Business Bay guide

The best things to do in Business Bay in Dubai: restaurants, bars, hotels and more

Business Bay guide

Don’t let the name Business Bay. deceive you, as this happening area of Dubai isn’t all about offices. With five-star hotels, top-notch dining options, world-renowned super clubs, wellbeing hubs and more, there are loads of things to do in Dubai’s Business Bay.

There’s even the Dubai Water Canal – which is one of the longest waterfront promenades in Dubai spanning almost 12km. This area of Dubai is booming, and it’s cool.

Dubai’s Business Bay was developed with the vision of becoming “a city within a city” and was launched to meet the demands of the business, retail and commercial industries, as well as mirror business centres such as Manhattan and Ginza.

Business Bay is constantly growing and developing in line with Dubai Water Canal becoming a focal point of the city so watch this space as we bring you updates and news.

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Restaurants in Business Bay
Cafés in Business Bay
Hotels in Business Bay
Bars, clubs and nightlife in Business Bay
Fitness and gyms in Business Bay
Attractions in Business Bay


Business Bay is fast becoming a hub for all things foodie, from top Chinese cuisine to pocket-friendly Lebanese bites, take a look at our top picks below.

 

Restaurants in Business Bay

BASTA!

There are sparkling Dubai Water Canal views from the al fresco terrace and a chic interior with twinkling, ambient lighting at this romantic Italian restaurant in Business Bay. The décor is fun and vibrant, while calamari, authentic pizza and traditional pasta dishes are all top notch. For more top Italian restaurants in Dubai click here.
Open daily noon-midnight. Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai, Business Bay, www.basta-dubai.com (04 512 5522).

Bleu Blanc

Decked out like a French farmhouse, with whitewashed woods and ornate rugs there’s also an open wood-fired grill at this restaurant in Business Bay. Service is friendly and the French food is très bon, with the lobster risotto being one of our favourites. For more top French restaurants in Dubai click here.
Open daily 6pm-midnight. Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Business Bay, www.bleublanc-dubai.com (04 512 5533).

Bombay Brasserie

A huge, brightly-lit and spectacularly decorated Indian restaurant at the classically-designed Taj Dubai in Business Bay, Bombay Brasserie excels with some stunning food, including the Cochin lobster curry, which boasts perfectly cooked chunks of the shellfish in a creamy, subtly spiced, coconut milk-based sauce.
Open Sat-Thu 12.30pm-3pm, 6pm-midnight, Fri 1pm-4pm, 6pm-midnight. Taj Dubai, Business Bay, www.tajdubai.com (04 438 3222).

La Mezcaleria

Set on the 27th floor of The Oberoi Dubai, this trendy Mexican joint in Business Bay sits in the space that previously held cool Lebanese nightspot Iris. The massive space boasts awesome views of Burj Khalifa, while the menu houses innovative Latin American dishes, plus plenty of tacos, quesadillas and more.
Open daily 5pm-3am. The Oberoi Dubai, Business Bay (050 423 4044).

Long Teng

Long Teng offers authentic, Cantonese cuisine and we can’t get enough of it. A former winner of Time Out Dubai’s Best Chinese Restaurant award, dishes are upmarket and inventively presented and although it’s a seafood restaurant by reputation, the extensive menu features enough dim sum to fill several bamboo baskets and plenty of meat options.
Open daily noon-2am. U-Bora Towers, Business Bay (04 241 1666).

Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra

It’s not often that you find cutting edge technology meet culinary prowess, but this Business Bay restaurant from famous restaurateur Jiggs Kalra offers up a magnificent adventure complete with deconstructed classics – like chicken tikka prepared three ways, mutton curry, jalebi caviar and more. It’s housed in JW Marriott Marquis Dubai – the second tallest hotel in the world, too.
Open daily 6pm-midnight. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay, www.jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com (04 414 3000).

Miss Tess

This is a fun, quirky spot in Business Bay that promises a lively night out. Expect live entertainment in the form of dancers, acrobats and more. The food at Miss Tess is tasty too with dishes coming from Korea, Thailand, China, Vietnam and Japan including noodles, curries, dim sum, satay and more. Go with a group for a fun Asian dinner.
Open daily 6pm-2am. Taj Dubai, Business Bay, www.misstessdubai.com (050 498 8505).

