Welcome to Business Bay

Business Bay is a 4.3 sq. km master development envisioned by HH Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, as the region’s business capital. The Central Business District, adjacent to Downtown, is made up of commercial high rises housing countless multinational and local companies, as well as premium and mid-range apartment buildings and hotels. Also inspired by the HH Sheikh Mohammed’s vision, the area was built along the waters of the man-made Dubai Canal, which offers up an appealing view for residents and business offices alike.

Commute times

  • Intl. Airport 25m. by car, 30m. by metro.
  • Downtown 10m. by car, 5m. by metro.
  • Bay Avenue Park 8m by car
  • JBR Beach 15m by car
  • Dubai Water Canal with pedestrian pathways 10 m by car

Nearest public transport

  • 🚇 Business Bay Station, Dubai Metro
  • 🚇 Dubai Mall/Burj Khalifa Station, Dubai Metro
Bike Friendly
Scooter Friendly

The heart of Dubai’s central business district.

Around the block

The lifestyle

The lifestyle in Business Bay is modern, fast-paced, and designed for those who thrive in a dynamic, urban environment. As the central business district of the city, Business Bay is home to international firms and financial institutions that attract a diverse mix of professionals, entrepreneurs, and executives. The neighborhood is known for its high-end office towers, stylish apartments, and upscale amenities.

One of the more recent additions to the area is the Dubai Canal, which opened to the public in 2016. It connects the historic neighborhood of Deira with the upscale areas of Business Bay and Downtown Dubai, adding to the city’s beauty and charm. It also features several pedestrian bridges, jogging tracks, and parks providing residents with easy access to the water and spectacular views of the city skyline.


It’s dining galore in Business Bay, home to over 300 of the best restaurants and dining establishments. The area boasts a diverse dining scene with options to suit all tastes and budgets, ranging from high-end dining experiences to casual eateries. Here are some suggestions to get you inspired: 

  • Hotel Cartagena at Level 72 of JW Mariott Marquis; a Latin American inspired cuisine experience with an authentic identity behind the unique design and layout — approx. AED 500 for 2 people
  • Seven Sisters at the JW Mariott Marquis; with beautiful views of the Dubai Canal, this Mediterranean/Asian food destination is perfect spot for nights out with friends — approx. AED 440 for 2 people
  • The Maine Land Brasserie at Zaha Hadid’s Magnum Opus; exudes a timeworn brasserie vibe with a popular menu combining fresh fish, shellfish, steaks, and cocktails — approx. AED 360 for 2 people
  • Tabu at the St. Regis Downtown Marasi Drive; a high-end restaurant and lounge serving Japanese food with a twist and constant avant-garde entertainment where guests may least expect it — approx. AED 500 for 2 people


There is a lively and vibrant nightlife scene in Business Bay that offers a range of entertainment options, including upscale bars and nightclubs, rooftop lounges, and stylish cocktail bars. Many of them are located in intimate settings at luxury hotels that offer stunning views of the city skyline and the Dubai Canal and are complemented by live music and top DJ performances. Fan favorites include:

  • Monkey Bar, 25hours Hotel One Central
  • La Mezcaleria
  • 1 OAK
  • The Unlucky Cat

You don’t want to miss this…

  • La Perle by Dragone (tickets from AED 400 with many offers and discounts for families and couples)
  • Dubai Canal waterfall display from 8PM – 10PM
  • The Winter Garden (seasonal) at Al Habtoor Palace

Experiences nearby…

  • At the Top Burj Khalifa (tickets from AED 160)
  • Dubai Ice Rink (tickets from AED 85)
  • Dubai Aquarium and underwater zoo (tickets from AED 120)
  • Sky Views Dubai (tickets from AED 85)
  • PlayDXB Indoor Theme Park at Dubai Mall (tickets from AED 100)


Business Bay is in a distinct location that is at close proximity from many of the top schools in Dubai with ranging cirricula including Birtish, American, and Indian.

  • Citizens School, City Walk (within 8 km) — 15 minute drive
  • Clarion School (within 2.7 km) — 6 minute drive
  • Lycée Français Jean Mermoz (within 3.4 km) — 7 minute drive
  • Global Indian School Dubai (within 2.9 km) — 5 minute drive

As for nursuries, there are plenty highly-rated options located within 5 km of the neighborhood, notably:

  • Maple Bear Nursery (within 3 km from center)
  • Blossom Downtown Nursery (within 4 km from center)
  • Babilou Nursery Downtown (within 4.3 km from center)


There are many gyms and wellness studios within the area that are easily accessible by foot or car. Nearby areas like DIFC and Downtown Dubai offer lots of diverse options in varying budget ranges.

  • Warehouse Gym, O14 Tower
  • GFX, Bay Avenue Mall
  • Fitness First Platinum, Al Manzil Downtown
  • LVL Downtown Wellness Studio


Similar to Downtown Dubai, there are a handful of specialty hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies within Business Bay, namely:

  • Emirates Hospital Clinic, Business Bay (within 3.2 km from center)
  • Aster Clinic, Business Bay (within 2.8 km from center)
  • Mediclinic, Dubai Mall (within 4.5 km from center) — 10 minute drive

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