ABOUT OLD TOWN
Located in the Downtown Dubai district, Old Town is the only low-rise apartment complex in the area. It has been developed by Emaar Properties - one of the premier developers in the region. The properties in Old Town are quite different from the properties found in the neighbouring Downtown Burj area. The 35 low-rise residential buildings feature classic Arabian architecture which is more commonly found in the older parts of Dubai. In this Old Town area guide, you will find in-depth information about the properties, amenities, facilities and more.
IN A NUTSHELL
- Features a mix of low-rise and mid-rise apartments.
- The 35 buildings are divided into 6 districts.
- Souk Al Bahar, Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa are in walking distance.
- Part of the Downtown Dubai area.
- Close to Business Bay, Al Safa and Al Wasl communities.
Although the residences in Old Town give off a vintage look the lifestyle is far from that. Old Town is located in the most happening part of the emirate, Downtown Dubai - which is aptly named 'the centre of now'. As it is a pedestrian-friendly district, the area is in close walking distance of Souk Al Bahar, Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain. It also has easy access to the Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, which is decked with coffee shops, restaurants, hotels and other facilities for those living in Old Town to take full advantage of.
Properties in Old Town
The properties in Old Town are in high demand due to their unique architectural elements. There are over 1,500 residential units in 35 buildings spread over 6 districts. The Yansoon district contains 9 buildings, Reehan contains 8 buildings, Zafran and Miska contain 5 buildings each and the Zanzebeel and Kamoon districts contain 4 buildings each. A slighter newer project is The Old Town Island district, it is separate and closer to the Souk Al Bahar area; it also contains The Palace Downtown.
Apartments for rent in Old Town range from spacious 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments. Some apartments in Old Town do come with views of the dancing Dubai Fountain whilst others are facing the Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard. This leads to a price difference in terms of renting and investing in freehold apartments in Old Town. If you are looking at property in the area it would be best to view a few different units before you make your decision.
Renting a 1-bedroom apartment in Old Town is priced at AED 80k annually, 2-bedroom flats range from AED 110k to AED 290k. This huge price range is due to a few duplex units that are upwards of 3,000 sq ft. Most of the higher end 2-bed flats also come with balconies, maid's room, a garden and more. Most of the 3-bedroom apartments for rent come with full Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain views. These are priced on average for AED 257k annually and come with 2 parking spaces and a maid's room.
As Old Town is an investor hotspot the demand for the freehold apartments in the area is quite high. The average price for a 1-bedroom flat is AED 1.33M, 2-bedroom units for sale in Old Town start from AED 1.57M. The 3-bedroom apartments range from AED 2.7M to AED 8.7M.
Transportation and Parking Space in Old Town
Each apartment in Old Town comes with designated parking spaces. Each district also has a visitor's parking lot for guests, otherwise, there are also underground parking spaces on the Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard.
In terms of public transport, the closest one would be the Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall stop, this is an 8-minute drive away. The metro is also reachable by the F13 feeder bus to the metro, the closest bus stop would be the one for The Palace Downtown on Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard. The area is pedestrian friendly and those living in Old Town are just a stroll away from many of Dubai's famous landmarks
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
Supermarkets in Old Town
For all major shops, it would be best to head to the massive Waitrose supermarket in The Dubai Mall. The international supermarket chain is known for its imported items and fresh produce as well as its bakery items. Otherwise, there is an Old Town Mini-Mart in Yansoon 9, it stocks day to day essentials and is best for small shops. There is a Spinneys Market in Souk Al Bahar and another Spinneys in the Emaar Residences nearby. There is also a Carrefour Market in the Burj Views Towers and an Al Maya Supermarket in the 8 Boulevard Walk Tower.
Churches, Temples and Mosques in Old Town
The main mosque for the area is Al Ghafoor Mosque on Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard. There are other mosques in nearby Business Bay for the Muslim residents to visit. Those looking for churches can head to St. Mary's Catholic Church in Oud Mehta which is a 15 to 20-minute drive away. Hindu residents can head to their respective temples in Bur Dubai.
Schools in Old Town
Parents will find that there are many nurseries in the area for their toddlers. Popular options include Babilou Downtown and Blossom Nursery Downtown, the nurseries in Business Bay are also close by. There are many primary schools nearby, most of them offer the British curriculum until Year 6. GEMS Wellington Primary School in Al Satwa and Horizons Primary School in Al Wasl are 13 minutes away from Old Town. Hartland International School is located in Meydan City and is 20-minutes away from the neighbourhood, it offers the UK/IB curriculum until Year 9. The many schools in the Al Safa and Jumeirah districts are also close by for students.
As Old Town is part of Downtown Dubai is it located 20 minutes away from both of the university hubs of Dubai. It takes 20 minutes to reach either Knowledge Village near Media City or Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) near Dubai Silicon Oasis.