Morimoto

Chef Masaharu Morimoto is renowned for his seamless integration of western and Japanese ingredients. There’s also a lounge, sushi counter, three private dining rooms and two outdoor terraces with views of the Burj Khalifa. At their brunch enjoy sushi, grills and more from famous chef at his eponymous Dubai restaurant in Business Bay.
Open Sat-Wed 6pm-1am; Thu-Fri 6pm-2am. Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai, Business Bay (04 512 5577).

Nurai

Offering up views of Dubai Water Canal, this Lebanese café is the place to be in Business Bay. You could eat here for breakfast, lunch and dinner and not get bored of the food.
Open daily 10am-5am. West Wharf Tower, Business Bay (04 367 9980).

Pacific Groove

A laid-back Californian-style restaurant in Business Bay’s movie-themed hotel, Paramount Hotel, this restaurant is a little quiet but the food is decent enough. Enjoy grills, sushi and salads, and the desserts are unmissable.
Open daily 6.30pm-2am. Paramount Hotel Dubai, Business Bay, www.paramounthotelsdubai.com (04 246 6641).

Prime68

Prime68 is more than just a place to say “I’ve been to the highest steakhouse in Dubai”, it’s a gastronomic pleasure thanks to its huge thickly cut meats that definitely don’t suffer in taste because of their size. Quality dishes, brilliant service and an oh-so-very-delicious selection of steak.
Open daily 6pm-midnight. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay, www.jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com (04 414 3000).

ROKA

Is this the coolest restaurant in Business Bay? The famous restaurant is a sibling to Zuma, Time Out Dubai’s Restaurant of the Year and Best Japanese Restaurant 2020, coming from famed chef and restaurateur Rainer Becker. With several branches already in London, including in Mayfair and Aldwych, ROKA Dubai is a first international venture for the popular restaurant and dishes on the exciting new menu include yakitori-negima yaki (robata-grilled chicken skewers with spring onion) and kankoku fu kohitsuji (lamb cutlets with Korean spices and sesame cucumber).
Open Sat-Wed 6.30pm-midnight, Thu-Fri 6.30pm-12.30pm. The Opus by Omniyat, Business Bay, www.rokarestaurant.com (04 439 7171).

The Eloquent Elephant

This modern, cool gastropub has a top-notch menu. The pies are homely and hearty, fish and chips are crisp and tasty while super roasts will make your weekend a winner. It’s a former winner of Time Out Dubai’s Best Pub Food award with good reason.
Open Sat-Wed 3pm-1am, Thu-Fri noon-2am. Taj Dubai, Business Bay, www.tajdubai.com (04 438 3131).

Tong Thai

An upmarket Thai restaurant in Business Bay’s JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Tong Thai has a chic vibe with huge floor-to-ceiling windows and moody red lighting. It’s also a former winner of our Best Thai Restaurant in Dubai. The menu is exciting with some delicious classic dishes. Try the sharing platter to start to kick off your meal with a variety of flavours.
Open daily 6pm-midnight. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay, www.jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com (04 414 3000).



Cafés in Business Bay

Khao Siam 45

It can be difficult to find good-value, tasty Thai food in Dubai. Sure, there are the big hitters but with those prime locations comes pricey food. On the budget end of the scale you have a few chains as well as (Time Out Dubai award-winning) Café Isan in Jumeirah Lakes Towers, but in the Business Bay, the pickings are slim. Enter Khao Siam 45, a tiny, unlicensed spot overlooking the Dubai Water Canal. The menu’s pretty compact and all dishes come in under Dhs50. Choices include salads, curries, soups, and noodle and rice dishes. Of course, there’s mango sticky rice for dessert, too.
Open daily noon-9pm. Bayswater Tower, Business Bay (052 236 4945).

