Top 5 Communities to Settle with Your Family in Dubai

Top 5 Communities to Settle with Your Family in Dubai

Dubai is known for having the most welcoming places for expatriate families. When you think about the best community to settle with your family in Dubai, location is the main determining factor. Indeed, good schools, playgrounds and parks, and shops should be nearby. These are just a few things to consider when choosing the best place to settle down with your family in Dubai.

With all these factors in mind, here are our top 5 best communities for your family in Dubai.

Arabian Ranches

An exclusive address in the emirate, Arabian Ranches is one of the most exceptional protected communities developed by Emaar. Arabian Ranches is proud to be one of the perfect family-friendly residential communities in Dubai.

From this residential development, it will take you 20 minutes (depending on traffic) to reach most of Dubai's major areas, including Business Bay, Downtown, The Palm and Dubai Marina. Besides that, Dubai International Airport is about a 30-minute drive away.

Lifestyle at Arabian Ranches

As this is a gated community, residents enjoy complete privacy and security. On every corner, you will find parks, playgrounds, as well as tennis and basketball courts. There are also leisure centers with swimming pools. The community also has two shopping centers, community centers, retail centers, and more.

Moreover, this community is also a paradise for golf lovers. It is located along the fairways of the Arabian Ranches Golf Club. Dubai Polo Club and the Equestrian Club are nearby.

Arabian Ranches Golf Club

Nurseries and schools in Arabian Ranches

Since it is a community for families, Arabian Ranches has several exceptional schools and nurseries. For nurseries, let us mention :

  • Raffles Nursery – Arabian Ranches
  • Ladybird Nursery
  • Jebel Ali Village Nursery – The Polo Club Branch
  • Blossom Nursery

As for schools, many residents enroll their children in :

  • Jumeirah English Speaking School
  • Ranches Primary School
  • Nord Anglia International School
  • GEMS World Academy

Al Barari

If you are looking for inner (and outer) peace, then Al Barari is for you and your family. Surrounded by lush greenery and beautiful lakes, this is the perfect place if you want to raise your children away from the hustle and bustle. With this in mind, Al Barari will allow you to feel closer to nature, making it one of the best places to settle down with your family in Dubai!

Lifestyle in Al Barari

Al Barari offers many activities that allow you to feel closer to nature. Because of this, your children can develop a sensitivity to the environment, conservation, and sustainability.

Added to this, it is very easy to access Dubai's famous beaches from Al Barari. Whether it's a family day out or a picnic on the beach, places like Marina Beach and Jumeirah Public Beach are just a 30-minute drive away.

Nurseries and schools in Al Barari

If you are looking for an institution that places great importance on child development, these schools really deserve you to take an interest :

  • Repton School
  • Gems Modern Academy
  • Gems Our Own Indian School

As for nurseries, Vernus Early Learning Center and Kids Nursery can help.

District One

This upscale gated community is one of the best places for families who want to raise children. Life here is amazing, with many facilities for children to learn, have fun and play. Located in the center of Dubai, District One meets all the requirements to be a suitable community to settle down with your family in Dubai.

District One was designed for families to lead a safe and healthy life in the community. In fact, 40% of the area is devoted to lush greenery, open spaces, parks and many activities.

Lifestyle in District One

To support families ' active and healthy lifestyles, District One has :

  • a golf course
  • an artificial lagoon: the Crystal Lagoon (7 km)
  • a bike path and a running track

Also, the community houses a supermarket, shops, a hospital, and a family clinic, a hotel and a mosque. All these elements give the neighborhood a family community character. In addition, each villa in the place is equipped with a private pool, which adds fun to children's activities. And when the Meydan Mall opens, it will offer families even more recreational facilities.

Nurseries and schools in District One

Parents looking for schools will find here institutions offering medium and high-end educational facilities. We can mention in particular:

  • Hartland International School
  • North London Collegiate School
  • Dubai College
  • International Concept for Education in Meydan
  • Safa British School
  • Kent College Dubai
  • Gems Our Own Indian School


Located near the city center, Mirdif is a popular area for families in Dubai and offer an ideal environment for raising children. The modest prices and high-end lifestyle have made it one of the ideal areas to settle down with your family in Dubai.

Given its location, Mirdif is ideal for those working near Dubai International Airport, Sharjah or other parts of Old Dubai. Mirdif also offers a good balance between high-end living and affordable prices.

Lifestyle in Mirdif

Mirdif is one of Dubai's best-served residential areas. Indeed, it is a stone's throw from Dubai Festival City, Academic City and Deira City Center. For your shopping, dining or cinema needs, you have the Mirdif City Centre.

And for a day out with the kids, Mushrif Park is the perfect place. In addition, Mirdif offers many entertainment options on weekends, including Vox cinemas at Mirdif City Centre, Uptown Mirdif or Last Exit Khawaneej.

One of the best advantages of Mirdif is undoubtedly its outdoor facilities. In this regard, Mirdif has numerous playgrounds, basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts, and a 300-meter walking track.

Nurseries and schools in Mirdif

Mirdif offers a choice of schools like Mirdif Private School and Star International School. It is also home to GEMS Royal Dubai School, one of the many well-known schools in the area.

Parents of small children also have an easy life here thanks to the presence of many quality nurseries, such as the Small Steps Nursery.

Emirates Hills

Emirates Hills is an upscale gated community of Emaar Properties, which is part of Emirates Living. You should know that this project is inspired by Beverly Hills of the United States, and embodies luxury living at its best.

With its incredible architecture, this upscale community offers some of the most luxurious homes. It is undoubtedly one of the best places to settle down with your family in Dubai. And as a bonus, you can even bring a furry friend for your children. Indeed, it is one of the most animal-friendly communities in Dubai.

Lifestyle at Emirates Hills

Montgomerie Golf Club Dubai

Being a resident of Emirates Hills offers you many benefits, including membership at Montgomerie Golf Club Dubai. Indeed, it is ranked among the best golf courses in Dubai and the rest of the Middle East. Other outdoor activities are also offered in the surroundings.

Emirates Hills has a lot to offer to meet all your grocery needs. For example, Spinneys, in the souk The Meadows, and Carrefour Market in the souk The Springs. A branch of Milk & Honey Gourmet Grocer is also located in The Meadows Souk which is known for its high-quality products. In addition, there are several fitness centers and spas.

Schools in Emirates Hills

This gated community has some of the best schools in the country, such as Dubai International Academy, Dubai British School, and Emirates International School. The community also has a great nursery to keep your little ones in; this is Emirates Hill Nursery-Raffles Nursery.

University options are located in Knowledge Park, about 15 minutes from the community. Notable options include Michigan State University Dubai, Middlesex University Dubai, and the University of Wollongong Dubai.

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