In the second of our four part series covering where to live in Dubai, we’ll introduce you to five more areas of the city where expatriates are all making homes for themselves.

We will explore the property types available in each district and the pros of the area as well as the cons, so that you can rule an area in or out of your hunt for real estate in Dubai.

Where to live in Dubai part two forms an important part of our research on your behalf into finding where exactly you would be best located if you are moving to live and work in the emirate.  It can be hard to distinguish one area from another until you relocate, but of course, the majority of people actually need to have at least started their hunt for a home before they move!  Therefore, with our guides you can pick out the areas that appeal and at least get some property details before you move to Dubai and start house hunting in earnest

Al Barsha

You either love this district or you really don’t!  Al Barsha is split into two zones, one comprises of spacious villas with gardens and the other zone is mainly apartment blocks.  The area is safe, quiet, very accessible, it is reasonably priced, and because the Mall of the Emirates is close by, the entertainment, leisure and shopping is good too.


There are a range of property types available, and because a lot of properties are inhabited by owner-occupiers, Al Barsha tends to be a bit quieter.  There are schools nearby, accessibility is excellent and properties available are at least relatively modern and quite spacious.


The only real con that most people cite is the fact that there are visible overhead power lines running through the district.  For those with children this is often the thing that puts them off an otherwise excellent district.  Other than that you could claim that you the accessibility of some facilities is not on your doorstep – but then with the Mall of the Emirates a stone’s throw away, how spoilt do you need to be!

Arabian Ranches

At Degtev we love the Arabian Ranches development – it is away from the city so away from a great deal of the hustle, bustle, traffic and construction.  All properties are villa based and the entire massive development has been constructed following an intelligent master plan that has allowed for plenty of provision of communal sport and leisure facilities.  The Arabian Ranches development is secure, safe and very attractive, it makes for a great community in which to relax and bring up children.


The lifestyle is pretty good!  The facilities and amenities are top notch, the properties are stunning, your neighbours are very likely to be owner-occupiers and you’re close to one of the best golf courses as well as the Polo and Equestrian club.  The community is a pleasant and positive one, and one where you can really make yourself feel at home.  The local shopping facilities are relatively basic, (for Dubai!), but adequate for most day to day requirements.


You’re out of town therefore you do have to commute everywhere.  You’re not near medical facilities and the majority of educational establishments are a drive away as well.  Because the level of security is excellent, this does mean it can be slow getting home as you are stopped and checked every time.

Umm Suqeim

If you want to perhaps experience the very best bits of Dubai – old and new – within reach of your front door, Umm Suqeim is the right district for you to consider.  The properties are villas and range from old and even a little run down to palatial mansions!  Rents aren’t the highest they could be in Dubai but then, because of the excellent beachside location close to the Burj al Arab hotel that the residential area of Umm Suqeim occupies, you’re not really going to find it all that cheap either!


The list of pros is almost endless – so where to start?  Well, the location is fabulous in terms of what’s all around you.  You have beach access, you even have some scrubland within reach for dog walking (rare in Dubai), you are close to the most exquisite hotels and all the incredible facilities that come with them, you have a really broad range of shopping experiences on your doorstep.  You can shop for antiques, you can shop for the local fish catch, you can shop in the most exquisite boutiques!  As you’re close to Jumeirah you’re close to lots of schools and medical facilities too.


As you’re not living within a secure compound there have been instances of relatively petty crime such as burglary, so just lock doors and be a little more safety conscious…other than that the only real downside is that the area around Umm Suqeim can get congested because of traffic heading to the beach for example.

Al Safa and Al Wasl

The large open spaces provided by the parks in these areas makes the environment very pleasant.  Properties are villa based and there is a broad range in terms of style.  You have some pretty ugly monsters and some very attractive family homes – so you need to view the property and the area around it before deciding whether it’s for you or not.  The slightly odd thing about these districts is that everyone drives everywhere as there are few small local amenities such as convenience stores, so to see people walking on the streets is almost surprising!  This makes it a great dog walker’s paradise though as you can street walk your hound and not get too many dirty looks from other pedestrians.


A broad range of villa type available, within reach of all required amenities – albeit by car.  Healthcare and educational establishments very well within reach of a short car journey, and it’s a pleasant area for families with children thanks to the parkland.


Just like Umm Suqeim there have been instances of opportunist thieves making the most of an open window – so just be a little vigilant.  The only other real con is that you have to hop in the car for everything, although most journeys are very short!


If you want to live in what is possibly THE most sought after area of Dubai, you need an address in Jumeirah (also spelt Jumeira) – the properties are mainly low rise villa based homes, and they range from luxurious to mega-magnificent!  The price tags match the appeal of the area however, and you’re going to be paying top dollar for an address along the 9km coastal strip!


Just like Umm Suqeim you’re within reach of everything – you have the best public and private beaches on your doorstep, the best restaurants and independent shops, some of the finest accommodation and accessibility to everything from the free zones and jobs, to schools and hospitals!


The cost is probably the number one con – it is nothing if not seriously expensive!  Then you have the construction noise, the heavy traffic and the fact that as a result of the cars and bustle of the area, despite the fact that many of the quiet tree lined streets in the area are peaceful, there is a bit of an overall vibe of vitality which some people prefer to live day to day without.

We hope that part two of our guide to where to live in Dubai has helped you.  In part three we will be covering Satwa, the Trade Centre, Bur Dubai and Al Mankhool, Karama and Oud Metha and Umm Hurair.