Dubai Area Guide
Areas and Suburbs in Dubai. Guide to the Best Areas and Suburbs in Dubai for Expats. Property Residential Areas in Dubai City. Below is a general overview of Dubai including information on the different areas within the Emirate. The guide will help you gather general knowledge about Dubai and the practicalities of traveling there.
Sitting at the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe, Dubai is ideally located. With a fast growing economy, Dubai is producing record-breaking projects to produce a plethora of awe-inspiring developments catering for both commercial and tourism needs. Only four years ago when the first of the Palm Island projects was announced, it seemed an impossible task, yet now the Palm Jumeirah is nearly completed and more than 20 other key projects are underway, making The Palm look distinctly small by comparison. And so the building goes on, bigger and better at each stage.
Having been built from a desert, Dubai’s natural surroundings are arid but, despite its sandy and rocky nature, Dubai and the UAE as a whole are adorned with many green parks. Dubai is actually undergoing an extensive “greening programme”, to border the roads with colourful flowers, grass and palm trees, consistently maintained by round-the-clock gardeners and workers cleaning and cutting its parks and borders.
A subtropical, arid climate means that rainfall is rare and erratic, on average falling only 25 days per year between December and March. Average temperatures range from around 24°C in January to 41°C in August. During winter, occasional sandstorms can cover the city from the surrounding dessert.
Residential areas in Dubai are plentiful and it will take careful planning to decide which is best for you. Below we summarize the main areas:
Al Barsha: known for a quiet pace of life with large, good value villas, all within easy reach of the Sheikh Zayed Road and large local shopping Mall.
Al Qusais: cheap accommodation, easy parking on the outskirts of Dubai.
Garhoud: a popular suburban residential area within easy reach of downtown Dubai and two minutes from the airport.
Karama: thriving commercial area, rich with amenities and reasonable rents.
Al Safa & Al Wasl: a quiet, well served area, near Bur Dubai, Dubai Marina. Jumeira and the beach.
Arabian Ranches: a safe, enclosed community of villas and lush gardens, popular with overseas buyers.
Green Community: An oasis of green located on the outskirts of Dubai, near the Jebel Ali Free Zone. Ideal for families.
Bur Dubai: Well served apartment blocks in a conveniently central location.
Deira: Upmarket residential area, popular with expats. Good shopping amenities and relatively cheap rents.
Dubai Marina & Al Sufouh: A highly desirable area, near entertainment facilities and Media and Internet City. The area boasts many palatial villas.
Emirates Hills: Family villas along attractive tree-lined streets with surrounding landscape gardens. 20-30 minutes easy commute into central Dubai city.
Jebel Ali & The Gardens: Originally a satellite town to Dubai, this area is slowing integrating into the urban sprawl. Well connected and within easy reach of Media and Internet Cities.
Jumeira: Fantastic, highly prestigious name and location close to the beach, shops and central Dubai.
Mirdif, Rashidiya & Al Warqa: Lowest rents with a suburban feel. The area is currently undergoing development on its surrounding desertland.
Oud Metha & Umm Hurair: Apartments in a central location with easy access to highways, shopping and leisure complexes.
Satwa: Central location and a popular choice amongst singles and young couples looking for lively hustle and bustle.
Trade Centre: Home to some of Dubai’s biggest residential and commercial towers, including impressive hotels. A popular area where rents are high.
Umm Suqueim: Popular for its proximity to the beach, while remaining relatively peaceful. Upmarket area, popular with expatriate families looking to live in a comfortable family villa.
Residential Areas and Suburbs in Dubai
There are three main factors that expats will need to consider when choosing the area or suburb in Dubai in which to look for accommodation:
– Villas in Dubai are relatively common proximity to children’s school
– Proximity to place of work
– Area that maximises important lifestyle elements
Once these factors have been considered and priorities are clearer, it will then be down to the type of accommodation preferred, and of course the housing budget or allowance, which, in the case of most expatriates, is included in the employment package.
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. There is a holiday vibe all year round. Amenities like shops, restaurants and the beach are all within walking distance so no car is needed, and there is easy metro access. Sometimes access and exit can be tricky at peak times, and it can be noisy and busy. For nature lovers, there are no gardens.
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. The area is quieter than JBR but has beach access. It is also greener, with more gardens. A car is a must here as there is no direct access to the metro yet. The ocean gets trapped due to the shape of the island and the water can smell bad at times.
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 room for domestic helpers. The area is in a good central location, and it is easy to get taxis. Also the area is peppered with schools and is more cosmopolitan. The call to prayer might disturb sleep as there are many mosques in the area. The villas are also older and less spacious.
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. There is great metro access and good views. It is also quieter than JBR, but still close to the sea. Ongoing construction can make the area noisy, and there is also a lack of gardens.
Dubai International Financial Centre and 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. There is a very trendy area close to the metro and Dubai Mall, and the area has good access to the older parts of Dubai as it’s very central.
The Greens, The Springs, The Lakes, The Meadows
An Emaar development known as Emirates Living comprises four different developments, all built close to the Emirates Golf Course. The Greens consists predominantly of low-rise apartment blocks built around shared gardens and communal pools, within walking distance of shops and restaurants. The Springs is a villa-style development in 15 phases, a two-bedroom unit being the smallest. The Lakes and The Meadows consist of larger free-standing villas with gardens. All the communities share parks, pools and, in some cases, basketball courts. They’re great for families or people with pets. Rentals are reasonable, except for The Meadows, which remains very sought-after.
Dubai Silicon Oasis, Victory Heights, Motor City and Arabian Ranches
All these developments can be found on Emirates Road between the Al Khail roundabout and the E66. The complexes consist of townhouses and free-standing villas, except in the case of Motor City, which also has some low-rise apartment blocks. These developments are popular with expats from South Africa, Australia and the UK due to the larger houses and gardens, and better value for money. Arabian Ranches is very popular, older and more established, and therefore more expensive. Built further out into the desert these areas are quieter, but can be dustier.
Mirdif and Al Garhoud
Built on either side of Dubai International Airport, Mirdif and Al Garhoud offer older style villa compounds with shared pool access. The rental prices are low to medium in these areas. The close proximity to good schools makes these popular areas for people with children who prefer value for money. The areas offer more competitive rental prices, and there are good schools nearby. The proximity to the airport means it can be very noisy.
Article Source: All Dubai