Downtown Dubai

Home to some incredible landmarks, Downtown Dubai is a fantastic place to eat, drink and most importantly, play. Base your trip to the United Arab Emirates here and you will find everything you need right on your doorstep.

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Relish Dubai's dazzling, cutting edge sights from the comfort of the Rove Downtown Hotel

Relish Dubai's Dazzling, Cutting Edge Sights from the Comfort of the Rove Downtown Hotel

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Situated adjacent to the Burj Khalifa and being a mere 450 yard stroll away from the Dubai Mall, in the heart of Down Town Dubai

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  • The outdoor pool, sofa beds and cribs, combined with a modest, youthful and relaxed atmosphere means this hotel is perfect for family fun.
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Dubai is arguably the most impressive city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which is why thousands of people flock to see its modern architecture and experience its famed nightlife.

Add to this the luxury lifestyle, excellent shopping and year-round sunshine and Dubai is certainly onto a winner. At the heart of this city of superlatives is Downtown Dubai, which encapsulates every aforementioned attraction and which visitors simply cannot fail to enjoy.

Overview of Downtown Dubai

The downtown area of Dubai is the section of the city that is home to some of its most famous sites and landmarks. It covers an area of two square kilometres and stretches from the Burj Khalifa Boulevard at one side, to the Financial Centre Road on the other. Within this space you will find the tallest building in the world; the Burj Khalifa and other famous attractions like the Dubai Fountain and Dubai Mall. Shopping, dining and being entertained are the main pastimes for visitors to Downtown Dubai.

Where to stay

Deciding where to stay can be one of the most difficult decisions about planning a holiday to Dubai, but it is safe to say that by choosing a hotel within Downtown Dubai all the most popular sites will be within easy reach.

Some of the most popular and glamorous hotels in Downtown Dubai include:

  • Armani Hotel Dubai

    If you can imagine the high standards of such a prestigious fashion brand applied to a hotel, then you will be close to the vision of this flagship property. Housed inside the Burj Khalifa tower and occupying 15 of the building's lower 39 floors, everything from the contemporary styling mixed with rustic charm and innovative lighting has been carefully selected here to exude fashionable refinement.

  • The Address Downtown Burj Dubai

    Locations don't get much better than this, with the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain right on its doorstep. This five-star hotel has been decorated in the most tasteful modern design, complete with an outdoor infinity pool and panoramic holistic spa. It offers the most exquisite views over the Dubai Fountain Lake and its nightly light and music show.

  • The Palace Downtown Dubai

    This upscale boutique hotel sits beautifully on the banks of the Dubai Lake and its atmospheric spa is like an imperial sanctuary that seduces you from the moment you step into its grandeur. A majestic city resort, it stands out for its exterior décor, resembling a traditional Arabic villa with beautiful arches and sand-coloured walls.

Where to eat

Dining in Downtown Dubai represents the many influences on this great city, with all sorts of food on offer. Visitors can enjoy everything from local flavours to those encapsulating the Mediterranean, Asia and even fusion cuisines. Step inside the Dubai Mall for more than 160 choices of places to eat.

Alternatively, check out one of these:

  • Thiptara

    Located within the Palace Hotel, this restaurant features an outdoor terrace overlooking the Dubai Fountain with floor-to-ceiling windows so that those sitting inside do not have their views obscured. The Thai food here has won awards for its freshness and ingenuity.

  • Okku

    Distinguished chefs from Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas have designed the menu at this Japanese fusion restaurant. The tables are authentically low and a jellyquarium makes up the centrepiece of the room.

  • Iran Zamin

    For a wonderful taste of the Middle East, head to this authentic Iranian restaurant. While it has branches in other parts of Dubai, the one in the downtown area is particularly impressive. The menu offers up a feast of kebabs, mixed grills and fragrant rice dishes, while live Iranian music is performed while diners enjoy their meals.

What to do and see

As one of the most exciting parts of this incredible city, it is clear that visitors to Downtown Dubai will not be short of things to do. Whether you love shopping, sightseeing or even ice skating, the downtown area can satisfy every whim.

  • The Dubai Fountain

    No ordinary water feature, this spectacle was created by the same people who brought you the Bellagio Fountain in Las Vegas. Every half an hour throughout the evening, the choreographed jets spurt water 150 metres into the air in time with the music.

  • Visit the 124th floor

    Head to the top of the Burj Khalifa and be get a spectacular bird’s eye view of Dubai from the highest outdoor viewing platform in the world. See the whole city spread out in front of you and pick out key Dubai landmarks.

  • Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

    From the vertigo-inducing heights we go to the depths of the sea; head into a tunnel with 270-degree views of stunning fish, coral and most strikingly - scarily large sharks! This is one the little ones will love, but big kids will appreciate too. Your ticket also includes access to the Underwater Zoo which is home to a gigantic Australian crocodile named King Croc.

  • Ice skating

    Strapping on a pair of skates in a city in the middle of the desert may seem counterintuitive, but it is possible at the Dubai Mall. The rink is Olympic sized, with plenty of room to let off some steam.

  • Sightseeing aboard the Dubai trolley bus

    It's a bit too hot to explore Dubai on foot, so see the best sights from onboard a trolley bus. The vehicle goes at a leisurely ten kilometres per hour, giving you lots of opportunities to take everything in.

Downtown Dubai, your best bet

When it comes to the highest concentration of impressive landmarks within a given space, Downtown Dubai takes some beating. It is home to the tallest building in the world, a spectacular fountain with a light and music show held every evening, an ice rink and aquarium housed inside the emirate’s largest mall, not to mention beautiful hotels and fine eateries. This is a great part of the city to explore and an even better place to be based for your holiday in the emirate.

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