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Dubai International Finance Centre, also known as DIFC, provides a city within a city experience with a complete range of community-enhancing lifestyle activities and events. At the same time, DIFC continues its popularity as the financial hub in the Middle East. The area forms the commercial hub of the emirate where urbanites come together to set up home, make a living and socialise.

Single expats working in the finance industry
Living in DIFC offers more than a scenic walk around the block, with a number of restaurants, lounges, art galleries, gyms and convenience stores right at your doorstep.

It’s modern city living with a vibrant pace all week round of financial workers, gallery goers and evening diners. High-rise apartments dominate the residential quarters and overlook other skyscrapers and luxury hotels.

DIFC weekends are ideal as they offer something for everyone, from standup comedy shows, the latest art exhibitions from around the world to a lively atmosphere set by a variety of food and beverage joints.

Singles and young professionals
The DIFC neighbourhood offers all the elements found in the world’s most successful financial industry ecosystems. Dubai strikes a good balance between the time zones of Hong Kong and Tokyo in the east and New York and London in the west and is seen as an excellent hub for global corporations; most of them are located in the DIFC area and employ a lot of DIFC’s residents. Employees in this part of town expect the best, so as well as offices DIFC houses some of the best places for fine dining in Dubai.

DIFC is central and fashionable
The area offers high-end retailers, world-class restaurants and the best in international contemporary art and entertainment. There’s a reason why DIFC is often affectionately coined as the “Dubai International Food Court” – some of the titans of Dubai’s dining scene are located in the corridors and alleyways of DIFC and the majority of of them are located at Gate Village.

NOT SO GREAT FOR calm seekers DIFC is the definition of city-life. There are no beaches, very few many gardens, and it may be considered to be far by those living in ‘New Dubai’. Overall, DIFC is not considered a desirable residential community by those with families or people who don’t like highly populated areas.

New retail developments in stages of completion
With the completion of the retail spine in the DIFC, as well as the Brookfield building nearly done, new retail and F&B businesses are expected to flourish in the area, making it more lively on weekends. DIFC once seemed like a dead zone on weekends but this is starting to gradually change.

The area benefits from close proximity to Downtown Dubai, which is sort of a demand feeder. Residents who work in the area can walk to their office if those are located either at the DIFC itself or even in Downtown Dubai.

A live-work-play community. There is a very trendy area close to the metro and Dubai Mall and it has good access to the older parts of Dubai as it is central located well. It’s best suited to hip and trendy over-layers.