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Gate Avenue
Updated: 28th December, 2022

Gate Avenue

An 880m-long walkway flanked by shops and restaurants that connects all the building podiums within the Gate Avenue district.
Gate Avenue
Gate Avenue is an area located within Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai.
The developer
The project was developed by DIFC Authority.
Construction began in Q3 2016 and was completed by 2017.
The architect
The architectural consultant was RMJM Dubai and the architectural consultant was WME Consultants.

The Gate Avenue at DIFC is an 880m-long walkway that connects all the building podiums within the district, from the Gate Building in the North to the primarily residential district in the South. It will encompass 660,000 sq ft of built up area.

The architect’s brief was to develop the Gate Avenue at DIFC into a unique cultural experience in the region and to enhance the resident and visitor experience through vibrant retail and sophisticated dining, all connected by an open-air promenade and relaxed parkland environment.

Architects RMJM have incorporated a series of miniature Gates within Gate Avenue, which reference the iconic Gate Building. These Gates link the indoor retail mix with the promenade level as well as integrating the inner and outer environments through vertical circulation and visual connectivity. They also ‘extend the DIFC marque throughout the estate’.

A varied retail environment runs through three integrated zones connected by the promenade level. The North Zone, located adjacent to the Gate Building, serves as a meeting point for business professionals, featuring luxury and exclusive retail outlets.

In the Central Zone, with a convenient connection to the DIFC metro, the retail offering is focused on high-street brands with a wide range of indoor and al fresco restaurants.

At the primarily residential South Zone, the two-level retail mix along with the different facilities is designed to create a family-friendly community experience.

The outdoor promenade level with its unique planting, shading structures and kiosks, also provides an elegant and engaging environment for people to enjoy day and night.

Towards the southern end of Gate Avenue an emblematic mosque completes the sequence of buildings that stand on the promenade level. The architect was asked to create a new vernacular for mosque design in the UAE; a beacon of modern Islamic design that makes reference to tradition by reinterpreting the essence of traditional mosque design in the contemporary context: in essence “to create a simple exterior and a fabulous interior”.

The mosque has a simple structure enveloped by a screen with graduated perforations allowing light to bathe the interior space which is revealed when approaching from the outside. The materials and products used in the design express the qualities of integrity, durability and humility.

Gate Avenue also hosts cultural events, live performances and festivals with the gates providing a backdrop for digital projections.

Transport & Access

Commute times by car

From Gate Avenue it takes roughly 5 minutes to drive to Dubai Mall, 20 minutes to Palm Jumeirah, 18 minutes to Burj Al Arab and 23 minutes to The Walk JBR.*

Airport proximity

Dubai International Airport (DXB) is roughly 14 minutes' drive and the new Al Maktoum International Airport is roughly 45 minutes' drive.*


In June 2018 DIFC announced plans for the DIFC Grand Mosque in Gate Avenue. With a capacity of over 500 worshippers and a gross floor area of 14,500 sq ft, the Grand Mosque is accessible 24 hours a day and serves the five daily prayer times, Friday and Ramadan prayers.

The architecture creates a new vernacular for mosques in the UAE. The building form is a simple cube within a cube, reflecting the landmark Gate Building of DIFC. The exterior is minimal, but the interior is more elaborate with an expansive main chandelier inspired by the traditional Muqarnas (literally ‘stalactite vaults’).

The outer cubist form employs a hanging mashrabiya screen which provides shade and privacy to certain areas whilst opening up at the public areas to allow visitors to see the intricate detail of the interior. It uses a geometric Islamic pattern that creates openings of different sizes and intensities depending on the function of the space behind the screen.

The Mosque opened in October 2020.

