As a glamorous new neighbourhood in the heart of Downtown Dubai welcomes its first residents, we look at why this development is getting even jaded property types excited.
The marketing tagline for the shiny new Dubai Hills Estate – the result of a joint venture between master developer Emaar and Meraas Holding – promises a community, “Where Life is Extraordinary.”
Yes, we’ve heard all the superlatives before with high-profile real estate projects, but there is something rather intriguing about this green oasis slap bang in the middle of the city.
For a start, this elegantly laid out 2,700-acre neighbourhood located at the crossroads of Al Khail and Umm Suqeim Roads – and the initial phase of the new Mohammed Bin Rashid City (MBR City) – boasts the unique selling point of having the UAE’s first man-made beach-in-a-park.
In fact, the now open Dubai Hills Park is a pretty appealing destination in its own right, featuring as it does a 2.5km jogging park, a skate park, a cafe pavilion, a splash park, weekend markets and (pet lovers rejoice) a dog park.
Spanning 180,000 square metres – four times the size of Place de l’Étoile in Paris if you like comparisons – this green zone offers a range of activities that “promote wellness and a healthy outdoor lifestyle”, according to a statement from the developer.
“Visitors to Dubai Hills Park can run, cycle, play, take a walk through the park’s lush landscape, or just kick back and relax in the open spaces,” said an Emaar spokesman.
Meanwhile, residents of the estate can also enjoy easy access to a swanky 18-hole, par 72 championship golf club, which operator, Troon Golf, promises to be one of the region’s top golfing destinations. If your game is no good, you can still socialise and enjoy the overall ambience at two new dining spots at the club – a gastropub called The Duck Hook, and a larger restaurant named Hillhouse Brasserie.
And although it has been six years since a similar opening in the UAE due to a tough economic climate being experienced by golf clubs in the country, the chiefs behind Dubai Hills Golf Club are striking a very upbeat tone. General manager Elliott Gray told the local media,
We wanted to get it right from day one – the experience, the feel of the golf course – and we’ve achieved that.
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Residents of Dubai Hills can also enjoy a shopping and dining promenade located within the community while being just a stone’s throw from Dubai’s commercial centre, hotels, healthcare facilities, and quality educational institutions.
With some competitive pricing and payment plans, interested investors can choose from several residential property options, with a projected strong return on investment.
Of note is Park Heights, an 18-storey development offering luxurious one to three-bedroom apartments suited to individuals and families searching for a modern city vibe. The deluxe residences here are elegantly designed with spacious living areas and floor-to-ceiling glass windows that provide impressive views of the Dubai skyline and Burj Khalifa.
At the end of last year, Emaar also launched new residences in the community called the Collective 2.0 catering to “millennials and young professionals.”
The launch came after Collective, the first co-living community in Dubai Hills Estate, sold out. The new project features one and two-bedroom apartments, with prices starting from Dh664,888.
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Surrounding the golf course are more than 4,400 villas and townhouses and some 22,000 apartments. There are five types of luxury villa up for grabs: Classic, Contemporary, Contemporary Arabesque, Mediterranean and Modern – with a wide range of sizes and price tags.
There is a selection of truly outstanding villas and mansions to view on the development, perhaps the most eye-catching being those with strong Arabic design influences.
A browse on propertyfinder.ae reveals gorgeous examples such as an elegant seven-bedroom mansion featuring a 39,500 square plot with full golf course and lake views, spread over three floors and comprised of entry-level, lower level and upper level. With high ceilings, immaculate finishing, an open space layout, and leisure and entertainment facilities such as a cinema room, full spa, and a games room, the developers are clearly dead serious about delivering to the market the kind of homes that first made Dubai real estate famous. In this case, along with a Dh31 million asking price.
It is because of the sheer grandeur of many of these homes that insiders say Dubai Hills could become one of the most exclusive private gated communities in town, perhaps even more exclusive than Emirates Hills. Watch this space.