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City Walk
Updated: 21st May, 2022

City Walk

A stylish, vibrant town-centre community combining residential, shopping, dining and attractions in the heart of the Jumeirah district.
City Walk
Overview
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Area
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Overview
City Walk is a sub-community of Al Wasl, Dubai.
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Timeline
Construction began in Q3 2011.
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Master developer
The master developer is Meraas Holding.
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The architect
The architect of the project was Dewan Architects & Engineers.
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The contractor
The main building work was done by Al Shafar General Contractors.
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Timeline
The project was launched in Q3 2011. The handover process began in 2013. Construction began in Q3 2011.
Guide

City Walk is a three-phase mixed-use regeneration of the beachside Jumeirah district.

The project is spread across more than 900,000 square metres and constitutes urban infill on what was vacant land close to the Downtown Dubai district and in the shadow of Burj Khalifa.

RETAIL

City Walk is a self-contained shopping and dining area that is more a town centre community than a mall, combining ‘chic European fashion and a London edge’.

Boulevards underneath a glass roof criss-cross in natural light and subtle air-conditioning. They are flanked by high-end boutiques such as Karl Lagerfeld, Chantelle, and Ralph Lauren.

While the interior boulevards are typical of Dubai’s glossy malls, the exterior streets are pastiche London architecture, complete with sash windows and British street furniture.

Food and beverage outlets include Rice Creamery, Yoku Moku, Ferre Chocolate Bar Concept, Il Cafe De Roma, Hummingbird Bakery, La Postretria, Jessica, Earth Fruits Yogurt, Hollywood Burger, Mo’s Restaurant, Pappa Roti, Brandi Pizzeria, Miskeh, Silver Fox, Paul, Just Falafel, Butcher’s Shop, Pei Wei, Starbucks, Subway, Sapori Di Bice, Nar, the Noodle House, Edo Sweets, Y by Yabani, Burger Joint and a Spinney Supermarket.

Retail stores include Zmilelee, Crea & JNBY, Sauce in the Hood, She Moves, Rivoli, Roberto Cavalli Décor, Designer’s Club, Michelle Belau, Al Jabr Optical, Mothercare, Toushih, Caboodle and Early Learning Centre.

Health and beauty outlets include Poupa Salon & Nail Spa, 1847, Sephora, N. Bar, Physique 57, Boots and Holland & Barrett.

The development includes a unique water feature as well as a children’s play area that can be transformed into a venue for concerts, weekly markets or exhibitions. There are around 600 parking spaces.

RESIDENTIAL

City Walk also includes 34 apartment buildings of five and six floors built close to The Avenue shopping and leisure scheme.

HOSPITALITY

La Ville Hotel and Citywalk Apartments is an eight-storey 5-Star boutique hotel containing 86 rooms and 68 serviced apartments.

City Walk is located on Safa Road between Al Wasl Road and Sheikh Zayed Road at the Dubai Mall interchange and is about 15 minutes walk from the Burj Khalifa metro station.

The developer was Meraas, the Dubai-based real estate company responsible for The Walk at JBR and Bluewaters Island.

Dewan Architects and Engineers were consultants to the project.


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Sub-communities

There are four sub-communities in City Walk. Learn more in the following guides.

Amenities

THE GREEN PLANET

The Green Planet is a rain forest attraction consisting of a bio-dome housing rain forest plants, birds, and animals. The bio-dome is housed in a 30m x 30m cube built over a single basement. Three of its sides are concrete and the fourth side has a glazed façade and an atrium roof.

The Green Planet recreates the world of a tropical forest with a rich biodiversity of over 3,000 plants and animals. Its centerpiece is a giant 25-metre tree rising six storeys high inside the bio-dome and surrounded by a spiral ramp to allow visitors to view the exhibits.

There’s also a Mattel Play Town, an ‘eduplay’ attraction themed around five popular children’s characters from Mattel. ‘Geek Nation will appeal to your inner nerd and anyone with a penchant for comics, movies or video games won’t want to miss out’, it says here...

The Green Planet opened in 2016.

HUB ZERO

Opened in July 2016, Hub Zero is the region’s first immersive entertainment park that offers experiences created in association with video game developers including Electronic Arts, Capcom, Konami, Microsoft and Square Enix.

