Community Guide: DIFC
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.
Business HubDIFC 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.
DIFC operates under its own legal and regulatory system, overseen by the DIFC Authority and DIFC Courts. It is a preferred place of business for international financial institutions for this reason, as all of their legal and broader administrative affairs can be managed through one central governing body.
Living in DIFCFor 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 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.
These are some of the key residential options in the district.
Sitting on the western edge of DIFC and quite close to the neighbouring Downtown district, Central Park Towers consists of a 45-storey Office Tower and a 47-storey Residential Tower. It is ideal for the busy professional, with a range of studios and one to three-bedroom apartments. There are also a select number of duplex, triplex and penthouse units available. A multi-level podium between the tower contains shops and restaurants, including a Spinneys supermarket for all your shopping essentials.
Central Park Towers
Index TowerOne 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 DamanThis 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.
Maze TowerOfficially known as the Al Rostamani Maze Tower, this building is located on the outskirts of DIFC and alongside the bustling Sheikh Zayed Road. It is split between 25 office floors and 24 residential floors that comprise one and two-bedroom apartments plus duplexes and penthouses near the top. What truly makes Maze Tower stand out is the feature for which it is named - two immense vertical mazes etched into the front and the rear facades of the tower. Each of the mazes is distinct and was designed by renowned puzzle designer Adrian Fisher. Amidst the glass and concrete towers of DIFC, Maze Tower offers an experience that is entirely unique.
LeisureAlthough DIFC is a business district, it is home to some of the most vibrant cultural and leisure attractions in Dubai. When you live at DIFC, you will enjoy immediate access to these destinations.
DIFC GateArchitecture is an important facet of DIFC. Each of its buildings is quite distinctive, and the district features a mix of imposing stone buildings as well as contemporary glass-fronted structures. The most iconic landmark within DIFC is the DIFC Gate, a stunning square arch formed out of two 12-storey office towers topped by a three-level covered bridge. This is the entryway to the district, fronted by a beautiful lawn and cleverly framed by a series of low-rise buildings to make it stand out. The lawn is often used as an event space, especially during special occasions. Even when there are no events, it serves as a relaxing green complement to its surroundings.
Gate VillageA cluster of ten interconnected low-rise buildings located next to The Gate, Gate Village is the social heart of DIFC and is reminiscent of high-end districts in New York. The highlight of Gate Village is the large podium that binds all the buildings together and contains a plethora of leisure options. Some of the very best restaurants in Dubai, including La Petite Maison, Cipriani, Boca and Zuma, are located here. Gate Village is also home to the DIFC Art Galleries, including Cuadro, the Opera Gallery and The Empty Quarter, showcasing contemporary artwork and photography from regional and international artists. Within this space you will also find The Capital Club, a members-only business club with exclusive benefits. This exceptional blend of art, culture and gourmet dining is not something you will find anywhere else in Dubai.