Touted as the new centre for trade, this district close to the downtown area of Dubai epitomises the UAE city’s upscale approach to progress. Purpose-built and developed by Dubai Properties Group as a forward-focussed commercial, residential and business neighbourhood (company registrations happen fast here), Business Bay is an extension of Dubai Creek; it runs from Ras Al Khor to Sheikh Zayed Road. And the nightlife here is buzzing, with top spots including BLU, Oak and La Perle DBX where you can watch Cirque de Soleil-style shows with cutting-edge audio and special effects.
Pullman Dubai Downtown
Swim among the skyscrapers and soak in the outdoor jacuzzi, at the Pullman’s glass-walled pool terrace. The hotel, set on the banks of Dubai Creek, occupies 19 floors. Its highest rooms offer panoramic views of the canal and skyline, all provide a calming, neutral decorative palette, with suites adding pantries, living and dining spaces. It has six places to eat including the Brothaus Bakery – Bistro, The Backyard (a street-art-inspired garden terrace), the Swim & Tonic pool bar and lounge and the airy Bayside Restaurant & Terrace. There’s also a spa, a gym, a squash court and a pool for kids.
Anantara Downtown Dubai Hotel
The latest addition to the Aujan Group Holding portfolio is the Anantara Downtown Dubai Hotel. It has 252 guest rooms and suites, with views of the city, the pool or Burj Khalifa. An entire floor is given over to wellness, with a spa offering Thai-inspired treatments, a gym and a swimming pool, plus there’s a tree-lined outdoor pool. Its Nine7one offers indoor and poolside dining; Kimura-Ya serves Izakaya-style menus by Chef Kohei Kobayashi, and the Punjab Grill provides Indian dishes. The rooftop is home to La Mezcaleria, serving international plates and cocktails, with live DJs. The Lobby Lounge and Bar is the place for relaxed drinks and snacks.