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When it comes to renting in Dubai, location is of prime importance. Whether new to the city, or simply looking to upgrade, selecting the right community to match your lifestyle preferences can enhance your quality and enjoyment of Dubai life.

From the ‘work hard, play harder’ communities favoured by young professional near to fine-dining options and a buzzing nightlife, to communities catering to those with an active lifestyle, there is something for everyone. This is particularly relevant for families, with the city providing several options for a family-oriented lifestyle.

We curated some of the top communities based on your profile and lifestyle preferences to help you find your perfect match.

Where to rent in Dubai according to your preferences… 

I AM A…COMMUNITIES FOR ME
Young professional Dubai MarinaDowntown Dubai Jumeirah Beach Residence Jumeirah Lakes Towers DIFCBusiness Bay City Walk
Sports enthusiastJumeirah Golf EstatesMotor City Dubai Sports City
Nature loverThe GreensJumeirah Golf EstatesJumeirah IslandsArabian Ranches
Beach loverPalm Jumeirah JumeirahJumeirah Beach Residence
Family with kidsBur DubaiDeiraAl Barsha JumeirahMirdifArabian RanchesThe SpringsThe LakesMeadowsEmirates Hills
Prestige and statusEmirates HillsPalm JumeirahArabian Ranches

FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS

Young working professionals typically crave a fast-paced and urban vibe — contemporary buildings in close proximity to their workplace, near to restaurants, bars and a vibrant nightlife to wind down after a busy work day. Café culture, gyms, spas and shopping centres for weekend well being do not go amiss either. 

If you are seeking modern city living amidst the glitz and glamour Dubai is known for, then Downtown Dubai, DIFC and Business Bay are for you. Bustling with international fine dining, shopping and entertainment options, not to mention, home to the city’s icons, the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall and Dubai Fountains, if you have a higher budget toward rent, look no further than Downtown Dubai or DIFC.

Alternatively, if you want to enjoy many of the perks of Downtown living, without the steep rent, check out Business Bay.

If waterfront lifestyle is more your vibe, Dubai Marina offers the finest in riviera-style living coupled with dynamic nightlife and an impressive skyline of skyscrapers. For all the benefits of the Marina, coupled with a beachside boulevard and slightly lower rents, read about Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR).

FOR SPORTS ENTHUSIASTS

Dubai has plenty of options for those who value an active lifestyle. Most established communities boast amenities such as walking and jogging tracks, tennis and basketball courts, swimming pools and abundant gym and fitness studios for residents who value a holistic way of life with fitness at the core. Many of the more high-end communities are even home to award-winning golf courses. 

For luxurious villas set to the backdrop of two internationally acclaimed golf courses, and a tranquil, slower-paced lifestyle, set your sights on Jumeirah Golf Estates. 

Or, for a lower price point and a variety of options from mid-rise apartments, townhouses and villas, read about Motor City and Dubai Sports City. Both communities are brimming with elite sports facilities, with Motor City home to the well-known, Dubai Autodrome.

FOR NATURE LOVERS

When thinking of Dubai, often the first thing that comes to mind is a concrete jungle full of the ‘tallest buildings in the world’ and a panorama of extravagant skyscrapers. Though, make no mistake the city offers residents several communities that provide a secluded oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city. 

For those drawn to surroundings of lush greenery and perfectly manicured gardens enclosed within a high-end gated community, jump to Jumeirah Islands, Jumeirah Golf Estates or Arabian Ranches. If you are looking for lavish villas, in particular, set to a desert backdrop, look no further than Arabian Ranches. Or, if looking to make the upgrade from apartment to villa, The Greens offers attractive price points. 

FOR BEACH LOVERS

Sun, sand and saltwater lovers seeking beachfront living are spoilt for choice in Dubai, with the city known for its pristine beaches overlooking the Arabian Gulf. To add to the allure of residing in one of Dubai’s top waterfront communities is unrivalled views and in many cases, direct beach access from the doorstep of your own home. 

The original in luxury waterfront lifestyle, the iconic the Palm Jumeirah, remains one of the most highly sought-after addresses. Looking for a diverse range of apartments, penthouses and 5 star hotel living? Jump straight to the Palm Jumeirah to read more. 

Or, for one of the most established villa communities in Dubai, benefiting from prime location to many popular areas as well as access to stunning beaches and the popular, Kite Beach, read about Jumeirah.

FOR FAMILIES WITH KIDS

While Dubai may have a reputation as a glamorous playground for the wealthy, the city is also known for its family-friendly lifestyle built on the allure of bespoke education, healthcare, safety and high quality of life, to name a few. Family values truly matter in Dubai, which has led developers to focus on creating communities where children can grow up in a secure environment, with access to a wide array of amenities. When it comes to finding the right community to raise your family, options are aplenty. However, there are some that have truly excelled. 

For ultra-luxury, custom built mansions Emirates Hills is one of a kind. Or, for more high-end family oriented villa communities jump to, Arabian Ranches or the Emirates Living family of The Springs, The Greens, The Lakes and The Meadows. The Springs, in particular,  is popular amongst families looking to make the move from apartment to villa.

Or, for cost-conscious families, read about what Al Barsha, home to Mall of the Emirates, has to offer. And, for additional communities at a lower entry price point located in the heart of Old Dubai, rich in history and culture, jump to Bur Dubai and Deira

FOR PRESTIGE AND STATUS

Dubai has a reputation for luxury, and the real estate sector is no exception. The city offers some of the most opulent homes in the world, in some of the most exclusive and highly coveted addresses. From high-end villas located in prestigious gated communities, to ultra-luxury beachfront penthouses with panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf, Dubai has it all. For those that value the finer things in life, look no further than the illustrious Emirates Hills, Palm Jumeirah and Arabian Ranches.

