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Dubai Area Guides

Here you can find a directory of Dubai's areas including new developments that are planned or under construction. All areas are accompanied by guides, photographs, statistics and useful information for buyers, renters and investors alike.

Akoya Oxygen

Akoya Oxygen (not to be confused with Akoya, a similar development about 15 km away) is a new secluded residential development set around a Tiger Woods Design golf course being developed by Damac Properties. It is located in the desert of south DubaiLand about 30 minutes drive from the city centre. Construction has just started and the project is due to be completed in 2018.

Al Barari

Al Barari is a lush, green, opulent gated community in Nad Al Sheba on Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road. This project set out to recreate a European garden in the desert, indeed the name itself means ‘the wilderness’. That it succeeds is a testament to the vision of its creator, Zaal Mohammed Zaal, who lives on the estate with members of his family who manage the gardens and facilities.

Eighty percent of the development has been reserved for carefully tended themed gardens, botanic hideaways, naturally landscaped lakes and freshwater streams. Set among the gardens are 217 high-end luxury villas, each with its own swimming pool, terraces and private garden.

Three more phases to complete Al Barari are now in progress. Ashjar is to be a group of 21 mega villas in similarly landscaped surroundings but spaced further apart; Seventh Heaven, a stylish seven storey complex of 157 apartments; and The Nest, a collection of 99 four bedroom villas set in a forest environment, each one designed to blend indoor and outdoor living, with an outdoor shower, barbeque area and infinity edge pool.

Al Barari Communities

Al Furjan

Al Furjan is a 560 hectare residential development located just off Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, close to Discovery Gardens and Ibn Battuta Mall. Phase 1 was completed in 2014 when 800 villas and 335 apartments were delivered, but there is still much building work to be done before the entire project is finished. However, investor demand following the announcement that Dubai is to host the 2020 World Expo has resulted in the announcement of ten new residential towers and seven hotel apartments.

Al Furjan Communities

Al Habtoor City

Al Habtoor City is the first major development on the Dubai Water Canal which is currently under construction and will connect the already extended Creek from Business Bay to Jumeirah Beach, cutting through Sheikh Zayed Road near the second interchange.

Located on the newly developed Sheikh Zayed Road Waterfront, Al Habtoor City spans 10 million square feet and features three luxury residential towers and three five star hotels operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.

A purpose built 35 metre high theatre with 1,400 unique seats will house the resident Dragone show - the first permanent water-based Las Vegas-style production in the UAE and the region.

There will also be a state of the art tennis academy with four courts, including the UAE’s first air-conditioned court, and up to 50 retail and food and beverage outlets for residents and guests.

Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club

The St. Regis Dubai Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club is a development by the Al Habtoor Group in DubaiLand. It was designed by British architects WS Atkins & Partners.

At the centre of the six million sq ft polo resort is a 136-room 5-Star hotel from which guests are able to watch polo on the four world-class polo fields outside.

Al Jaddaf

Al Jaddaf is located in western Dubai in the district of Bur Dubai. The E11 Sheikh Rashid road forms the northern boundary and the E66 Oud Metha Road defines the western boundary. To the east and south the area is bounded by the Dubai Creek and the Dubai Business Bay Extension. Al Khail Road crosses the area.

Al Jaddaf Communities

Al Maktoum International Airport

Located at the heart of Dubai South, the Al Maktoum International Airport (AMIA) is Dubai’s second airport. It has been operating cargo and passenger flights since 2010 and 2013 respectively and by 2022, when completed, will become the world’s largest airport with an ultimate capacity exceeding 220 million passengers and 16 million tonnes of cargo each year.

Al Manara

Al Manara is a residential district in Dubai located between Sheikh Zayed Road, Umm Suqeim and Al Safa.

Al Safa

Al Safa is a residential community in Dubai located between Umm Suqeim 1 and Sheikh Zayed Road. The area contains many popular schools including Jumeirah College, Jumeirah Primary School, Jumeirah English Speaking School, Al Ittihad Private School, Emirates English Speaking School, English College Primary & Secondary and many nursery schools.

Al Wasl

Al Wasl is a well established residential community in Dubai situated on the west side of Sheikh Zayed Road between Al Safa and Satwa.

