In the shadows of the city’s towering centrepiece and within walking distance of the world’s largest mall, it’s hard to find a place more quintessentially ‘Dubai’ than Downtown. Sitting between DIFC and Business Bay, it can be pricier than many other areas, and is mainly populated with well-paid Western and Indian expats. Transport links are great, with a footbridge now under construction to link Dubai Mall with Burj Khalifa metro station, while car access is easier than it once was thanks to the completion of Defence Roundabout. Top spots to eat and drink include Calabar at The Address Downtown, Nezesaussi at Al Manzil Hotel, and Rivington Grill and Left Bank at Souk Al Bahar. Studio, Burj Khalifa Size:
546 sq ft.
It may be the tallest building in the world, but its apartments are still relatively affordable, with the range of 900 studio, one-, two-, three- and four-bed apartments starting from Dhs100,000 a year. Some residents report that the draconian security measures can be a drag – but what a name to boast, and imagine the view.Agent:
Asteco Properties (04 403 7700).Rent:
Dhs100,000 (two cheques). One-bed apartment, 8 Boulevard Walk Size:
916 sq ft.
To help you make the most of Dubai’s year-round sunshine, this spacious one-bed features a huge terrace overlooking the heart of Downtown. Its location borders on perfection: positioned just off the ‘nerve centre’ of Emaar Boulevard, the 35-floor block boasts an equidistant ten-minute walk to both The Dubai Mall and the metro station, and features a 24-hour Al Maya supermarket on the ground floor. Helpfully for new arrivals, the apartment is decked out in surprisingly tasteful, modern furnishings.
Apex Properties (04 450 8666).
Dhs90,000 (two cheques). Two-bed apartment, The LoftsSize:
One of the most well-known developments in Downtown, the three towers that make up The Lofts are perennially popular thanks to their easily accessible location. They’re set to be downgraded shortly with the construction of a new tower blocking the Burj Khalifa views – but this should make now the ideal time to bag a bargain. This two-bed is just two minutes’ walk from both The Dubai Mall and the metro.Agent:
Apex properties (04 450 8666).Rent:
Dhs105,000 (two cheques). Four-bed villa, Kamoon, Old TownSize:
2,699 sq ft.
For a touch of quiet in the bustling Downtown district, check out the (really rather new) ‘Old Town’. These low-rise blocks, featuring atmospheric walkways, great communal pools and a scattering of shops, are the ideal spot for well-off DIFC types to nurture a family – which is why we’ve picked this four-bed (plus a maid’s room) in Kamoon, complete with walk-in closets and covered parking.Agent:
Rania Real Estate Brokers (055 660 3200).
Dhs270,000 (two cheques).View Dubai rent by area