At the heart of Downtown is the world’s tallest tower, the shimmering Burj Khalifa, which points like a needle more than 800m skywards and contains exclusive apartments, the At The Top observatory, and the Armani Hotel Dubai. By its base are The Dubai Mall and Old Town, while the centrepiece is the spectacular Dubai Fountain, which draws crowds to witness the regular evening shows where jets of water shoot 150m into the air along the length of Burj Lake to modern and Arabic music. Take a seat at any of the restaurant terraces that line the lake for a perfect view; Mango Tree at Souk Al Bahar is particularly well placed.
The Dubai Mall & Souk Al Bahar
The Dubai Mall, one of the largest malls in the world, is full of top-end retail brands, an array of excellent eateries and some fantastic entertainment options such as Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, Dubai Ice Rink, Reel Cinemas and SEGA Republic. Old Town, which is home to the atmospheric Souk Al Bahar, takes strong influences from traditional Arabia, with windtowers, mosaics, courtyards, passageways and fortress-like finishes, all of which are beautifully lit at night.
Circling the Downtown complex is Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, which has a growing number of alfresco eateries and hangouts, including the ever-popular Reem Al Bawadi. It’s a wide and pleasant place to stroll, and popular with joggers.
Sheikh Zayed ROad
Just behind Downtown, the buzzing strip over on Sheikh Zayed Rd is known for the striking architecture of its high-rise residential buildings, office towers and top-class hotels including Jumeirah Emirates Towers and the Shangri-La. From Dubai World Trade Centre to Interchange One (known as Defence Roundabout), the wide, skyscraping 3.5km stretch is the subject of many a photo, as well as after-hours hook ups in the various happening hotspots.
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