Gate Avenue Location

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

Dubai Aquarium, 1.7 km
Dubai Ice Rink, 1.8 km
PVRK, 1.8 km
Parks & beaches
Bay Avenue Park, 2.7 km
La Mer Beach, 2.9 km
The Block, 3.0 km
Golf clubs
The Track Meydan Golf, 6.5 km
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, 6.6 km
Al Badia Golf Club, 8.4 km
Reel Cinemas at Rove Downtown, 1.1 km
Reel Cinemas at The Dubai Mall, 1.7 km
Roxy City Walk Cinema, 1.8 km

Local Schools

Gate Avenue has many schools nearby including Citizens School at 1.5 km and Jumeira Baccalaureate School at 2.2 km.

In terms of performance there are eight 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 Dubai English Speaking School which also has a rating of 'Outstanding'.

Citizens School
1.5 km, City Walk
AED 61,500  •  British
Jumeira Baccalaureate School
2.2 km, Jumeirah 1
AED 63,500  •  IB
Dubai Autism Center
3.4 km, Al Satwa
AED 30,000  •  Specialist SEN
Japanese School Dubai
3.4 km, Al Wasl
AED 20,500  •  Japanese

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 Gate Avenue.

Vibe, Gate Avenue • Ladies Night • Vibe (0.0 km)
Café Belge, Ritz Carlton DIFC • Ladies Night • Café Belge (0.0 km)
Secret Brunch at the Ritz, Ritz Carlton DIFC • Café Belge (0.0 km)
Antika Bar
Ladies Night •  8:00pm
Antika (0.0 km)
Bubbles in the City
Ladies Night •  8:00pm
BOLLA (0.0 km)
Ladies Night •  4:30pm
BOCA (0.0 km)
Level 43
Ladies Night •  9:00pm
Level 43 Sky Lounge (0.0 km)
Secret Garden Brunch
Brunch • Ritz Carlton DIFC
Flair 5 (0.0 km)
Signature Saturday brunch
Brunch • Gate Village Building 1
Roberto's (0.0 km)
Lunch Club
Brunch • Four Seasons Hotel DIFC
Mina Brasserie (0.0 km)
Carnival Brunch
Brunch • Burj Daman
Carnival by Trèsind (0.0 km)

Nearby neighbourhoods

Explore communities that are either adjacent or close to Gate Avenue.

Dubai International Financial Centre
Dubai International Financial Centre (0.1 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 (0.4 km)
The 2km stretch of road between Business Bay and the World Trade Centre roundabout, flanked by walls of skyscrapers. 
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City Walk
City Walk (1.9 km)
A stylish, vibrant town-centre community combining residential, shopping, dining and attractions in the heart of the Jumeirah district.
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Al Kifaf
Al Kifaf (2.8 km)
The four residential towers of Park Gate Residences share this place with Zabeel Park, Etisalat Tower and the landmark Dubai Frame.
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La Mer
La Mer (3.0 km)
A beachfront development with shopping, dining and entertainment areas stretching out to sea between Pearl Jumeirah and Jumeirah Bay.
Read more
Business Bay
Business Bay (3.2 km)
A new regional business hub with office and residential towers, landscaped gardens and a network of roads and waterways. 
Read more
Healthcare City Phase 2
Healthcare City Phase 2 (4.2 km)
A wellness centre providing long-term care, spa resorts, sports medicine facilities, waterfront residences and nutrition centres in Jadaf.
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Bur Dubai
Bur Dubai (4.7 km)
Villas and low-rise apartments abound in this historic district on the banks of Dubai Creek across the water from Deira.
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Gate Avenue Milestones
Construction Started
Q3 2016
Date Completed
Companies Associated with Gate Avenue
Master Developer: DIFC Authority
Architectural Consultant: RMJM Dubai
Architectural Consultant: WME Consultants


A look at the original masterplan published by the developer at the time of the launch of Gate Avenue.

Construction History

The Dh500 million contract for construction and land preparation was awarded to the Habtoor Leighton Group (HLG) in October 2016. 

By December 2017 construction was 85% complete. Completion of the first phase was on track for the first half of 2018. Retail units were being handed over to tenants, and fit out work on several units had already started

The concrete structure was 95% complete, and blockwork installation 80% complete.

Stone paving and planting of the soft cape was also well underway.

See the development of Gate Avenue in photos:

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