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Old Town
Updated: 25th June, 2022

Old Town

The Old Town and The Old Town Island are part of the Downtown Dubai development. ‘Old’ refers to the architectural style in which th…
Old Town
Overview
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Overview
Old Town is a sub-community of Downtown Dubai, Dubai.
Guide

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.


Transport & Access

Commute times by car*

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.*

Airport proximity

Dubai International Airport (DXB) is roughly 33 minutes' drive and the new Al Maktoum International Airport is roughly 49 minutes' drive.*

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.

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

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Sub-communities

There are six sub-communities in Old Town. Learn more in the following guides.

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.

Old Town Location

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.

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

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Attractions
Fountains at Dubai Mall, 0.3 km
Kidzania, 0.4 km
PVRK, 0.5 km
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Parks & beaches
Bay Avenue Park, 0.9 km
Action Park Business Bay, 1.3 km
The Block, 2.1 km
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Golf clubs
The Track Meydan Golf, 4.9 km
Dubai Hills Golf Club, 8.1 km
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, 8.2 km
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Cinemas
Reel Cinemas at The Dubai Mall, 0.5 km
Reel Cinemas at Rove Downtown, 1.1 km
Roxy City Walk Cinema, 2.1 km

Local Schools

Old Town has many schools nearby including Japanese School Dubai at 2.3 km and JSS Private School LLC at 2.6 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 Jumeirah English Speaking School which also has a rating of 'Outstanding'.

Japanese School Dubai
2.3 km, Al Wasl
AED 20,500  •  Japanese
JSS Private School LLC
2.6 km, Al Wasl
AED 15,500  •  Indian
Horizon English School Dubai
2.7 km, Al Safa
AED 52,500  •  British
Global Indian International School Dubai
2.9 km, Al Quoz
AED 21,000  •  Indian

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 Old Town.

Claw BBQ, Souk al Bahar • Ladies Night • Claw BBQ (0.2 km)
Kanpai, Souk al Bahar • Ladies Night • Kanpai (0.2 km)
Saturday Flavours Brunch, Palace Downtown • Ewaan (0.1 km)
Ladies Love Karma
Ladies Night •  6:00pm
Karma Kafé (0.2 km)
Three Likkle Birds
Ladies Night •  8:00pm
Ting Irie (0.3 km)
Pink Stiletto
Ladies Night •  8:00pm
Distillery (0.3 km)
Taikun
Ladies Night •  8:00pm
Taikun (0.4 km)
Saturday Taste of Thai Experience
Brunch • Palace Downtown
Thiptara (0.1 km)
Friday Evening Brunch
Brunch • Souk al Bahar
Kanpai (0.2 km)
Saturday Afternoon Brunch
Brunch • Souk al Bahar
Kanpai (0.2 km)
Saturday Evening Brunch
Brunch • Souk al Bahar
Kanpai (0.2 km)

Nearby neighbourhoods

Explore communities that are either adjacent or close to Old Town.

Downtown Dubai
Downtown Dubai (0.5 km)
A huge residential and commercial development. Home to Dubai landmarks - Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Mall, the Dubai Fountain and Dubai Opera.
Read more
Business Bay
Business Bay (1.2 km)
A new regional business hub with office and residential towers, landscaped gardens and a network of roads and waterways. 
Read more
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.
Read more
Dubai International Financial Centre
Dubai International Financial Centre (2.3 km)
The financial quarter of Dubai comprising commercial, retail and residential districts, all three linked by a retail corridor
Read more
Sheikh Zayed Road
Sheikh Zayed Road (2.6 km)
The 2km stretch of road between Business Bay and the World Trade Centre roundabout, flanked by walls of skyscrapers. 
Read more
La Mer by Meraas
La Mer by Meraas (4.5 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 (4.9 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 (4.9 km)
A wellness centre providing long-term care, spa resorts, sports medicine facilities, waterfront residences and nutrition centres in Jadaf.
Read more

Construction History

See the development of Old Town in photos.

Construction began in 2004 and finished in 2006.

Old Town Buildings

We currently maintain records for 41 building developments in Old Town.

Miska 1
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Reehan 1
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Yansoon 1
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Zaafaran 1
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