Comprising illustrious neighbourhoods such as the Opera District, Burj Plaza, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, the 500-acre settlement houses numerous vertical and lateral developments that are home to tens of thousands of residents. Downtown Dubai is flanked by superlative structures – the breathtaking Dubai Mall and awe-inspiring Dubai Opera rest on either side of Emaar’s crown jewel, Burj Khalifa. Surging over 800 metres into the sky, the 500 kilo-tonne amalgamation of concrete, steel and aluminium is the tallest residential tower in the world. Opulent hotels line the carriageway, with multiple commercial, shopping and leisure venues scattered throughout open green spaces dotted with lakes and fountains. Statues, sculptures and other works of art abound the pedestrian walkways embroidering the neighbourhoods.