Downtown Dubai is the home to the towering Burj Khalifa skyscraper, with its observation deck, and the dancing Dubai Fountain, where crowds gather to watch music and light shows. The sprawling Dubai Mall offers global fashion brands and casual eateries, while Emaar Boulevard has a chic cafe scene. The Dubai Opera hosts dance, opera and musicals in a striking dhow-shaped building.
Arabic low-rise vernacular style of architecture is present in the Old Town, while high-rise contemporary buildings dominate the rest of the development. Downtown Dubai offers a range of high-end hotels such as Address Downtown, Vida Downtown, Al Manzil Downtown, and also attractions such as a luxury Arabian market, Souq Al Bahar and a 3.5 km-long strip of restaurants and cafes on Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Boulevard.
Burj Khalifa is the centrepiece of Downtown Dubai. At 828 m (2,717 ft.), it is the tallest building in the world and the tallest man-made structure ever built. Burj Khalifa is estimated to have cost US$1.5 billion. In addition to being the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa also holds six other world records, including ‘tallest free-standing structure in the world’, ‘elevator with the longest running distance in the world’ and ‘highest number of storeys in the world.
The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest shopping mall by total area. It is the home of 1,200 shops in addition to numerous attractions, including an Olympic-size ice rink, an aquarium and a water zoo. In March 2018, the owner of The Dubai Mall, Emaar Malls opened an entertainment complex by the name of VR Park, which has both reality and virtual reality. Access to the mall is provided via Doha Street, rebuilt as a double-decker road in April 2009. The Dubai Mall opened on November 4, 2008, with about 600 retailers and is also the most visited retail destination in the United Arab Emirates with approximately 80,000,000 visitors annually.
Fashion Avenue – Downtown Dubai
In March 2018, Emaar Malls unveiled a new extension of The Dubai Mall dedicated to fashion and luxury shopping. The 440,000-square-foot Fashion Avenue offers over 150 prestigious brands, including Burberry, Cartier, Miu Miu, Prada, Gucci, Mikimoto, Faberge, Valentino, Christian Louboutin, to name a few.
Dubai Fountain – Downtown Dubai
The Dubai Fountain is the largest Choreographed system in the world. It is Illuminated by 6,600 lights, 50 coloured projectors, it is 275 m long and able to shoot water 150 m into the air, accompanied by a range of classical to contemporary Arabic and world music.
Address Downtown Dubai is a supertall skyscraper rising 306 meters (1,004 feet) alongside the Dubai Mall, the Old Town, and the Burj Khalifa Lake in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This hotel and the residential tower contain a total of 63 floors. The tower is another super tall structure in the massive development of Downtown Dubai, which includes the centrepiece super tall building, Burj Khalifa. The address is the 6th-tallest building in Dubai and the 36th-tallest in the world.
In August 2016, Emaar opened Dubai Opera, performing arts centre located within The Opera District of Downtown Dubai. It also comes in the classic Arabian dhow model. The venue hosts many performances from countries around the world. It includes theatre, opera, ballet, concerts, musicals, stand-up comedy shows, various seasonal events and so on. Dubai Opera opened on 31 August 2016 with a performance by Placido Domingo.
Encircling Downtown Dubai, the 3.5 km road was previously known as Emaar Boulevard. In December 2012, Emaar renamed the boulevard to pay tribute to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. It is famous for an array of restaurants, cafes, and also outdoor art exhibitions by Art Emaar.
The New Year’s Gala
Dubai’s New Year Gala in Downtown is also one of the most celebrated events in Dubai. The celebration usually comprises a massive firework display and gathers hundreds of thousands of residents and tourists. In 2018, Burj Khalifa’s owner and Emaar hosted a special light and laser show Light Up 2018. It broke a world record for the ‘largest light and sound show on a single building.
Emaar has the twin tower project called Forte Towers. One of which will be a 70 storey building because it is the third tallest tower in the District
Emaar has launched two identically designed towers located on Muhammad Bin Rashid Boulevard in Downtown Dubai. One tower is 20 storeys high and the other is 65 storeys. Both towers consist of 640 apartments. Burj Vista offers lavish terraces that open onto stupendous views of the city’s skyline.