1: Dubai Marina

Life in Dubai Marina, one of the city’s most fashionable neighbourhoods, draws young professionals from all over the world.

What’s special

Think beautiful skyscrapers, yachts and panoramic views. Life in Dubai Marina is full of zest, attracting young professionals from across the world. If you’re commuting to Dubai Media City, Jebel Ali Free Zone or Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) for work, then Dubai Marina is perfect for you. 

Location 

Dubai Marina is centrally located and well connected. Home to Dubai Marina Mall and The Address Dubai Marina, it’s also near to the American University of Dubai, Emirates Golf Club and the popular area, Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR).

Amenities 

Dubai Marina boasts a huge choice of cafés, restaurants and luxury hotels all within walking distance. It also offers a range of entertainment options and buzzing nightlife, perfect for catching up with colleagues and friends after work.

Commute

Those living in the Marina have easy access to the Dubai Metro. There is also the Dubai Tram to get you around the area and through to JBR.

Properties and prices

Dubai Marina is home to high-rises that include residential and serviced apartments, both mid-level and high range, and hotel towers.

Average rent: 1-bedroom apartment – AED 80,000 

2: Downtown Dubai

The neighbourhood boasts of the iconic Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, the premium Dubai Mall, the beautifully choreographed Dubai Fountain and the majestic Dubai Opera.

What’s special

Love the luxury and glamour that Dubai has become renowned for? Then a prestigious Downtown Dubai address is a must for you. The community boasts the iconic Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, the Dubai Fountains and Dubai Opera. 

Location

Strategically located in the heart of the city, this community is a great choice for those who work in DIFC or Business Bay. An upscale urban development, Downtown Dubai is ideal for the business-centric individual seeking the hustle and bustle of city living.

Amenities

Downtown Dubai offers abundant high-end retail, restaurants and nightlife balanced with supermarkets, convenience stores and cafés. The Dubai Mall will satisfy all your shopping cravings, and the pedestrian lifestyle of streets dotted with cafés primed for alfresco drinking and dining gives no immediate reason to venture outside of the community.

Commute

Downtown Dubai is well connected with the Dubai Metro and availability of buses and taxis. Residents prefer getting around the area on foot, with all major landmarks in walking distance, connected by wide pavements.

Properties and prices

Downtown Dubai consists of apartments – studios, and 1 to 4-bedroom options as well as penthouses. Some high-end towers have villas at the podium level.

Average rent: 1-bedroom apartment – AED 90,000 

3: Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR)

JBR has great options for a buzzing nightlife, a waterside promenade, beach and leisure zones.

What’s special

An exuberant, highly sought-after development offering beachfront living and home to The Walk, Dubai’s iconic beachside promenade. Popularly known as JBR, this community has gradually expanded along The Walk, which is lined with waterfront cafés, international hotels, retail outlets and lively nightlife.

Location

JBR is located right next to the Dubai Marina waterfront and is close to some of the most popular areas in Dubai, such as JLT.

Amenities

Young professionals are spoilt for choice in JBR when it comes to entertainment options. Cafes and restaurants are the heart and soul of the area, including culinary delights from across the world. The Beach offers access to various water sport activities, a fully equipped outdoor gym known as Muscle Beach, a running track and a cinema. Supermarkets and convenience stores are also widely available.

Commute

JBR has two Metro links for convenient commuting to neighbouring zones. 

Properties and prices

Jumeirah Beach Residence is divided into 6 clusters, comprising high-rise apartment complexes overlooking the Arabian Gulf. A range of studio to 4-bedroom terrace, garden, duplex and loft apartments are available.

Average rent: 1-bedroom apartment – AED 85,000

4: Business Bay

A classy neighbourhood with high rises only minutes from the Dubai Water Canal, the Marasi promenade, and DIFC.

What’s special

Renting in Business Bay offers all the perks of Downtown Dubai, without the steep rent. The community mostly consists of high-rises, both residential and commercial, as well as high-end hotels. Minutes away from the Dubai Canal waterways, Marasi promenade and the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC), Business Bay is dubbed to be the new centre of trade and business.

Location

Business Bay lies between Al Quoz and Downtown Dubai, and between Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road.

Amenities

Executive Towers is one of the most well-known developments in the area offering access to Bay Avenue, an indoor and outdoor shopping and dining precinct showcasing retail and alfresco dining options aplenty. Bay Avenue Park, located to the rear of Bay Avenue, provides residents with access to a running track, outdoor gym and skate park. Business Bay is also home to eclectic nightlife, bars and clubs.

Commute

Business Bay is just one Metro station away from The Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa. The road network in and around the area is well-connected, with wide roads and flyovers.

Properties & Prices

Home to several impressive skyscrapers including The Opus, exclusively designed by Zaha Hadid, residential apartments are contemporary with a wide array of studio to 5-bedroom apartments, penthouses and duplexes to choose from.

Average rent: 1-bedroom apartment – AED 70,000

5: DIFC

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is the leading financial hub for the region, and the nucleus of financial markets for the Middle East.

What’s special

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is the leading financial hub for the region, and the nucleus of financial markets for the Middle East. Much like New York’s Wall Street, London’s Square Mile or Singapore’s Suntec City, DIFC has attracted the crème de la crème of investment banks. A lifestyle hub in its own right – it boasts prime residential space, world class restaurants and exclusive art galleries. Perfect for young corporates seeking to work and play in the same community.