Mama'esh

“Palestine is a bite away.” That’s the mantra of Mama’esh. And goodness, does it deliver. With two sites in Dubai – Business Bay and Al Manara – you’ll find utterly exquisite food at both. Appetisers include Palestinian musakhan rolls, maqdous with walnut and the self-explanatory drool-fest – oven-baked halloumi. And with prices averaging from Dhs13 to Dhs23 per mama’esh or fatayer, you can afford to fill up here every day.
Open daily 7am-1am. Bayswater Tower, Business Bay (04 453 8166).

Raju Omlet

Eggs, in all forms. That’s pretty much what Raju Omlet is all about. And that simplicity really works at this quirky Indian joint in Business Bay. And it’s a total bargain. Two protein-packed, intensely flavoursome dishes that will keep you full for hours, plus two sweet little cups of tea for less than Dhs50? It’s a no-brainer for an excellent breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Open daily 8am-11pm. Bay Avenue, Business Bay (04 388 7755).

Muhammad Iqbal Restaurant

Never judge a book by its cover, or a restaurant before you’ve tried the food. This assuming Pakistani restaurant in Business Bay serves up pocket-friendly dishes such as biryani, platters of grilled meats and moreish parathas. The portions are generous and the flavours are authentic, plus who can complain about getting cheap and tasty grub at any hour of the day?
Open 24-hours. Clover Bay Tower, Business Bay (04 422 9435).

Brews Café

The little café in Business Bay has a lovely ambiance if you’re in the mood for freshly brewed coffee and vinyl beats. Go there for the all-day breakfast, the chilled vibes and the vegan www.timeoutdubai.com/vegandubai brownies.
Open daily 9am-11pm. Marasi Drive, Business Bay (04 564 5396).



Hotels in Business Bay

DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai - Business Bay

Located in Business Bay’s Bay Square on the Dubai Water Canal and just ten minutes away from Downtown Dubai and The Dubai Mall, DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai - Business Bay is home to top restaurants too including Belgian bar Le Petit Belge, which offers a huge range of deals, from happy hours to a lively ladies’ night and the first PizzaExpress Live outside of the UK which combines fresh pizzas (and those moreish dough balls) with live performances including music, stand-up comedy and live sport. There’s also a sports bar, Bay Club, and an all-day dining restaurant, My Square. The central hotel also offers a free shuttle to the Downtown Dubai tourist attractions and La Mer and a 24-hour fitness centre complete with sauna and an outdoor pool.
Bay Square, Business Bay, www.hilton.com/en/hotels/dxbbbdi-doubletree-dubai-business-bay/ (04 551 1544).

Grand Millennium Business Bay Hotel

With breathtaking views of Dubai Water Canal and a convenient Business Bay location close to Downtown Dubai and all its attractions, Grand Millennium Business Bay is a newer addition to the Business Bay hotel scene. The hotel has 251 rooms and suites and eight restaurants and bars, including Beau Rivage Bistro, which serves up European-inspired dishes.
Business Bay, www.millenniumhotels.com/en/dubai/grand-millennium-business-bay-dubai (04 873 3333).

JW Marriott Marquis Dubai

Comprising two iconic towers, the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai is the world’s second tallest hotel (having been knocked off its perch in 2018 by Gevora Hotel, just down the Sheikh Zayed Road) and it’s packed full of cool places to go. It also has a top location in Business Bay by the Dubai Water Canal and is not too far from The Dubai Mall. There are also loads of restaurants, bars and clubs in this trendy hotel. Whatever cuisine you’re after you’re likely to find – from Japanese at Izakaya, Latin American at Hotel Cartagena (which also boasts 360-degree panoramic views from the 72nd floor of the hotel), Canadian at Weslodge Saloon, pub food at Bridgewater Tavern, Italian at Positano, Thai at Tong Thai, steaks at Prime68 or Indian at Masala Library by the acclaimed Jiggs Kalra. Don’t miss Vault for stunning views across the city, and if you’re looking to throw some shapes visit New York-born nightclub 1OAK or Lebanese bar Seven Sisters. After all that partying (and eating) you might need a break so it’s time to head to the luxurious Saray Spa with a traditional hammam, a Dead Sea floatation pool – complete with underwater speakers so they don’t miss a beat – 17 treatment rooms, a state-of-the-art health club and fitness facilities.
Business Bay, www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/dxbjw-jw-marriott-marquis-hotel-dubai (04 414 0000).

