Gourmet restaurants, high-end retailers, a plethora of commercial facilities and internationally acclaimed art galleries, make up Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). It is a major global financial hub within the suburb of Dubai and in proximity to Downtown and Business Bay, for South Asian, African and the Middle Eastern markets. Simply known as DIFC, this leading financial centre is a 110-hectare district dubbed as the ‘gateway to growth’. Besides a thriving commercial zone, it is a vibrant residential community, lively and ideal for those seeking modern suburban lifestyle. Also suitable for frequent commuters, DIFC is one of the best areas in Dubai with public transport links seamlessly connecting to other parts of the city. Read on to find more about the locality, amenities and what it’s like living in the heart of Dubai. As per 2020 Property Market Report by Bayut, the community ranks among the top 5 areas to rent luxury apartments in Dubai.
DIFC is conveniently located with easy access to public transport. It is only a short walking distance from two metro stations – Emirates Towers and Financial Centre. There are also several bus lines in and nearby. You can also find plenty of taxis but since they are in high demand, hailing them during rush hour can be challenging.
This financial centre is also home to a myriad of amenities needed for a comfortable living. From supermarkets to places of worship, recreational facilities and even Dubai’s best family restaurants, there’s nothing you would have to go out of the town for.
For younger kids, there are a few nurseries. There is the Hummingbird Pre-School that is widely popular located in the area. British Orchard Nurseries in Dubai are quite notable. There are many branches of this school in different areas of Dubai and there’s one in DIFC too, located in Central Park Towers.
Though aimed as a complete commercial destination, DIFC has evolved into a residential metropolis in the emirate with all kinds of amenities expected from any developed area in the UAE. Here, you will find a wide range of fine diners, casual meetup spots, family recreation points, outdoor activities and even Dubai’s best food halls.
Gate Avenue is a highly anticipated fashion and retail destination. There are many shops in the establishment such as Sacoor Brothers, Suit Supply, Black Amber, His and Hers, Fiori Jewels and Collars and Cuffs. Other than that, residents can have an unfulfilled shopping fix while living in DIFC as they are only 8-10 minutes away from the city’s expansive shopping and leisure complex – The Dubai Mall.
Residents will have to travel a bit far to visit beaches. Open Beach on Jumeirah Road is only a 15-minute drive away from the neighbourhood. You can also reach the JBR Beach in a 25-minute drive.