Community Spotlight

Community Guide: DIFC

7 February 2023 Written by Arpan

Dubai International Financial Centre, also known as DIFC, is a major part of Dubai’s central business district, a vast area that includes corporate offices along the main highway of Sheikh Zayed Road, the Emirates Office Tower, part of Downtown Dubai and the Dubai World Trade Centre, which was previously the city’s financial nerve centre. DIFC is also an integral part of the newly announced Dubai Future District, which will become a focal point of innovation and economic development.

1. Business Hub

DIFC was envisioned to be the financial capital of Dubai and is one of the key financial centres of the Middle East region. Its commercial offering includes offices as well as coworking spaces, providing flexible options for firms of any size. Banking institutions, wealth management firms, fintech firms and real estate brokerages are the main commercial occupants of the district, along with retail and dining outlets.

Living in DIFC

2. Living in DIFC

For those who want to live close to the workplace and want to be in the heart of Dubai’s busy commercial centre, DIFC is a fantastic choice. It offers high-quality and well-designed apartments in DIFC with every major amenity you need at your doorstep or at most, a five-minute drive away. They are very well-priced property investments, offering a comfortable amount of space (a three-bedroom would be anywhere from 2,000 to upward of 3,500 sq ft) and some of the city’s highest rental yields.


Index Tower

One of the tallest skyscrapers in DIFC at 80 storeys and a height of 328 meters, Index Tower features offices on its lower levels with apartments starting at the 31st floor onwards. The top seven floors of the tower are taken up by duplex and triplex penthouses, which are among the most exclusive units in the city. Index Tower has been awarded ‘Best Tall Building in the Middle East & Africa’ and is very cleverly designed so that its apartments are shaded from direct sunlight and are energy-efficient. The lobby design also incorporates open spaces and a water feature to create a cool, well-ventilated atmosphere from the moment you walk in.

Burj Daman

This is a stunning mixed-use complex with a roughly F-shaped footprint comprising a residential and office tower, a hotel and a glass-walled podium housing restaurants and shops. The tallest of the towers is 65 storeys high and as Burj Daman is located at the far end of DIFC, it enjoys a panoramic view that encompasses the entire district and the stunning Dubai skyline.

Burj Daman external view

3. Prime Location

DIFC benefits from very ideal positioning in the city. It is essentially at the crossroads of what is considered to be Old Dubai, from the World Trade Centre heading towards Deira, and New Dubai, expanding along Sheikh Zayed Road towards Dubai Marina community. With its proximity to Dubai’s most important highway, DIFC affords easy connections whether you are commuting to work, heading to the beach, dropping the kids off at school or going to the airport.