ME Dubai

Spanish hotel brand Meliá recently opened its second hotel in Dubai this year – ME Dubai. With hotels in London, Miami and Ibiza, this latest Dubai one is part of the Opus development and was designed entirely by architectural legend, the late architect Dame Zaha Hadid. The swanky hotel boasts 93 rooms and suites and top dining options including ROKA London Japanese robatayaki restaurant.
www.melia.com.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Waterfront

The Radisson Blu, Dubai Waterfront in Business Bay has spectacular views of the Burj Khalifa and (somewhat unsurprisingly) the Dubai Water Canal and is a five-minute jaunt away from The Dubai Mall and The Dubai Fountain. It also boasts 342 rooms, ranging from family rooms to suites and when it comes to dining, the options aren’t too shabby either. FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar serves up Midwestern-inspired grub and veggie dishes and features a spectacular outdoor terrace. Alternatively, head to The Larder for a Nordic-inspired menu or to Nelson’s for a sports bar experience. Abraj is perfect to pick up a quick sarnie and a coffee, while Makar is a cosy bar offering mixed drinks and cigars. There’s also a fully equipped gym and outdoor pool and the hotel’s branch of Dreamworks Spa offers a wide range of treatments using techniques from around the world.
Business Bay, www.radissonhotels.com/en-us/hotels/radisson-blu-dubai-waterfront (04 249 7800).

Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai

Getting in a quick staycay is always high on the priority list for Dubai residents, and there are many fantastic ways to enjoy the city. This hotel has 298 guest rooms, including 65 suites, so you’re sure to find something to suit, should you choose to stay here. Situated in Business Bay, this hotel lies on the banks of the Dubai Water Canal and offers views out over the water on one side, and towards the iconic Burj Khalifa on the other. The hotel itself offers a number of restaurants and bars, including Morimoto, the first Dubai branch of the internationally renowned Japanese restaurant. Set on the 23rd and 24th floor, the restaurant boasts four terraces as well as a teppanyaki table and sushi bar. There's also French restaurant Bleu Blanc, while BASTA! is an Italian restaurant fusing food from Rome, Florence and Naples.
Business Bay, renaissance-hotels.marriott.com/renaissance-downtown-hotel-dubai (04 512 5555).

Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay

Sandwiched between the Burj Khalifa and Business Bay, the Steigenberger offers added sophistication to the ever-changing Downtown Dubai skyline. The first Steigenberger Hotel in the region, this luxury property spans 20 floors with views of the Dubai Water Canal and Sheikh Zayed Road. Designed for business travellers, it has 367 rooms, including 28 suites, all adorned with modern, minimalist interiors. When it comes to restaurants and nightlife spots, inside there’s all-day-dining restaurant Bayside Restaurant & Terrace, coffee lounge and takeaway spot Das Café, traditional German bakery Brothaus, rooftop Swim & Tonic pool bar, and casual bar and restaurant The Backyard.
Business Bay, www.steigenberger.com/en/hotels/all-hotels/dubai/dubai/steigenberger-hotel-business-bay (04 369 0000).

Taj Dubai

The Burj Khalifa is one of the most recognisable structures in the world and its breath-taking size is enjoyed by millions every year. However, one of the best places in Business Bay to soak in the views is at the luxurious Indian-themed Taj Dubai. The five-star hotel sits in the heart of Business Bay and is in close proximity to other major sights such as The Dubai Mall, The Dubai Fountain and Downtown Dubai. Restaurant-wise you'll fine British favourites at The Eloquent Elephant – a brilliant English gastropub with a modern flair and screens showing top sport. You’ll also find international cuisine at Tesoro, and Asian street food bites at the funky Miss Tess. Fancy Indian food? Head to Bombay Brasserie, and some hideaway, chilled-out vibes at terrace bar, Treehouse. Meanwhile one of the hotel’s most popular features is the swanky party spot Billionaire Mansion, which boasts top food, live entertainment over dinner and a separate nightclub.
Business Bay, www.tajhotels.com/en-in/taj/taj-dubai (04 438 3100).

