Introduction to Dubai districts
The Emirates of Dubai comprises different areas who gather different type of populations. Familiarize yourself with some of the most active area to rent or invest in Dubaï.
Situated a short drive from the city centre, Arabian Ranches is a quiet freehold residential area offering a wide range of villas, many with golf course access, as well as some shopping and leisure facilities.
As its name suggests, Business Bay is a freehold central business district with excellent access to busy Sheikh Zayed Road. Here, one can work and live in close proximity, before relaxing with a drink in some of Dubai’s best new hotels or a walk in Safa Park.
Discovery Garden is a planned suburban neighbourhood with six themed areas. For the moment, it offers an affordable investment opportunity given its proximity to the Ibn Battuta Mall, but prices should rise.
Downtown Burj Dubai (Downtown)
Live and work in full view of one of this century’s wonders of the world, in the heart of the action. Here, both high- and low-rise flats ring sumptuous boulevards around the world’s tallest building and largest mall.
Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)
The DIFC is Dubai’s financial heart, and a magnet for high-end professionals and firms. Close proximity to Emirates Towers and the nearby Ritz-Carlton provides a good range of services to support its well-heeled residents.
Dubai Land is one name representing a wide variety of investment environments in a large area undergoing rapid development. These communities each possess their own shopping and leisure facilities, and offer a very wide range of residential lifestyles, from villas to lakeside flats.
Cooled by a vast manmade watercourse, Dubai Marina offers a lifestyle based around walkability. The beach and its well designed and architecturally interesting boulevards are a short walk away, while prospective residents can choose from dozens of exquisite apartment buildings.
Dubai Silicon Oasis
Silicon Oasis is specialised around technology, and its shopping and entertainment facilities have developed a unique character of their own, with a residential mix to match.
In a city with many hideaways for the wealthy, Emirates Hills stands apart as an enclave of lush greenery (3 parks, 17 lakes), golf and one-of-a-kind villas. Replete with luxury options for shopping and eating, Emerald Hills offers a complete lifestyle of its own.
Emirates Living is the broader community containing Emirates Hills as well as four other communities, comprising several thousand homes constituting a vibrant community. With its many shared leisure and sports facilities, this is a perfect option for families.
Green Community is distinguished by its stone streets and relatively traffic-free environment. Covering 67 hectares, this mixed-use development aims to provide a full spectrum of amenities for both upmarket and midmarket residents seeking tranquillity and convenience.
Tucked in between the Emirates Gold Club and Jebel Ali Race Course, the Greens offers a decidedly urban lifestyle for discerning professionals seeking close access to work in Media City or Knowledge Village. These elegant, spacious flats offer supreme convenience within an established neighbourhood.
As its name suggests, International City brings the diversity present in the Emirate into a single neighbourhood, composed of low-rise flats themed after various traditional architectural styles. Affordability and choice make this a haven for young families.
Jebel Ali has long had traction as a massive living and working hub in its own right. This position keeps improving as the surrounding city integrates into this location alongside the new airport and free trade zone. Strong business growth is likely to keep residential demand high in this area.
Jumeirah Beach Residence
JBR, as locals call it, is Dubai’s beachfront community, with a focus on healthy living, cool sea breezes and beach café sundowners. This popular expat neighbourhood offers a self-contained lifestyle with easy highway access.
Jumeirah Golf Estates
This neighbourhood offers a relaxed and quiet lifestyle that is close to the action via busy Sheikh Zayed Road, yet buffered from noise by lush golf course landscaping. Full amenities at the impressive clubhouse mean there is little reason to leave.
The Islands offers a unique solution to the desert heat – clusters of 16 villas in homely culs-de-sac edging out onto the water like water lilies. Equipped with its own community club, gym, shopping centre and good highway access, Jumeirah Island is a must for families!
Jumeirah Lakes Tower
The Towers in fact includes 80 planned towers around 3 new lakes, replete with a noted medical centre, two universities and Metro access. This bustling community houses tens of thousands of residents in walkable, pleasant and cool surroundings.
Mohammed Bin Rashid City
Prestigious enough to bear the name of the Emir, this development of 1500 villas is arranged at stunningly low density over a vast expanse of landscaped green space and lagoons. As the jewel of a much larger planned community, this is an unrivalled investment opportunity.
A short drive from the city centre, Motor City is a modern gated community in which views onto watercourses and greenery are offered to a range of residents, from the very well heeled in luxury villas to upwardly mobile families in bungalows and townhouses.
Old Town Island
Old Town Island is like no other – a 26-hectare self-contained island situated in the heart of the city centre, yet standing apart. Featuring 405 apartments, hotels, eateries, shopping and the world-famous musical fountain, this is an address to aspire to.
Oud Medha is an education and cultural hub, with many top private schools and national cultural associations resident in the area. Its restaurants are popular with tourists, many of whom arrive on the Metro.
The Palm Jumeirah offers far more than a world-famous layout visible from space. Five star hotels and luxury villas along the edge combine with slightly more affordable medium-rise apartments along the trunk to create a desirable and lively near-offshore community.
A perennial draw card with expat families, Umm Suqeim combines a community feel with excellent access to top schools and the beach. Large villas with spacious gardens are within reach of vibrant Jumeirah Road.