalifa, so be ready to give a helping hand for directions if you're walking on the street!"

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