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Old Town
Updated: 4th June, 2023

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
Old Town is a sub-community of Downtown Dubai, Dubai close to Al Asayel Street (D72).
The wider community
Downtown Dubai is a mixed-use district by developer Emaar Properties.

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 9 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.

Available property


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


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.

Fountains at Dubai Mall, 0.3 km
Kidzania, 0.4 km
PVRK, 0.5 km
Parks & beaches
Bay Avenue Park, 0.9 km
Action Park Business Bay, 1.3 km
The Block, 2.1 km
Golf clubs
The Track Meydan Golf, 4.9 km
Dubai Hills Golf Club, 8.1 km
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, 8.2 km
Reel Cinemas at The Dubai Mall, 0.5 km
Cinemacity Fountain Views, 0.6 km
Reel Cinemas at Rove Downtown, 1.1 km

Local Schools

Old Town has many schools nearby including Citizens School at 2.0 km and Japanese School Dubai at 2.3 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'.

Citizens School
2.0 km, City Walk
AED 61,500  •  British
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

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.

Kanpai, Souk al Bahar • Ladies Night • Kanpai (0.0 km)
Ladies Love Karma, Souk al Bahar • Ladies Night • Karma Kafé (0.0 km)
Saturday Taste of Thai Experience, Palace Downtown • Thiptara (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)
My Boyfriend is Out of Town
Ladies Night •  8:00pm
Taikun (0.0 km)
Ladies Night •  12:00am
Armani Privé (0.0 km)
Saturday Flavours Brunch
Brunch • Palace Downtown
Ewaan (0.0 km)
Sunday Afternoon Brunch
Brunch • Souk al Bahar
Kanpai (0.0 km)
Brunch by the Burj
Brunch • Souk al Bahar
Karma Kafé (0.0 km)
Brunch • Souk al Bahar
Karma Kafé (0.0 km)

Nearby neighbourhoods

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

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. 
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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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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
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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. 
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La Mer
La Mer (4.5 km)
A beachfront development with shopping, dining and entertainment areas stretching out to sea between Pearl Jumeirah and Jumeirah Bay.
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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.
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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.
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The Polo Residence
The Polo Residence (5.0 km)
A small gated community in Meydan City comprising 29 five-storey luxury apartment blocks, sports courts, swimming pool, a spa and shops.
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Construction History

Construction began in 2004 and finished in 2006.

Old Town Buildings

We currently maintain records for 40 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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Palace Downtown
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Al Saaha Offices
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Al Tajer Residences
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Attareen Residences
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Manzil Downtown Dubai
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