Downtown Dubai Area Guide

Hand-tailored suits and couture handbags strut through Downtown Dubai, a label-friendly Dubai destination whose celebrity status only soars higher when grouped with its star-studded neighbors, Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall. Close to designer boutiques and swanky cafes, exclusive apartments are available in the surronding towers. Downtown Dubai’ untouchably flawless exterior comes at a cost, so be ready to hear the cha-ching of registers and the applause of credit card companies when you arrive.

The community says:

  • Celebrities
  • Wealthy
  • Souq al Bahar
  • Dubai Mall
  • Tourists
  • Glamorous
  • Fancy Cars
  • Tourists At The Top
  • Glitzy
  • Expensive

On the Map

The area boasts the world’s tallest building, world’s tallest performing fountain, world’s largest mall, and world’s biggest suspended aquarium, giving visitors plenty to explore without having to go too far.

Dubai Mall: 5 minutes by car
Business Bay: 8 minutes by car
DIFC: 10 minutes by car
Dubai Water Canal: 15 minutes by car
DXB Airport: 19 minutes by car
Dubai Marina: 20 minutes by car
Palm Jumeirah: 25 mins by car

1.The Dubai Mall
2.The Dubai Founain
3.The Dubai Ice Rink
4.The Dubai Aquarium & Underwaer Zoo
5.Sega Republic
6.Kidzania
7.Reel Cinemas
8.Burj Park
9.Burk Plaza
10.Mohamed Bin Rashid Boulevard
11.The Pavilion
12. At the Top, Burj Khalifa
13.The Dubai Fountain Lake Ride
14.The Gallery at Emaar Pavilion
15.Boulevard Bus Tour
16.The Souk
17.Fashion Avenue, Dubai Mall
18.Souk Al Bahr

Downtown Dubai is a large up-scale part of Dubai which features vibrant retail and restaurants, with The Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping and entertainment destination. Here is list of our favorite 10 restaurants to look out whilst visiting:

  1. Coya
  2. Kris Kros
  3. Pavilion
  4. Mizu
  5. Maison Bagatelle
  6. Fournil De Pierre
  7. I Love F
  8. Loui’s
  9. Vida
  10. Thipara

Even though Downtown Dubai is the center of lifestyle and entertainment, a great number of schools are still a few minute drive away that parents can enroll their kids to as they enjoy the most premium and bespoke art of living.


PRE-SCHOOLS:

1.Kangaroo Kids – Downtown Dubai
2.Little hands Kids Club – Business Bay
3.Dubai Raffles School – Downtown Burj Dubai
4.Cello Kids Club – Al Manzil Club


PRIMARY & SECONDARY SCHOOLS:

1.Gems Wellington Private School – Financial Centre Road
2.Al Safa Private School
3.Safa Community School
4.Al Shourouq Private School – Al Wasl

There is a dedicated Dubai Metro station near Downtown Dubai apartments with a dedicated air-conditioned walkway leading to Dubai Mall. It has bus routes that schedule bus trips in minimal intervals, and taxis can be hailed anytime conveniently.


TAXIS:

Public Taxi – Available 24/7 on road hire; for reservations, call 04-2080808
Ladies & Families Taxi – Available 24/7 on road hire; female drivers; for reservations, call 04-2080808
Airport Taxi – Available 24/7 only in T1, T2, T3 of Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum International Airport. For reservations, call 04-2080808, or SMS 4774 your area
Special Needs Taxi – Available only for reservations, call 04-2080808.
Mashaweer – If you only need to hire a driver to drive your car, call 04-2080808.


BUS:

The Public Bus consists of 734 peak bus schedules in 79 bus routes on working days. Service volumes are adjusted on Fridays and holidays to meet customer demand. To know and plan your trip, call 8009090 or log on to

The Dubai Night Bus was introduced to provide 24-hour service in major destinations within Dubai from 11:30PM to 6:00AM. To know and plan your trip, call 8009090.


METRO:

Metro Lines are the Green Line (Etisalat Station to Creek Station) and Red Line (Rashidiya Station to Business Bay to Jebel Ali Station); 2 transfer stations are Burjuman and Union to interchange between Red and Green Lines. All coaches have a ladies & children section.

Nol Card is the universal smartcard used as the mode of payment across all transport systems except taxis – bus, metro, abra (water bus), and tram. It is available in Gold, Silver, Blue for students, senior citizens, and disabled and Red for the occasional traveller.

Nol Cards can be sold and recharged at any ticket office & ticket vending machine across all Metro and Bus stations, authorized RTA sales agents, and online.

Operating Hours are Sunday to Wednesday and Saturday 5:50AM – 12MN, Thursday 5:50AM – 1:00AM, and Friday 1:00PM – 1:00 AM.


DUBAI METRO FEEDER BUSES:

There are total of 20 Feeder Bus Routes that mobilize commuters to and from all the Metro stations. There are three feeder buses servicing Downtown Dubai: F13a (Financial Centre – Dubai Mall), F13 (Burj Khalifa – Dubai Mall), and F16 (Burj Khalifa – Jumeirah 2)


TRAFFIC AND PARKING

There is free parking at Dubai Mall and Souk al Bahar (the entrance to the latter is located opposite the entrance to Palace Hotel). Traffic can get very busy, especially during evening hours and weekends. The worst congestion is on roads surrounding Dubai Mall, especially on Shaikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (previously Emaar Boulevard). You are not only contending with residents, but also tourists flooding into the area.