ABOUT WORLD TRADE CENTRE
World Trade Centre is one of the busiest and most happening real estates in Dubai. Situated parallel to the city’s main artery - Sheikh Zayed Road - the community lies in the heart of the central business and financial district where other similar developments such as Downtown Dubai, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and Business Bay exist. Hosting several fairs, exhibitions, concerts and global conventions, Dubai World Trade Centre plays a fundamental role in the expansion of international trade in the Middle East.
In the seventies, Dubai World Trade Centre started out as one building. After gradual progress and numerous additions, the complex is now stretched across an area of 1 million sq. ft. Generating significant revenue for the city’s economy as well as creating countless jobs, Dubai World Trade Centre has neatly established its presence as a cosmopolitan commercial centre. In this area guide of World Trade Centre, we’ll take a detailed look at each aspect of this leading destination for international commerce.
IN A NUTSHELL
- Located amidst iconic landmarks of the city
- Next to Dubai’s thoroughfare – Sheikh Zayed Road (E11)
- Dubai Metro Red Line runs along the World Trade Centre
- Marks the beginning of the city’s business zone from the north
- The focal point for international trades and overseas businesses
- Close to Dubai Garden Glow
The mixed-use development of Dubai World Trade Centre efficiently integrates commercial projects, residential properties, retail spaces and administrative centres. Dubai World Trade Centre consists of Trade Centre Tower, Novotel Hotel, IBIS Hotel, Jumeirah Living – World Trade Centre Residence, Convention Tower, Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, The Apartments at Dubai World Trade Centre, Trade Centre Metro Station and The Plaza. Apart from these buildings, the complex also includes various exhibition halls such as Sheikh Rashid Hall, Sheikh Saeed Halls, Sheikh Al Maktoum Hall and the Trade Centre Arena.
PROPERTIES IN WORLD TRADE CENTRE
Formerly known as Sheikh Rashid Tower, Trade Centre Tower is a 39-floor skyscraper and one of the first landmarks to have been erected on the Sheikh Zayed Road highway. Deemed as the pioneering symbol of international trade, the 149-metre tall skyscraper has also been featured on the currency note of AED 100. It is primarily a commercial building that contains many office spaces. The Trade Centre Tower had once enjoyed being the tallest building in the Middle East until the emergence of Burj Al Arab about 20 years later while the title of the tallest building now resides with Burj Al Khalifa.
The complex of Jumeirah Living – World Trade Centre comprises two towers. It features 377 luxurious residences that include many serviced apartments, offering 1, 2 and 4-bed units to 1, 2, and 4-bed duplexes and 3-bed panoramic duplexes. The complex facilities include a fitness centre, a rooftop pool and an in-house dining area.
Consisting of a king-size bed, the 1-bedroom serviced flat has a floor area of 90 sq. m. and can accommodate two adults and one child under the age of 12 years. Its amenities include a modern ensuite bathroom, a fully-equipped kitchen, a widescreen LCD television, DVD player, free Wi-Fi and complimentary access to a private beach and Wild Wadi Waterpark. Further amenities such as newspapers, hairdryers, ironing facilities and minibar.
Presenting extra amenities and facilities, the 1-bed duplex and 2-bed residence is built over an area of 116 to 132 sq. m., whereas the 2-bed residence has a floor space that ranges between 171 sq. ft. to 229 sq. ft. Offering a bigger space, the 2-bedroom panoramic duplex covers areas between 210 sq. ft. and 220 sq. ft. and the 3-bed panoramic duplex is built over an area that ranges between 246 sq. ft. and 273 sq. ft. The largest of them all, 4-bed duplexes offer a space of 313 sq. m. The price of the rental duplexes in World Trade Centre starts from AED 140k and goes up to AED 285k per year. The buying demand for duplexes lies between AED 1.9M - AED 7.2M.
Whether you are looking for a short-term staycation or long-term accommodation, The Apartments Dubai World Trade Centre, comprising three separate apartment blocks, will perfectly suit your residential needs. It features four different units that are completely furnished and serviced, ranging from studios to 3-bed flats.
The 4-star Novotel Hotel offers 412 suites and amenities such as a beauty salon, gym, an outdoor swimming pool, free valet parking and a selection of restaurants and bars.
The 2-star IBIS offers over 200 non-smoking rooms with facilities such as a minibar, rollaway beds, cable/satellite television, babysitting services and a lot more.
By observing the general price trend of the residential apartments in World Trade Centre, we have come to realize that the rentals range between AED 55k and AED 300k per annum.
The price of two-bed residential apartment in World Trade Centre starts from AED 120k and goes up to AED 170k. The price of 3BHK flat starts from AED 219k, while the lowest price of four-bed for rent is AED 225k.
Because of the development’s successful economic reputation, properties in World Trade Centre are also widely being considered for investments. Directly proportional to the available amenities, the sale price of World Trade Centre apartments starts from AED 1.2M and goes up to AED 7.2M.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING SPACES IN WORLD TRADE CENTRE
World Trade Centre is served by three major roads: Sheikh Zayed Road (E11), Al Sa’ada Street or the Happiness Street (D86) and Al Majlis Street.