Location

Centrally located just off Sheikh Zayed Road and near to the World Trade Centre, DIFC is well-connected and easily accessible to all main communities in Dubai. 

Amenities

DIFC epitomises the term ‘mixed-use’ as not only a hub for corporate affairs, but a highly desirable place to live and play. A vibrant ecosystem of culture, lifestyle and dining, the community is a foodie’s dream, home to fine-dining icons La Petite Maison, Zuma, Cipriani and Marea. DIFC also houses a thriving art scene with galleries such as the Tabari Art Space and abundant stylish bars and lounges for those partial to a drink after work.

Commute

The community is within walking distance of two Metro stations: Emirates Towers and Financial Centre. Bus lines also serve DIFC and taxis are widely available.

Properties & Prices

DIFC boasts a dazzling collection of luxury apartments, hotels and commercial buildings.

Average Rent: 1-bedroom apartment: AED 100,000

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6: Town Square

Town Square is a newer community, home to hundreds of recently constructed residences.

What’s special

Town Square is a new community, home to hundreds of recently constructed residences. Towers of 1 to 4-bedroom apartments, townhouses and villas are set amidst lush green surroundings, and ample entertainment, retail, dining and wellness offerings. Town Square serves up an urban vibe for young professionals with a perfect mixture of comfort and convenience.

Location

You’ll find this community at the intersection of Al Qudra Road and Emirates Road. 

Amenities

For lovers of fitness and sports, Town Square offers several options with jogging and cycling trails, fitness centres and outdoor sports areas for basketball, football and tennis, among many others. Toward the end of 2021, residents can expect a boutique hotel, cineplex and retail precinct promising over 500 retail and dining outlets. 

Commute

Town Square is best suited to those with their own car, as the closest bus stop is 10 minutes away in The Sustainable City and the closest Metro station is 20 minutes away in Dubai Internet City.

Properties & prices

Home to residential apartment towers offering studio and 1 to 4-bedroom options, as well as townhouses and villas.  

Average rent: 1-bedroom apartment – AED 43,000 

7: Jumeirah Lakes Towers 

JLT provides a pedestrian-friendly lifestyle with all amenities connected by footpaths that take residents around man-made lakes and waterways.

What’s special

Lakeside community, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) boasts sky-high, architecturally designed towers broken down into 25 clusters. Enormous variety in lifestyle is on offer in this area with towers constructed by various developers, meaning each residence provides a unique style of design, catering to all needs and preferences. JLT is a pedestrian-friendly lifestyle with all amenities connected by footpaths surrounded by man-made lakes and waterways. Not as pricey as neighbouring Dubai Marina and JBR, JLT offers a similar laid back and lively vibe with several dining and retail options and well-connected transport links. 

Location

Located across Sheikh Zayed Road and First Al Khail Street, in near proximity to Dubai Marina Mall, 15 minutes away from Mall of the Emirates and 10 minutes from Ibn Battuta Mall.

Amenities

One of the biggest perks of JLT living is easy accessibility to a vast array of retail, dining and leisure activities. Over 600 retail outlets, 300 restaurants and cafés, fitness, wellness and beauty offerings as well as supermarkets and convenience stores ensures everything is available on your doorstep! 

Commute

JLT is well-connected with two Metro stations and has direct access to Sheikh Zayed Road. Marina Towers tram station is also a short 8 minutes away.

Properties & Prices

Jumeirah Lakes Towers is comprised of several mid to high-rise residential towers, most of which have a retail element attached to them.

Average rent: 1-bedroom apartment – AED 65,000 

8: City Walk

City Walk is close to some cool destinations, such as La Mer and Box Park, and boasts the Coca Cola Arena.

What’s special

A design inspired community and high-end lifestyle destination offering the perfect combination of ultra-modern residences, international retail and upscale gourmet venues. The pace of life in City Walk is buzzing with international designer outlets, boutiques and multicultural dining in an open air setting. The Square features award-winning restaurants and bars, and with La Mer and Box Park in close proximity, residents have no shortage of entertainment options.

Location

City Walk is located on Safa Road between Al Wasl Road and Sheikh Zayed Road at the Dubai Mall interchange. The community is a short drive from neighbouring Downtown Dubai, Box Park and La Mer.

Amenities

The perfect fusion of city living with natural green open spaces, City Walk was conceived for creative individuals seeking an address rich in soul and spirit. A collection of the best restaurants and cafés live here, as well as high-end retail and boutiques. Central Park provides for an active lifestyle with landscaped lawns, yoga areas, tennis and basketball courts.

Commute

City Walk is easily accessible from Sheikh Zayed Road, and the nearest Metro station is the Burj Khalifa.

Properties and prices

Sleek, contemporary and spacious 1 to 4-bedroom apartments are on offer, most with stunning views of the Downtown Dubai skyline.

Average rent: 1-bedroom apartment – AED 130,000

9: Jumeirah Golf Estates 

Jumeirah Golf Estates is built around two internationally acclaimed championship golf courses.

What’s special

Jumeirah Golf Estates is built around two internationally acclaimed championship golf courses – Earth and Fire – within a prestigious gated community. Though, not just for golf connoisseurs, the area caters to all sports enthusiasts offering sprawling jogging and cycling tracks attracting young corporate professionals and families alike. Easily one of Dubai’s finest sports communities made up of a collection of luxurious villas, rich with Mediterranean-style architecture. Jumeirah Golf Estates is set to the backdrop of luscious green landscapes and perfectly manicured gardens, offering its residents the ultimate tranquility. 

