If you have to relocate to Dubai, you have to choose a suitable area where to live. This will depend upon different factors such as the place where you are going to work, the average price of the accommodation and if you are not a single also the location of your child’s school.
Moreover, you have to take in consideration the traffic in Dubai. Rush hours run from 7am till 9am and 5pm till 7pm and the general rule is in the mornings the traffic jam will be from Sharjah direction into Dubai and reversed in the evenings on all major roads. This is due to an extremely large number of people living in Sharjah, where house rents are cheaper than Dubai.
Here are listed the main characteristics of popular expat area, from north to south, to try and help you pin point the ideal place for you and the purpose is to be a guideline.
Please note that prices vary greatly based on the exact location and size of home you’re looking for.
Mirdif is a popular residential base for expatriates with convenient connections to the original areas of Dubai, the airport, as well as the highways connecting the other Emirates. This suburb has different shops, its own super mall and schools. It is a more affordable area for people looking to live in a villa with a garden. Apartments are also available at different prices here so it is a good mix. Watch out for the flight path though- check out the aircraft noise before you move in!
Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR)
JBR is a residential area located in Marina and is a long line of high-rise buildings with beach views. There are only apartments which vary in size from one bedroom to up to 5 bedrooms in a duplex apartment, with sweeping ocean vistas.
All residences have balconies and underground allocated parking bays.
Nearby facilities are excellent restaurants, cafes, boutique shops, and even a cinema along the beachfront promenade known as The Walk. Due to the popular beach and the prime location, weekend and evening traffic can be infuriating, although there are usually police trying to maintain the flow.
Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT)
JLT offers the same selection of apartment accommodations for a slightly more affordable area compared to JBR. Although not sea-facing, many apartments still have wonderful views looking out over the artificial lakes and green spaces winding their way around the base of the towers. The area has different restaurants and café.
A beautiful, residential gated community located on the Emirates Road. The project consists of different kinds of villas and townhouses. This is a very popular residential area with a majority Western expat community having family. There are excellent schools in the immediate area, as well as clinic and hospital facilities and a compact shopping complex, which includes a selection of cute cafes and restaurants. The rent prices are very high. Due to its location on the outskirts of the city, it is also essential to have a car.
Downtown is the city centre where you can admire the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, which is visible from every part of Dubai on a clear day.
Downtown has also the world’s largest mall (the Dubai Mall) and various attractions such as the magical musical fountains, there are plenty of villas and apartments around the area, but very expensive.
The traffic on evenings and weekends is the stuff of nightmares, so you have to be prepared.
Emirates Hills is a refined prestigious gated community and is definitely among the top and most exclusive. It is a place of utmost beauty and wealth, reflecting a high class lifestyle of emirates living. This development is the most desirable luxury residential community in Dubai, and everything about it conveys quality and perfection. With a collection of residential areas known as the Springs and the Meadows, leafy streets lead off to spacious villas and children play ball in the road, men play golf and women go to gym.
Dubai Silicon Oasis is an integrated residential area offering different residential and lifestyle facilities. The technology park has been specifically planned and designed to create an authentic community of comfort and convenience providing an array of education, shops, services and leisure facilities. A selection of villas and apartments are scattered just past a major intersection, down the road from the airport. The accommodation is almost all set back from the roads so traffic noise is not an issue.
The Gardens consists of low and high rise apartment blocks all surrounded by well-established gardens and community areas including swimming pools. It is behind Ibn Battuta Mall, so it is excellent for shopping. Compared to other areas it is less expensive and prices can vary.
The Green Community
Still considered a bit too far away by many, the residents of this community don’t seem to care. The villas are beautiful and there is a real feeling of peace and serenity in this well planned gated community. There are plenty of services, including bus facilities to the first Metro station and living there is a great experience. There are also apartments available. It is very close to Jebel Ali and handy for those who commute to Abu Dhabi.