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The Dubai International Financial Center is a unique zone in Dubai’s real estate market in that it governs itself and is not subject to city-wide property law. One key thing to remind yourself of consistently: your rental contract is not automatically renewable: you have to actively renew every time it approaches expiration date, or leave.

Warning aside, it is a vibrant, sophisticated, professional district that is buzzing with activity through the day and into nights. With the DIFC Gate’s cafes, restaurants, retail outlets, and bars, there’s always something exciting happening.

The Gate Village, merging fine art with fine dining, such as Art Dubai’s offices and Zuma, arguably the city’s finest restaurant and lounge, set the stage for where the DIFC is headed and who its audience is. The Ritz Carlton Hotel in DIFC is another essential landmark, as are the Rose Rayhaan by Rotana and the Jumeirah Emirates Towers.

In essence, DIFC is Dubai’s premium financial district, with its upper-scale commercial and residential spaces placing it on par with London’s City, New York’s Wall Street, and Singapore’s CBD. With a Vivianne Westwood store at the heart of The Gate and the planned Town Center developing the space into a more socially active sleepless part of town, there is a lot more planned for the DIFC than has been completed so far.

If it helps, the neighborhood is also considered to be the most successful project in the emirate.

JSS Private School, Dubai Horizon School, and Jumeirah English Speaking School are nearby, as well as the MedCare Hospital, The Dubai Mall Medical Center, Emirates Hospital, and the Chinese Medical Herbs Centre.