Location

Situated along Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, neighbouring areas include Dubai Production City (IMPZ), Dubai Sports City and Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC).

Amenities

In addition to the two 18-hole championship golf courses, the Norman Clubhouse offers a destination for lounging, billiards and table tennis, as well as a swimming pool, fully-equipped gym and children’s play area. In addition to this, the club offers dining and entertainment options as well as retail stores. A supermarket is located within the community, though for a larger mall, the nearest option is the City Centre Me’aisem in Production City.

Commute

Jumeirah Golf Estates is not serviced by public transport, so access to your own car is ideal. The closest Metro station is Damac Properties, which is approximately a 25 minute drive away. The nearest bus stop is Dubai Production City.

Properties & prices

Jumeirah Golf Estates is home to a collection of small to large villas ranging in size from 3 to 6-bedrooms, all featuring Mederranean-style facades.

Average rent: 3-bedroom villa – AED 187,000 

10: Motor City 

Motor City that houses the Dubai Autodrome offers reasonably priced spacious apartments in lush surroundings.

What’s special

Motor City is ideal for motorsport enthusiasts and lovers of an active lifestyle. An affordable community offering spacious apartments in close proximity to the Al Qudra cycle track for avid cyclists, Motor City appeals to both families and singles. Encircled by Dubai’s Formula One track, for lovers of cars and karting with a thirst for high energy, look no further. The main attraction of the area, the Dubai Autodrome, is the regions first fully integrated motor sports facility. With a racing circuit, a kartdrome and a laserdrome, the community satisfies the appetite of most car enthusiasts. The community has five distinct sectors; Dubai Autodrome, UpTown Motor City, Green Community Motor City, Business Park Motor City and F1-X Dubai.

Location

Situated right next to Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, neighbouring communities include Arabian Ranches, Dubai Studio City and Dubai Sports City. For sports enthusiasts, the area is also close to the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Amenities

Not just for car enthusiasts, Motor City also offers residents two malls, California-vibe, The Ribbon, and First Avenue Mall. A vast array of dining options exist within the community from cafés to restaurants, and for those who like to keep active there is a FitnessFirst health club as well as various other boutique gyms, fitness centres and health studios.

Commute

For those dependent on public transport, Motor City may not be for you as connectivity is limited. No Metro line currently exists here and bus routes are limited. 

Properties and prices

Motor City is home to apartments, villas, townhouses and bungalows.

Average rent: 1-bedroom apartment – AED 60,000 

11: Dubai Sports City

The best thing about living in Sports City is that you get to see all cricket matches at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

What’s special

A self-contained residential community designed with the sports lover in mind, if you value an active lifestyle Dubai Sports City is the ideal community for you. Home to the Dubai International Stadium, a multi-purpose sports stadium mostly used for cricket, Rugby Park and the The Els Club Golf Course, sports aficionados are spoilt for choice. The area comprises three distinct districts: Canal Residence, Victory Heights and Gallery Villas.

Location

Dubai Sports City is easily accessible from Sheikh Zayed Road and First Al Khail Road and is a short 15 minute drive from Dubai Marina, Dubai Media City and Dubai Internet City.

Amenities

The community is brimming with elite sports facilities spanning cricket, rugby, football and golf, in particular. The Els Club Golf Course, one of the most notable features within the area, designed by pro-golfer, Ernie Els, offers immaculate fairways and greens and a Mediterranean-inspired clubhouse. The clubhouse features resort-style amenities such as a swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and gym, as well as various dining options, perfect for unwinding.

Commute

No direct metro access is available in Dubai Sports City, with the closest station located at the Mall of the Emirates. Whilst buses do service the area, having your own car is preferable, particularly due to the strategic location between both of Dubai’s main highways – Sheikh Zayed Road and First Al Khail Road. 

Property & Prices

A range of housing options are available, from apartments, townhouses and prime villas. 

Average rent: 1-bedroom apartment – AED 48,000

12: Palm Jumeirah 

Palm Jumeirah is one of Dubai’s most prestigious addresses and is high on the cool quotient with many international celebrities buying property here.

What’s special

Undoubtedly Dubai’s most iconic destination, The Palm Jumeirah offers unrivalled beachfront lifestyle. Featuring pristine private beaches, exclusive ultra-luxury villas and a collection of world-class hotels, The Palm is the true embodiment of lavish living. One of the most prestigious addresses, residents enjoy panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf and the Dubai Marina skyline

Location

This man-made, palm tree inspired island sits on the Arabian Gulf and can be reached via Sheikh Zayed Road. Nearby communities include Dubai Marina, JLT, Knowledge Village and Dubai Internet City.

Commute

The Palm Jumeirah monorail connects the community to the mainland, starting at the trunk and travelling all the way to the far end of the crescent. An extension to Dubai Metro’s Red Line is being planned to provide residents additional ease of access. 

Amenities

The crescent of The Palm is home to several 5-star hotels and resorts, including the world famous Atlantis. Residents have access to the crème de la crème of fine dining, restaurants, spas and nightlife located within each luxurious hotel. The Boardwalk, an 11-kilometre walkway offering stunning Gulf views lined with food trucks and cafés is perfect for running or leisurely strolls, and The Pointe promenade offers residents additional waterfront dining, retail and entertainment options. With the Nakheel Mall nearing completion, residents can also relish in premium retail and additional dining and entertainment offerings.