Hub Zero is located at City Walk and comprises a total of 18 attractions, rides and experiential zones, with a substantial number exclusively developed for Hub Zero.

As the region’s first indoor theme park based on video games, Hub Zero addresses the increasing global demand for innovative and distinct gaming experiences.

Several rides are powered by artificial intelligence and feature real-time engines to provide an unmatched interactive and non-predictive gaming experience.

Spread over an area of approximately 15,000 square metres on two floors, the immersive entertainment park also features an e-Sports LAN gaming zone and a children’s play area.

VALIANT CLINIC

Valiant Clinic, is a AED300 million facility spread across 15,000 square metres. It was developed by Meraas and is managed by Houston Methodist Global Health Care Services, the international subsidiary of Houston Methodist Hospital in the United States.

A 150-bed hospital is set to be built opposite the Valiant Clinic.

COCA-COLA ARENA

The Coca-Cola Arena is a multipurpose indoor arena with a capacity of around 20,000 people under construction near City Walk.

The Arena covers an area of around 46,000 square metres (500,000 square feet) and was completed in June 2019.

The air-conditioned stadium can be transformed from a theatre to a stadium depending on the scale of the event and has been described as ‘the future go-to venue for all international music concerts as well as other sporting and entertainment events’.

The venue is managed by AEG Ogden, part of Anschutz Entertainment Group, which owns or is affiliated to other entertainment venues such as The O2 in London, the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai and Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney.

Local shops and outlets

There are 77 outlets currently open in City Walk including a coffee shop, three cafes, 17 fashion shops, 27 restaurants, a children's nursery, two cosmetics shops, a ladies' salon, two pharmacies, a men's salon, two jewellery/watch shops, a tobacco shop, two sweet shops, two art galleries, two bookshops, six perfume shops, two optician & eyewear shops, a mini mart and a learning centre.

For a full list and analysis of shops and services in City Walk visit our City Walk amenities page.

City Walk Location

The map below shows the location of City Walk and just below are summaries of the nearest attractions, parks, beaches, golf clubs and cinemas. For a more in-depth look at the local attractions, and to see what's on in and around City Walk, visit our Things to Do guide.

attractions
Attractions
Boxpark, 1.5 km
Bay Avenue Mall & Park, 1.6 km
Fountains at Dubai Mall, 1.6 km
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Parks & beaches
Bay Avenue Park, 1.6 km
Mercato Beach, 1.9 km
Action Park Business Bay, 2.0 km
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Golf clubs
The Track Meydan Golf, 6.8 km
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, 8.5 km
Dubai Hills Golf Club, 9.2 km
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Cinemas
Roxy City Walk Cinema, 0.3 km
Vox Galleria Mall, 0.9 km
Roxy Box Park Cinema, 1.6 km
Looking for more City Walk local shops, services, and entertainment? Visit our Things to Do and Amenities guides.

Local Schools

City Walk has many schools nearby including Japanese School Dubai at 1.5 km and Jumeira Baccalaureate School at 1.7 km.

In terms of performance there are seven schools nearby that have achieved either of two highest government inspection rating of 'Very Good' or 'Outstanding' including Horizon English School Dubai which has a rating of 'Outstanding' and Jumeirah English Speaking School which also has a rating of 'Outstanding'.

Japanese School Dubai
1.5 km, Al Wasl
AED 20,500  •  Japanese
Jumeira Baccalaureate School
1.7 km, Jumeirah 1
AED 63,500  •  IB
JSS Private School LLC
1.8 km, Al Wasl
AED 15,500  •  Indian
Horizon English School Dubai
2.1 km, Al Safa
AED 52,500  •  British

Things to Do

We've partnered with LadiesNightDubai.com and BrunchCrunch.ae to give an overview of the current Ladies Nights and Brunch offers in the vicinity of City Walk. For full nightlife listings and to see what else is happening nearby see the Things to Do page.

