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Old Town Overview

The Old Town and The Old Town Island are part of the Downtown Dubai development. ‘Old’ refers to the architectural style in which this district was built; it was completed in 2006. Located in the shadow of the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, Old Town is a creditable attempt to create a human scale quarter in the capital of this skyscraper city.

This is a pedestrianised residential district inspired by traditional Arabic architecture. There are six discreet zones: Yansoon, Zaafaran, Reehan, Zanzebeel, Kamoon, and Miska. The 35 residential buildings are all low-rise from four to seven storeys. The district is in close walking distance of Souk Al Bahar, Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain.

  • From Old Town it takes roughly nine minutes to drive to Dubai Mall, 24 minutes to Palm Jumeirah, 23 minutes to Burj Al Arab and 28 minutes to The Walk JBR.
  • Dubai International Airport (DXB) is roughly 33 minutes' drive and the new Al Maktoum International Airport is roughly 49 minutes' drive. All durations are calculated by Google Maps and assume the fastest route in typical traffic conditions.

Old Town Amenities

Being able to take a walk in a traffic free environment within a stone’s throw of the Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa comes top of most residents’ likes. The several shared pools are apparently well maintained and universally liked. Other amenities include children’s play areas, a gymnasium, aerobics room, squash courts, games room, entertainment lounge and coffee shops.

Those with apartments looking over the lake have fantastic views of the fountain displays and the Burj, but people living on the street side of this district complain about the traffic noise outside.

Nearby Souk Al Bahar has over a hundred shops including 22 restaurants, cafés and lounges, and if that’s not enough you can step across the bridge and into the Dubai Mall, the biggest, etc, etc.

Proximity to landmarks
Palm Jumeirah
24 mins drive
Al Maktoum International Airport
49 mins drive
La Mer
21 mins drive
Mall of the Emirates
20 mins drive
Dubai Mall
9 mins drive
Burj Al Arab
23 mins drive
Ibn Battuta Mall
29 mins drive
The Walk JBR
28 mins drive
Dubai International Airport
33 mins drive

Construction History

Construction began in 2004 and finished in 2006.

Road Access

Sheikh Zayed Road, the main highway through Dubai, is only five minutes away, as is Al Khail Road. Between them these two roads lead to almost everywhere in Dubai.

Drive times are 20 minutes to Deira, 33 to the international airport, 25 to Dubai Marina, and two hours to Abu Dhabi.

Public Transport

Buses and taxis are within walking distance, and the metro stations Burj Khalifa and Business Bay are a 30 minute hike away. Once you reach the metro, however, it’s a 20 minute journey to the airport and 30 to Dubai Marina.

Old Town Reviews

See what the residents have to say by reading 1 user review courtesy of flatreviews.com


Old Town receives an overall rating of 5 based on 1 review. Users were asked to consider many factors including the view, finishing, layout, noise levels, traffic, public transportation, parking, security, swimming pool, gym, and maintenance.

22nd Nov, 2014
From Norway
Moved here in 2014
Living with spouse
Old Town Island
The view and our large terrace
The traffic in and out of the area during rush hour
The perfect area for us, a couple with a small dog and no children. Walking distance to Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa and all the facilities along the boulevard. Spectacular views of Burj Khalifa from our terrace, amazing when there are fireworks, like NYE.
This review is the subjective opinion of a FlatReviews.com user and not of Propsearch LLC

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