Downtown Dubai

5 Things to see when you are in the Downtown Dubai Area

This article is about the attractions in the famous Downtown Dubai area. You may also be interested in :
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Downtown Dubai is often referred to as the new Dubai. Spread over an area of 2 sq kms (0.77sq miles), Downtown Dubai consists of residential, commercials and shopping establishments. It is the home to some of the famous landmarks of Dubai including the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa, biggest mall Dubai Mall and the magnificent Dubai Fountain.

If you are coming by metro, you can take the Dubai Metro Red line and get down at the Dubai Mall station. Bus route numbers 27 and 29 depart from Deira Gold Souk station and Ghubaiba Bus station respectively.

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Opened in Nov 2008, Dubai Mall is the world’s largest mall spread over an area one square kms. Every year millions of visitor come to Dubai Mall giving it the distinction of being the world’s most visited shopping destination. The Dubai mall is connected to Dubai Metro Red line by a walk way.

The Dubai Mall has more than 1,200 shops including big ones like Galeries Lafayette, Debenhams, Bloomingdale's, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer.


Burj Khalifa Dubai
You don’t have to be in Downtown Dubai to see Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building is visible just from anywhere in Dubai.The building has 160 floors and has 2 observation decks - AT THE TOP and SKY. Access to the Ticket Counter and entrance is via The Dubai Mall, Lower Ground Level.

  • The AT THE TOP observation deck is located on the 128th floor.
  • Ticket Cost for Prime Hours : 1400 to 1730 - AED 200 for Adults (12+) and AED 160 for Children (4-12).
  • Ticket Cost for Non-Prime Hours : Until 1330 and Beyond 1800 - AED 125 for Adults (12+) and AED 95 for Children (4-12).
  • Tickets can be purchased 1 month in advance either ONLINE or at the Ticket counters located in the Dubai Mall.
  • The limited availability, Fast Track tickets can be bought at the Ticket Counters for AED 300. They can be purchased only on the day of your visit.
  • You can stay AT THE TOP as long as you like until the closing time
Burj Khalifa SKY
  • The SKY observation deck is located on the 148th floor. It was opened in October 2014.
  • The Burj Khalifa SKY tickets cost AED 500 for Adults and Children. Infants below 4 years can go Free.
  • You can stay at the level 148 for 30 mins and then continue to level 125.
  • Best time to visit is just before the sunset but you will have to book atleast 1-2 weeks in advance as the slots during the sunset time are SOLD out fast.
  • You can also book a table in the at.mosphere restaurant which is the world's highest restaurant located on the 120th floor. Website:


One of the world’s largest fountain is set in Burj Lake right infront of the Burj Khalifa along The Dubai Mall’s sprawling waterfront promenade. The fountain is 275 meters (900ft) long and the water shoots as high as 50 storey building.

The fountains shows last for about 5 mins dancing to English, Arabic and World music every 30 mins between 6-11pm. There are 2 additional afternoon shows at 1pm and 1.30pm in the afternoon.


Apart from the retails outlets within the Dubai mall you can also visit Souk Al Bahar shopping mall in the Downtown Dubai area. It is on the Old Town Island and has boutique shops showcasing the Arabian heritage through a mix of authentic handicrafts, fashion wear, perfumes, carpets, and furnishings.

5. Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard

It is a 3.5kms long boulevard of walkways, parks where you can get some breathtaking views of the Downtown Dubai. On this vibrant thoroughfare you will find cafes, high-fashion shops, and children's entertainment facilities perfect for soaking up all the unique energy Downtown Dubai has to offer.

Don’t miss Fernando Botero's 'Horse 2007,' a bronze sculpture weighing 1,500 kg (1.5 tonnes) just opposite the Burj Lake