Old Town Guide

The Old Town and The Old Town Island are part of the Downtown Dubai development. ‘Old’ refers to the architectural style in which this district was built; it was completed in 2006. Located in the shadow of the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, Old Town is a creditable attempt to create a human scale quarter in the capital of this skyscraper city.

This is a pedestrianised residential district inspired by traditional Arabic architecture. There are six discreet zones: Yansoon, Zaafaran, Reehan, Zanzebeel, Kamoon, and Miska. The 35 residential buildings are all low-rise from four to seven storeys. The district is in close walking distance of Souk Al Bahar, Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa and the Dunai Fountain. 

Old Town Amenities

Being able to take a walk in a traffic free environment within a stone’s throw of the Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa comes top of most residents’ likes. The several shared pools are apparently well maintained and universally liked. Other amenities include children’s play areas, a gymnasium, aerobics room, squash courts, games room, entertainment lounge and coffee shops.

Those with apartments looking over the lake have fantastic views of the fountain displays and the Burj, but people living on the street side of this district complain about the traffic noise outside.

Nearby Soul Al Bahar has over a hundred shops including 22 restaurants, cafés and lounges, and if that’s not enough you can step across the bridge and into the Dubai Mall, the biggest, etc, etc.

Old Town Travel Guide

Sheikh Zayed Road, the main highway through Dubai, is only five minutes away, as is Al Khail Road. Between them these two roads lead to almost everywhere in Dubai.

Drive times are 20 minutes to Deira, 25 to the international airport, 25 to Dubai Marina, and two hours to Abu Dhabi.

Public Transport Links to Old Town

Buses and taxis are within walking distance, and the metro stations Burj Khalifa and Business Bay are a 30 minute hike away. Once you reach the metro, however, it’s a 20 minute journey to the airport and 30 to Dubai Marina. Taxi's in Dubai can be quite affordable to you may find yourself hailing one down instead of walking longer distances in the summer heat.