Properties & Prices

The Palm Jumeirah is home to a diverse collection of luxury apartments, hotel apartments, penthouses and luxury villas.

Average rent: 1-bedroom apartment – AED 115,000

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13: Jumeirah Islands 

Jumeirah Islands has beautiful man-made lakes, manicured walkways, pools and jogging tracks.

What’s special

Jumeirah Islands provides a picturesque, secluded oasis for residents, surrounded by man-made lakes and manicured walkways. The community is comprised of 46 clusters offering architecturally designed extravagant villas and townhouses adhering to either a European, Meditteranean, Islamic, Contemporary or Tropical style. Villas in this high-end gated community are complete with private swimming pools and perfectly landscaped gardens, perfect for families.

Location

Jumeirah Islands is located in a prime position between Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) and can be accessed directly from Sheikh Zayed Road. Dubai Marina Mall is approximately a 10 minute drive away, and Mall of the Emirates is a short 15 minutes drive.

Amenities

The Pavilion provides residents access to a collection of waterfront retail and dining options. For further retail, Dubai Marina Mall, Ibn Battuta Mall and Mall of the Emirates are located within reach. Bespoke international schools, universities and nurseries are also located within the near vicinity, making this community perfect for families.

Commute

Jumeirah Islands benefits from having access to numerous transportation links with the Metro, tram and buses, which are all widely available. The closest Metro station is Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) and the closest Tram station is Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR).

Properties & Prices

Jumeirah Islands comprises a collection of luxury townhouses and villas ranging design and layout with 4 to 5-bedrooms. 

Average rent: 3-bedroom villa/townhouse – AED 235,000

14: Emirates Hills

Life in Dubai’s most expensive villa community, Emirates Hills, brings to mind the architecturally brilliant gated communities of Beverly Hills, Los Angeles.

What’s special

The illustrious Emirates Hills, referred to as the Beverly Hills of Dubai, is one of the most upscale gated communities in Dubai. The undisputed home to the wealthy, the perfectly landscaped community is lined with custom built mansions and ultra-luxury villas. Though, not just a haven for affluent individuals and couples, it is also a great location for raising a family in a tranquil setting with complete security and privacy.

Location

Strategically located with easy access to Sheikh Zayed Road, and near Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR).

Amenities

Emirates Hills has been meticulously crafted to offer the ultimate luxury lifestyle amenities to residents, built around the world-class Montgomerie 18-hole Championship Golf Course. Residents are granted complimentary membership to the course and club owned by the 5-star hotel, The Address Montgomerie. Unsurprisingly, the community is ultra-secure, with 24-hour onsite security. A number of bespoke education options are in near vicinity including the Dubai British School, Emirates International School, Regent International School and Dubai International Academy. Four community-style shopping centres are available in the area and the Dubai Pearl Mall, Dubai Marina Mall and Mall of the Emirates are in near proximity. 

Commute

The closest Metro station is Nakheel Metro Station. Given, Emirates Hills is a gated community, no buses are available, however taxis are widely available via Uber and Careem.

Properties & Prices

A highly-sought after community offering lavish villas and custom-built mansions ranging in size from 12,000 sq. ft. to 80,000 sq. ft. 

Average rent: 3-bedroom villa – AED 240,000 

15: Damac Hills

This 42 million square foot master-planned development is synonymous with luxury and is a premier golfing destination in Dubai.

What’s special

Spanning a huge area of 42 million square feet, this master-planned development is synonymous with luxury. Most notably, Damac Hills is home to the world-renowned Trump International Golf Club and Trump Clubhouse. The community comprises three sub-communities, Akoya Park, Akoya Drive and the Trump International Golf Club, each offering residents a distinct high-end lifestyle. Many of the villas and apartments on offer have been designed in collaboration with international designers such as Fendi Casa, and offer sweeping golf course views.

Location

Damac Hills is located in the heart of Dubailand on Al Qudra Road, next to Mudon and Remraam. Situated close to Umm Suqeim Road, the community benefits from easy access to Downtown Dubai.

Amenities

The Trump International Golf Club is at the centre of the community providing residents with access to a life of leisure and luxury at the clubhouse, complete with infinity pool overlooking the golf course and fully-equipped fitness centre. Other community amenities include an outdoor cinema, access to retail and dining options on the Akoya Drive strip and perfectly maintained jogging tracks in Akoya Park. For additional shopping needs, the community is located a short 20-minute drive from both Dubai Marina Mall and Mall of the Emirates.

Commute

In terms of ease, it is best to have your own car in Damac Hills as the community is not directly linked to any Metro stations or bus routes. The closest Metro station is Dubai Internet City, a 15-minute drive away. 

Properties & Prices

Damac Hills offers a collection of villas, townhouses and apartments, some designed and fully-furnished by international high-end designers. 

Average rent: 1-bedroom apartment – AED 60,000

16: Bur Dubai

Bur Dubai includes the sub-communities such as Mankhool, Oud Metha, Al Fahidi, Al Jaddaf and Za’abeel.

What’s special

Seeking a community rich in history, culture and character? Look no further than Bur Dubai. Home to many of the city’s historical sites, museums and ancient buildings, the community is a reminder of Dubai’s humble beginnings and traditional values. Comprised of several sub-communities offering a variety of spacious apartments and villas, Bur Dubai is popular amongst families due to its affordable price points.

Location

Bur Dubai is located in the heart of Old Dubai, south of the Dubai Creek. It is well-connected to most areas of Dubai with access to all major roads such as Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Khail Road and Al Ain-Hatta Road.

