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The Dubai International Financial Centre, more commonly known as DIFC, is one of the most important legal and business centres in the Middle East region. Located off of Sheikh Zayed Road at the midpoint between the Dubai World Trade Centre and Downtown Dubai, DIFC is home to the headquarters of many leading financial institutions and law firms, as well as Dubai’s stock exchange, NASDAQ Dubai. It is a special economic zone, with its own independent legal framework and jurisdiction.
DIFC is also a major hub of arts and culture, renowned for its many art galleries, and several much-lauded gourmet restaurants. It is home to some of the city’s best-designed buildings, boasting a vibrant architectural mix.
DIFC is an area of contrasts. During the day, it is an archetypical corporate environment, where life moves at a brisk pace. After sunset, however, the district puts on a more casual air, as its dining and leisure venues step into the spotlight. Whether it’s due to young professionals unwinding after a long day or dedicated gourmands seeking out the city’s latest culinary offerings, including Zuma Dubai, DIFC bars and restaurants rarely have an empty table, even on weeknights.
This stunning square arch-shaped building sits at the official entrance to DIFC. It is home to offices, retail spaces and casual dining outlets, and overlooks an expansive green space that is ideal for spending a midday break.
This mixed-use complex is one of the most well-traveled areas in DIFC. Gate Village is home to the district’s art galleries, some of which serve as auction houses as well. It also contains fine dining outlets and more upscale casual restaurants, great for a corporate lunch or an evening drink.
This beautiful mixed-use tower lies just beyond the confines of the main DIFC area, and is most notable for its gourmet restaurants.