Your guide to living in Business Bay

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Located south of the glamorous Downtown Dubai, Business Bay is a residential, commercial and business center, all rolled into one. 


Living here gives you access to a range of activities at all hours of the day, as evidenced by its buzzing streets, gorgeous views of the Dubai skyline and Dubai Creek, gleaming waters of Dubai Canal and easy commute to other neighborhoods. Although there is space to be found here, one is rarely alone, as Business Bay is one of the densest residential and commercial neighborhoods in the city.


Business Bay properties offer the investor an exclusive and constantly developing hub to buy in, with all the advantages of owning a property that boasts proximity to Burj Khalifa and the Downtown area, as well as easy access to Sheikh Zayed Road and the spectacular new JW Marriott Marquis hotel.


One of Dubai's central business, commercial and residential areas, Business Bay, is a charming neighborhood, with architecturally-striking buildings, strong transport links, plethora of world-class amenities and all the attractions of Downtown Dubai at its doorstep. Proximity to nearby business centers such as Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City, Dubai International Financial Center, and the metro line make it a beloved community for families and professionals alike. Residential towers offer chic and lofts, studios, one, two, three and four bedroom apartments and penthouses for sale and rent.



Your living options


Most apartments come fully fitted with modern fixtures, open out to the gorgeous city and canal views, offer access to plush amenities such as gymnasiums and pools and provide the best of city living and suburban comfort. A master-planned community, Business Bay offers a life like no other, filled with diverse means of entertainment and leisure with shopping malls, retail promenades such as Bay Avenue and Dubai Canal, waterways, lush green spaces, and world-class dining venues.


Would you like to live near the Burj Khalifa but pay less rent? One of Dubai's most desirable communities, Business Bay offers luxury villas for sale and rent. A popular villa project set along the Dubai Water Canal is Marasi Business Bay. A residential marina development, it features the region’s first purpose-built yachting destination and stylish waterfront villas with in-built private balcony pools. The Marasi project also features The Yacht Club, The Park and The Pier with over 100 shops and outlets.


Podium villas in Business Bay can be found in Business Bay, Executive Towers, one of the most sought-after buildings in the community. Offering three levels of luxury, the villas open out to large formal living areas, beautifully designed en-suite bedrooms and kitchens and very large terraces with splendid views of Burj Khalifa. Sky Villa, situated amongst wonderfully landscaped gardens on the creekside in the heart of Business Bay, opens out to amazing views of Burj Dubai and offers gorgeously designed villas that come with private pools, gardens, and terraces with creek views.


Residents also enjoy top of the line amenities such as Olympic length pools, a spa with hydrotherapy areas and state of the art gymnasiums. Get in touch to explore villas for sale and rent in Business Bay that is not just residences, but also city retreats.



Best pick for: Singles and Couples


From being looked at as a shadow of Downtown Dubai, Business Bay is gradually emerging as an extension of it. Brand new high-rises, nestled gracefully within the neighborhood's hustle and bustle, adorn the skyline. This sought after neighborhood is also surrounded by some of the finest art galleries, shops, restaurants and nightlife in the city.


Whilst young couples and singles will love the area’s convenient location and its high-rise buildings, families with kids may find the lack of villa options, a limited number of playgrounds, parks, and jogging and biking trails and rush-hour traffic, restrictive. The apartments, however, are spacious and well-lit and come in a wide range of sizes from studios, one-, two- and three-bedroomed apartments villas and posh penthouses with Burj Khalifa views for sale and rent.


The Executive Towers is an extremely popular complex of twelve buildings, comprising ten residential towers, one commercial tower known as Aspect Tower and a hotel building known as Executive Hotel Tower, offering spectacular views of the skyline and office for rent in Business Bay. Other popular towers offering offices in Business Bay include The Binary, Fifty One Tower and Bay Square.


Whilst most of the residential properties in the community comprise apartments, there are villas for sale and rent at Sky Villas and Marasi floating villas along Dubai Canal. Looking for properties for sale in Business Bay? Commanding robust returns, prices average at AED 810,000 for studios, start from AED 1.3 million for one-beds and go up to AED 2 million for two-bedroomed apartments. If you are looking at properties for rent in Business Bay, then note that average prices for studios stand at AED 65,000, one-bedroom apartments at AED 85,000 and two-bed flats at AED 125,000, notably far more affordable than Downtown properties.


You’ll love: The fast-paced cosmopolitan lifestyle of corporate suits and briefcases, gorgeous Dubai Canal vistas, high-rises with more affordable rents as compared with Downtown Dubai, mid-to-high range and easy access to major touchpoints such as Sheikh Zayed Road, splendid views of Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain, great nightlife, dining and entertainment options and availability of ample parking spaces unlike other business districts.



Getting around


Nearby Landmarks: Downtown Dubai, Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Mall, Dubai International Financial Centre, Al Quoz, Dubai Design District and Jumeirah


Nearest Metro Stations: Business Bay and Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall


Nearest Schools: Hummingbird Nursery, Blossoms Nursery, Jumeirah English Speaking School, Dubai International School and GEMS Wellington School





The Dubai Mall and City Walk are a mere 5-minute drive away. Then there’s Bay Avenue within Business Bay, a unique retail destination offering two level of indoor and outdoor retail outlets, a promenade and a variety of al fresco dining options.



Eating Out


The Dubai Mall and Souk Al Bahar offer a wide range of dining options with extensive views of Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain.





Aside from cinemas and entertainment options within Dubai Mall, Marasi Business Bay, a waterfront destination along the Dubai Water Canal within Business Bay embraces the longest promenade in Dubai, spanning 12 kilometers, floating restaurants, retail options and palm tree-lined marinas.

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