Sometimes we feel like we’ve barely scratched the surface when it comes to things to do in Dubai.

And now we’ve got another thing to add to our list – well, we will when it opens next year.

Dubai’s International Financial Centre, which already has a bundle of fancy restaurants, galleries, shops and bars, is about to get even better with a huge expansion.

A new development called Gate Avenue has been revealed, and when complete it will be filled with over 200 restaurants, stores, and even a mosque.

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The Dhs1 billion project will be split into three zones – the South Zone, Central Zone and North Zone – and spread over 660,000 square feet, measuring 800 metres in length.

All zones will be connected by an open-air promenade.

The South Zone will cater more towards the residential community and visitors, so expect retail, fitness and recreational spaces as well as food and beverage outlets.

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The South Zone as seen from above

The Central Zone will serve as more of a culinary hub, with a bundle of indoor restaurants and a few alfresco ones.

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Inside Gate Avenue’s Central Zone

There’ll also be high-street retail, fashion and beauty brands, as well as convenience stores.

The North Zone is geared more towards the professional crowd of DIFC, with high-end stores flogging premium fashion and luxury accessories.

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Gate Avenue’s North Zone

The Promenade is a ground-level area that stretches one kilometre, lined with greenery and outdoor spots for either relaxation or a stroll.

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Gate Avenue’s mosque will accommodate up to 500 worshippers, offering up Friday prayers as well as a separate section for women.

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The mosque’s design will be modern and contemporary.

The brands which are looking to set up shop inside Gate Avenue are yet to be announced, but we’ll keep you posted when they are.


Construction for Gate Avenue began in the third quarter of this year, and is scheduled to be finished by the end of 2017.

It’s part of DIFC’s vision to triple in size by 2024.

“Gate Avenue at DIFC is a highly ambitious project that will see the centre develop from a leading financial hub into a prominent lifestyle destination by changing the face of urban development in the region,” said Nabil Alkindi, executive vice president of Habtoor Leighton Group.

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Images: DIFC