Overlooking the beautiful Dubai Canal, Business Bay is a trendy residential and professional hub in Dubai. On its way to becoming the city’s central business hub, it houses tall skyscrapers featuring both residential and commercial properties.

It is one of the most popular communities in Dubai. And for this neighbourhood of the week edition, we will be covering Business Bay and what it entails for residents. Continue reading to know more:

Business Bay – A Brief Overview

Known for its active and faced-paced lifestyle, Business Bay is a mixed-use community. With an array of projects, both residential and commercial, lined up by top developers, the area garners quite a lot of interest from local and foreign investors.

Business Bay literally lies in the shadow of the world’s tallest building, but it’s carved a name for itself nonetheless. It lies at the end of the venerable Dubai Creek (hence the ‘bay’ in the name).

Apart from its master-fully planned properties laden with state of the art, ultra-exclusive amenities, the community is also known for the incredible views of Dubai’s skyline. Furthermore, the gleaming waters of the Dubai Canal that this community overlooks also makes for a wonderful sight.

It is a well-connected area that lies close to Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road. The Dubai International Airport is just a 20-minute drive away (in ideal traffic conditions) while areas like Dubai Marina, Media City and International City are just 15 minutes away.

Business Bay was built to encompass the best of the business world in the region, being close to DIFC. But the opening of the Dubai Canal in 2017 has made it a tourist hotspot as well. Apart from commercial spaces and other landmarks it nestles, this locality is famous in the entire emirate for its luxurious residential developments.

Some of the most popular housing projects in Dubai are located in this neighbourhood. Not only you can buy properties here but can also find lavish apartments and penthouses for rent in Business Bay as well. It is a self-contained neighbourhood where you will find everything – right from basic facilities to abundant entertainment and leisure activities as well.

Residential Projects in Business Bay

Business Bay is home to one of the biggest young expatriate populations in Dubai. The residents of this locality lead a very fast-paced, cosmopolitan lifestyle. Young couples and singles love residing in the area’s convenient location and comparatively less costly apartments from its neighbouring areas.

As stated above, the area is home to some of the most sought-after residential projects known to house lavish properties. They are suitable where you are looking for rental homes or apartments for rent in Business Bay. Some of these projects are:

  • Executive Towers
  • Damac Tower by Paramount Hotel & Resorts
  • Capital Bay Towers
  • The Executive Bay
  • Westbury Square
  • Mayfair Tower
  • Park Central
  • Ontario Tower
  • Al Habtoor City
  • Churchill Residency

Nearby Facilities


Apart from residential and commercial projects, you will also find leading global hotel chains, including Taj, Oberoi and Marriott in this neighbourhood.

Other popular hotels located in this area include The Steigenberger Hotel and Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront. The Steigenberger Hotel is a 5-star hotel situated on Al Abraj Street. It has 19 storeys and comes with numerous dining options, along with a popular nightlife spot ‘The Backyard’. Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, on the other hand, is nestled alongside the Dubai Water Canal. It has eight fine-dining restaurants and bars as well.

Supermarkets and Retail Shops

As stated above, Business Bay is a self-contained community. Therefore, you wouldn’t have to travel a lot to find basic facilities, including supermarkets and retail shops. Popular names such as Spinneys and Choithrams are available here. Other than that, there’s West Zone Supermarket, Al Maya supermarket along with numerous mini-marts.

Transportation Facilities

The prime location of Business Bay makes it a well-connected area. Residents of this community, who have their own vehicles, can use Al Khail Road and Sheikh Zayed Road, located on the southern and northern sides of the community respectively to access different parts of the emirate. They can also take the exit that leads directly to Downtown Boulevard.

Those relying on public transport can take the Metro from the Business Bay Metro Station. There’s also an option of taking public buses and taxis. Other than that, Burj Khalifa, Financial Centre and Emirates Towers stations are also located nearby.

Educational Institutes

Business Bay has some of the best preschools in Dubai, including Hummingbird Nursery that is located in Bay Avenue. Blossoms Nursery situation in Downtown Dubai is also conveniently accessible.

There are numerous options in and around Business Bay for elementary and higher secondary educational institutes. These include:

  • Jumeirah English Speaking School
  • Dubai International School
  • Gems Wellington School

There’s no university located in Business Bay. However, it’s proximity and connectivity to Dubai Knowledge Park allows students seeking higher education/specialisation to get admission in one of the many universities located in this community.

Health Care Facilities

Business Bay has Emirates Hospital Clinic situated in Bay Avenue. It is more suitable for minor ailments. For aggravated conditions, patients are advised to visit Emirates Hospital in Jumeirah and Medicare Hospital in Safa. Both of these hospitals can be accessed easily.

Shopping Malls

Avid shoppers can head to the Bay Avenue Mall – a place known for its impressive selection of brands along with spas and dining options. For an even better shopping experience, you can visit The Dubai Mall, the biggest shopping mall in the world, located close to Business Bay.

Restaurants and Cafes

Food lovers are in for a delight in Business Bay. The area has plenty to offer in terms of fine dining and casual eateries.

You have to try Oz Pizza at the Bayswater Building. A tiny Australian (they even have the Commonwealth Blue Ensign hanging above the sign) pizza place, Oz Pizza punches well above its weight. Munch on typical Aussie street food, including the Ned Kelly and satay chicken.

If you’re looking for something a little spicier, make your way to Ebony Interactive Restaurant. Sup on a delicious mix of Arabic and traditional Sudanese delicacies, such as daleem or deep-fried lamb leg and okra dish bamya mafruka. You can even watch your dish being prepared ‘live’ on a chef cam.

For a fine dining experience, make a reservation in Waka in Oberoi, Tong Thai in JW Marriott Marquis and Cuisinero Uno in Steigenberger Hotel. You’ll also find plenty of licensed bars and pubs for an active nightlife scene. 

Religious Centres

This is the only thing that this community lacks in. There are no religious centres in this locality. However, depending on your belief and religion, you can head to nearby areas. Jumeirah Mosque, Burj Khalifa and Al Ghafoor Mosque are some of the religious places for Muslims that can be reached easily.

For Hindus, the closest option Is Bur Dubai community that has Shiva and Krishna temples. Christians can visit the Holy Trinity Church and St Mary’s Catholic Church located on Oud Metha.


Residents at Business Bay have easy access to the very popular Jumeirah Beach. It is just a 15-minute drive away from the neighbourhood. If you’re looking for a water body within the community, you can visit the Dubai Canal. It has incredible boardwalk. You can take a stroll and enjoy the pleasant views of the canal.

Residential Properties in Business Bay

As stated above, the neighbourhood offers its residents an upscale lifestyle. So, needless to say, properties for sale in Business Bay are lavishly designed and masterfully planned. They come with unparalleled amenities and facilities, including temperature-controlled swimming pools, rooftop BBQ decks, beautifully-maintained gardens, play area for kids, gymnasiums featuring top of the line equipment etc.

You can find apartments, villas and penthouses in Business Bay in different configurations and layouts. The interiors of these residences are classy while exteriors too depict class and elegance. Buildings that feature apartments for sale in Business Bay have their own parking spaces dedicated for residents. Therefore, you wouldn’t have to worry about parking your vehicle.

This concludes our area guide for Business Bay. Keeping checking our blog for more as next week we will be covering another locality in Dubai for our “neighbourhood of the week” series. 

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