The area contains many new retail and leisure developments as well as several popular schools including Al Safa High School, Horizon School, JSS Private School, Al Maktoum Boys School and Al Rays Girls School.

Al Wasl Communities

Aqua Dunya

Aqua Dunya is a theme park in DubaiLand featuring beaches and tropical lagoons. The project was approved in 2006 but has yet to be built.

Arabian Ranches

Arabian Ranches is a self contained suburban community development with its own supermarket and local shops. Located away from the city this place is popular among families with young children. The houses and villas are set in tree-lined streets that are safe for walking and for kids to play.

The 4,000 properties here comprise a mix of townhouses and villas, and the public amenities include tennis and basketball courts, a swimming pool and open green spaces. There’s also a golf club and the prestigious Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club.

Arabian Ranches Communities


Asmaran was a planned mixed-use community located in the larger Bawadi district. It covers an area of 70 million square feet and was one of the first major components of the Bawadi masterplan.

Asmaran Communities

Aykon City

Aykon City is a proposed six-tower development located on the eastern and western sides of Sheikh Zayed Road at the Safa Park intersection, adjacent to Al Habtoor City. The project is being developed by Damac Properties in collaboration with Meraas Holding.

It will cover an expanse of four million square feet with an estimated sales value of AED 7.4 billion.

Barsha Heights

Barsha Heights, formerly known as TECOM, is a new commercial and residential district situated between The Greens community and Al Barsha. It lies roughly two kilometres inland from Palm Jumeirah and is bounded by Sheikh Zayed Road, Hessa Street, First Al Khail Street and Jebel Ali Racecourse Road. Construction began here in 2006 and although some 90 buildings have been completed there are still many empty plots awaiting development.


Bawadi is a huge $100 billion tourist resort planned for Dubai featuring 31 hotels with entertainment centres, shopping malls and theatres. It is in many ways Dubai's answer to the Las Vegas Strip and was envisaged as the 'longest hospitality and retail destination in the world', running along a ten kilometre strip of desert.

The mega project was launched in 2006 but fell victim the global financial crisis and never went into construction. However, ten years later, in July 2016, Emaar and Dubai Holding hinted that they were planning to revive the project in time for the Dubai Expo 2020, although no specific information has been published.

Bur Dubai

Bur Dubai is part of the original Dubai city and includes a number of historic districts on the western banks of Dubai Creek across the water from Deira.

The district is bounded on the north by the industrial Port Rashid, and to the west by Al Jaffiliya and Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

Business Bay

Just 1.5km from Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, Business Bay lies at the end of Dubai Creek, a cul-de-sac waterway emanating from Deira. But work is underway to connect it to the sea at Jumeirah Beach, and when that happens Business Bay will be transformed with ferries, yachts and water taxis making their way out to sea just as they do at Dubai Marina. Still in development, Business Bay comprises 64 million square feet of freehold projects and is set to become a new business hub of the region with office and residential towers, landscaped gardens and a network of roads and waterways. It is hoped that this up-and-coming district will attract businesses from around the world and sharp-witted investors to buy into it.

Business Bay Communities


Canvas is a project comprising two buildings designed by T.ZED Architects being developed by KOA in Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Gardens, off Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road.

KOA is a new company formed in 2016 by Mohammed Zaal, the developer and former CEO of the Al Barari development.

Canvas is KOA’s first project, described as ‘a unique member’s community where like-minded individuals come together to live, work and play.’ It will showcase the developer’s ethos that focuses on ‘enriching lifestyles through a connection to nature, culture and unmatched amenities’.

City Walk

City Walk is a three-phase mixed-use regeneration of the beachside Jumeirah district.

The project is spread across more than 900,000 square metres and constitutes urban infill on vacant land close to the Downtown Dubai district and in the shadow of Burj Khalifa.

City Walk is located on Safa Road between Al Wasl Road and Sheikh Zayed Road at the Dubai Mall interchange and is about a 15-minute walk from the Burj Khalifa metro station.

The development was announced at Cityscape Dubai 2011 by Meraas, the Dubai-based real estate company responsible for the Walk at JBR and Bluewaters Island.

Dewan Architects and Engineers were consultants to the project.

