Downtown Dubai Holidays

The huge Downtown Dubai development is modern Dubai at its most futuristic and flamboyant and perfectly showcases the Emirate's desire to offer more luxury, glitz and shopping opportunities than anywhere else in the world. Set back from the sea, the area is awash with towering skyscrapers, upscale hotels, the enormous Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa. Positioned adjacent to the Jumeirah shoreline, the Pearl Jumeirah is a reclaimed island set to become an elite address along the beachfront.

Standing at over 2,716 feet and with more than 160 stories the iconic Burj Khalifa is the world's tallest building and is one of Dubai's greatest sights. There are two observation decks at level 125 and 148, the latter being the highest outdoor observation deck in the world, from where you can enjoy simply breathtaking views of the city below and desert beyond. We highly recommend booking tickets in advance as this is a very popular attraction.

The buzzing Downtown Dubai district is also home to the vast Dubai Mall, where you'll find over 1,300 shops and just about every fashion brand in the world. However, the mall is not simply a place to shop as it also has a myriad of other attractions, namely the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo; the Dubai Ice Rink; DubaiDino; KidZania®; cinemas; The Emirates A380 Experience; VR Park, Hysteria and GOAL! There are also around 200 cafes and restaurants, including various food courts and the bustling waterside terrace at the back of the mall, which overlooks the Dubai Fountain.

Set on the 30 acre Burj Lake, the Dubai Fountain features water that jets up to 450ft high and crowds gather to watch the captivating water, music and light performances each evening. It's also possible to book tickets for the Dubai Fountain Lake Ride, ensuring you have front row seats to the world's largest dancing fountain. The Dubai Fountain Boardwalk is the newest addition to the experience, which allows visitors to get even closer to the spectacle by strolling on a floating platform just 30 feet away from the fountains.

Located in the heart of the Opera District in Downtown Dubai, the iconic dhow-shaped building of Dubai Opera is the definitive destination for performing arts in Dubai. A wide variety of performances and events are hosted including theatre, opera, ballet, orchestras, concerts, fashion shows, live entertainment, galleries and art exhibitions.

Besides residences, the man-made Pearl Jumeirah also includes a unique Town Centre retail area, two open beaches, waterfront beach hotels and a promenade of just over a mile linking the development. The location affords spectacular sea views over the Arabian Gulf and the awe-inspiring Dubai skyline.

Essential facts about Downtown Dubai
Local Time

GMT +4 hours


UAE Dirham

Travel information

The transfer time from Dubai airport to Downtown Dubai is approximately 20 minutes.

Best time to go

Dubai enjoys virtually guaranteed year-round sunshine. Between December to February temperatures average in the mid-20sºC, rising up into the 30s from March to April and again from October to November. While the scorching temperatures between May-September may be too much for some (usually in excess of 40ºC), it’s one of the few destinations when it’s cheaper to visit during our school summer holidays, whether travelling with children or not.

Tourism Dirham charge

A Tourism charge is payable locally at all hotels and apartments in Dubai. Details will be advised at the time of booking.


During Ramadan, it is forbidden to eat, drink or smoke in public places (including hotels and those offering all inclusive) between sunrise and sunset; and no live entertainment is permitted. Hotels usually provide a private area where non-Muslims can eat during the day. Alcoholic drinks are not served in hotels (including those offering all inclusive) on dry days and other days stipulated by the government. Alcohol is available in Dubai hotels after sunset. Please ask for more details at time of booking.