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Most popular areas to live in Dubai

Most popular areas to live in Dubai

Your guide to the popular residential communities around the city

Words by Ankita Bhowmick in The Guides · Jul 22nd, 2018

Looking forward to moving into the gorgeous city of Dubai? Whether you are single or moving along with your family, the city has on offer a wide range of residential communities, from which you can choose the one that best suits your preference and lifestyle. 

Luxhabitat rounds up the best residential areas in Dubai. 

1. Emirates Living

Most popular areas to live in Dubai

The villa communities of Emirates Hills, The Meadows, The Springs and The Lakes combined together form the Emirates Living master community. The communities are ideal communities for families as they enjoy close proximity to top schools, easy access to major hubs of the city and is home to landscaped green spaces and exclusive services.

One of the most premium communities of Emirates Living, Emirates Hills is a secured and gated community that is home to some of the best and most luxurious villas in the city. The community also houses rich and famous personalities, business moguls as well as politicians and diplomats. 

The Lakes and The Meadows, on the other hand, are the largest communities in Emirates Living in terms of area. They feature luxury townhouses and villas and are built amidst lush greenery. The communities enjoy proximity to schools such as Dubai British School, Emirates International School, and Dubai International Academy. Amenities like supermarkets, pharmacies, swimming pool, gyms and restaurants, makes the communities perfect for whose families who prefer living away from the hustle and bustle of the city yet enjoy the amenities of a modern life. 

2. Jumeirah

Most popular areas to live in Dubai

The coastal community of Jumeirah comprises of three different areas, Jumeirah 1, Jumeirah 2 and Jumeirah 3. The beachfront villas of Jumeirah are among the most luxurious and expensive in the world and are complemented by swimming pools, steam rooms, saunas, allocated parking spaces and other excellent amenities. They feature imported materials, surrounded by lush landscaped gardens and have easy access to pristine white sand beaches. 

Residents of Jumeirah enjoy proximity to world-class restaurants, cafes, spas and resorts. The community is home to some of the hotspots of the city that include City Walk, BOXPARK, Jumeira Bay, Kite Beach, and Burj Al Arab

3. Al Barari

Most popular areas to live in Dubai

Al Barari is a secluded paradise, located away from the extra noise of the city. The community features luxury villas that are built amidst lush botanical gardens and beautiful lakes. What makes the community even more noteworthy is the fact that only 40% of its total area has been used for the construction of luxury villas, whereas 60% of it has been landscaped.

Residents can choose between 260 gorgeous villas that have been built in 6 beautifully landscaped gardens. A large lake and water features add beauty to the green community. An organic restaurant called The Farm, the Heart & Soul Spa and The Body Language health and fitness club form the major amenities Al Barari has on offer.

4. Arabian Ranches

Most popular areas to live in Dubai

The golf community of Arabian Ranches offers more than 4,000 luxury villas amidst tranquil desert surroundings. They feature massive spaces, open floor plans, external spaces with a backyard or a pool and feature a mixture of Spanish, Portuguese and Arabesque.

It is home to two of the state-of-the-art golf courses, the Arabian Ranches Golf Club and the Dubai Polo & Equestrian ClubResidents of the community can indulge in activities like tennis tournaments, community barbecues, charity drives and market days.

5. Palm Jumeirah

st popular areas to live in Dubai

The man-made palm-shaped island of Palm Jumeirah is the self-declared eighth wonder of the world. The trunk of the island features low-rise residential apartments and the sixteen fronds host luxury villas

The upscale community is home to multicultural celebrities and socialites who get attracted to the exclusive community owing to its private beaches, marinas, luxury hotels, restaurants, cafes and an array of high-end retail outlets that it has on offer.

6. Downtown Dubai

Most popular areas to live in Dubai

Offering modern-city lifestyle at its best, the metropolitan community of Downtown Dubai is strategically located in the heart of the city. The area is best known for being home to the Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Mall. The community is preferred and inhabited by high-earning, business-centric young professionals.

A wide range of housing, entertainment, retail and dining options makes Downtown Dubai one of the most elegant places to live in. 

7. Dubai Marina

Most popular areas to live in Dubai

Dubai Marina offers its residents with a metropolitan and free-spirited atmosphere by the pristine waters. The community features some of the world's tallest apartment buildings and luxury villas. Located on Shiekh Zayed Road makes it easily accessible to the business and commercial centres as well as the major hotspots of the city.  

The Marina Mall caters to the retail, entertainment and dining needs of the residents. The mall is connected to The Address: Dubai Marina, a 5-star luxury hotel featuring a number of restaurant and lounges. 

8. Dubai International Financial Centre

Most popular areas to live in Dubai

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), is known as the financial hub of Middle East and is located adjacent to the Sheikh Zayed Road, the Dubai World Trade Centre and the Burj Khalifa. The area is mostly inhabited by young professionals and hosts a museum, a performing arts center, a number of art galleries, lounges, fitness centers and an array of eateries. 

DIFC has on offer some of the very high-end properties in Dubai that are of high standards and come with great finishes and spectacular architecture. Apart from residential apartments, one can also find a number of commercial blocks in the community.