The Oberoi, Dubai

The Oberoi, Dubai offers spacious, comfortable rooms, indoor and al fresco dining destinations and more. The newest restaurant to open its doors in the Business Bay hotel is La Mezcaleria – a super cool Mexican restaurant and bar that boasts some top-notch views of Burj Khalifa to enjoy alongside your tacos. There’s also relaxed and casual Italian eatery MATTO, Indian eatery Ananta and an all-day dining restaurant, Nine7One.

Business Bay, www.oberoihotels.com/hotels-in-dubai (04 444 1444).



Bars, Clubs, Pubs and Nightlife in Business Bay


1OAK


This swanky VIP club from the US brings whole bunch of swagger and luxurious nights out to Business Bay. Its name is short for “one of a kind”, and adds to the city’s delightfully vast list of premium clubs and bars. Expect heaving music, some trippy, contemporary décor, sparklers in bottles and VIP tables lining a central dancefloor. This place is one of the trendiest night spots in town for a big night out.
Open Sun, Tue, Thu-Fri 11pm-4am. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay, 1oak-dubai.com (052 881 8888).

Billionaire Mansion

With live performances featuring contortionists, dancers, acrobats and more, this is a cool place in Business Bay to spend an evening. Don’t head here early – the club-meets-restaurant doesn’t get busy until later, which is all the more reason to spend time dressing up, as this is a fancy place. The food is actually surprisingly good for what is predominantly a nightlife venue and is an Italian-Japanese mish-mash. As the hour gets late the dining room gets livelier, and if you’re not dancing around the tables by close you’re doing it wrong.
Open Tue-Sun 7pm-3am. Taj Dubai, Business Bay (04 510 3100).

Café Artois at Bridgewater

If you’re looking for a laid-back sports bar, with some decent grub, this Business Bay Canal-side spot is a top choice. Café Artois at Bridgewater can be found in the outdoor space along the side of the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai that overlooks Dubai Water Canal. There’s a space for live music and picnic-style tables and tall benches. The indoor pub, Bridgewater Tavern is also pretty cool and decent for sports, too.
Open Sun-Wed 4pm-midnight; Thu-Fri 4pm-2am; Sat noon-2am. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay, www.jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com (04 414 3000).

Hotel Cartagena

Arrive here and you’ll be immediately struck by the creative and colourful, jungle-inspired décor and backdrop, which extends throughout this lofty bar, which resides on the 72nd floor of the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai in Business Bay. This Latin American hotspot offers equally mesmeric views out the window – with huge, 360-degree floor-to-ceiling windows dishing up spectacular vistas across Dubai.
Open daily 5.30pm-3am. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay (04 560 1799).

La Mezcaleria

From the same team that runs Iris, WHITE Dubai, WHITE Beach and Drai’s, you can expect some cool late night vibes from this Business Bay Mexican restaurant and bar.
Open daily 5pm-3am. The Oberoi Dubai, Business Bay (050 423 4044).

Makar

This cute Scottish bar in Business Bay serves up classic mixed drinks, a range of Scottish beverages and hefty snacks. The homely bar is decked out with authentic paintings, dark leather furnishings and a fully-stocked bar. The bar snacks menu is also worth sampling, starring plenty of traditional dishes including a bridie (a bit like a Scottish pasty) with brown sauce gravy, Angus sliders, cured salmon and of course haggis, neeps and tatties if you’re after something more substantial. Don’t miss the Scotch eggs with piccalilli – which are huge and meaty, showcasing gloriously glossy yellow yolks.
Open daily 10am-1am. Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Waterfront (04 249 7800).

Nelson's

This pub arrived on the Dubai nightlife scene in early 2020 and lives at Business Bay’s Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Waterfront. The range of drinks is impressive and there are plenty of reasons for people to visit, especially if they live near to the Business Bay hotel.
Open daily noon-2am. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Waterfront, Business Bay (04 249 7800).

