Your guide to living in Downtown Dubai

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Your  guide to living  in Downtown Dubai
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Welcome to Downtown Dubai. 


Home to high-earning expats looking to experience the high-profile Dubai life and live close to the best that the city has to offer, Downtown Dubai is an investment and residential hotspot. Exploring the ins and outs of the Center of Now, Downtown Dubai, the 500-acre flagship mega-development of Emaar Properties. Waking up to Burj Khalifa views, living adjacent to the world’s largest mall, the good life, an eclectic mix of tourists and residents, celeb-spotting, boulevard walks, proximity to business districts and ease of connectivity.


If you are seeking a vibrant residential neighborhood infused with chic boutiques, hip eateries, shopping haunts, and charming boulevards, consider your hunt for the perfect residence complete. Residences in Downtown Dubai personify timeless elegance, grandeur, and beauty. Not surprisingly then, they come with price tags befitting of bespoke luxury. The price per square foot for the property at Downtown Burj Khalifa averages AED 2,350. Annual rentals for a one-bedroom in Downtown are estimated at around AED 110,000. Home to some of Dubai’s most elegant architecture and stylish inhabitants, Downtown is a connoisseur’s delight. From classic Old Town gems to contemporary low and high-rises with stellar views of the world’s most iconic skyline, discover Downtown’s finest real estate and the best agents to guide you at Betterhomes.


Don’t be surprised if you brush shoulders with celebrities, many of who own apartments at Burj Khalifa. Downtown Dubai also boasts a thriving restaurant and shopping scene, anchored by sights such as Burj and Dubai Fountain. Whilst Burj Khalifa is the most expensive address in the neighborhood, other options include smaller apartments in Old Town as well as apartments in high-rises, such as The Lofts, The Sterling, Burj Place, 29 Boulevard Towers, The Residences, The 118, Burj Residences, Standpoint Residences, Bellevue Towers, Armani Residences, Burj Residences and Burj Views. A 20-minute drive is all it takes to get to most other parts of Dubai such as Dubai Marina and Old Dubai such as Jumeirah. Downtown is very close to major business districts such as Dubai International Financial Centre and Business Bay.


Bustling with life, Downtown Dubai combines commercial, residential, hotel, entertainment, shopping and world-class leisure avenues.



Community Overview.


Made for globetrotting connoisseurs, Downtown Dubai is close to the best that Dubai has to offer. It is less than 7 kilometers away from Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), 11 kilometers away from the Trade Centre and with Dubai Mall at your doorstep. Take your pick from a wide array of elegant penthouses, bedroom residences and exclusive townhouses.


Exclusive private drives, sophisticated lounges, and upscale boutiques pepper the neighborhood. Its quiet streets, flanked by palm trees are filled with restaurants, bars, cafés and culinary hotspots. Setting the tune to the city’s humming nightlife, the magnificent architecture instills an air of luxurious privacy in the neighborhood.


Eclectic mix, ranging from studios to four and five-bedroomed residences and come in different styles such as low-rise Arabian souq-inspired apartment blocks in Old Town to contemporary high-rises. Burj Khalifa is unsurprisingly the most expensive. When it comes to apartments for rent in Downtown Dubai, one bedroomed apartment in the skyscraper costs around AED 130,000 annually to rent, whilst three bedroomed apartments are priced at around AED 300,000 per year. On the more affordable end of the spectrum rent in Downtown Dubai starts from AED 80,000. In South Ridge Towers, where a two bedroomed apartment would cost AED 135,000 a year.



Getting around.


Nearby Landmarks: Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, Business Bay, Dubai International Financial Centre, Al Wasl, Jumeirah and Al Safa


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


Dubai Trolley: The world's first hydrogen-powered tramway, tramway which uses a fleet of double-deck heritage-style open-top trams to shuttle between Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, Souk Al Bahar and three downtown hotels and will eventually form a 7 kilometer loop around Downtown.





Living in Downtown, you are guaranteed to never run out of entertainment options. Dubai Mall houses a cinema, aquarium, ice rink and multiple kid-focused entertainment options. The mall also offers direct access to Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain, both huge tourist magnets. Soul Al Bahar has cafés and restaurants, many with spectacular views of Dubai Fountain’s beautifully choreographed water show at Burj Khalifa Lake. The Opera District, highlighted by the majestic Dubai Opera, a 2,000-seat multi-format events venue, luxury hotels and residences, is a relatively new addition to the district. Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, the vibrant thoroughfare dotted with cafés and retail outlets, also hosts events that bring the community together.





The world’s largest mall, Dubai Mall, offers one of the world’s best retail experiences. Souk Al Bahar, an Arabesque shopping and dining out destination, has pretty much everything from convenience stores and supermarkets to pharmacies. Dubai Mall has a huge Waitrose supermarket. There is a Spinneys Supermarket located near Emaar Residences and numerous mini-marts and groceries across the district.



Eating out


You will be spoilt for choice with the variety of restaurants that line the Boulevard, as well as the broad spectrum of food and beverage outlets throughout Dubai Mall, in addition to fancy options in Souk Al Bahar and in any of the many hotels in Downtown.

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