Downtown Dubai is a $20bn megaproject that includes the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall and the Opera District. Work on the development will continue for years to come, but it has already become a major tourist attraction.
The district is also a significant business, residential and entertainment hub.
Central to the 2-square-kilometre development is the 828-metre-tall Burj Khalifa. It was known as Burj Dubai until its opening ceremony in January 2010, at the height of the global financial crisis.
The name change was a nod to the $10bn in financial support Dubai received from Abu Dhabi, after its debts spiralled out of control. The Burj Khalifa has become a major attraction, featured in Hollywood movies.
The tower took 22 million man hours to build. Construction was led by a consortium of South Koreas Samsung C&T, the local/ Belgian Bel Hasa Six Construct, and the local Arabtec Construction. The $875m main construction contract was awarded in December 2004. Overall, the project cost about $1.5bn to complete.
Dubais Emaar Properties announced plans in 2016 to build a new worlds tallest tower: the tower at Dubai Creek Harbour.