Already bustling with life, Downtown Dubai combines commercial, residential, hotel, entertainment, shopping and leisure outlets in open green spaces dotted with lakes and other water features.
Located at its epicenter is Burj Khalifa, the tallest man made tower in the world also containing the world’s first Armani Hotel, bearing Giorgio Armani’s signature style of simple elegance.
The Old Town Island, a vibrant market square of meandering alleyways and inner courtyards is styled along the lines of a village within the city, brought alive by its people and its promise of a special way of life. By day, the fusion of stalls, boutiques, parlours and coffee houses add spice to an already alluring way of life. By night, abundant vitality spills out onto the lantern-lit streets, where diners feast to the sounds of live music, and where afterwards, they will stroll in the warm wind beneath the bright moon.
Building further on the retail and leisure components is The Dubai Mall. One of the world’s largest shopping and entertainment destinations, the mall contains a world-class Aquarium featuring a 180-degree walkthrough tunnel and the world’s largest indoor Gold Souk. A 440,000 sq ft fashion precinct dedicated to haute couture positions The Dubai Mall as the fashion capital for the region. A strong family entertainment theme includes KidZania®, an innovative children’s ‘edu-tainment’ concept that has been introduced to the region for the first time, a 76,000 sq ft SEGA indoor theme park, a 22-screen Cineplex and an Olympic-size Ice Rink keeping adults and children entertained year round.
The aquatic theme extends beyond the Aquarium with attractions such as The Waterfall, a beautiful indoor waterfall that cascades over the four levels of the mall. Along the mall’s sprawling waterfront promenade, will be the world’s most spectacular outdoor Musical Water Fountain with underwater lights, water jets and laser projections choreographed to themed music and songs.
Take a leisurely walk through the Souk Al Bahar (‘market of the sailor’) which derives its name from both its traditional souk architecture of natural stone corridors, high archways and subdued lighting and its unique ‘sea-side’ location on the Burj Lake. The souk offers an eclectic retail mix including more than 22 restaurants and cafés framing the souk’s extensive waterfront promenade – truly defining itself as an entertainment and leisure destination.
Last but not the least, don’t forget to check out the spectacular Dubai fountain set in the 30-acre Burj Khalifa Lake in the heart of Downtown Dubai.