PizzaExpress Live

One of the things you can be sure of when heading to any branch of PizzaExpress around the world is that you know what you’re going to get. And that is fresh, crispy-based pizza and lashings of garlic butter. And while that all rings true for PizzaExpress Live in Business Bay, you’ll also find something you won’t get in your average outlet of the global chain – some pretty awesome entertainment.  With a laid-back yet fun vibe, some decent acts and pizza you can rely on, this is a great spot to visit if you’re after some live entertainment.
Open Sat-Wed noon-1am, Thu-Fri noon-2am. DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai – Business Bay (04 566 5722).

Poppy

This trendy, speakeasy-style bar is hidden away in the Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Business Bay. It’s tucked away with wooden shutters and massive comfy chairs. It’s so secret that there are no public pictures of it, however, we’ve visited and we can attest to its coolness. It boasts filament lighting, moody décor and a menu with interesting mixed drinks.
Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Business Bay.

Seven Sisters

Low-level rooftop party vibes arrive at this Business Bay hangout late in the evening, but sundowner time gives you gorgeous views out over Dubai Water Canal and an open-air spot for mixed drinks, light bites and a swanky evening.
Open daily 6pm-3am. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay (056 775 4777).

The Eloquent Elephant

This feels like a bit of a classier take on your local bar, with salted popcorn to munch on to your heart’s content (no peanuts here). There’s a new outdoor terrace that’s nice enough, if not massive, and a weekly pub quiz that gets packed out. The food is excellent, and there’s a dedicated vegan menu. A decent place to stop for a pie and a pint.
Open Sat-Wed 3pm-1am, Thu-Fri noon-2am. Taj Dubai, Business Bay, www.tajdubai.com (04 438 3131).

Treehouse

A popular rooftop bar that boasts views of Burj Khalifa from its Business Bay vantage point. Entirely al fresco, it goes into a marquee-style cover during the summer so you can enjoy the views and vibes all year around.
Open daily 6pm-2am. Taj Dubai, Business Bay (058 827 2763).

Weslodge Saloon

This Canadian export may be more of a hipster hangout back in its home country, but that doesn’t quite fit the profile at its branch in Dubai. This is one for the classy bunch of the city. Not only does it boast thrilling views of Sheikh Zayed Road and Business Bay from its 68th floor location, as well as classic leather sofas standing toe-to-toe with deep-set comfy chairs, it also offers some top-notch dishes. The cherry on top? An assortment of brilliant mixed drinks to choose and sip on.
Open daily 6pm-2am. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay, www.jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com (04 560 1700).



Attractions in Business Bay


Bay Avenue Park

A jogging track, two outdoor gyms, a skate park, a trampolining area, butterfly shaped light installations, lush green gardens, and uninterrupted views of the Burj Khalifa all make for a lovely neighbourhood park. It also conveniently has a Spinneys nearby so why not grab some snacks, bring a picnic blanket along and make an afternoon out of it (when the weather allows). The shining star at this Business Bay park is the free open-air skate park that attracts all levels of skateboarders. It’s quite small, and all concrete, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s easy. There are ramps to drop in, ledges, rails and slopes to grind and it is accessible for all levels and ages.
Open daily 24 hours. Al Amal Street, Business Bay.

Dubai Chocolate Academy

With academies across Europe, America and Asia, this academy is a chocolate-lovers dream. With courses such as panning (the artisan method of coating treats in chocolate), chocolate carving, the art of pastries, baking and more, it’s time to get schooled in chocolate.
Prices vary per course. Ontario Tower, Business Bay, www.chocolate-academy.com (04 278 2000).

Dubai Water Canal

This is a great spot to explore in winter weather. The 3.2km project winds to the Arabian Gulf from the Creek in Old Dubai, through Business Bay. The Canal itself ranges in width from 80m to 120m while it is 6m deep. There are also 7,800 million litres of water held in it, plus five Water Canal marine transport stations, making it an easy place to get around. Perfect for a lazy meander, a run or a bike ride, there’s a 3km jogging track and 12km cycle path for those who want to keep fit. If you’re after something spectacular, don’t miss the mechanical waterfall, where the Canal meets the Sheikh Zayed Road Bridge. Made up of 80 water pumps, the waterfall can actually be “switched off” when boats travelling on the Canal approach, thanks to a sensor that picks up their proximity.

