Downtown is one of the best places in Dubai to live, you just have to be able to afford it. Everything is on your doorstep, from the world’s largest shopping, leisure and entertainment destination, The Dubai Mall, to the tallest skyscraper, Burj Khalifa, plus a plethora of restaurants along Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, the iconic Dubai Fountains and many five-star hotels and spas. Dubai Mall is a premier shopping destination, not just in Dubai but for surrounding countries too. You’ll find every brand under one roof, from designer labels to high street fashion, a dedicated shoe district, and a host of tourist attractions. These include an Olympic-sized indoor ice-skating rink, the world’s largest suspended aquarium, KidZania fun zone, and access to At The Top, the 124th floor of Burj Khalifa where you can marvel at the city sprawling below. Outside, you’ll find the Dubai Fountain putting on a spectacular water show throughout the evening, set in the middle of the 30-acre Burj Khalifa lake. A footbridge leads you across the water to Souk Al Bahar, where there are lakeside restaurants and a number of artisanal shops selling regional goods, including dates, paintings, jewellery and traditional Persian rugs. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard encircles Downtown’s main attractions, and its illuminated tree-lined streets offer many more cafés and restaurants for al fresco dining. Off this, the six- tower complex of Emaar Square and twin towers of Boulevard Plaza provide Downtown with first-class commercial and business venues.
Drivers need to be careful of rush hour between 6pm and 7pm, especially around Emaar Square and around Dubai Mall when people flock to the mall after work to shop and dine. The Metro line is very flexible and convenient and a footbridge easily connects passengers to Dubai Mall. There’s also a new Dubai Trolley, a miniature tram system circling the boulevard, which is due to open soon.
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The Dubai Opera District, which opened in 2017, is the centre of arts and culture for the city with a wide variety of live performances and art exhibitions. Providing a completely new concept to Dubai’s entertainment and social scene, the district offers opera, orchestra, theatre, concerts, films, performance art, live comedy and live children’s shows. Adding to these are a retail plaza, restaurants, a waterfront promenade, parks and luxury hotels.
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Due to high rents, many executives and high-position professionals live in Downtown. There are some young families but the area mainly caters to couples and singles.