Amenities

Residents of Bur Dubai have full enjoyment of Zabeel Park, located near the royal residence Zabeel Palace, which features a 5km running track and WiFi connectivity, perfect for morning or afternoon runs. The park also hosts a weekly organic market. For weekend family outings, wander the lanes of the old souks rich with arabian charm, visit the Dubai Museum, or by contrast, the latest modern landmark, the Dubai Frame. When it comes to education, several nurseries and schools are located within the community.

Commute

Bur Dubai is centrally located and accessible from Sheikh Zayed Road and First Al Khail Road. Public transport is widely available with the community well-connected to the Metro and buses.

Property prices

Bur Dubai offers a collection of various apartments ranging in size and configuration from studios to 4-bedroom options, as well as townhouses and villas.

Average rent: 1-bedroom apartment – AED 62,000 

17: Deira

Deira is a great place for families to stay as you get bigger units for attractive prices compared to the newer areas of Dubai.

What’s special

Deira is commonly referred to as the commercial district of Old Dubai. Undoubtedly, one of the biggest allures of calling Deira home, is the rich culture and awareness of tradition that comes with. Best known for the Gold Souk and Spice Souk, the streets of this community are always abuzz with activity. A highly attractive location for families seeking affordable housing as units are typically larger in square footage and priced significantly less than newer areas of Dubai.

Location

Deira, near Bur Dubai, can be accessed from Sheikh Zayed Road and First Al Khail Road. Downtown Dubai is a 30-minute drive away, while Dubai Marina and Palm Jumeirah is a 45-minute drive. 

Amenities

Aside from being alive with souks selling gold, spices, perfumes and textiles, Deira is brimming with authentic food stalls and eateries serving up traditional Middle Eastern food. Several malls, supermarkets and 5-star hotels located within the community ensures residents have everything they need within reach. A wide selection of nurseries and schools are for families with young children are available, including the world-class Deira International School (DIS) offering a British curriculum.

Commute

Deira is extremely well-connected, serviced by the Al Rigga and Union Metro stations. There is also the Deira City Centre Metro station which is connected to Deira City Centre shopping mall. Buses and taxis are also readily available. 

Properties & prices

Deira is predominantly comprised of apartment options, varying in size, layout and age.

Average rent: 1-bedroom apartment – AED 54,000 

18: Al Barsha

Al Barsha, which includes Al Barsha 1, 2, 3 and Barsha South, is favoured by both locals and expats as it has a great mix of villas and apartments.

What’s special

Al Barsha, which includes Al Barsha 1, 2, 3 and Barsha South, is favoured by locals and expats alike due to its diverse offering of apartments and villas at an affordable price point. Al Barsha 1, located in close proximity to two Metro stations, is typically favoured by young professionals due to its ease of commute, whilst Al Barsha 2, 3 and Barsha South replicate more of a suburban vibe for family-friendly lifestyle. A highlight of Al Barsha living, is the ability to take full advantage of what theMall of the Emirates has to offer. The community also has a reputation for abundant culinary options, from Instagrammable cafés to a wide mix of authentic cuisine from across the globe spanning Middle Eastern, Indian, Pakistani and Chinese.

Location

Al Barsha lies between Al Khail Road and Sheikh Zayed Road and is home to Mall of the Emirates.

Amenities

Al Barsha is a popular amongst families due to the plethora of reputable international schools in the area offering choice from a British, American or International Baccalaureate Curriculum. In addition to this, several nurseries are located in the community, and an added benefit of strong transport links is close commute to many international universities in neighbouring communities. Mall of the Emirates is a centrepiece of Al Barsha appealing to all retail needs from high-end fashion to supermarkets, as well as dining and entertainment options. The community is also home to a Fitness First and various other gyms and fitness studios for a well-balanced lifestyle.

Commute

Al Barsha has direct access to both Sheikh Zayed and Mohammed Bin Zayed Road. The area has three key Metro links, Mall of the Emirates, Sharaf DG and Dubai Internet City.

Properties & Prices

The community offers various apartments options in Al Barsha 1, with villas typically located in Al Barsha, 2, 3 and Barsha South. 

Average rent: 1-bedroom apartment – AED 58,000 

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19: Jumeirah

The Jumeirah area boasts of many new iconic destinations such as City Walk, La Mer and Box Park. 

What’s special

The exclusive community, Jumeirah is made up of key sub-communities Jumeirah 1, 2, 3, City Walk, Boxpark, Jumeirah Bay and Kite beach, all remarkably unique in their lifestyle offering. Jumeirah is known for being one of the most established villa communities in Dubai. Further to this, homes have a reputation for their stunning Arabic architecture, with a cosmopolitan twist. When it comes to apartments, City Walk is home to the most options. With Jumeirah’s prime location, ease of access to pristine beaches and various entertainment options including unique outdoor malls and retail destinations, it’s easy to see why this community is a family favourite.

Location

Jumeirah is accessible from Sheikh Zayed Road, and is centrally located in close proximity to Downtown Dubai and Dubai Marina, a short 20-minute drive away.

Amenities

Jumeirah residents are spoilt for choice with restaurant, retail and dining options abundant in each sub-community, rich with their own unique soul and spirit. The design inspired community, City Walk, offers residents a high-end lifestyle destination of international designer boutiques and fine dining. Box Park, a one of a kind outdoor retail concept in Dubai, is home to several cafés and entertainment options including a cinema. Popular, Kite Beach, provides direct access to a pristine stretch of white sand. Jumeirah is certainly one of Dubai’s preferred communities for families with school age children due to housing leading institutions such as Jumeirah English Speaking School (JESS), GEMS Wellington International, and King’s School. 