As for public transportation in World Trade Centre, being next to the Red Line of Dubai Metro is a huge advantage for World Trade Centre. Commuters who want to use public transport can easily access the metro station located alongside World Trade Centre. It is operational from 6 am till midnight from Saturday to Thursday and 2 pm till midnight on Fridays.
Those who would like to take the bus can get to the bus stations located near Novotel Hotel and Jumeirah Living – World Trade Centre Residence.
There are multiple parking spaces in World Trade Centre. It has many dedicated parking areas located along Happiness Street (Al Sa’ada Street) and around its complex. Strategically divided, the facilities include free parking, paid parking and valet parking areas as well as electric car charging units.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
SUPERMARKETS IN WORLD TRADE CENTRE
Located close to the main road, ZOOM convenience store in World Trade Centre stocks various everyday items. Grocery and home utility shopping can be done at Fair Trade Supermarket. Carrefour Market, situated across Sheikh Zayed Road is one of the supermarkets near World Trade Centre that provides a wider and more varied selection of fresh produce and products at promotional prices.
CHURCHES, TEMPLES AND MOSQUES NEAR WORLD TRADE CENTRE
A number of churches near World Trade Centre are present in Oud Metha, just about 7.7 kilometres away. One can reach that area by taking the Sheikh Zayed Road route towards north-east. On the other hand, if one travels around six kilometres towards the south-west by taking the same road, they can reach Emirates Baptist Church in Jumeirah.
Temples near World Trade Centre include Mahamevnawa Buddhist Temple, Baba Temple Wasl Road and Gurudwara Temple, all of which are located on a practical distance from Dubai World Trade Centre.
Presently, there is no mosque in World Trade Centre but one can visit Al Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Masjid with a 7-minute drive. A couple of mosques are also present in the area across the Sheikh Zayed Road.
SCHOOLS IN WORLD TRADE CENTRE
There is no shortage of educational institutes near World Trade Centre. Whether you want to learn different languages such as Chinese or Arabic or want to prepare for admission tests such as Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS), World Trade Centre and its neighbouring areas have you covered.
Offering a variety of courses, Dubai College of Tourism in One Central provides a broad knowledge of the fast-evolving tourism industry. The courses tap different areas such as tourism, events, hospitality, retail and culinary arts.
In the same vein, there are a few institutes that offer business studies and/or training courses, such as Philippine Business School, Champion Traders Academy and Blue Ocean Academy – Corporate Training Institute Dubai.
Options for preschoolers include Little Star Nursery, Roots and Wings Nursery, and Step Up Nursery in Al Jaffiliya community, accessible with a 7-minute drive. Hummingbird Preschool DIFC, Safari Kid Nursery Sheikh Zayed Road and Grassland Daycare are some of the other facilities for preschoolers.
For elementary education, there are a few schools near World Trade Centre. Parents can send their children to GEMS Wellington Primary School, Salma Al Ansaria Elementary School and Al Maktoum Primary School.
CLINICS AND HOSPITALS IN WORLD TRADE CENTRE
Residents can buy prescriptions from Life Pharmacy located within the complex.
In case of any medical emergency, it won’t take long for residents to access any of the several clinics and hospitals near World Trade Centre, which are dotted along Sheikh Zayed Road. These include Dubai Healthcare Centre, Emirates Hospitals Clinics, Al Qudra Medical Centre and Aster Hospital.
When you head down Sheikh Zayed Road from World Trade Centre, just after skipping the Emirates Towers, you will reach the leading financial hub called Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). Further down the road, you will come across other important developments of the business zone such as Downtown Dubai and Business Bay.
Popular for expat living, the community of Al Satwa faces the World Trade Centre development across Sheikh Zayed Road.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
MALLS IN WORLD TRADE CENTRE
As expected, most of the shopping complexes in World Trade Centres are meant for business-to-business trades but some deal in consumer goods too. There are a few outlets malls in World Trade Centre such as GITEX Shoppers and Ibis Emirates Mall.
The epicentre of exclusive brands, Dubai Mall offers the finest shopping experience to its visitors. Spanning across 502,000 sq. m. and divided into four levels, this mall is situated in the heart of Downtown Dubai, reachable within 10 minutes by car from World Trade Centre.
Another nearby mall is the compact shopping complex, Al Ghazal Mall that is situated in Al Badaa and is just 10 minutes away.
RESTAURANTS IN WORLD TRADE CENTRE
The neighbouring areas are packed with an endless choice of eateries. Ranging from affordable to upscale dining options, the restaurants in World Trade Centre offer a variety of cuisines.
If you fancy authentic Japanese food, you can visit either Wagamama or Zuma Restaurant. For some scrumptious Lebanese delicacies, Mazaher in Convention Tower and Al Nafoorah in Emirates Towers will fulfil your cravings. Burger Fuel in Dubai World Trade Centre offers some mouth-watering gourmet burgers. You can visit Pizza Express for traditional hand-tossed pizzas or The Rib Room Restaurant for some juicy steaks.
