The number of attractions in Dubai keep on increasing day by day and tourists on a tight schedule often find it difficult to include all of them into their bucket list. But there are some places which will give you the essence of the city in its entirety and City Walk Dubai is undoubtedly one among them. It is an exquisite blend of all the flavors in Dubai thereby making it a miniature city unto itself.
Dubai city walk is the hottest tourist destination with retail outlets, restaurants, cafes, entertainment and numerous family attractions. Meraas, the developers of City Walk calls it an ‘urban living concept’ which describes the attraction in the best possible way. City Walk is mostly crowded in the weekend as it is one of the favorite places to visit in Dubai for the residents as well as tourists.
The main feature of the place is that it will transport you to a European city with its unique design and spectacular infrastructure. It resembles the bustling London street with even the popular British phone booth. During your first visit to City Walk, you are certainly going to spend a lot of time wowing at the elegant lighting, fountains and paintings which will overwhelm your eyes. Look up and you can see the extravagant twinkling lights that change color in seconds.
Several streets join at a rotunda which has infinity pools with shining water. Every trivial detail is designed with meticulous care and admirable creativity. Have a peek at the things which you shouldn’t miss at City Walk.
Shopping at its best
Shopping can’t get better than at City Walk. From international fashion and accessories and gifts to fresh blooms and homeware, City Walk has it all. The massive shopping space provides end number of options for you to go shopping. There are around 140 outlets for the shopaholics to delight.
The exceptional street art
City Walk is not just a shopping destination. It is a visual treat to the creative minds with a collection of wall paintings and other arts. The street art and sculpture have been done by legendary global artists and it is part of the Dubai Walls initiative which has turned City Walk into an open-air exhibition. Dubai Walls is a project that aims to embellish most of the public places in Dubai with some stunning street art.
15 urban artists have made the walls at one of the busiest streets in Dubai their canvas to paint some visual poetry. A young boy standing in rainbow rain with a giant leaf is a popular painting at City Walk. It was painted by the famous British stencil artist Eelus. Ramble along the streets to find some distinct artworks.
Coca Cola Arena
This is the ultimate venue for hosting live entertainment shows. Coca Cola Arena will be visible from a long distance with its dazzling red color. Within a short span of time, it has become so popular for the exciting shows which it hosted and the comfortable viewing experience it provides to the visitors. The unique seating pattern at the venue offers 360-degree views of the show. The stage witnesses the shows of the celebs on all Fridays with a huge crowd.
Attractions for children
Children have several play areas at City Walk which means that they will never get bored while you are busy in shopping. Following are the two main spots that lure tiny tots:
Hub Zero Dubai
It is an indoor gaming area where you will lose track of time. Hub Zero offers entertainment for everyone beyond any age limit. There are 70 gaming stations and eight private booths to play until you drop. It opens a world of virtual reality to give you the best immersive experience. While Ghostbusters plunges you in a fearful realm, Virtual Arena is a state-of-the-art 3D area with unlimited fun. The crazy drivers can get behind the wheels at Hyper Drive which gives 6-degree movement on a virtual track.
You can enter the theme park at free of cost. It works on a ‘Pay and Play’ mechanism in which you can buy a card and top up starting from an amount of AED 100 to play.
Saturday to Wednesday: 2 PM – 10 PM
Thursday to Friday: 2 PM – 12 AM
Green Planet is aimed at raising curiosity in children and teaches them some valuable things in an exciting way. A tropical forest is built with over 3000 plants and animals. Show the largest man-made and life-sustaining tree in the world to your little ones. Here, children will enjoy the flora and fauna, the wildlife and also learn the significance of protecting the environment.
Timing: Friday – Saturday: 1pm – 12am
City Walk Dubai restaurants
Foodies will never be disappointed in their visit to City Walk as there are a long line of cafes and restaurants with varied cuisines to tantalize your taste buds. Try some luscious chicken grills at Butcha Steakhouse & Grill. The healthy and delicious burgers with natural ingredients are the highlight of Bareburger. Relish a gourmet meal with your loved ones at The Square, City Walk. The options are endless and the taste is just awesome.
Where is City Walk Dubai
The posh neighborhood was developed at Jumeirah between Al Wasl and Al Safa. It lies right next to Downtown Dubai and you can see Burj Khalifa dazzling as you walk through City Walk. If you are going by metro, you can alight at Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall metro station and walk to City Walk. Otherwise, you can take the bus going to Al Safa.
City Walk hours
Sunday to Wednesday – 10:00 AM to 12:00 Midnight Thursday to Saturday – 10:00 AM to 12:00 Midnight
Sunday to Wednesday – 10:00 AM to 1:00 Midnight Thursday to Saturday – 10:00 AM to 1:00 Midnight
While there are plenty of shopping malls in Dubai, City Walk stand out from all others as it is by every means a miniature city that has everything inside. Walking inside this sprawling area will never make you tired and you won’t run out of choice when it comes to things to do. City Walk Dubai is an out-of-the-box shopping, dining and entertaining experience that you must try on any of your weekends.