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15 September 2023

Exploring Dubai’s Business Bay and City Walk

Discover the perfect balance of work and play in Dubai’s iconic neighborhoods,

Business Bay & City Walk

Looking for a scenic spot to snap some Insta-worthy photos or a venue to spend an unforgettable evening in Dubai? Then take a trip down to Business Bay and City Walk, two iconic Dubai neighbourhoods. Here you’ll find striking high-rises on par with the world’s best architectural cityscapes, and a lively atmosphere to match. These are two fantastic examples of Dubai’s duality: where the lines between business and leisure blur together. They are popular destinations if you’re seeking world-class entertainment, high-end shopping, and unparalleled dining experiences. Not to mention the long list of Business Bay and City Walk hotels that cater to every budget.

If you’re looking for accommodation for your Dubai holiday, look no further than Rove Hotels. With nine hotels located across the city of Dubai, we have accommodation options to suit the requirements of every traveller. Rove City Walk and Rove Downtown are both conveniently located for the Business Bay and City Walk area, and those looking for something further afield can explore our several alternative locations!

Join us on a journey through Dubai’s Business Bay and City Walk, and find out how these two neighbourhoods perfectly balance professional life and play. Let’s get down to business.


Business Bay area: Dubai’s stylish business district

Business Bay isn’t all business thanks to the lively nightlife scene and myriad cultural attractions. While big commercial buildings and high-profile offices are the norm in this mixed-use neighbourhood, you might be surprised to find its trendy promenade, brimming with eateries, lounges, hotels, and architectural wonders. It’s also pretty close to Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, and DIFC which makes it an appealing location for visitors and residents. With its fast pace comes first-rate amenities, making it the grandest destination for those who not only like mixing business with pleasure but luxury with culture. 


Here are some of the top things to see and do in Business Bay:

The Opus by Zaha Hadid

A stunning architectural masterpiece that blurs the lines between art and design, with its fluid forms and striking façade

Dubai Canal

Stretching over 3.2 kilometres, this man-made canal offers stunning views of the city skyline and is a great place to take a relaxing stroll.

Bay Avenue Park

This lush green space is perfect for a picnic or a leisurely walk. It offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

La Perle Production

Experience the mesmerising magic of La Perle, the renowned production by creative genius Franco Dragone, right in the heart of Business Bay.

Museum of the Future

While not really in Business Bay, this museum is just 5 minutes away. It uses interactive exhibits and cutting-edge technology to showcase the latest advancements in science, technology, and sustainability.


Favorite places to eat in Business Bay:


This Italian restaurant offers a delicious menu of traditional dishes in a chic and contemporary setting.

La Farine Cafe & Bakery

This French bakery and cafe is the perfect spot for breakfast or a quick bite. They offer a delicious selection of pastries, sandwiches, and coffee.

The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill

This seafood restaurant offers fresh and delicious seafood in a trendy setting.


Stage 2

This lounge offers a laid-back atmosphere and live music, making it the perfect spot to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing.


What you should know about getting around in Business Bay


Business Bay may be a bustling hub of residential buildings and hotels, but it’s not always easy to find amenities nearby. Fortunately, Bay Square is an exception, offering plenty of dining options, gyms, nurseries, and entertainment venues that attract visitors throughout the day. However, if you’re looking for green spaces or playgrounds for your little ones and furry friends, you might have to look elsewhere. Navigating the area can be a bit of a challenge due to its lack of pedestrian-friendly areas, but its convenient location means you’re only a short drive away from major hotspots like Jumeirah and Umm Suqeim. Business Bay still has plenty to offer for those willing to explore.


Need a place to stay? 

Finding the right hotel accommodation in Business Bay and City Walk doesn’t have to be a chore. 

Rove Hotels are located in both of these areas. The Rove Downtown Dubai hotel is located in Downtown Dubai, while the Rove City Walk hotel is located in the City Walk area just 5 minutes away. Both hotels offer comfortable and modern accommodations, as well as a range of amenities including a fitness centre, pool, and dining options. They are also conveniently located near popular attractions and public transportation.


City Walk: Where Luxury Meets Culture

Looking for a vibrant and pedestrian-friendly Dubai neighbourhood? City Walk is a beautifully designed open-air lifestyle destination that spans over 10 million square feet. The combined living, retail, entertainment, hospitality, and wellness options create a highly unique sense of community and comfort. Additionally, City Walk is ideal for families, with amenities such as The Green Planet, Coca-Cola Arena, a cinema, play areas, and a year-round calendar of events. The neighbourhood also boasts tree-lined avenues, stunning contemporary street art murals, and 34 low-rise residential buildings. With its prime location and sophisticated vibe, City Walk is the perfect place to shop, dine, socialise, and spend quality time in Dubai.


Top things to see and do in City Walk:

The Green Planet

Experience a natural wonderland right in the heart of the city. This biodome features a tropical indoor rainforest with over 3000 plants and animals.

City Walk Art Galleries

The neighbourhood is home to several art galleries showcasing a range of contemporary and traditional artwork.


Shopping in City Walk

City Walk Dubai offers a plethora of shopping options from high-end designer stores to local street shops, making it a one-stop destination for all your retail therapy needs. 


Favorite places to eat in City Walk:

Farzi Cafe

This Indian fusion restaurant offers a unique and innovative menu, as well as a range of cocktails and mocktails.

Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes

This burger joint offers delicious burgers and milkshakes in a lively and energetic atmosphere.


What you should know about getting around City Walk

City Walk is very pedestrian-friendly. If you’re headed to City Walk Dubai and need to know its location to plan your trip, here it is: City Walk Dubai can be found at 39 Al Safa Street, which is approximately 3 km from Jumeirah. Planning on driving? There’s valet parking and the vast lots can accommodate up to 2000 cars. 


Other tips for navigating business bay and city walk:

  • Use a map or navigation app to plan your route and get directions.
  • Avoid peak traffic times, especially during rush hour.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather, as temperatures can be high during the summer months.
  • The best time to visit Dubai is between November and March when the weather is cooler.

Ready to explore the balance of work and play in Dubai’s Business Bay and City Walk? Book your room at the Rove Hotels situated in Business Bay or City Walk if you want comfortable, well-priced accommodation that’s close to the action.