Clinics and Hospitals in Old Town
For medical services, residents can head to the Mediclinic branch within The Dubai Mall. The Emirates Hospital in neighbouring Business Bay and the Medcare Hospital in Al Safa are also close by. Pharmacies can be found at convenient intervals around the community.
TOP 5 COMMUNITIES IN OLD TOWN
The top community in Old Town is the Yansoon district, which is the largest district in Old Town. The most popular property type in Yansoon is the 2-bedroom apartment, these charge AED 135k for rent annually. Following closely is The Old Town Island district, this is more of a high-end area as it is closer to Souk Al Bahar and The Dubai Mall. 1-bedroom flats in The Old Town Island are the most popular option, the rent starts from AED 100k annually. Rounding up our list are the Reehan, Miska and Kamoon districts.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
As it is part of 'The Centre Of Now', Old Town has a reputation for being a quieter part of the bustling Downtown Dubai district.
Malls in Old Town
While the gigantic Dubai Mall with its regional, local and international stores is the main shopping mall in the area, Old Town residents can head to the more laidback Souk Al Bahar. It has a mix of dining and retails options, not to mention unique specialised shops for both residents and tourists to visit. For a different shopping experience, urban malls such as Boxpark and Citywalk are 8 to 12 minutes away. Both of them feature retail and dining establishments in an outdoor space, however, the second phase of Citywalk is indoors.
Restaurants in Old Town
There is certainly no shortage of restaurants in Old Town. There are 22 alone in Souk Al Bahar, not to mention the various restaurants in The Dubai Mall which range from every single price point. There are also the restaurants on Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard and the fine-dining establishments part of the many hotels in the area.
The Downtown district is also great for those who enjoy a night out, the resident favourite licensed restaurants are Japanese eatery Downtown Toko which is part of the Vida Downtown Hotel, Peruvian restaurant Inka which is part of the Sofitel Downtown Hotel and the sports-themed pub Nezesaussi Grill in Manzil Downtown Dubai.
BEACHES NEAR OLD TOWN
There is no beach in Old Town or Downtown Dubai but since the area is centrally located the Jumeirah Public Beach is only 20-minutes away. Those who love the water can also head to the community swimming pools which are a part of each building in Old Town if a trip to the beach is too far.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
There is so much to do around Old Town. There is the towering Burj Khalifa which has a health club, hotel, restaurants, observation decks and more within itself. It is often referred to as a virtual city for this very reason. Another landmark for the area is the Dubai Opera, it is an architectural marvel to view and is located in the heart of the Opera District. It is developed by Emaar Properties and hosts a variety of performances and events such as theatre, opera and ballet shows as well as concerts and exhibitions. Another cultural element in Downtown Dubai is the many art installations alongside Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard. These are normally created by local artists, residents can head down and stroll through the Boulevard to take it all in.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
The main park in the area is the Burj Park which is also pet-friendly. Many residents can be seen cycling, jogging or enjoying a leisurely stroll. As it offers views of Burj Khalifa and the Dancing Fountain many couples and families can be seen having a picnic as well. Another park close to Old Town would be the South Ridge Park in Business Bay, it is a small park that is mainly used for dog-walking. It has a branch of Universal Fitness which uses the park for its outdoor boot camp sessions and other training exercises.
There is a community gym and a community pool in the buildings of Old Town for residents to use. Other gyms in the area include the Burj Club gym inside the Burj Khalifa, this is by membership only, it has a separate ladies gym and access to a temperature controlled indoor pool and an outdoor infinity pool. For a different type of workout, there are also bikes you can rent along Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard.
The best part about living in Old Town is that you can watch the New Year fireworks from the comfort of your own home. Residents can also view the Dancing Fountain from their balconies for those who reside in the fountain facing apartments. Those facing Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard can view the many parades that occur yearly, such as those for National Day or the classic car show. There are also community events within the buildings such as events for Halloween, Christmas and more. The nearby Burj Park hosts food festivals, craft markets, free movie screenings and more.
For more information about what is happening in the locality, residents can join the Facebook group: Old Town Dubai Community Page. Here residents can share information, ask questions and socialize.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Living in Old Town has many benefits, one thing to consider is that the area is prone to high amounts of traffic at rush hour. There are high amounts of traffic typically in the morning and evening times at the entry and exits points of Downtown Dubai. Also, due to this traffic, the lower floor residences that are facing Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard often complain about the noise. Regardless, there are many reasons the area is popular among tenants and investors.
- Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa and Souk Al Bahar are within 5-10 minutes walking distance.
- Business Bay and Dubai International Financial City are 10 minutes away.
- Urban malls such as Boxpark and Citywalk are under 15 minutes away.
- Dubai International Airport is a 17-minute drive away.
- Business hubs such as Dubai Internet City, Media City and Dubai Marina are a 25-minute drive away.