Dubailand

Dubailand is a vast development encompassing several varied communities within it. It stretches along Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road (formerly known as the Emirates Road) and will include sporting attractions as well as entertainment facilities, retail outlets and residential areas of villas and apartment blocks. Developments that are already built, or under construction are detailed below, but there are many more still to come.

Dubailand is a vast development encompassing several varied communities within it. It stretches along Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road (formerly known as the Emirates Road) and will include sporting attractions as well as entertainment facilities, retail outlets and residential areas of villas and apartment blocks. Developments that are already built, or under construction are detailed below, but there are many more still to come.

​SCHOOLS
Both JESS Arabian Ranches (jess.sch.ae) and the giant GEMS World Academy (04 373 6373) are a stone’s throw away. The Jumeirah English Speaking School is in the Ranches, and there are options in Al Barsha and Emirates Living. Greenfield Community School and the International School of Choueifat are both in the nearby Dubai Investment Park, and Building Blocks Nursery in MotorCity takes infants and toddlers.

HEALTHCARE
There’s a Medicentre clinic (04 360 8866) in Uptown MotorCity, along with a couple of pharmacies. The Mediclinic Arabian Ranches (04 453 4020) offers general practice and a range of medical specialities. The nearest emergency room is Cedars Jebel Ali International Hospital.

SHOPS
MotorCity has a nice strip of cafes and shops, and Arabian Ranches has the Village Community Centre, which houses Le Marche supermarket, a chemist, liquor store and several cafes, restaurants and takeaways.

​BARS & RESTAURANTS
The Arabian Ranches Golf Course is home to a restaurant and bar. The licensed Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club are just a couple of minutes away from Arabian Ranches.

ATTRACTIONS
Arabian Ranches Golf Course, The Els Club and Dubai Polo Club are all close at hand, plus it’s just 20 minutes to Mall of the Emirates, Marsa Dubai and Madinat Jumeirah.
 
JUMEIRAH GOLF ESTATES
Lots of people dream of living on a golf course. But now you can put on your Callaways, step out your front door and you’re ready to sneak in a quick nine holes before dinner. Anyone looking to garner a slice of the residential golfing lifestyle could do a lot worse than moving into one of the villas at Jumeirah Golf Estates, home to the DP World Tour Championship. There are many things to love about living on a golf course: the stunning vistas, an expanse of manicured grass fairways, and unlimited access to first-class golf courses designed by the pros. There’s a range of villa types, from four-bedrooms upwards, all oozing style and luxury. At the heart of this exclusive development is the Norman Country Club, with a leisure centre, bar and restaurants (including one by Jamie Oliver), tennis academy, lap pool and leisure lagoon.
Annual rental prices: Four-bedroom villa from Dhs.290,000.
 
DUBAI SPORTS CITY
The world’s first integrated sports city is not quite completed, but there are now a handful of occupied towers. The prices are competitive when you consider that facilities in each tower include underground parking, a gym, barbecue area, Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna, and free internet.
Annual rental prices: Two-bedroom apartment from Dhs.75,000. Four-bedroom townhouse from Dhs.180,000.
 
The area also includes the Victory Heights development – Spanish-style villas and townhouses all within a stone’s throw of the Els Golf Club, and use of the same facilities as Dubai Sports City.

DUBAI MOTORCITY
Built around the Dubai Autodrome, MotorCity has access to first-class race car action. The development is completed and consists of pretty, medium-rise apartments finished to a high standard with cobbled streets and a pleasing amount of greenery around. 
 
The buildings have English-sounding names in the vein of ‘Dickens Circus’ and ‘Sherlock House’, which adds to the quaint feel of this community. A good array of services make it an attractive place to live for couples and singles after a slice of suburbia.
 
You may be able to hear the sound of cars racing around the Autodrome circuit if the wind is blowing towards the residential area though.
Annual rental prices: One-bedroom apartments from Dhs.65,000.
 
ARABIAN RANCHES
The quiet, curving, grass-lined lanes of the Arabian Ranches development are home to several swimming pools, basketball and tennis courts, barbecue pits and grassy areas. 
 
This is an all-villa project set among lush greenery, lakes and the Arabian Ranches Golf Course, with a range of luxury facilities that all add up to some pretty fine suburban living. It was one of the first freehold residential areas to be completed and there is certainly a homely and mature neighbourhood feel to the place. Most of the people who bought villas in the development still live in them, so finding one that suits your needs can be difficult. 
Annual rental prices: Two-bedroom villa from Dhs.140,000.
 
THE VILLA
The Villa offers residents spacious villas – many with pools – meaning luxury living at an affordable price. Due to its location further out in Dubailand, and the lack of facilities as yet, most people who move here are large families looking for luxury and space. Prices are competitive, but be prepared to foot the bill for landscaping if you are the first to move in. For shops, schools and other amenities, Dubai Silicon Oasis, Dubai Autodrome, International Media Production Zone and Arabian Ranches are all only a short drive away. 
Annual rental prices: Five-bedroom villa from Dhs.190,000.
 
NEIGHBOURING DEVELOPMENT: GREEN COMMUNITY
An oasis of green in the desert, this modern and established development is good for families, and homes are hard to come by. The area is made up of high-quality villas with gardens, as well as spacious, low-rise apartment blocks set among small lakes and green parks. There’s plenty of room for kids to play in and the place has quietly developed a strong community feel. It’s a bit out of the city, but a good choice for people working in the Jebel Ali Free Zone. Its location away from the rest of Dubai means that taxis can be expensive for nights when the car needs to be left at home. However, the development of the site for the Expo 2020 is nearby and so access and facilities in the area are bound to improve over the coming years.
 
The original Green Community was so well received that the developer built a new phase – Green Community West. It’s in the same style, with villas surrounded by greenery with meandering cobbles streets. 
 
Schools: The Children’s Garden (04 885 3484) offers a primary bilingual curriculum in English/German or English/French, and there are various primary and secondary schools in Emirates Living and Jabal Ali.
 
Healthcare: The private Green Community Medical Centre (04 885 3225) is upstairs in The Market, while the nearest government-run clinic is at Jabal Ali. For emergencies, the Cedars Jebel Ali International Hospital is nearest. For government A&E care, it’s quite a trip to Rashid Hospital.
 
Shops: The area is serviced by The Market shopping centre, which houses a large Choithrams supermarket, as well as a jewellers, clothes shops, and home furnishing outlets. There’s also a pharmacy, a florist, a dry cleaners, an optician, and a branch of ACE Hardware. If that’s not enough, Ibn Battuta Mall is not far away.
 
Bars and restaurants: There are a few good licensed restaurants within the Courtyard by Marriott, and The Market is home to a number of coffee shops and good unlicensed restaurants. For a better selection, Marsa Dubai is about 15 minutes by car.
 
Attractions: The golf course at Jumeirah Golf Estates is nearby.
Annual rental prices: One-bedroom apartment from Dhs.65,000. Four-bedroom villa from Dhs.230,000.
 

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