Business Bay Dubai is near to Downtown Dubai and DIFC, but it’s developing a distinct new identity of it’s own.
Mainly characterized by tall towers vs low-rise buildings, expect classy hotels, yoga studios, cafès and well-priced accommodation. It even has some great co working spaces. But Business Bay is not completely developed as yet and construction continues; that’s pretty normal in many areas of Dubai. Having said that here are a few places we visited to give you a taste of the area because you may want to explore.
Go organic in Business Bay at a Farmers Market that happens every Friday and Saturday on the terrace just outside the Taj Hotel located on Burj Khalifa street.
Expect well-priced, fresh and genuinely organic produce. Grab some food for the week; have a coffee and a snack while you’re there. But go early because local residents and those from further afield stock up well in advance.
On Friday from 8am to 3pm
On Saturday from 8am to 1pm
But that’s in cooler weather!
Co working and doing things together certainly seems the modern way to go. And it certainly appears to be a burgeoning phenomenon in Dubai. We all like to connect with people while we work, especially if you’re not part of a formal office set up; so I suggest you go and try The Bureau
We spent a few hours soaking up the vibes and doing some work at this very cool co – working space located on the 7th floor of Prime Tower in Business Bay Dubai.
YOGA AND WELLNESS
Need to work off those calories and mentally switch off from the noise in your life? Then try either of 2 very good yoga studios we checked out in Business Bay. We loved our class at Kintsugi yoga studio on the 37th floor of Aspect Tower. This spacious, split-level studio has a very contemporary feel and a unique salt wall.
The benefits of doing a class in the Zen room, which has the pink Himalyan salt wall, are transforming! You feel a cleansing that happens as you breathe through your postures that’s quite unique.
Kintsugi is also trying to build a community feel as opposed to just offering yoga classes. It focuses on our imperfections as something that makes us unique and beautiful!
We haven’t checked out any particular flats personally, but there seems to be a vast range of relatively affordable accommodation. There are well priced places in Executive Towers and the newer West Wharf.
The South Ridge building complex has 2 large green spaces in front of it with a great view of the Burj Khalifa; so that’s a good draw.
But the Volonte building located in Business Bay is definitely not very affordable!
MORE CO WORKING
Expect a funky, arty space that has both inside and outside sections for you to sit in. But they are also trying to grow and foster a real community and collaborative feel at The Bureau – we really liked that. Better to do all your emails at least in a friendly space instead of sitting on your own! We haven’t tried co working at My Office nearby in Downtown but we loved our experience of The Nest down at Tryp hotel way the other side of Dubai in Barsha Heights (previously Tecom)
Eating in Business Bay Dubai
Don’t fancy sandwiches and snacks for lunch from the market? Go to Kamat in Bay Avenue in the Executive Towers complex or head to Saarangaa Bhojan Shala for a filling and very reasonable dosa meal. A great meal for vegetarians and vegans!
If you feel like a good dim sum meal in posher surroundings then you must try Long Teng Seafood located on the ground floor of Ubora Towers. But do read our review of Long Teng Seafood to find out more.
Something way more casual but just as tasty is the homegrown Parsi food hang out Funky Town. You’ll be offered no frills, just filling and yummy Parsi food.