The Farmer’s Market at Bay Avenue Park

This community-led initiative in Business Bay supports local organic farmers with a rent-free space to showcase their home-grown produce, selling it directly to customers without any middle man. This is where consumers can connect directly to growers, and regular customers can even bring in their own seeds they’d like farmers to grow, or place orders for their preferred food of choice. Greens aren’t the only produce on offer, as foodies can also get honey, eggs, bread, sweets and pastries from the many market stalls. The Farmer’s Market runs every Friday and Saturday from 8am until goods are sold out during the cooler months – check its Facebook page advance before venturing out.
Fri and Sat 7am-3pm. Bay Avenue Park, Business Bay, www.facebook.com/thefarmersmarketontheterrace.

Mountain Extreme

Budding (or very much active) climbing enthusiasts, you now have new weekend plans. Mountain Extreme offers two huge walls for the eager clamberers among us, who really like a harness-based challenge. While there are a couple of beginner walls, as well as a bouldering wall too – for the climbers who prefer to freestyle it a bit more, at a lower height, without the need for harnesses and all that jazz. We tried it out along with Spider-Man (don’t ask) – click here to visit the Time Out GGG YouTube channel and see how we got along.
Dhs100 for a day pass with packages and memberships available. Open Sun-Thu noon-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm. Capital Golden Tower, Business Bay, www.mtnextreme.com (04 446 6080).



Fitness Centres and Gyms in Business Bay

BARE

Claiming to be the worlds “most effective science-backed workout”, get ready to combine HIIT and weights and burn up to 1,000 calories at the BLACK class. The Business Bay studio has a party vibe and skilled instructors to help keep you motivated.
Open Sun-Thu 6am-9pm, Fri-Sat 9am-midnight. Clover Bay Tower, Business Bay, www.bare.fitness (054 455 0597).

Bay Yoga Center

This yoga joint was designed considering the holistic development for all kind of yoga practitioners regardless of their age and various forms of practices. They offer a space to practice, interact, communicate, teach and learn and offer a variety of different yoga classes from Bikram, hatha, vinyasa and power yoga, Pilates and even a yoga teacher training programme.
Open Sat-Thu 8.30am-10pm, Fri 8am-6pm. Grosvenor Business Tower, Business Bay, www.bayyoga.ae (04 425 5960).

Business Bay CrossFit

Does size really matter? This is one of the smallest CrossFit studios in Dubai, and perhaps even the UAE, but that allows BBCF to keep the classes small and intimate, ensuring that everyone is always looked after and it also aids them in building that “family” feel with a maximum of eight people per session. CrossFit may seem intimidating to some but BBCF takes a great deal of pride in their programme for beginners, so if you’re new to CrossFit (or exercise in general) you have nothing to worry about here. If you’re a pro-crossfitter, they also offer an advanced programme and have had two of their athletes compete at the Dubai Fitness Championship.
Open daily. Windsor Manor, Business Bay, www.businessbaycrossfit.com (056 778 3271).

Core Club Pro

This boutique Business Bay gym offers a fun approach to fitness and wellness. Classes vary from Lagree Fitness (a high-intensity low impact muscular endurance workout), PoundFit (a drumming workout), BollyWOD Fit, Dance Fitness, TRX, Zumba and yoga. Who said getting fit wasn’t fun?
Open Sun-Wed 6am-9pm, Thu-Sat 10am-7pm. The Exchange Tower, Business Bay, www.coreclubpro.com (04 240 3304).

Dhyana Dubai

A luxury and well-equipped studio offering private or group classes ranging from Pilates and different styles of yoga – vinyasa, Ashtanga, hatha, power yoga, vinyasa and even Kundalini. With views of Downtown Dubai and the Burj Khalifa you’ll find your zen here.
Open Sat-Thu 8am-8.30pm. The Oberoi Centre, Business Bay, www.dhyanadubai.com (04 551 5727).

