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The Freehold areas in Dubai - Part 1

Here are the communities in the city where foreigners can have 100% ownership of properties.

25 Mar 2019, words by Ankita Bhowmick in The Guides

The Freehold areas in Dubai

Dubai is home to a number of Freehold areas where besides UAE Nationals, even foreigners can buy properties. Let's have a look at the freehold areas in the city that offer properties for sale as well as for rent. 

1. al barari

Unique 7 Bedroom Acacia 45,000 sq ft  plot infinity Pool

Villa in Al Barari

AED 42,000,000

24,000 sq feet for this C13 villa in Al Barari

Villa in Al Barari

AED 23,999,999

Al Barari is a secluded paradise that features space, tranquillity and exclusivity. The community hosts 260 villas that are built within 6 landscaped gardens. 60% of its total area has been used for landscaping and luxury villas have been built on the rest 40% of it. Al Barari features beautiful water features that include a large lake and a number of streams. It is home to 500 plant types from 20 countries, across 6 continents. 

2. al barsha

Newly built Mansion in the Heart of Al Barsha

Villa in Al Barsha

AED 35,000,000

Magnificent Brand New 7 Bedroom Villa in Al Barsha 3

Villa in Al Barsha

AED 19,500,000

Al Barsha comprises of areas like Al Barsha 1, Al Barsha 2, Al Barsha 3 and Al Barsha South. However, only properties in the newly developed Al Barsha South, are the ones that foreigners can buy.  

3. al habtoor city

The Freehold areas in Dubai

Al Habtoor City hosts world-class hospitality, residential and leisure facilities under one roof. The community is also complemented with spectacular gardens and helipad. It features two 73-storey and one 52-storey residential towers, Noura, Amna and Meera. They comprise of deluxe apartments, lofts and penthouses, ranging from 1-7 bedrooms.

4. arabian ranches

Exclusive upgraded Extended Villa Polo field View

Villa in Arabian Ranches

AED 24,000,000

Brand new 7 bedroom Villa in Arabian Ranches 1

Villa in Arabian Ranches

AED 8,580,000

Arabian Ranches is home to 4,000 luxury villas in tranquil desert surroundings. The villas are complemented with massive spaces, open floor plans, external spaces with a backyard or a pool and are a mixture of Spanish, Portuguese and Arabesque styles. The gated community is an ideal home for golf lovers as it hosts the Arabian Ranches Golf Club and the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club.

5. bluewaters island

The Freehold areas in Dubai

The man-made mixed-use island of Bluewaters Island is located off the coast of Jumeirah Beach residence and is home to Ain Dubai, the world's largest observation wheel. It hosts 10 apartment buildings, 4 penthouses, and 17 townhouses. The homes are finished to the highest standards and offer amenities like state-of-the-art gymnasiums, swimming pools, landscaped gardens, basketball courts and children play areas.

6. business bay

Full floor penthouse in Volante, Business Bay

Penthouse in Business Bay

AED 36,500,000

Fully furnished hotel apartment for sale in The Opus

Apartment in Business Bay

AED 16,892,846

Business Bay is a bustling community and is known as Dubai's new center of business and trade. The community hosts residential communities that are spacious, airy and offer quality finishes and facilities.  Residents have the option to choose between studios to 5 bedroom apartments, along with penthouses, lofts and duplexes. Business Bay is also a yacht and sailing boat deck.

7. city walk

3 Bed Apartment | Community Living | Central Park

Apartment in City Walk

AED 3,398,000

Luxurious upgraded 4 Bedroom Penthouse in City Walk

Penthouse in City Walk

AED 11,000,000

The three-phase district of City Walk hosts 34 apartment buildings of five and six floors. They are located close to The Avenue shopping and leisure scheme. The area is home to several high-end and retail outlets and is located very close to Downtown Dubai and is 5 minutes drive from the Dubai Mall metro station.

8. culture village

Palatial 4 bedroom Duplex Townhouse in Palazzo Versace

Attached townhouse in Culture Village

AED 16,000,000

Stunning 4 bed duplex townhouse in Palazzo Versace

Attached townhouse in Culture Village

AED 14,500,000

Culture Village is home to some of Dubai's exclusive developments like the Palazzo Versace, D1 Tower and Dubai Wharf. The projects are connected by air-conditioned walkways and bridges. The community is a modern reflection of Middle Eastern art and features unique architecture representing traditional Arabic heritage. 

9. Dubai international financial centre

The Index Tower Beautifully Renovated Large Two Bedroom

Apartment in DIFC

AED 3,800,000

Luxury Penthouse Duplex in The Index Tower  DIFC

Penthouse in DIFC

AED 30,000,000

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) features properties that are of high standards with great finishes and spectacular architecture. The community is located adjacent to the Sheikh Zayed Road, the Dubai World Trade Centre and the Burj Khalifa. DIFC an ideal abode for young professionals. 

