As the name suggests, Downtown Dubai is the centre of Dubai, constantly evolving at a fast pace. Home to many landmarks and world-famous attractions, including Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Mall and Dancing Fountains, the area is a hub of activities. The prime location keeps Downtown busy throughout the year. Constantly attracting tourists, there’re always some new things to do in Downtown Dubai. The area is best known for offering a luxurious lifestyle. It used to be a vertical community, but many villas have also been added to the real estate market. As per Bayut’s 2020 Rental Market Report, it is the second most popular area offering luxury apartments for rent after Dubai Marina.
For those without a car, however, it’s still easy to get around. Apart from the numerous registered taxis that service the area, bus stops on the F13 route are available to those relying on public transportation in Downtown Dubai.
The Dubai Mall/Burj Khalifa Metro Station is a popular choice amongst Dubai Metro users. Emirates Towers Metro Station is also located within walking distance. The Dubai Trolley also travels along Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard. It is the world’s first hydrogen-powered trolley that transports people to and from various hot spots in the area. Due to its vibrant, ‘never stop’ vibe, the neighbourhood has been designed to be pedestrian-friendly. Many visitors and residents are often seen strolling around the area.
Those living in Business Bay have no reason for concern when it comes to proximity to amenities.
Families with toddlers can easily find nurseries within the vicinity. The most popular ones are Blossom Downtown Nursery Dubai, Pinocchio Nursery and Hummingbird Nursery. As the name suggests, Blossom Nursery is in Downtown while the other two are 5 to 6 minutes away.
For older students, schools in the neighbouring localities are not more than a 10-minute drive away. JSS Private School is in Al Safa follows the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) curriculum and has received a “Very Good” rating from the KHDA.
Those looking to attend university will also find the area to be suitably located to leading educational hubs in the city. It takes a 20-minute drive to reach Knowledge Village and Dubai International Academic City. Here is where you will find many internationally accredited universities.
The city’s largest mall, Dubai Mall is home to international, regional and local brands that encompass everything from fashion to literature and technology. With the opening of Fashion Avenue in Dubai Mall, visitors can now shop from high-end brands like Chanel, Prada, Louis Vuitton etc. Other shops in Dubai Mall include a hypermarket, electronics stores, home furnishings outlets and exclusive eateries.
Since it is located on the eastern side of Sheikh Zayed Road (i.e. inland), residents will unfortunately not be able to walk to the beach. However, thanks to well-planned overpasses, reaching the popular public beaches is just a short 15 to 20-minute drive. Those who love the water but can’t quite wait that long just need to head to their community swimming pool – a feature of the majority of towers in Downtown.