Business Bay is the commercial capital of Dubai. A thriving business and office hub located at the heart of the city, it is easily accessible from the main Sheikh Zayed Road highway, and connects readily to Dubai’s other major urban centers, by road, and by metro.
Covering an area of 46.9 million sq. ft., it is the fastest developing area in Dubai making it one of the city’s most sought-after locations for both local and international businesses. This world-class development represents Dubai’s progress over the years as it played a crucial role in establishing and extending UAE’s economic role and success internationally.
Construction of Business Bay started in 2007 and its first phase was completed in 2015. Today, this mixed-use community is home to 240 buildings comprising commercial and residential developments. Being extremely well-connected, it has become an ideal destination for young professionals seeking a cosmopolitan fast-paced lifestyle.
In recent years, the district has seen increasing popularity as a residential area and is the site of several existing and upcoming luxury home developments. While the majority of Business Bay is dominated by glass-fronted skyscrapers, it is being further developed and beautified to make it a prime destination for residents and visitors alike, especially since the inauguration of the spectacular Dubai Water Canal.
Inaugurated in 2016, the Dubai Water Canal is one of Business Bay’s defining features. It is a three-kilometer-long man-made waterway that highlights the free-flowing waters of the historic Dubai Creek. Flanked by several leisure and lifestyle developments, it is fast becoming one of Dubai’s most exciting sites to visit.
Residential developments in Business Bay take up 22.1 percent of its total area, and most of the residential properties vary from studios and one to three-bedroom apartments to a select number of four-bedroom penthouses. The fast-paced vibe of the community has attracted a huge population, making it a multi-cultural neighborhood highly coveted for its prime location.
Nestled next to Downtown Dubai, residents of Business Bay benefit from quick access to some of the city’s finest leisure and entertainment attractions such as The Dubai Mall and Jumeirah Beach Park. Its exceptional location also rewards residents with breathtaking panoramic views of the stunning Burj Khalifa, the glistening Arabian Gulf, and Dubai’s iconic skyline.
There is a constant flow to Business Bay during the daytime, as young professionals file in and out of towering office buildings, head to and from meetings and explore corporate lunches at the many restaurants and hotels in the district. Evenings and weekends see an ebb in the office crowd as families take centre stage, enjoying the outdoor plazas of Bay Avenue or walks along the Canal promenade.
A shopping center built on the lower levels of the mixed-use Executive Towers complex, Bay Avenue is one of the key retail and dining destinations in Business Bay. It is a popular family spot, owing to the outdoor play areas, running tracks green spaces and open plazas that surround it.
This low-rise office complex is a breath of fresh air amidst the looming skyscrapers of the area, and is most notable for a wide variety of casual dining options and beautiful water features.
An extension of the historic Dubai Creek into the Business Bay and Jumeirah districts, the Dubai Water Canal has quickly established itself as one of the city’s most exciting attractions. Its banks will soon be home to the much-anticipated Al Habtoor City, and a massive retail and dining promenade is being developed around it.
Business Bay is home to several of Dubai’s leading five-star hotels, including the Taj Dubai, Oberoi Hotel, St. Regis Dubai, W Hotel and JW Marriott Marquis, which bears the distinction of being the tallest hotel in the world.