Culture Village

Culture Village is a new waterfront development in Al Jaddaf, overlooking the Dubai Creek. It lies between the two bridges over the creek; Al Garhoud Bridge, carrying the E11, and Business Bay Crossing, carrying the Al Khail Road. Besides the cultural and exhibition centres implied by the name, Culture Village will also be home to two exclusive hotels, Palazzo Versace and the Iris Asmar, 582 apartment buildings, shops and over 2,000 parking spaces. Construction is underway and completion is expected in 2017.

Culture Village Communities

Damac Hills

Damac Hills (formerley known as Akoya) is a new luxury residential community in DubaiLand developed by Damac Properties. It is being built and marketed as "The Beverly Hills of Dubai" and when complete will have over 4,000 luxury villas and 7,500 condominiums in addition to hospitality, luxury shopping, spa and wellness facilities and leisure, along with food and beverage components.

The place is built around an 18-hole PGA Championship Golf Course developed in collaboration with Donald Trump. The golf course opened in February 2017 and the housing, much of which is still under construction, is due for completion in 2018.


A group of Bani Yas tribesmen from Abu Dhabi came and settled in Deira in 1833 and took over Dubai which had until then been dependent on Abu Dhabi. By the early 1900s Deira had become an important port, known primarily for pearl exports. Foreign merchants settled here and the town grew into an international trade centre.

In 1970 Port Rashid at the mouth of Dubai Creek opened to shipping and rapidly became a major world port, but by 2008 all commercial shipping was using Port Jebel Ali at the other end of Dubai. Port Rashid closed and is now earmarked for residential development.

Nevertheless, maritime trade established Deira as the ‘capital’ of Dubai and it is here and on the opposite banks of the Creek that government buildings, law courts and foreign embassies are to be found.

Deira Islands

Deira Islands is a new 15.3 square kilometre waterfront city off the coast of Deira. It comprises a group of man-made islands created from remnants of the Palm Deira development which was cancelled during the early stages of construction. Deira Islands will add another 40km of coastline to Dubai including 21km of new beachfront.

Desert Rose City

Desert Rose City is a planned 4,000 hectare city in Dubai just to the east of Academic City. The AED 30 billion project will be home to 160,000 people and will be surrouded by greenery in keeping with its eco-friendly theme.

The city will have 30,000 residences in total of which two thirds will be available to Emiratis and one third available to expatriates.

Discovery Gardens

Discovery Gardens is a six kilometre long residential district situated in Jebel Ali between Sheikh Zayed Road and Emirates Road. The development was completed in 2008 and was one of the first 'newer' apartment communities to be built on the edge of Dubai.

The district contains more than 26,000 ‘affordable’ apartments of various sizes and its close proximity to some of Dubai’s major business and economic centres, including Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City, Dubai Metal and Commodities Centre and Ibn Battuta Mall, make it ideally located for business and leisure.

Discovery Gardens consists of low rise apartment blocks all surrounded by well established gardens and community areas.

District Eleven

District Eleven is a new residential development located at the south east corner of Mohammed Bin Rashid City. It will offer well planned family orientated communities with parks, villas and mixed-use buildings as well as amenities including a community centre, retail shops and a mosque.

Downtown Dubai

Downtown Dubai is a huge residential and commercial development in the north of Dubai covering an area of 2 square kilometres, some of which is still in construction. It is home to some of Dubai's best known landmarks including Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Mall, and the Dubai Fountain.

Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, contains a hotel, office space and 900 apartments. Surrounding areas have low-rise villas and town houses as well as residential towers. The metro connects with Downtown and the Dubai Mall whose 1,200 retail outlets, aquarium and ice rink draw shoppers and leisure seekers from all over the country.

Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club

Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club is one of Dubai's longest established golf courses and is to be found on the north side of Dubai creek. Besides the golf course and its luxurious clubhouses, golf academies and recreation amenities it is also home to the Creek Yacht Club, the Park Hyatt Hotel and the Dubai Creek Villas.

Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club Communities

Dubai Creek Harbour

Dubai Creek Harbour at The Lagoons is a new six million square metre mega-city planned for Dubai. It is a joint venture between Emaar Properties and the government owned real estate developer Dubai Holding.

