Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)
Whenever you hear the word business hub the picture that comes to mind is of tall, high-end buildings, wide streets full of professionals with suitcases and Entrepreneur meetings in a top-class restaurant or café. This is typically the vibe that hits you once you cross the Gate, which is the impressive main entrance of the DIFC Dubai area, the leading financial hub for the Middle East, South Asia and Africa. But to give it justice we must say that there is much more to this area than the typical fancy business square described earlier. The area is a mixed-use community providing a high-end residential area full of shopping, leisure and service options besides the business hub that it is.
You enter the Gate to a splendid avenue lined with the best restaurants in the city and of the top names in the world, you will be able to have an exceptional dining experience and try flavors of top kitchens from different parts of the world. The place is packed with pleasant surprises of stunning scenery and fantastic art pieces that would catch your eye wherever you look. The underground space of the Gate is called the Avenue, and it’s a marketplace of luxury brands and high-end global shops, it’s considered the lavish mall of the area. But again, in DIFC there is always more to the thing than you expect, the mall could be considered a great art exhibition with the large number of galleries and ateliers it hosts. DIFC Dubai may be the favorite place for art lovers just as it is for professionals.
The area is a complex of tall buildings and skyscrapers that contain the offices of more than two thousand active registered companies, beside some luxurious residential buildings surrounded by manicured green areas and open spaces.
The neighborhood is best suited for those who prefer living in a vibrant environment taking in the urban city life to the fullest. It can be the perfect haven for professionals who work in the area or nearby, especially that the community offers a number of elegant studios and 1-bedroom apartments the most sought-after type of residences by single people and young couples.
On the other hand, the area is very well served with different kinds of facilities that families consider essential making it suitable for families as well.
DIFC is very well served in terms of transportation, as there are two metro stations only walking distance from the neighborhood, besides the availability of taxis and a number of bus lines.
DIFC location is conveniently close to the city’s attractions and main areas. It’s only a 6-9 minutes’ drive to Downtown Dubai or you can easily use the metro from one of the closest metro stations, Financial Centre metro station and Emirates Towers metro station to Burj Khalifa/ Dubai Mall Metro station to find yourself in the center of the city with less than 5 minutes
You could never get bored in DIFC, between the shops and galleries you can visit and the stunning streets and squares where you can walk and stroll where you’d probably catch some event or a street band happening you will have a lot to fill your free time. Nonetheless, when you seek some change of scenery, all of Dubai’s attractions are within reach for you. You could decide to visit the Dubai Downtown at any time to enjoy an opera show or Dubai mall and its fountain as it’s just 5 minutes away.
Schools and education institutions
DIFC provides some nurseries and preschools for the youngsters, so families with kids can be rested so they won’t need to go elsewhere getting their children to and from school. The older kids can attend school and high school in one of the nearby areas, 5-10 minutes away.
Some of the closest schools and preschools to the residential area:
- Hummingbird Preschool DIFC
- Best Kidz Nursery
- GEMS Wellington Primary School
- London Business School Dubai Centre
A number of health care centers like clinics and hospitals are available in DIFC, so you don’t have to go far for check-ups or in case of emergency.