Urban Oasis: The 5 Best Residential Areas to Live in Dubai

2nd February 2024market

Urban Oasis: The 5 Best Residential Areas to Live in Dubai

Dubai is made up of nine sectors, which are further divided into over 200 communities. Each area has its own unique charm and offers residents everything they need to have a comfortable, enjoyable and even luxurious lifestyle.

The many options can make it challenging to choose the best areas to live in Dubai for expats.

We have compiled below a list of the best residential areas in Dubai to help you narrow down your options. From Arabian Ranches 2 and Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC) to Business Bay and Dubai Marina, we share the top features and advantages these highly sought-after communities provide to expats and locals.

The Best Places to Live in Dubai for Expats

Below are the best residential areas in Dubai for expats:

  1. Arabian Ranches

Arabian Ranches is an exclusive gated villa community located on the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road. Its location makes it the perfect peaceful, quiet haven away from the busy metropolis.

This neighborhood boasts spacious villas surrounded by beautiful lakes and scenic landscapes. It also has plenty of playgrounds, parks, bike trails and its own world-class golf course – the Arabian Ranches Golf Club.

Arabian Ranches has a community center and several schools, clinics, hospitals, and retail establishments, making it an excellent choice for families with children.

Arabian Ranches is divided into three areas – Arabian Ranches 1, 2 and 3 – and further separated into different sub-communities, the most popular of which include Al Reem, Palmera, Saheel, and Mirador. 

The properties for sale and rent here range from two- to six-bedroom villas and townhouses.

Arabian Ranches is a great option if you’re looking for a home far from the city’s hustle and bustle.


2. Business Bay

Business Bay is a popular commercial district in the emirate and one of the best places to live in Dubai for young couples and singles due to its selection of gorgeous modern apartments, penthouses and hotel apartments. Its location and wide array of property options also attract a fair number of families.

The top draw of Business Bay is its vibrant lifestyle. Its prestigious offices, banks, retail shops and dining options attract a huge number of young professionals who want a home in the heart of the city.

Living in this area ensures you have quick access to a wide range of supermarkets, convenience stores, restaurants, malls, retail stores, clinics, hospitals and leisure and entertainment hubs. You’ll have everything you need to have a stress-free, comfortable lifestyle.

The properties for sale in Business Bay range from studio to four-bedroom apartments, making it easy to choose one that meets your preference and budget.


3. Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina is a prestigious, modern community along the city’s most picturesque harbor. Its high-rise residential buildings, beautiful shoreline and luxurious Riviera-style lifestyle make it one of the best neighborhoods in Dubai.

All buildings offer incredible views of the Arabian Gulf. Living here also gives you easy access to upscale restaurants and trendy coffee shops, allowing you to have numerous dining options.

The Dubai Marina Mall and Dubai Marina Walk also boast a wide array of dining, entertainment and leisure hubs where you can engage in a variety of fun and relaxing activities. You’ll also have quick access to retail stores, supermarkets, clinics, pharmacies, fitness centers, salons and other amenities for your health and lifestyle requirements.

These facilities and more make Dubai Marina an ideal choice for singles, couples and families.

The residential property options here range from studio to four-bedroom apartments and villas.


4. Dubai Hills

Dubai Hills, or Dubai Hills Estate, is the best place to live in Dubai for expats with families. It is an exclusive community with various amenities designed to meet the needs of residents of all ages.

This community combines both luxurious living with a beautiful, natural environment. Its numerous lovely villas, townhouses and apartments are surrounded by beautiful flora and gardens. Moreover, the neighborhood offers residents spectacular views of the Dubai skyline.  

Dubai Hills has several green areas, the biggest of which is the central community park. It also has various jogging and walking paths, schools, clinics, stores, restaurants and cafes. It even has an 18-hole golf course complete with modern facilities.

Renting or investing in a property here means choosing between villas and townhouses with one- to three-bedrooms and apartments with studio and one- to three-bedroom configurations. The community also has some of the most sought-after off-plan projects in Dubai.

With its serene ambiance, family-friendly facilities and stunning scenery, Dubai Hills provides residents with a luxurious and serene lifestyle.


5. Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC)

JVC is another community ideal for singles, young couples and families. Although it is located at the heart of new Dubai, it is a peaceful neighborhood away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The area, which has a village-like setting, is surrounded by lush gardens and canals. It has over 30 landscaped parks, making it an excellent choice for expats who want to live in a green community.

JVC is popular among first timers in Dubai as these properties are usually on the affordable end of the spectrum. Expat families also love it since it has plenty of schools, green areas, fitness centers, clinics, hospitals and pharmacies.

This community is home to over 2,000 villas, townhouses and apartments. Many apartments have shared amenities, such as gyms, swimming pools and laundry rooms.

The apartments here range from studio to four-bedroom configurations. On the other hand, villas and townhouses have one- to five bedrooms.

We hope the information we shared here will help you find the perfect neighborhood for living in Dubai. Please contact us if you need more details about our properties or want to speak with one of our helpful real estate brokers.

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