Downtown Dubai: the best of everywhere
The happy cycle of iconic design leading to desirable lifestyles leading to fat property values
I am sitting at Kino café, part of the massive Kinokuniya book store in Dubai Mall. It is a lovely spot to work out of—laptop plugged into the sofa (yes sofa), fast Internet, an endless supply of teas, and my favourite snack, edamame. The view is a heart-stopper. The Burj Khalifa soars up like a rocket on pause. The lake sprawls out in front, bursting into a musical fountain show every now and then. The Souk al Bahar, with its Arabic arches, skirts the lake. Work on the new Opera House is in full swing. Beyond are residences, hotels, offices, all within walking distance. You are in the heart of Downtown Dubai. And honestly, it doesn’t get much better.