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The Freehold areas in Dubai - Part 1

The Freehold areas in Dubai

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

Words by Ankita Bhowmick in The Guides · Mar 25th, 2019

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

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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.