10. downtown dubai

21,000 sq.ft Penthouse in Tallest Building in the World

Penthouse in Downtown Dubai

AED 76,000,000

Contemporary Penthouse in The 118, Downtown Dubai

Penthouse in Downtown Dubai

AED 25,439,300

Downtown Dubai is home to some of the unrivaled attractions of the city including the Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Mall and The Dubai Opera. The area features an array of housing, entertainment, retail and dining options that define an elegant, fun and metropolitan lifestyle. Downtown Dubai has on offer some of the most luxurious apartments and villas for sale that offer an array of luxury amenities. 

11. dubai creek harbour

Wonderful three bed apartment in The Cove Dubai Creek

Apartment in Dubai Creek Harbour

AED 3,269,888

Stunning Apartment in Dubai Creek Harbour

Apartment in Dubai Creek Harbour

AED 3,193,888

The waterfront community of Dubai Creek Harbour is situated on the banks of the historic Dubai Creek. The community will feature The Dubai Creek Tower, a 928 metres tall building that will upstage the Burj Khalifa by 100 meters. The residential projects that will be a part of the community are Creek Gate, Harbour Gate, The Cove, Dubai Creek Residences, Creekside 18, Harbour Views and Creek Horizon. They will host world-class residences, spectacular cultural offerings, shopping, amenities, offices, state-of-the-art sports facilities and lush sprawling gardens.

12. dubai harbour

Sunrise Bay 4 Bedroom - Apartment in Dubai Harbour

Apartment in Dubai Harbour

AED 6,152,888

Full Palm Jumeirah and sea view in Beachfront

Apartment in Dubai Harbour

AED 1,824,888

The new artificial island of Dubai Harbour is located between Dubai Marina and Palm Jumeirah. The development is home to the upcoming Emaar Beachfront, that will host more than 20 apartment towers.

13. dubai hills estate

Incredible Mediterrean Villa in Dubai Hills Estate

Villa in Dubai Hills

AED 120,000,000


Villa in Dubai Hills

AED 98,000,000

Dubai Hills is a 2,700 Acre development and hosts beautifully built villas and townhouses overlooking the golf course. Part of Mohammed bin Rashid (MBR) City, the homes that this development features are modern and contemporary, along with a few classic ones. 

14. Dubailand

Brand New 6- bedroom Damac Villa in Queens Meadow

Villa in Dubai Land

AED 12,800,000

Upgraded Corner 5 bed Type B with Swimming Pool

Villa in Dubai Land

AED 5,199,999

The 107 square mile masterpiece of Dubailand hosts 26 developments projects featuring 50 visitor attractions. The key entertainments hubs of the city that it hosts include the Global Village, the Autodrome in Motor City, Cricket Stadium, Olympics specification sports stadia and Formula One racing circuit at Dubai Sports City, world-class sporting events at the Equestrian Polo Club, the Els Club and Dubai Cycle Course. The development is known for the comparatively cheaper rents which are affordable when compared to upscale communities of the city like Downtown Dubai and Dubai Marina.

15. dubai marina

Unique full floor penthouse in Le Reve, Dubai Marina

Penthouse in Dubai Marina

AED 45,000,000

Unique Full Floor Penthouse in Cayan Tower Dubai Marina

Penthouse in Dubai Marina

AED 40,000,000

Located on Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Marina is an upscale waterfront community that features osmopolitan and free-spirited atmosphere. The community offers some of the world's tallest luxury apartment buildings and villas, that can be bought or leased out.

16. dubai sports city

Large 2 bed Apartment -Canal Residence Dubai Sports City

Apartment in Dubai Sports City

AED 1,299,000

Fully  upgraded  Penthouse  with  Breathtaking views

Penthouse in Dubai Sports City

AED 8,888,000

Dubai Sports City is a multi-venue sports complex that offers residential, retail, leisure and recreational facilities. The project consists of mid-rise apartment buildings, townhouses and villas.

17. emaar south

Five-Bedroom Villa in Golf Links Emaar South for Sale

Villa in Emaar South

AED 3,140,888

Four-Bedroom Villa in Golf Links Emaar South for Sale

Villa in Emaar South

AED 2,274,888

Emaar South features 6 districts, featuring more than 1,500 residences with state-of-the-art facilities. It offers a new concept of tiered townhomes and standard townhouses. It also offers standalone villas and apartments that will provide the residents with stunning views of 18-hole championship golf course, that is situated within the community. Emaar South also offers The Golf Link Villas, a freehold mixed-use development that comprises of standalone villas, tiered townhouses, and low rise residential apartments. The 4 and 5 bedroom Emaar luxury Villas will be surrounded by an abundance of greenery and crafted landscape.

