Dubai's most exclusive neighbourhoods at a glance


Between the unveiling of Expo 2020 itineraries and ATM 2021 marking the first in-person travel and tourism event since the onset of the pandemic, Dubai is firmly back in the global spotlight – but did it ever really leave? The city continues to be recognised as a leading lifestyle destination, as evidenced by entertainment, hospitality, and restaurant groups making their first foray into the region through outposts in Dubai.

Case in point: sbe Entertainment Group chose Business Bay as the location of its first SLS hotel property in the Middle East, Sunset Hospitality Group is set to debut a 12,000-square-foot SushiSamba on Palm Jumeirah later this year, and 25hours Hotels will add a touch of whimsy to Dubai Future District come Q3. Meanwhile, factors such as a rebound in tourism, the issuance of long-term golden visas, and sustainable urban development steered by the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan all prove that now is the time to enter the real estate market. In fact, a recent Morgan Stanley report predicts that the city’s property rally could last for years, citing both robust demand and peaking supply growth as reasons. And in the meantime, the following neighbourhoods illustrate why Dubai is so much more than an investment haven – it’s a wonderful place to call home.

Palm Jumeirah
Renewed interest in one of the world’s largest artificial islands came about with the launch of a new attraction at The Palm Tower. Entitled The View at The Palm, this 240-meter-tall observation deck has prompted a newfound appreciation for the destination amongst residents and returning tourists alike. Incidentally, it’s here that the aforementioned SushiSamba will reside. But stunning views and celebrity haunts can’t compete with the private beach access that accents the Signature Villas, arguably the most luxurious properties on Palm Jumeirah. Each comes complete with a minimum built-up area of 7,000 square feet and a wealth of riches as far as amenities are concerned. Win-win.

Jumeirah Bay Island
Another man-made marvel – this one spanning over 6.3 million square feet and sculpted in the shape of a titanic seahorse – Jumeirah Bay manages to maintain a sense of exclusivity, courtesy of its location off the coast of Jumeirah Beach Road. While Bvlgari Resort Dubai and the brand’s first-ever Yacht Club can be credited for putting this mixed-use Meraas development on the map, it’s the island’s villas and low-rise residential buildings now garnering attention. Not only does life in this gated community bring both privacy and security, but it’s also ideal for marine enthusiasts owing to the neighboring 52-berth marina and breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf.

Arabian Ranches
If a property within a gated community is on the wishlist, Arabian Ranches is another great option due to its location on Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road, offering residents easy access to the likes of Global Village, Dubai Autodrome, and IMG Worlds of Adventure. But it’s not just leisure destinations that occupy these surroundings. The Emaar development is rooted in nature, drawing inspiration from the quiet beauty of the Arabian desert. Here, an 18-hole golf course, green pathways, and picturesque lakes complement facilities such as laidback cafés and retail centres, making it a community in every sense of the word. And while there are several options to choose from, it’s the sprawling Golf Villas and Polo Homes that come highly recommended for families as, collectively, they range from four to seven bedrooms.

Al Barari
Wellness is practically a byword for Al Barari – 60 percent of this 15.3 million-square-foot development is made up of themed gardens, naturally landscaped lakes, and freshwater streams due to its eco-conscious DNA. Add to that fitness facilities, such as yoga studios, sunken tennis courts, and a cycling track, and it’s easy to see why Al Barari residents rave about the premises – whether they’re apartment dwellers or villa owners. It’s also the definitive address for those looking to escape the frenzy of the city and unwind with a meal at a world-class eatery. Enter: The Farm, where wholesome dishes from around the world gather in a tranquil setting like no other.

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