Where To Live

Dubai has plenty of residential areas to choose from, ranging from family villas, to snazzy high-rise apartments overlooking the marina. More developments are springing up all the time and each, when finished, will have its own shops and restaurants, and usually, access to a school.

Some areas are more popular with local families, such as Al Warqa (south of Mirdif), or Al Sufouh (near Umm Suqeim) while others are so well-established that it’s very challenging to even find available accommodation, as is the case in Garhoud – although it benefits from being very near the airport and having a metro stop. The Gardens near Ibn Battuta mall has virtually nothing available – the low-rise apartments here are set amidst plenty of greenery and were snapped up long ago.

We recommend that you select areas that appeal to you from our guide below and then spend a few days driving to each place you are interested in – that way you can see if the development is well-established or still under construction, what facilities are there and what the traffic is like. We've provided a price guide, with prices being for unfurnished properties – if you want to rent a furnished place, anticipate adding on Dhs.10,000 or more a year to the price.

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