Head straight across the roundabout on the main road towards Dubai International Financial Centre’s (DIFC) imposing The Gate building. Walk underneath and turn around to capture the perfect photograph looking back at Jumeirah Emirates Towers framed inside The Gate’s central void. Look closer to admire architecture firm Gensler’s genius – a creative reflection of the financial hub’s own ‘open-gate’ policy, The Gate features the use of solid stone and stainless steel along the main arch for longevity while an open steel lattice at the top of the arch symbolises transparency.
Next, weave your way past the casual cafes and cross over to the entrance of Gate Village (Building 3). Here, Wall Street meets industrial grandeur, with high-flying financiers rubbing shoulders with art enthusiasts and foodies – all wrapped up in a stunning contemporary architectural setting. Book in for a swanky lunch at Zuma, Roberto’s or La Petite Maison or pop into art galleries such as Ayyam and Cuadro to browse some of the region’s finest art. During Dubai’s March art season, this quarter comes even more alive with eclectic events drawing in the city’s elite.
For the best views of this futuristic district, head to Luna Sky Bar at Four Seasons Hotel Dubai DIFC. This terrific rooftop lounge presents sweeping vistas of Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai.