DIFC, or Dubai International Financial Centre, is, quite literally, the centre of all the moving and shaking that goes on in Dubai. It is the pinnacle of commercial enterprise and the top scene in which to be glimpsed for everyone in the know. Not only does the location offer some of the most luxurious properties for sale in the whole of Dubai, but it houses the offices of most of the major multi-nationals in the world. As to be expected from a destination that sees deals worth millions of dirhams conducted on a daily basis, the location has risen to the expectations of its discerning residents to provide a full service luxury lifestyle. From galleries to restaurants, couture shopping to vintage car showrooms, every desire of the uber-wealthy is catered for so that they need never leave its bustling cosmopolitan landscape.
Whether you are looking to buy property in DIFC, currently call this fashionable district home or would simply like to visit and congregate with the rich and famous, we’ve put together a list of all the top hotspots in DIFC that you won’t want to miss.
If you are someone who knows their fondue from their fois gras, you will find an array of tantalising tit-bits to satisfy your taste buds. Given the calibre of the residents of, and visitors to, DIFC it is hardly surprising that this is one of the best spots in the city to enjoy Michelin star level dining. From adventurous fusion to culinary creations, traditional flavours to exotic aromas, every foodie connoisseur will find their palettes delighted at every turn. You can’t leave DIFC without tasting the black cod at uber-trendy Zuma or finding time to indulge in the ultra-trendy Greek/Mediterranean fusion at Gaia. The perfect location for impressing clients or pulling out all the stops for date night continues to be the stunning French and Italian flavours found at La Petite Maison. Last but least, the glitterati wouldn’t finish a week without a trip to Cipriani.
The quote on the website of gorgeous rooftop locale Luna Sky Bar is taken from the genius of Oscar Wilde, “I can resist everything except temptation” and perfectly sums up the concept of nights out in DIFC. This is a district that parties as hard as it works and therefore hosts some of the hottest bars and clubs in Dubai. Post-work cocktails or celebratory evenings out happen every night of the week and have created an enviable scene that simply asks for a stylish outfit and an ambitious attitude. If you like a little wine and cheese with your sundowners, you need The Powder Room. The Four Seasons, the aforementioned proprietor of the Luna Sky Bar, also houses the ideal outlet for captains of industry, The Churchill Club where deals are made well into the small hours of the night. Finally there is the iconic Caramel lounge in which DIFC residents and workers have been making famous for many, many years.
The evolution of art in the centre of this major business district has highlighted the seamless bond between those who pursue success in business and those who value the beauty of art in multiple forms. DIFC is already home to several galleries, many of which are internationally renowned and offer a wide range of styles and mediums, as well as celebrating local and international talents. From Christie’s to Opera Gallery, Rira Gallery to V Art Gallery, and of course, Sotheby’s, there are
some amazing venues to visit that stock some of the finest art available in the region. For those who might not be quite ready to purchase, DIFC also hosts some of the finest art nights in the city; truly not to be missed.
There is the perfect modern blend of shopping available in DIFC, all designed to suit the trend towards cosmopolitan, urbanites who want creativity, originality and luxury all in one place. From elegant hipster gift shops to bespoke tailoring and high fashion, there are plenty of places to unload your wallet. Make sure your interiors are as luxurious as they should be at Andrew Martin or gift some truly indulgent treats courtesy of Debauve & Gallais. Gentlemen who want to ensure they keep themselves neat and tidy can visit Hommage Atelier and ladies who need the perfect outfit can find it at Three Fifty Nine.