Fitness First

Fitness First Business Bay is a state-of-the-art 19,000 square feet health club for men and women with Platinum standard facilities. There’s a large open gym packed with all the fitness equipment you can think of, an external lounge with an entertainment like video wall and a pool table, a GX studio with views of the Burj Khalifa, a spinning studio, a Core Juice Bar, steam and sauna rooms, the list goes on…
Open Sat-Thu 5.30am-11pm; Fri 7am-9pm. Vision Tower, Business Bay, www.uae.fitnessfirstme.com (04 232 8002).

Full Circle Body Fitness

Are you one of those people with a jam-packed schedule and no time work out? Well, Full Circle Body Fitness can fix that problem with EMS aka Electric Muscle Stimulation. Just 20-minutes a week can keep your body fit and help burn those calories.
Open daily 10am-10pm. The Binary Tower, Business Bay, www.fullcircle.ae (054 320 2031).

GFX Fitness Gym

Love spinning but don’t feel like you’re going anywhere? The Trip by Les Mills is for you. This exciting version of exercise is a virtual reality spin class, where riders immerse themselves on a fast-paced, digital journey. It’s designed to be a high-intensity workout, combining bursts of sprints with periods of rests as you prepare for the next part of the journey. Don’t fancy that? There are loads of other classes at GFX in Business Bay too, from Zumba to Body Pump, swing yoga and Tabata to get you breaking a sweat.
Open Sun-Thu 6am-10pm, Fri-Sat 9am-10pm. Executive Towers, Business Bay, www.gfx.ae (04 425 5940).

Pilates Academy

Pilates is seriously hard work and down at Business Bay’s Pilates Academy they want you to get the most out of your work out. They also offer Cardiolates, barre, silk suspension classes and more.
Open daily. Prime Tower, Business Bay, www.pilatesacademydubai.com (050 217 3022).

UFC Gym

Fancy training like Conor McGregor? With state-of-the-art equipment, and a motivating community, the Middle East’s first UFC gym has far more to offer than purely martial arts-based activities. They offer a huge range of classes from boxing, Pilates, yoga, MMA, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, kickboxing, and much more.
Open daily 5:30am-11pm. Bay Square, Business Bay, www.ufcgym.me (800 832 496).

Urban Yoga

This cool, warehouse-style space offers yoga with a view. The massive, high-ceilinged studios have huge windows affording amazing vistas out across Downtown Dubai. With a range of cool classes, including some especially for men, there are also weekend workshops and rooftop yoga sessions, making it all-in-all a pretty trendy place for exercise.
Open daily. Executive Towers, Business Bay, www.urbanyoga.ae (04 369 7882).

Warehouse Gym

With no detail spared, and a one-of-a-kind location on the Dubai Water Canal this Business Bay gym will help you bulk up your Instagram account as well as your muscles with its distinctive urban industrial vibe. The airy ground floor is stacked full with an array of rigs and weights for cross-functional workouts, while the upper floor is home to cardio machines and a multi-purpose studio offering classes like boxing and TRX. Post work-out comes the best bit (in our opinion). Reward your efforts with a range of healthy offerings in the onsite café including snacks and juices.
Open Sat-Thu 6am-10pm, Fri 8am-4pm, Sat 8am-5pm. O-14 Tower, Business Bay, www.whgym.com (04 770 8109).


Housing in Business Bay

The Business Bay neighbourhood continues to increase in popularity, and that’s reflected in the amount of residential space available. Prices from Propertyfinder.ae for a one-bed vary from Dhs60,000 annually to around Dhs100,000 depending on the location of the tower, with most around the Dhs70,000-Dhs80,000 mark attracting young professionals, many of whom work in nearby Downtown Dubai or DIFC.

There’s also no sign of slowing down with the Marasi Business Bay project set to be completed by 2023.

The Dhs1 billion development will stretch 7.4km along the Dubai Water Canal and once completed will also include the Park, the Pier and the Marina with the goal of “transforming the bustling commercial hub into a truly urban lifestyle destination”.

Once complete Marasi Business Bay will also include the Park, the Pier and the Marina, which will eventually comprise 700 berths stretching along the Dubai Water Canal, making it the region’s first purpose-built yachting hub at the heart of the city.
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