Downtown Dubai is no stranger to such accolades and yet it’s hard to overstate the prominence of this community.
Comprising illustrious neighbourhoods such as the Opera District, Burj Plaza, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, the 500-acre settlement houses numerous vertical and lateral developments that are home to tens of thousands of residents.
Downtown Dubai is flanked by superlative structures – the breathtaking Dubai Mall and awe-inspiring Dubai Opera rest on either side of Emaar’s crown jewel, Burj Khalifa. Surging over 800 metres into the sky, the 500 kilo-tonne amalgamation of concrete, steel and aluminium is the tallest residential tower in the world. Opulent hotels line the carriageway, with other commercial, shopping and leisure venues scattered throughout open green spaces dotted with lakes and fountains. Statues, sculptures and other works of art abound the pedestrian walkways embroidering the neighbourhoods.
It’s not all about intricate craftsmanship and remarkable engineering though – Downtown Dubai’s pulse is inflamed by an underlying communal spirit, a sense of togetherness that’s nourished by events, festivals and celebrations held over the year.
By coalescing a global icon, tourist attractions and residential dwellings into the world's most exclusive master community, Downtown Dubai delimits the realms of architectural audacity – it’s a place where every corner is a memorable landmark, every structure a spectacle to behold.