Downtown Dubai

Area Guide by Nexus Point



Downtown Dubai (or simply, Downtown) is one of Dubai’s most iconic neighbourhoods. It has several mixed-use large-scale complexes. The community boasts some of the city’s most popular landmarks like the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa, the Dancing Fountains and the enormous Dubai Mall. It is known for being the centre of Dubai due to its proximity to the above-mentioned locations. The area consistently attracts residents and tourists and is known for its luxurious lifestyle. Downtown is strategically situated along Sheikh Zayed Road across from Al Wasl and bordering Business Bay. Downtown Dubai is known for its range of upscale hotels, well-known shopping centres and numerous entertainment options.


  • Home to the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa
  • Hosts several parades and festivals through the year
  • Lives up to its tagline of being ‘the centre of now’
  • Offers a complete community experience despite being a tourist hotspot
  • Properties boast an impressive array of world-class amenities
  • One of the most popular areas to buy an apartment in Dubai.



Developed by Emaar Properties, Downtown Dubai is known to be their crowning glory. The community is a seamlessly connected multi-purpose neighbourhood that attracts attention from across the world. In terms of property, there is a mix of luxurious apartments in Downtown Dubai along with stylish penthouses and a few villas that can be found on the podium level of the towers.



The apartments in Downtown Dubai come in a range of different designs and configurations, depending on the building. They range from studios to 4-bedrooms for rent. However, upcoming and currently off-plan buildings in Downtown Dubai will also offer investors and future tenants the option of 5-bedroom flats. As is common with all major developments, the actual style of each individual tower varies – from the low-rise Middle Eastern souq-inspired apartment blocks in Old Town to more contemporary towering skyscrapers.

Downtown Dubai houses residents who are new to Dubai and those who have been living here for decades. Due to its status and global appeal, the people living from all over the world flock in Downtown Dubai.

One can rent a studio unit in Downtown Dubai for AED 65k. The rent goes up to AED 88k for a 1-bedroom apartment. People looking for spacious options can reside in a 2-bedroom unit on average rent of AED 130k. Apartments with 3 beds can have an average rental rate of AED 198k. Bigger families can choose to rent 4-bedroom and 5-bedroom units for AED 558k and AED 850k, respectively.



You don’t have to be a tourist to feel the magnetic attraction of Downtown Dubai!


The world’s largest mall, Dubai Mall is home to international, regional and local brands that encompass everything from fashion to literature and technology. Another upscale shopping experience can be found in the relatively relaxed Souk Al Bahar that has more curated and specialised shops.


Another huge part of the Downtown Dubai lifestyle is the food and social scene. The scores of well-known cafes and restaurants in Downtown Dubai serve everything from nitrogen-frozen ice cream to mouth-watering steaks. There are also hotels in and around the area, including Souk Al Bahar, that feature some amazing Downtown Dubai restaurants, offbeat eateries as well as some of Dubai’s trendiest bars. It’s a phrase often used, but this neighbourhood really has something for everyone, you’d be hard-pressed to find a reason to leave!


  • As the unofficial (but widely accepted) city centre, Downtown is one of the most important locations in Dubai.
  • It is located mere minutes from two business hubs (DIFC and Business Bay)
  • 18 minutes from the Dubai International Airport.
  • Downtown is just minutes from two of the city’s major highways – Sheikh Zayed Road (which links the seven emirates) and Al Khail Road.
  • It is also just a 20-minute drive to the Dubai Marina – perfect if you love watersports!

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