Living, working, sightseeing and entertaining. Welcome to Business Bay! Until recently, the area nestled next to Downtown Dubai had been in the shadow of its glitzy neighbour to the north, whose high profile landmarks include the Burj Khalifa, Souk Al Bahar and The Dubai Mall. But Business Bay has now become one of Dubai’s most attractive residential, commercial, and business centres and will soon have quite a bit more waterfront property, as Dubai Water Canal approaches completion.
Business Bay mostly attracts young professionals looking for a fast-paced, cosmopolitan lifestyle. High-rise buildings are the name of the game. Residents include those that want to be close to downtown, but might not want to pay the premium rents. High end hotels also abound, with their usual attraction of entertainment and dining options.
With direct access to major highways, and its proximity to Downtown, Jumeirah, DIFC and other central touch points, Business Bay is becoming a gradual (albeit work-in-progress) extension to the Downtown Dubai strip. Expect more and more conveniently located retail and restaurant outlets to populate the neighborhood. Young couples and singles love the area’s convenient location and its high-rise buildings.
The area is ideal for young professionals who want to live in the heart of Dubai’s business district and stay close to its commercial hub, Downtown Dubai. Also conveniently located near a metro stop, some parts of Business Bay make it easy to live in Dubai without a car. Business Bay is a mixed residential / commercial space with wide streets, and traffic tends to be light within the neighbourhood. The same can not be said for Business Bay’s immediate neighbour to the north.
Business Bay offers excellent residential rent prices considering its proximity to Downtown and DIFC, with entertainment just a short drive away, and increasingly rearing its fun head in hotels throughout the community. In addition, residents say they love the amazing views of the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountains. Certainly not all towers and units have that view, but securing one that does forms a great reason to live in Business Bay.
The lifestyle in Business Bay can be defined as very business-oriented and fast-paced; you will see hurried people in suits and briefcases. On the other hand, Business Bay also has a very entertaining side, especially when it comes to nightlife on weekends.
Like in other high rising business districts, having a big family or large pets may be less than ideal in Business Bay. For those that admire the great expanses of Dubai’s largest villas, this area also might not be for you. The limited number of playgrounds, rush-hour traffic and mild pollution might scare off some parents. The streets are not as quiet as those small back roads in Jumeirah and Umm Suqeim, meaning children and aspiring athletes might not be as free to roam.
One additional complaint of residents, particularly those whose families enjoy the beaches of Dubai, is that the beaches are a drive away. Compared to other areas, including the Marina, Jumeirah, and Umm Suqeim, which provide walking or biking access to the beach, Business Bay is far.
Residents also lament that, both because it’s a work-in-progress area and because Business Bay houses a business district, there are fewer grocery stores and restaurants to choose from than one would prefer. The solution, of course, lies in any of the areas around Business Bay, but this is less convenient than having a multitude of options at your doorstep.
Traffic getting onto and off of Sheikh Zayed Road often sees delays during rush hours.
The residential apartments are quite spacious and airy here, as apartments go. From studios to 5 bedrooms and penthouses, Business Bay offers a complete range of rentals starting from 70,000 AED. Business Bay is a favourite amongst individuals looking for an upscale studio in a central area. The studios are spacious and well-lit.
In Business Bay, you will love just how close you are to Downtown, DIFC, and other areas of Dubai. Residents also love the availability of parking within Business Bay, which removes some of the hassle of inviting guests over to their part of town. The residential units in Business Bay offer beautiful views of the Arabian Gulf, Downtown Dubai, and the less developed side of Dubai.