Grapeskin, La Ville Hotel & Suites City Walk • Ladies Night • Grapeskin (0.5 km)
Wakame, Sofitel Dubai Downtown • Ladies Night • Wakame (0.8 km)
The "Tipsy" Brunch, Sofitel Dubai Downtown • Tipsy Lion (0.8 km)
CÉ LA VI
Ladies Night • Monday 10:00pm
CÉ LA VI (0.9 km)
Fogo de Chão
Ladies Night • Wednesday 7:00pm
Fogo de Chão (1.2 km)
Wanted & Wild
Ladies Night • Wednesday 6:00pm
Pacific Groove Restaurant & Lounge (1.3 km)
Pin Up Wednesdays
Ladies Day • Wednesday 12:00pm
Malibu Deck (1.3 km)
Secret Dinner Party
Brunch • The Address Residence Sky View
CÉ LA VI (0.9 km)
Brunch On 54
Brunch • The Address Residence Sky View
CÉ LA VI (0.9 km)
Saturday Day Brunch
Brunch • Dusit Thani Dubai
24th St. World Street Food (1.0 km)
Saturday Evening Brunch
Brunch • Dusit Thani Dubai
24th St. World Street Food (1.0 km)

Nearby neighbourhoods

Explore communities that are either adjacent or close to City Walk.

Downtown Dubai
Downtown Dubai (1.5 km)
A huge residential and commercial development. Home to Dubai landmarks - Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Mall, the Dubai Fountain and Dubai Opera.
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Dubai International Financial Centre
Dubai International Financial Centre (2.0 km)
The financial quarter of Dubai comprising commercial, retail and residential districts, all three linked by a retail corridor
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Sheikh Zayed Road
Sheikh Zayed Road (2.1 km)
The 2km stretch of road between Business Bay and the World Trade Centre roundabout, flanked by walls of skyscrapers. 
Read more
Business Bay
Business Bay (2.1 km)
A new regional business hub with office and residential towers, landscaped gardens and a network of roads and waterways. 
Read more
La Mer by Meraas
La Mer by Meraas (2.8 km)
A beachfront development with shopping, dining and entertainment areas stretching out to sea between Pearl Jumeirah and Jumeirah Bay.
Read more
Al Kifaf
Al Kifaf (4.6 km)
The four residential towers of Park Gate Residences share this place with Zabeel Park, Etisalat Tower and the landmark Dubai Frame.
Read more
Healthcare City Phase 2
Healthcare City Phase 2 (6.0 km)
A wellness centre providing long-term care, spa resorts, sports medicine facilities, waterfront residences and nutrition centres in Jadaf.
Read more
Bur Dubai
Bur Dubai (6.5 km)
Villas and low-rise apartments abound in this historic district on the banks of Dubai Creek across the water from Deira.
Read more
City Walk Milestones
Date Launched
Q3 2011
Construction Started
Q3 2011
Handover Started
2013
Companies Associated with City Walk
Master Developer: Meraas Holding
Architectural Consultant: Dewan Architects & Engineers
Contractor: Al Futtaim Carillion

Masterplan

A look at the original masterplan published by the developer at the time of the launch of City Walk.

Construction History

See the development of City Walk in photos.

City Walk Phase One, 'The Avenue', was launched at Cityscape in September 2011. At the crossroads of Al Wasl Road and Safa Road it comprises a 350m stretch of commercial outlets incorporating a range of retail brands, a major supermarket complex, various food and beverage outlets, and a healthcare clinic.

Supporting the retail outlets are external seating with extensive landscaping, water features and various green spaces. The development covers 12,800sq m of the 53,000sq m plot.

Phase Two, launched in March 2014, comprises an estimated one million square feet of high-quality family entertainment and retail development.

Opened on 14 February 2016 to the public, the extended space has been let to 60 new tenants that include shops, restaurants and attractions. The Green Planet, a first-of-its-kind bio-dome built to resemble a tropical forest, with more than 3,000 real plants and animals, opened in September 2016.

In February 2019 Meraas launched Central Park at City Walk as part of Phase Two. The 230,000 sq m park will be surrounded by mid-rise apartment buildings.

Phase Three includes 34 apartment buildings, the Dubai Arena, a mosque and green spaces and corridors among the residential buildings. The five- and six-storey residential buildings were completed in February 2019.

Video from ASGC showing the completed residential buildings:

City Walk Buildings

There are 35 building developments in City Walk. For a full list of all City Walk buildings visit our Buildings Guide.

Masjid Rafa'i
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