Discover Dubai’s desert gem

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A desert development like no other Arabian Ranches is rural but within reach. Offering comfortable commutes to Dubai’s key business and leisure hubs with superb road links and infrastructure, Emaar’s exclusive residential development is not surprisingly much sought after.
Featuring luxury homes, a tranquil landscape and superb golf course Arabian Ranches stands in 1,650 acres with the prestigious equestrian centre that is Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club at it’s heart. As one of Dubai’s most popular residential communities its location is central to most commutes. Set between the E611 and E311, some nine kilometres inland from Intersection 4 on Sheikh Zayed Road, it offers easy access to Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Sharjah. Maktoum International Airport is just 15 minutes away and Dubai International Airport some 30 minutes. It’s a self-sufficient community designed so that all amenities are on residents’ doorsteps.
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A shopping complex within the development houses 20 retail outlets including restaurants, cafes, hair salons, a nail spa, laundry, pharmacy and a travel agency. Mall of the Emirates is only 15 minutes away by car and Motor City which boasts cafes galore and massive supermarkets is adjacent. Interested buyers are also spoiled for choice when it comes to the range of properties available. The smallest of the villa designs are two bedroom townhouses (approx. 1,800 sq ft) while the largest are seven bedrooms in a standard style, although there is the option of converting them to eight bedroom (approx. 11,000 sq ft). Plot sizes also vary from 2,500 sq ft to over 15,000 sq ft for the largest independent villas.
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Founder and owner of boutique estate agency Prime Places Helen Tatham isn’t surprised that the development is such a popular place to live. “When Arabian Ranches was first released off-plan back in 2004 the prospect of buying in the middle of the desert was not particularly appealing”, she says. “The infrastructure was nowhere near what it is today but those buyers who took the plunge had the foresight to realise that Emaar had bigger plans. “The ‘golden goose’ was the installation of the second Jumeirah English Speaking School (JESS) which attracted expatriate families almost overnight. Schools are hugely important in Dubai and to have one of the most sought after on-site is one of the main attractions.”
Helen also sees the Arabian Ranches as ideal location to make a lucrative property investment. “Not only is it a mature community but the Mohammed bin Zayed Road corridor is an upcoming area with new developments springing up and completing. Phase Two of Arabian Ranches will add new facilities and amenities to the existing ones and new school complexes nearby will enhance the area also.”
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ARABIAN RANCHES AT A GLANCE
• 4,000 properties with another 1,200 due to handover between January 2015 and 2018
• Two bedroom townhouses to seven/eight bedroom villas
• Plot sizes from 2,500 sq ft to over 15,000 sq ft
• AED2million up to AED4.5million for townhouses.
Independent villas start from AED4million for a three
bedroom villa and rise to AED25million for some of
the larger villas
• The sixth most searched community in Dubai on propertyfinder.ae, with over 45,000 detailed property views and over 2,500 inquiries made each month
• Annual rents from AED140,000 for a townhouse up to AED700, 000
SCHOOL’S OUT
Jumeirah English Speaking School is one of Dubai’s most respected schools. With a world class reputation, the school offers primary and secondary education based on the best aspects of the National Curriculum of England and Wales, which includes a post-16 course of study: the International Baccalaureate Diploma. This alone attracts many expatriate families with young children who desire a lifestyle where their children can flourish.

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