Downtown Dubai


If you are looking for a place to enjoy all the best facilities, we truly suggest Downtown Dubai. 

Downtown Dubai is a large-scale, mixed-use complex in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Dubai Downtown was created by the Emaar Real Estate Development Company, before 2000 this place was called Umm Al Tarif, after 2000 Umm Al Tarif was changed to The Dubai Downtown.

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. 

Arabic low-rise vernacular style of architecture is present in the Old Town, while high-rise contemporary buildings dominate the rest of the development. Downtown Dubai offers a range of high-end hotels such as Address Downtown, Vida Downtown, Al Manzil Downtown, as well as attractions such as a luxury Arabian market, Souk Al Bahar and a 3.5 km-long strip of restaurants and cafes on Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Boulevard. Souk Al Bahar has over 100 shops and over 20 restaurants, cafes and lounges adjacent to the Dubai Fountains.

Building on Dubai's emerging role as the cultural hub of the region, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai announced the launch of The Opera District in Downtown Dubai, to stimulate the city's cultural and artistic scene. In addition to Dubai Opera, the country's first dedicated Opera House, and several new galleries that will be built within the precinct, The Opera District will host two new 'art hotels,' an array of leisure components, several residential apartments and a design studio.

Emaar's patronage to the arts is further encapsulated in 'The Gallery' at Emaar Pavilion, a thriving destination that pays homage to the cultural renaissance of visual arts, by showcasing an array of collections from across the region and the world.
Downtown Dubai is also home to some of the city's largest festivities including the Downtown Dubai National Day Parade and the Downtown Dubai New Year's Eve Gala celebrations while hosting numerous concerts.

Arts & Culture

The 3.5 km long Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard is a testament to downtown, urban culture and features cafes, high-end retail and hotels. Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard captivates visitors with events such as the annual Emirates Classic Car Show Festival, and permanent displays of masterpieces such as Al Sidra, a free-shaped bronze sculpture by Kuwaiti sculptor Mr. Sami Mohamed Al Saleh; world-renowned figurative artist Mr. Fernando Botero's 'Horse 2007,' a bronze sculpture weighing 1,500 kg (1.5 tonnes); Syrian artist Lutfi Romhein's 'Together' featuring two sculptures – that of an Arab man and an Arab woman, chiselled to perfection; Spanish sculptor Xavier Corbero's Gathering; South African sculptor Vincent Da Silva's Life-Size Andalusian Horse I and Rhims Gazelle Herd Edition 1, a dynamic sculpture of a herd of gazelles, cast in clay, and moulded in wax; and Jaeyho Lee's Chorus, a masterpiece sculpture created using 3.4 tonnes of steel and 7.6 tonnes of wood and standing at a majestic height of 15 meters.

Public Transportation

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 neighborhood has been designed to be pedestrian-friendly. Many visitors and residents are often seen strolling around the area.

Beaches Nearby

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.


  • Emaar Properties
  • Dar Al-Arkan
  • Triplant Range Group
  • Omniyat
  • SP International Property Developer
  • Dubai Properties
  • Ellington Properties
  • RP Group
  • Damac Properties
  • WOW Real Estate Development




What is the Centre of DUBAI?

Downtown Dubai is called the ‘centre of now’ and is considered the centre of Dubai. It is located between old and new Dubai, which means residents can easily access areas like Bur Dubai and Deira as well as Dubai Marina and JLT.

Is DOWNTOWN Freehold?

Yes, Downtown Dubai is one of the freehold areas in Dubai. There is a range of apartments and villas on offer.

How do you get to DOWNTOWN DUBAI?

You can take a bus, taxi or ride in metro to reach Downtown Dubai from different areas. The closest stations are at Moosa Tower and Emirates Tower.

What time is the BURJ KHALIFA light show?

The fountain show takes place daily in the afternoon and evening. Afternoon shows take place at 01:00 pm and 01:30 pm, on Fridays, the timings are 01:30 pm and 02:00 pm. The evening shows are held from 06:00 pm onwards, every half hour until 11:00 pm. The show lasts for about 5 minutes, where the fountains dance to the upbeat music in sync with over 6,000 lights/lasers and 50 color projectors.

Can you walk from DUBAI MALL to DUBAI OPERA?

Downtown Dubai is a pedestrian-friendly community and you can walk from the Dubai Mall to Dubai Opera. Just take the exit near the at The Top ticket counter on the ground floor and follow the pathway from the fountains to the Dubai Opera.

How much is the entry fee for BURJ KHALIFA?

The Burj Khalifa offers the best views of Dubai from its observation deck. Visitors will need to purchase a ticket to reach the observation decks that are located on floor 124, 125 and 148. Ticket prices start from AED 99.