A centre for tourism, Downtown Dubai has several world-class hotels including the world’s first Armani Hotel and Emaar’s flagship Address, Vida and Manzil hotels. Described as ’The Centre of Now,’ Downtown Dubai is the flagship mega-development by Emaar Properties. At its heart is Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. The Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping and entertainment destination, and The Dubai Fountain, the world’s tallest performing fountain, add to development’s list of must-see attractions while Souk Al Bahar, an Arabian luxury shopping and dining destination, further broadens its appeal to visitors. A monument to global retail, The Dubai Mall holds the title of the world's most-visited shopping destination with over 80 million visitors in a single year in 2014. In less than five years, the mall attracted a record-setting number of over 265 million visitors.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, the vibrant thoroughfare dotted with cafes and retail outlets, also hosts colourful events that bring together the broader community. Burj Park boasts an 11,300 square metre lawn specially designed for a wide array of family-focused activities, while Burj Plaza is another multi-purpose outdoor space with exquisite views of The Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa.
Located in Downtown Dubai, Dubai Opera is the radiant centre of culture and arts in Dubai and the shining pearl of The Opera District. With its unique 2000-seat multi-format theatre, Dubai Opera is a definitive international destination for performing arts and world-class entertainment productions. Dubai Opera is committed to produce and host the finest, authentic, creative and engaging performing arts experiences from Dubai and the world. The iconic dhow-shaped architecture of Dubai Opera is a masterpiece of contemporary design, and a stylish tribute to Dubai’s trading, fishing, and pearl diving heritage. Today, just like the dhow contributed to the progression of this dynamic city, so is Dubai Opera adding its beautiful mark to the growth, pride and quality of life in our city.
World's tallest building. A living wonder. Stunning work of art. Incomparable feat of engineering. Burj Khalifa is all that. In concept and execution, Burj Khalifa has no peer. It is also tangible proof of Dubai's growing role in a changing world. In fewer than 30 years, this city has transformed itself from a regional centre to a global one. This success was not based on oil reserves, but on reserves of human talent, ingenuity and initiative. Burj Khalifa embodies that vision.
The high point of any Khalifa experience is the view from At The Top, Burj Khalifa's observation deck. Located on level 124 of the world's tallest tower, this observatory is destined to be the highlight of any visit to the Middle East. Throughout the journey to the top, visitors are entertained by a multi-media presentation of the exotic history of Dubai and the marvel of Burj Khalifa.
The world’s largest and most-visited retail and entertainment destination, which welcomes more than 80 million visitors annually. With a total internal floor area of 5.9 million sq ft, The Dubai Mall has 3.77 million sq ft of gross leasable space, over 1,300 retail outlets including two anchor department stores – Galeries Lafayette and Bloomingdale’s – and over 200 food and beverage outlets.
The mall offers an unparalleled retail mix combined with world-class dining, entertainment and leisure attractions. The Fashion Avenue, the precinct dedicated to high fashion now expanded, positions The Dubai Mall as the fashion capital for the Middle East. Another niche component is The Souk, an elegantly designed precinct featuring jewellery shops, accessory outlets, traditional Arab clothing and handicraft stores, among others. One of the mall’s unique precincts is an open-air streetscape, The Village that offers a rich collection of denim brands and brings an outdoor community feel with tree-lined walkways, cafés and restaurants.
The newly expanded Fashion Avenue provides a significant boost to Dubai’s premium shopping options. With over 150 new luxury shopping and dining experiences including flagships and new concepts, Fashion Avenue is set to be the Middle East’s premier luxury shopping destination.
The Dubai Fountain
A captivating water, music and light spectacle in Downtown Dubai, The Dubai Fountain is the world’s tallest performing fountain. At over 900 ft in length – equivalent to over two football pitches – The Dubai Fountain is situated on the 30-acre Burj Lake and performs to a selection of different melodies. The fountain has a unique design comprising five circles of varying sizes and two arcs, and features powerful water nozzles that shoot water up to impressive heights. Over 6,600 WET Superlights and 25 colour projectors create a visual spectrum of over 1,000 different water expressions, while 50 colour projectors provide a full spectrum of colour with a total output of 1.5 million lumens. The fountain performs to a range of different songs from classical to contemporary Arabic and world music. When operational, the fountain has over 22,000 gallons of water in the air at any given moment.