Located on the 13th floor of Jumeirah Living World, The Club Restaurant and Deli welcomes residents and guests for an elegant retreat. Diners can choose from an appetizing selection of à la carte offerings featured on their five-star catering menu.
BEACHES NEAR WORLD TRADE CENTRE
People living in World Trade Centre are lucky because the magnificent designer coastline – for which Dubai is well-known for – is just mere kilometres away. These lavish beachfront destinations include Mercato Beach, Jumeirah Beach, Public Beach and the exclusive Nikki Beach at Pearl Jumeirah. Residents can have a great outdoor time in one of these beaches near World Trade Centre.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
Travellers looking for the best spot for a fun night and an upscale clubbing environment can visit the Swarovski-crystals-studded Cavalli Club Restaurant and Lounge at Fairmont Dubai, right opposite the World Trade Centre. Other glamorous venues where individuals can have a cocktail indulgence, include Blue Bar, Sublime Bar and Lounge, and The Majlis by Dubai World Trade Centre. All of these are either within or in proximity to the vicinity.
Those who would like to delve into the rich history of the United Arab Emirates can visit the Etihad Museum. Displaying unique architecture, this magnificent landmark is located on Jumeirah Street and is accessible in 15 minutes through a straight drive along Al Diyafah Street.
People interested in emerging science and futuristic concepts have much to anticipate with the emergence of the Museum of The Future. Being built right next to Emirates Towers, the 342,292 sq. ft. architectural wonder features a unique inscription of Arabic calligraphy on its exterior.
Featuring a stunning pair of skyscrapers, the 56-storey Jumeirah Emirates Hotel Tower and the 54-floor Emirates Office Tower - the building complex of Emirates Towers is an unmistakable landmark near World Trade Centre that graces the Sheikh Zayed Road.
Standing at a record-breaking height of 2,716.5 feet, Burj Khalifa is a true masterpiece located not very far. Therefore, residents can enjoy its marvellous views right from the comfort of their residences in World Trade Centre.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
A perfect place for a family outing, the unique thematic park called Dubai Garden Glow is located just where Sheikh Zayed Road curves off from the Trade Centre Roundabout. It is a part of the larger Zabeel Park, which is home to another popular attraction called the Dubai Frame, also known as Stargate.
Apart from the aforementioned attractions, Zabeel Park offers many recreational facilities. For instance, it has an amphitheatre that hosts various events, has a few covered barbeque areas, an ice rink, jogging tracks, a mini golf course, a mini cricket-pitch and a skateboard park. There is also an adventure playground for children and a lake where boat rides are offered.
During the summer season, the complex of World Trade Centre includes a 25,000 sq. m. large air-conditioned space that transforms into an indoor sports arena called Dubai Sports World. While providing a sun-free environment, it hosts numerous sporting events and activities for children, individuals, groups and clubs.
World Trade Centre also boasts the highest outdoor climbing wall in the Emirate, known as Dorell Sports Climbing Centre. It extends over a height of 15 metres and is suitable for both children and adults.
People looking for fitness-focused facilities near World Trade Centre have numerous choices such as 1 Beat Gym, Talise Fitness at Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Crowne Fitness Studio, Fit Inc. and Fitness Avenue.
World Trade Centre is close to several beauty salons such as Aurora Beauty Centre and Spa, Donna Ricci Salon, NStyle Beauty Lounge, and Sa Scène Hair Couture.
Catering to the styling needs of both ladies and gents, Caractère by Dani Salons is an upscale hair and beauty salon based in Novotel Hotel.
Bringing together top-notch healthcare experts and trade professionals, Arab Health Exhibition and Congress is undoubtedly the largest global event of its kind to take place in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Dubai World Trade Centre being the venue, this premier healthcare fair ran for four days in 2018 and hosted over 4,150 exhibitors and around 103,000 attendees from multiple countries. Bridging gaps between clinical and healthcare businesses, medical experts gave an insight into the latest cutting-edge techniques and procedures while the exhibiting companies showcased their innovative healthcare products. In 2019, World Trade Centre will once again open its doors to welcome another round of this successful event.
MEDLAB is another medical event series that is held at Dubai World Trade Centre and is one of the largest laboratory exhibitions in the world. The event is divided into two main aspects, which are the Exhibition and The Congress. The Exhibition displays innovative diagnostic equipment, products and solutions that will facilitate lab professionals and clinicians in their practices. The Congress provides a platform where challenges and opportunities in the medical and diagnostic field are addressed by experts.
Other ongoing or upcoming events in Dubai World Trade Centre’s portfolio include bridal shows, Bollywood shows, automotive and transport exhibitions, food fairs, career and training seminars and much more.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Since it is a major commercial development, World Trade Centre is favoured by those who prefer don't mind living in a bustling area. The daily commotion and the limited family-focused areas are a couple of factors families may think about before moving to World Trade Centre.
- Lies parallel to Sheikh Zayed Road
- Towards the west of Dubai Creek
- Situated southwest of Bur Dubai
- Neighbours the vast residential community of Za’abeel
- About 10.4 kilometres (12 minutes) away from Dubai International Airport