Commute

Jumeirah has no dedicated Metro station, however residents have easy access to many stations nearby; Business Bay, Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall, Noor Bank and Financial Centre. The community is also connected to several bus routes. 

Properties & Prices

The properties in Jumeirah range from private villas to townhouses and low-rise apartment buildings.

Average rent: 3-bedroom villa – AED 175,000 

20: Mirdif

Those with kids can make use of the vibrant Mirdif City Centre, Uptown Mirdif or the Last Exit Khawaneej for weekend entertainment.

What’s special

Mirdif has earned itself a reputation as one of Dubai’s most elegant residential areas, consisting of luxurious gated communities – Uptown Mirdif, Shorooq and Ghoroob – full of villas rich in traditional Arabic architecture. The community is a popular choice for families seeking affordable luxury. If you are working near the Dubai International Airport, then this is the place for you. Families can make use of the vibrant Mirdif City Centre, Uptown Mirdif or the Last Exit Khawaneej for weekend entertainment. 

Location

Mirdif is accessible from Sheikh Zayed Road and Airport Road. Dubai International Airport is 12-minutes away, and Downtown Dubai is a short 20-minute drive away.

Amenities

Home to Mirdif City Centre, full of fashion, home and lifestyle brands as well as a collection of dining and entertainment options, and Uptown Mirdif, an open-air shopping centre, residents have no shortage of retail and leisure choices. Mushrif Park, the largest park in the city, is perfect for families offering cycling tracks, jogging tracks and children’s play areas. A large presence of international schools and nurseries in the area makes this community a top pick for families. 

Commute

There is no metro line operating in the community, the nearest metro station is Rashidiya. Residents have easy access to buses, however for ease of movement in the area, it would be best to have your own car.

Properties & Prices

A wide choice of mid to high-end villas and townhouses is what has gained this community its popularity. Villas range in size and configuration, some complete with large backyards and swimming pools. 

Average rent: 3-bedroom apartment – AED 115,000 

21: Jumeirah Village Circle

JVC has a family-friendly setting with an abundance of parks, grocery stores and restaurants in the vicinity.

What’s special

Jumeirah Village Circle, affectionately referred to as JVC, has been designed for family-friendly lifestyle. The gated community is home to luxury villas and townhouses, as well as a collection of apartments in a tranquil and suburban setting. Homes are surrounded by lush green landscapes evoking a sense of calmness from busy city life. For families, it is the high-quality amenities that make this community stand out.

Location

Located on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road between Hessa Street and Al Khail Road, neighbouring communities include Jumeirah Village Triangle (JVT), The Springs and Dubai Sports City.

Amenities

From community sports and leisure amenities including football fields, cricket pitches, swimming pools, jogging and cycling tracks, to international schools and 24-hour security, JVC has everything you need for comfortable family living. The community is also pet-friendly, with several veterinary clinics in the vicinity as well as plenty of walkways and grassy areas for your four-legged family member. 

Commute

The community has no Metro station or bus stops but taxis are readily available. The nearest bus stop is located 10 minutes away in Dubai Production City, and the closest Metro station is Damac Properties, approximately 15 minutes away.

Properties & Prices

Jumeirah Village Circle is home to a collection of affordable luxury villas and townhouses. 

Average rent: 1 bedroom apartment – AED 52,900

22: Arabian Ranches

There are good schools and nurseries in Arabian Ranches and the Dubai International Academic City is just a 15-minute drive away.

What’s special

Arabian Ranches, known for its opulent Mediterranean and Arabic inspired villas in desert surroundings, provides residents with privacy and seclusion away from the city. Quiet and refined, the established villa community is perfect for families with children of all ages. Spread across 6.67 million square meters, Arabian Ranches is comprised of 24 sub-communities, all meticulously landscaped and self-contained with access to first class amenities.

Location

Arabian Ranches is easily accessible via Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Qudra Road. Mall of the Emirates is located a short 18 minutes drive away, whilst Dubai Marina and Dubai Mall are on average 25 minutes away.

Amenities

Raffles Nursery is located in Arabian Ranches’ Saheel community, while Jumeirah English Speaking School (JESS), one of Dubai’s most respected education institutions is proudly situated at the main gate. Exemplary sporting and community facilities are what makes this community shine. Among these are swimming pools, parks and barbecue areas, basketball and tennis courts, lakes and walking trails. For younger residents, there are dedicated children’s swimming pools and numerous play areas. Nearby Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, an upscale social hub extending over 250,000 square metres of desert landscape, features two international-sized polo fields, a practice field, paddocks and two riding and show jumping arenas. The club also boasts a riding academy that offers horse riding excursions for young enthusiasts. The club also encompasses The Ranches Souk which houses over 35 leading brands ranging from fashion outlets, cafés, restaurants and supermarkets. 

Commute

Arabian Ranches does not have its own dedicated Metro station, however the community is well connected via buses running from the Mall of the Emirates. 

Properties & Prices

Arabian Ranches has a reputation for high-end villas and townhouses with Arabesque architecture.

Average rent: 3-bedroom villa – AED 150,000 

23: The Springs, Lakes and Meadows 

These Emirates Living communities are built around nature and have water and greenery.

