Burj Khalifa stands as an anchor to the world's most prestigious square kilometre – Downtown Dubai which is also described as "The Centre of Now". Downtown Dubai is AED 73 billion (US$20 billion) flagship project of Emaar Properties. It is a mixed-use, 500-acre development featuring world-class assets including commercial, residential, hotel, entertainment, shopping and leisure components set in open green spaces dotted with lakes and other distinct water features.
Downtown Dubai offers an unparalleled lifestyle appeal to both residents and visitors with a variety of shopping options. From the world's largest shopping and entertainment destination, The Dubai Mall, to the tranquil surrounding of the more intimate Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai is a lifestyle destination set in a distinct mix of traditional and modern architecture where people live, work and play.
Downtown Dubai offers culinary delights from around the world—everything from Local to Continental, Mediterranean, Asian and Fusion cuisines. With no less than 160 food & beverage outlets from trendy cafés to casual eateries, themed restaurants to waterfront dining with views of the Burj Khalifa—The Dubai Mall offers something to satisfy every craving.
Beyond The Dubai Mall, you'll find a tempting array of cafés, coffee houses, restaurants and food kiosks lining the boulevards and in the hotels that surround Burj Khalifa.
Entertainment for the entire family
Of course, the highlight of any visit to Downtown Dubai is a trip to the Burj Khalifa's observation decks, but many other attractions await visitors of all ages and interests.
- The Dubai Fountain
- Dubai Ice Rink
- Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
- SEGA Republic
- Reel Cinemas
Arts & Culture
The 3.5 km long Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard is a testament to downtown, urban culture and features cafes, high-end retail and hotels. Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard captivates visitors with events such as the annual Emirates Classic Car Show Festival, and permanent displays of masterpieces such as Al Sidra, a free-shaped bronze sculpture by Kuwaiti sculptor Mr. Sami Mohamed Al Saleh; world-renowned figurative artist Mr. Fernando Botero's 'Horse 2007,' a bronze sculpture weighing 1,500 kg (1.5 tonnes); Syrian artist Lutfi Romhein's 'Together' featuring two sculptures – that of an Arab man and an Arab woman, chiselled to perfection; Spanish sculptor Xavier Corbero's Gathering; South African sculptor Vincent Da Silva's Life-Size Andalusian Horse I and Rhims Gazelle Herd Edition 1, a dynamic sculpture of a herd of gazelles, cast in clay, and moulded in wax; and Jaeyho Lee's Chorus, a masterpiece sculpture created using 3.4 tonnes of steel and 7.6 tonnes of wood and standing at a majestic height of 15 metres.
Building on Dubai's emerging role as the cultural hub of the region, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai announced the launch of The Opera District in Downtown Dubai, to stimulate the city's cultural and artistic scene. In addition to Dubai Opera, the country's first dedicated Opera House, and several new galleries that will be built within the precinct, The Opera District will host two new 'art hotels,' an array of leisure components, several residential apartments and a design studio.
Emaar's patronage to the arts is further encapsulated in 'The Gallery' at Emaar Pavilion, a thriving destination that pays homage to the cultural renaissance of visual arts, by showcasing an array of collections from across the region and the world.
Downtown Dubai is also home to some of the city's largest festivities including the Downtown Dubai National Day Parade and the Downtown Dubai New Year's Eve Gala celebrations while hosting numerous concerts.
Downtown Dubai offers a lifestyle destination set in a distinct mix of traditional and modern architecture where people live, work and play.