Food, art and events
Many buildings in this district are newly-built, including the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC), which hosts regular events and concerts. The vast new complex, part of the World Trade Centre, also contains many hotels, offices and public spaces.
The Trade Centre itself has an upscale area called Gate Village, where you can browse local galleries and even buy yourself some art. Gate Village is also a great place to stop off to try some international food at one of the many top class restaurants.
On your Trade Centre District holiday, you’ll find food to suit any fancy. For familiar flavours, head to Pizza Express, or to sample Indian cooking with a modern, fine dining slant it has to be Tresind. And when you just can’t decide, Feast at the Sheraton Grand Hotel has a huge variety of buffet options across its cooking stations.
Party all night
The Trade Centre District excels in nightlife, with many of Dubai’s most lavish and stylish clubs calling it home. Perhaps the one with the most swagger is the Cavalli Club, launched by the fashion designer Robert Cavalli. From the purple lighting to zebra-print chairs and Swarovski-clad chandeliers, the décor encourages the clientele to dress up accordingly.
Somewhere a bit more accessible and certainly more out-there is Cirque du Soir, based at the Fairmont Hotel. This home of everything circus has burlesque dancers, stilt walkers, fire breathers and contortionists, all to the soundtrack of dance music and a backdrop of circus-themed decor. But if you just want to enjoy the show you can accept a free box of popcorn as you enter, sit back and take everything in.
If you’re a cocktail lover try the secluded Sunken Garden bar complete with water features and shisha pipes. It’s not all fancy night spots here though, as you could simply cosy in at one of the area’s Irish bars – Fibber Magee’s and McGettigan’s both have live music and live sports.
Fill your days
With such a central location, you don’t have to go far to see Dubai’s sights on holidays to Trade Centre District. It’s only a 10-minute taxi ride from the beach and Jumeirah area. The vast Dubai Mall is the same distance away for modern and designer shops, with over 1,200 retail outlets in total. There’s a vast Bloomingdale’s department store, whereas fashionistas head to Fashion Avenue for 80 couture big names.
To pick up some souvenirs, it’s just a little further to Souq Madinat Jumeriah, which makes a nice difference from Dubai’s otherwise sprawling modern malls. It’s built as a traditional-style market to replicate the souks of old.
Staying in the Trade Centre District, you’ll also be near Bur Dubai, the city’s old quarter, just to the north. Here you can visit the Dubai Museum in Al Fahidi Fort, the oldest building in the city, or see the Grand Mosque.
And in stark contrast, head to the other end of the Trade Centre District and you’ll be struck by Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. Ascend to get staggering views from its observation decks, or stay at the bottom and be wowed by the incredible Dubai Fountain Show, the biggest choreographed fountain display in the world.