Best areas for living in Dubai

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Mar 20 2016

Best areas for living in Dubai

Palm Jumeirah

Palm Jumeirah is a man-made island in the shape of a palm tree that extends into the Gulf. There are two main types of accommodation: medium-rise apartment blocks on the trunk, most with communal beach access, and expensive villas with private beaches and pools on the fronds. The apartments here are popular and prices remain stable due to limited supply. The area is good for young couples and families.

Rents range from Dh180,000 to Dh230,000 a year for a two-bedroom apartment, and up to Dh500,000 for a four-bedroom villa.

Emirates Hills

Emirates Hills is a prestigious gated community located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This is a world class development in an unrivalled master plan community. Often referred to as the “Beverly Hills of Dubai” Emirates Hills is known to be as “The” most exclusive community of Dubai. There are 2 golf clubs within Emirates Hills, Montgomerie and the Emirates Golf Club. Each of the communities also has a recreation area with swimming pool and it is close to Schools include the Dubai British School at The Springs, Emirates International School at The Meadows, Regent International School at the Greens, and Dubai International Academy at the Lakes.

In addition, you will find Supermarkets like spinneys at The Springs and The Meadows, while Choithram have branches at The Greens and The Lakes. More choice can be found nearby at the Ibn Battuta Mall or Mall of the Emirates. Emirates Hills is close to Interchange 5, Sheikh Zayed Road in the vicinity of the Dubai Marina and near Dubai Media City, Dubai Internet City and American University of Dubai, 30 minutes drive to Dubai Airport and in close proximity to Mall of Emirates, Ibn Battuta Mall and other upcoming shopping centers.

Rents range: Dh 285,000 – Dh 2,500,000 /yr.

Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR)

The Jumeirah Beach Residence is a massive residential development comprising six clusters of several high-rise apartment blocks overlooking the Arabian Gulf. The towers are built over an ocean-front promenade called “The Walk” which is lined with retail outlets, restaurants, cafés and hotels. Each cluster includes several swimming pools for use by the residents, and a few gyms. Apartments with sea views are sought after and command higher rentals but, in general, the area offers good value. JBR is good for young professionals or those who wish to feel like they are always on holiday. But there’s one thing you need to know – there is always bad traffic in this area!

Rents range: Dh 90,000 – Dh 150,000 /yr for 1 bedroom apartment.

Dubai Marina

Built around a man-made marina, and set one road back from JBR, Dubai Marina is a popular residential area of high-rise apartment blocks, some with great views of the Palm. Several hotel apartment towers can also be found here offering serviced accommodation for short- or long-term lets. Prices are average and availability is good. Marina is good for those accustomed to apartment living.

The guide rental for a two-bedroom apartment in Dubai Marina is Dh140,000-Dh190,000.

Dubai Downtown

Downtown Dubai is home to the Burj Khalifa, the highest building in the world. This is a fairly new and modern area built for mixed use; residential apartment towers are mixed in with office blocks and hotels. Prices are medium to high, but the build quality is normally very good. It’s well suited to hip and trendy high-flyers.

The guide price for studios is Dh70,000 to Dh80,000 a year, while a three-bed will set you back up to Dh280,000. Apartments in the landmark Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building – go for even more. Three-bedroom apartment in Burj Khalifa – Dh400,000/year.

Jumeira and Umm Suqeim 

Older villas make up small compounds in this part of Dubai. The area is more established, with less construction and the villas near Beach Road are within walking distance of the beach. It’s still possible to find a bargain here but beware that some of these villas are not well maintained. Each compound will normally be built around a communal pool and garden. The area is great for families with pets; the villas also often include a maid’s room.

Rents range: Dh 60,000 – Dh 75,000 /yr for a studio

Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT)

More high-rise apartment blocks are on offer in these areas but, sadly, in each case there are no views to speak of. Discovery Gardens is situated close to Jebel-Ali Port at the end of “New” Dubai, while JLT is directly behind JBR on the opposite side of Sheikh Zayed Road. Tecom is a free-zone near to Al Barsha and the Mall of the Emirates. Accommodation is reasonably priced in these areas as there is plenty of availability. Serviced apartments are common in Tecom and JLT. They’re good areas for young couples or single people.

Rents range: Dh 60,000 – Dh 115,000 /yr for a studio

Sheikh Zayed Road

Heading south-west from Trade Centre Roundabout towards Abu Dhabi, the famous 12-lane Sheikh Zayed Road runs parallel to the coast. Lined with hotels, malls, office and apartment blocks of stunning chrome and glass, the architecture speaks of eye-popping wealth and conspicuous consumption.

A mass of record-breaking new developments have sprung up in this area of Dubai, including the distinctive gate-shaped DIFC (Dubai International Financial Centre) – home to Dubai’s very own financial exchange – and the vertigo-inducing Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, surrounded by the Dubai Fountain.

Rents range: Dh 85,000 – Dh 250,000 /yr for a studio

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