Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is a financial free-zone, situated in the heart of the city, adjacent to Downtown. DIFC is one of the top economic centers in the world for banking, investment, management, and Islamic finance sectors. Situated behind Emirates Towers and Dubai World Trade Center, DIFC boasts some of Dubai’s top luxury restaurants, retail stores, properties, and hotels.
DIFC was created in order to cater to the needs of all national and international businesses, the financial industry, and the professionals working in these entities. It is ideally located just 10 minutes away from the airport and 15 minutes from Jebel Ali Free Zone by car.
Facilities and Amenities
Properties in DIFC offer some of the most exclusive amenities in Dubai. While most of the buildings are fitted with all the regular facilities—pools, gyms, sauna, and steam rooms—many properties boast private hi-tech modern facilities and luxurious features.
Just next to DIFC is Downtown Dubai, which houses the ultimate shopping and entertainment destination: Dubai Mall. With approximately 1,200 retail stores, an array of restaurants, an aquarium, cinema, and ice-skating rink, Dubai Mall is known for it’s world-class shopping and entertainment experience and is visited by around 80 million people per year.
Next to Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa lies Souk Al Bahar, an Arabesque shopping and dining destination. Contrasting to the area’s modern architecture, Souk Al Bahar boasts a traditional Arabic design. It has over 100 shops, 22 restaurants, cafés, and lounges with a view of the Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa.
Some of the schools close to DIFC are Hummingbird Pre-School, GEMS Wellington School, and Canadian University Dubai.
Aquacare Medical Center, The Clinic, and Mediclinic Dubai Mall are the closest medical facilities to DIFC.
The Gate is one of DIFC’s most recognizable buildings. Towering 15 storeys, The Gate is DIFC’s executive level building, hosting DIFC Authority, the DFSA, and many major global financial institutions.
Liberty House is a 42 storey modern building. It is both residential and commercial, with 8 office floors and 29 floors of luxurious apartments.
Limestone House is located right in the center of DIFC's Gate Boulevard, making it one of the most exclusive addresses in the city. Designed by prominent architects Gensler, Limestone House offers 1 to 4 bedroom apartments, a central atrium courtyard, and many luxury amenities. It is connected to many DIFC retail stores and close to the Dubai Mall and Sheikh Zayed Road.
A shining beacon of contemporary architecture, Park Towers is a two-tower residential building in the center of DIFC. The 30-storey high towers offer 432 luxurious apartments, ranging from 1 to 3 bedrooms. The residents, expats and Emiratis alike, can enjoy the world-class facilities and amenities - temperature-controlled pool, health club, spa, elevated coffee lounge, and a business center.
Located right at the entrance of DIFC, the stylish Sky Gardens building's modern design helps it stand out. Each floor of this residential building has a unique theme garden and there are numerous cafes, restaurants, and retail stores surrounding the building. The apartments have 1 to 3 bedrooms and there are 7 penthouses.
Boasting 80-storeys, modern offices, and luxurious apartments, Index Tower is considered one a DIFC landmark. Designed by award-winning architects Foster & Partners, Index Tower is known as one of Dubai’s first "intelligent buildings" due to its cutting edge technology, advanced construction techniques, and for embracing its climactic surroundings within the fundamental design. The tower is designed to lower the air conditioning requirements in order to reduce energy, especially during the hot summers. 25 of Index Tower’s floors are dedicated to multinational corporations, 3 floors for exclusive retail stores, 40 for apartments, and 7 floors for deluxe penthouses. Index Tower offers shared recreational facilities such as a swimming pool and gymnasium.
Burj Daman is a three-tower, mixed-use building, consisting of freehold apartments, office spaces, a hotel, and retail space. There are 65 floors of apartments with 1 to 3 bedrooms, 14 floors for commercial space, and 2 floors for retail outlets, convenience stores, and food and beverage outlets. The 5-star hotel offers high-end restaurants, health and fitness club, childcare facilities, and a mosque.
Emirates Financial Towers represent a perfect marriage of functionality, modern design, and elegance. These twin-towers host offices, retail space, meeting rooms, restaurants and provide incredible views of DIFC and Downtown Dubai. In addition to the swimming pool and health club, there is an impeccably landscaped, tranquil garden for those looking to unwind during breaks or after work.
Other developments and hotels in DIFC: