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Downtown Dubai
Updated: 25th September, 2023

Downtown Dubai

A huge residential and commercial development. Home to Dubai landmarks - Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Mall, the Dubai Fountain and Dubai Opera.
Downtown Dubai
Downtown Dubai is an area located within Dubai.
The developer
The project is being developed by Emaar Properties.

Downtown Dubai is a huge residential and commercial development in the north of Dubai covering an area of two square kilometres, part of which is still in construction. It is home to some of Dubai's best known landmarks including Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Mall, the Dubai Fountain and Dubai Opera.

Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, contains a hotel, office space and 900 apartments. Surrounding areas have low-rise villas and town houses as well as residential towers. The metro connects with Downtown and the Dubai Mall whose 1,200 retail outlets, aquarium and ice rink draw shoppers and leisure seekers from all over the country.

Residential accommodation in the centre of Downtown Dubai is high rise and high living in Burj Khalifa, with its apartments backed up by state-of-the-art fitness facilities, indoor and outdoor pools, jacuzzis and recreation rooms, and in The Address with its 626 up-market serviced apartments.

Away from the centre is the low-rise Old Town with its clusters of Arabic style buildings, narrow streets and shady gardens.

Beyond Old Town there are several high-rise apartment complexes, including South Ridge, The Distinction and Burj View Towers.

Transport & Access

Road access

This district is situated along Sheikh Zayed Road opposite Al Wasl and bounded by Business Bay to the south and by Financial Centre Road to the north-east.

Public transport

Downtown Dubai is connected to the Dubai Metro via the Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall Metro Station.

* Drive times are calculated by Google Maps and assume fastest route in typical traffic conditions.


There are nine sub-communities in Downtown Dubai. Learn more in the following guides.


Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world and the centrepiece of Downtown Dubai. The Burj (or ‘tower’) has 90 residential floors and a 160-room Armani hotel as well as commercial office space. Surrounding the Burj is The Park with its 11 hectares of landscaped gardens, six water features, two tennis courts, children's playground and wading pool. The Dubai Mall is the world's largest shopping mall housing 1,200 shops, an olympic-sized ice rink, an aquarium and a water zoo. A pedestrian walkway links the mall directly to the metro station.

Outside the Mall the Dubai Fountain is the world's largest choreographed fountain system, putting on its spectacular show at half-hourly intervals after sunset. Accompanied by classical or contemporary music and illuminated by 6,600 lights and 50 coloured projectors, computer controlled jets shoot water up to 150 metres into the air.

Dubai Opera is a 2,000-seat, multi-format performing arts venue in The Opera District of Downtown Dubai. In theatre mode the space is suitable for opera, musicals, ballet and dance performances, large scale drama productions, lectures and conferences, and is capable of seating audiences of up to 2,040. The building’s design is inspired by the Arabian dhow.

The Address Downtown Dubai is a super tall skyscraper alongside the Dubai Mall, the Old Town, and the Burj Khalifa Lake. The 5-star hotel and residential compound has 196 rooms and 63 floors of serviced apartments.

Downtown Dubai Location

This district is situated along Sheikh Zayed Road opposite Al Wasl and bounded by Business Bay to the south and by Financial Centre Road to the north-east.

The map below shows the location of Downtown Dubai and just below are summaries of the nearest attractions, parks, beaches, golf clubs and cinemas.

Fountains at Dubai Mall, 0.1 km
Dubai Aquarium, 0.5 km
Dubai Ice Rink, 0.5 km
Parks & beaches
Bay Avenue Park, 0.9 km
Action Park Business Bay, 1.3 km
Al Satwa Public Park, 2.1 km
Golf clubs
The Track Meydan Golf, 5.4 km
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, 8.1 km
Dubai Hills Golf Club, 8.4 km
Reel Cinemas at The Dubai Mall, 0.5 km
Cinemacity Fountain Views, 0.9 km
Reel Cinemas at Rove Downtown, 0.9 km

Local Schools

Downtown Dubai has many schools nearby including Citizens School at 1.6 km and Japanese School Dubai at 2.1 km.

In terms of performance there are 12 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'.

Citizens School
1.6 km, City Walk
AED 61,500  •  British
Japanese School Dubai
2.1 km, Al Wasl
AED 20,500  •  Japanese
JSS Private School LLC
2.4 km, Al Wasl
AED 15,500  •  Indian
Horizon English School Dubai
2.6 km, Al Safa
AED 52,500  •  British

Things to Do

We've partnered with and to give an overview of the current Ladies Nights and Brunch offers in the vicinity of Downtown Dubai.

Karma, Burj Khalifa • Ladies Night • Armani Privé (0.0 km)
Ladies Love Karma, Souk al Bahar • Ladies Night • Karma Kafé (0.0 km)
Brunch by the Burj, Souk al Bahar • Karma Kafé (0.0 km)
Ladies Night •  8:00pm
Kanpai (0.0 km)
Ladies Night •  10:00pm
CÉ LA VI (0.0 km)
3 Likkle Birds
Ladies Night •  8:00pm
Ting Irie (0.0 km)
Marilyn 3.1
Ladies Night •  9:00pm
Distillery (0.0 km)
Brunch • Souk al Bahar
Karma Kafé (0.0 km)
Friday Evening Brunch
Brunch • Souk al Bahar
Kanpai (0.0 km)
Saturday Afternoon Brunch
Brunch • Souk al Bahar
Kanpai (0.0 km)
Saturday Evening Brunch
Brunch • Souk al Bahar
Kanpai (0.0 km)

Nearby neighbourhoods

Explore communities that are either adjacent or close to Downtown Dubai.

Business Bay
Business Bay (1.3 km)
A new regional business hub with office and residential towers, landscaped gardens and a network of roads and waterways. 
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City Walk
City Walk (1.5 km)
A stylish, vibrant town-centre community combining residential, shopping, dining and attractions in the heart of the Jumeirah district.
Read more
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
Read more
La Mer
La Mer (4.1 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 (4.7 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 (5.0 km)
A wellness centre providing long-term care, spa resorts, sports medicine facilities, waterfront residences and nutrition centres in Jadaf.
Read more
The Polo Residence
The Polo Residence (5.4 km)
A small gated community in Meydan City comprising 29 five-storey luxury apartment blocks, sports courts, swimming pool, a spa and shops.
Read more
Meydan (5.8 km)
A 40 million square foot development underway in MBR City, home to the world famous Meydan Race Course which  hosts the annual Dubai Cup.
Read more
Companies Associated with Downtown Dubai
Master Developer: Emaar Properties

Design Stage

Images depicting the initial concept designs for Downtown Dubai.

Projects often go through a number of design revisions as they progress and developers may or may not honour their original plans when it comes to architectural designs, amenities and landscaping. The images below are provided as a means to compare the original plans with the realised development.

Construction Updates

See the development of Downtown Dubai in photos:

Downtown Dubai in the News

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Downtown Dubai Buildings

There are 127 building developments in Downtown Dubai. For a full list of all Downtown Dubai buildings visit our Buildings Guide.

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Miska 1
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Miska 5
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The 118
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Il Primo
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Kamoon 1
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Kamoon 4
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Reehan 8
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JAM Tower
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The Lofts
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