What’s special

The Springs, The Greens, Lakes and Meadows are part of the Emirates Living community, home to the ultra-luxury, Emirates Hills. The Springs has long been popular with those looking to make the leap from apartment to villa. The area consists of terraced townhouses and stylish villas at attractive price points. Scenic, The Lakes, has been purposefully designed for families, with luxurious villas and townhouses sitting between landscaped common areas. The Meadows, an established, well maintained gated community of spacious villas, is secure and peaceful with abundant family amenities.

Location

This area is strategically located with easy access to Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Khail Road and Mohammed bin Zayed Road. 

Amenities

Emirates Living communities are known for their perfectly maintained surroundings of tree lined streets, landscaped gardens and diverse range of amenities, encouraging a feeling of a suburban retreat away from city life. Residents can take full advantage of the amenities located within each separate community. Home to a collection of several bespoke international schools offering choice between British and American curriculums, as well as nurseries, the area is perfect for families. Residents can also enjoy the prestigious Montgomerie 18-hole Championship Golf Course located in Emirates Hills and The Lakes Club, offering a swimming pool, gym and fitness studio, tennis courts and dining options. 

Commute

For freedom of movement, The Springs, Lakes and Meadows are best for families with cars. The nearest Metro station is located at Nakheel, and buses run regularly to and from Dubai Internet City Metro station via The Greens.

Properties & Prices

Residents of the Emirates Living community have abundant choice of luxury villas and townhouses.

Average rent: The Springs: 3-bedroom villa – AED 145,000;

Lakes: 3-bedroom villa – AED 180,000;

Meadows: 3-bedroom villa – AED 180,000; 

The Greens: 3-bedroom villa – AED 150,000

24: Dubai Silicon Oasis 

Dubai Silicon Oasis is wholly owned by the government of Dubai and is an integrated living and working community.

What’s special

Dubai Silicon Oasis has grown from a community specifically for innovation and tech startups to a residential area, offering an abundance of apartments and villa communities. The two main villa communities, Cedre and Semmer, offer 3 to 5-bedroom villa options with private swimming pools, perfect for family life. Home to some of the top nurseries for families with younger children as well as international schools offering a British or International Baccalaureate curriculum. The community is also located near Academic City which is home to several international universities.

Location

DSO is located just off Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road. 

Amenities

DSO offers a vibrant environment of lifestyle amenities from landscaped green parks, swimming pools, tennis courts and children’s play areas. A new mall set to open in 2020 with spacious open rooftop gardens, and a sleek and modern design housing a collection of retail, entertainment and dining options will be a centrepiece within the community. 

Commute

DSO is best suited to families with cars, with no dedicated Metro station within the community. The nearest Metro station is Rashidiya, approximately a 20 minute drive away.

Properties & Prices

Dubai Silicon Oasis offers a collection of studio to 3-bedroom apartments, as well as affordable villas with up to 5-bedrooms in various configurations. 

Average rent: 1-bedroom apartment – AED 47,000

25: Al Furjan

Al Furjan boasts of cafes, a supermarket, a sports and recreation hub with a restaurant, swimming pool, a games court and gym.

What’s special

Al Furjan, Arabic for a ‘collection of homes’, is exactly that, spread over a huge area of 560 hectares offering a variety of apartments and villas. Designed to create an intimate and secure family environment, villas are built in small clusters connected by a series of walkways and parks. Over one quarter of the community is comprised by lush green parks and landscapes.

Location

Located between Sheikh Zayed Road and Mohammed Bin Zayed Road and next to Discovery Gardens. 

Amenities

Al Furjan contains two community centres, Al Furjan Pavilion and Al Furjan West Pavilion, which offer a wide range of lifestyle amenities including swimming pools, sports courts, retail and dining. As an extension of this, the Al Furjan Club features additional sporting facilities, a fully equipped gym and fitness studios. The community is soon to benefit from linked cycle routes running through Discovery Gardens resulting in a 40 km cycle track for residents. Ibn Battuta Mall is in close proximity to satisfy further retail and dining needs and Mall of the Emirates is a short 25-minute drive away.

Commute

Al Furjan is not currently served by the Metro, with the closest station being  Ibn Battuta. However, a new Metro line that will serve the community is under construction as part of the Dubai Expo 2020 developments. 

Properties & Prices

Al Furjan consists of primarily affordable townhouses and villas ranging in size up to 6-bedrooms. A collection of mid-rise apartments are available also. 

Average rent: 3-bedroom apartment – AED 130,000

26: Reem

Reem is a green haven and is the first residential community in Dubai to house a huge central park.

What’s special

Reem is a master-development comprised of several residential communities to be built in phases, with the first two communities being Mira and Mira Oasis offering a collection of townhouses. Located in the heart of the gated community will be a central park featuring wide open green spaces complete with interactive fountains. Reem promises residents a serene and tranquil lifestyle inspired by nature. 

Location

Reem is located in close proximity to Sheikh Zayed Road, Emirates Road and Al Qudra Road. Arabian Ranches is situated just next door. 

Amenities

Reem is designed to offer residents a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle. With this in mind, most villas benefit from direct access to jogging tracks within the community. Communal parks, manicured gardens and dedicated children’s play areas makes this community highly attractive for families. Close proximity to Arabian Ranches Golf Club, Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club and Global Village widens the leisure options available to residents.  

Commute

As Reem continues to develop, transport options are not yet available. Families would benefit from their own car, or alternatively, taxis are widely obtainable. 

Properties & Prices

Reem is a gated community of townhouses and villas built with contemporary architecture and stylish interiors.

Average rent: 3-bedroom villa – AED 115,000

*Average prices are based on an average of last 3 months.


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