18. emirates hills

Exquisite high finishing property in Emirates Hills

Villa in Emirates Hills

AED 98,000,000

Stunning Contemporary Villa in Emirates Hills

Villa in Emirates Hills

AED 74,950,000

Emirates Hills is popularly known as the Beverly Hills of Dubai. It is a prestigious gated community and one of the most exclusive residential communities of Dubai. It hosts some of the most luxurious villas and offers the residents with panoramic views of the Address Montgomerie.

20. green community

Lovely upgraded 5 bed family Villa- Green Community East

Villa in Green Community

AED 5,850,000

Impressive Large Family Villa in Green Community West

Villa in Green Community

AED 4,400,000

Green Community is a family-oriented community and features 67 lush hectares of residential, leisure, retail, and commercial properties amidst beautiful surroundings with natural greenery. Home to villas, ideal for families, the community also features landscaped gardens, stone streets and a relatively traffic free environment.

21. jumeirah

Beautiful 5-bedroom Mansion in the Jumeirah Area

Villa in Jumeirah

AED 21,000,000

Most charming Family Home in amazing Jumeirah 2 location

Villa in Jumeirah

AED 40,000,000

A coastal residential area in Dubai, Jumeirah comprises of three different areas, Jumeirah 1, Jumeirah 2 and Jumeirah 3. Hotspots like City Walk, BOXPARK, Jumeira Bay, Kite Beach, and Burj Al Arab are also part of this community. The beachfront villas of Jumeirah are among some of the most luxurious and expensive in the world. They are surrounded by lush landscaped gardens with easy access to pristine white sand beaches. The homes feature the best of imported materials and host amazing facilities, swimming pools, steam rooms, saunas, allocated parking spaces and other excellent amenities. 

22. jumeirah beach residence

The largest Penthouse in JBR in Murjan for sale

Penthouse in Jumeirah Beach Residence

AED 11,000,000

Extended Moroccan Inspired Penthouse in Murjan JBR

Penthouse in Jumeirah Beach Residence

AED 15,000,000

Jumeirah Beach Residences (JBR) is the largest single-phase residential and commercial project in the world and offers 40 tall towers, diving into 6 clusters, overlooking the Arabian Gulf. The properties which JBR has on offer range from studios, penthouses, lofts, garden apartments, duplexes through to one to four bedroom apartments. All the apartments are complemented with views of either the beautiful Arabian Gulf, the landscaped inner courtyards, or Dubai Marina (which is located right behind JBR).

23. jumeirah golf estates

Tranquil six bedroom Family Villa in Sanctuary Falls

Villa in Jumeirah Golf Estates

AED 28,000,000

Completely upgraded spacious Villa in Lime Tree Valley

Villa in Jumeirah Golf Estates

AED 17,000,000

Jumeirah Golf Estates is a prestigious residential golf development that features individually designed villas. The development comprises of 13 different residential communities with a total of 1,050 villas, along with luxury apartments that can be owned. The villas of this community range from 3 to 6 bedrooms, that feature Mediterranean inspired facades. They host Haceinda, Tuscan, Provencal, Riviera and Andalucian architectural styles. They are large and are fitted with top quality finishes.

24. Jumeirah islands

Five bedroom Mansion in Jumeirah Islands with lake views

Villa in Jumeirah Islands

AED 21,000,000

Beautifully presented Mumluki Villa in Jumeirah Islands

Villa in Jumeirah Islands

AED 9,300,000

Jumeirah Islands is located on the East of the Sheikh Zayed Road between interchanges 5 and 6. It consists of 46 clusters and offers 16 individually styled homes that are surrounded by artificial lakes. It also offers a total of 736 luxury homes that feature four or five bedrooms. They are complemented with amenities that include a swimming pool, a garden area and a maid's room, amongst others. Lush landscaping, quaint walkways, well-constructed bridges and paths add to the beauty of the community.

25. jumeirah lake towers

Furnished penthouse with private pool in Moevenpick, JLT

Penthouse in Jumeirah Lake Towers

AED 5,000,000

EXCLUSIVE Amazing upgraded 4 bed Duplex Penthouse in JLT

Penthouse in Jumeirah Lake Towers

AED 3,999,000

Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT) is situated along the edges of four artificial lakes. The community comprises of 79 towers that range from 35 to 45 floors except for the centerpiece which is 66 floors. The towers are placed in clusters of three and are spaced in such a way that they allow the residents to enjoy views of the surrounding areas and that of the sea.

26. jumeirah park

Corner plot villa next to school in Jumeirah Park

Villa in Jumeirah Park

Regional, 3 bedrooms

AED 3,500,000

Jumeirah Park is a villa community that is spread over 350 hectares. It features  2,000 stylish, luxury family villas to buy. The highly sought after area has been designed as a green oasis and is surrounded by eco-friendly parks with stunning landscapes.