The project runs with the slogan 'discover life at the source’ and is situated next to the Ras Al Khor wildlife sanctuary, famous for its flamingos.

Construction has already begun on the first phase, Dubai Creek Residences, a six tower apartment complex which should offer great views of Dubai Creek and the Dubai skyline.

Dubai Creek Harbour Communities

Dubai Design District

The Dubai Design District (d3) is a new mixed-use development to the east of Business Bay which caters for the region’s growing community of artists, designers and creatives.

It embodies the government's vision to transform Dubai into an innovation-led economy and aims to both encourage local talent and provide a platform to showcase it to a larger, global audience.

The project is being developed by the Tecom Group and will consist of a variety of commercial, retail and hospitality elements.

Dubai Design District Communities

Dubai Harbour

Unveiled on 2 January 2017, Dubai Harbour is a proposed 20 million sq ft waterfront development situated between Jumeirah Beach Residence and Palm Jumeirah off King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (formerly Al Sufouh Road).

Dubai Hills Estate

Dubai Hills Estate is the first phase of Mohammed Bin Rashid City and is billed as a ‘city within the city’ project.

A joint venture between Emaar and Meraas Holding, Dubai Hills Estate is a mixed-use development with a series of unique neighbourhoods set around an 18-hole championship golf course.

The development spans over 11 million square metres much of which is earmarked for vast stretches of landscaped parks and gardens, winding walkways, and extensive open areas.

Dubai Hills Estate Communities

Dubai International Financial Centre

This 110 acre financial quarter is located between Burj Khalifa and Emirates Towers, and comprises three districts: commercial, retail and residential. All three are linked by a retail corridor. Roughly sixty percent of the properties planned for DIFC have been completed, while the remainder are still in development.

DIFC is well connected to the rest of Dubai by excellent road and rail links, Dubai International Airport and the business districts of Downtown Dubai and Business Bay are all less than twenty minutes drive or twenty five minute train ride away.

Dubai International Financial Centre Communities

Dubai Investments Park

Dubai Investments Park (DIP) is a mixed-use complex situated near the Jebel Ali industrial area at the intersection of the Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed highway (E33) and the Jebel Ali Al Habab Road (D57).

The development is spread across an area of 2,300 hectares (5,683 acres) and consists of three major zones: an industrial complex for light and medium industries and hi-tech companies; a commercial complex for offices, showrooms and retail; and seven residential communities, five of which have been finished and the other two are in various stages of development.

Dubai Marina

At the heart of ‘New Dubai’ the Marina is more than 3 km long and is encircled by a broad, landscaped promenade, a favourite among strollers, walkers, joggers and cyclists. Along the waterfront are numerous restaurants and cafes where you can sit at sunset and watch the 200 surrounding skyscrapers begin to light up to create a spectacular backdrop as the evening dinner cruises glide out to sea.

Most of the skyscrapers are residential and the Marina has its own mall with over 130 shops, a supermarket and a six-screen cinema. There are several hotels and clubs buzzing with night life and by day you can hire a boat, take a tour, or catch one of the regular ferries to Dubai’s historic old town of Deira.

Dubai South

Dubai South, previously known as Dubai World Central, is a master-planned city centred on the Al Maktoum International Airport, which will become the world’s largest airport upon completion. The airport is already operational and will have the capacity to handle over 200 million passengers and 16 million tonnes of cargo annually.

Designed to be ‘The Centre of Tomorrow’, Dubai South spans approximately 145 square kilometres and is one of the biggest urban developments in the UAE. It is a multiphase development of eight integrated districts:
1. Residential
2. Commercial
3. Logistics
4. Aviation
5. Humanitarian
6. Golf
7. Exhibition
8. The Al Maktoum International Airport

Dubai Sustainable City

The Sustainable City is a 46-hectares (113 -acre) residential development in DubaiLand, situated on Al Qudra Road, about 20-minutes’ drive from Al Maktoum International Airport.

Home to 500 villas and a population of 2,700 residents, this place has put into practice all the theories of social, economic and environmental sustainability in the built environment. It is the first operational Net Zero Energy city in Dubai, and is expected to become an international showcase for sustainable living, work, education, and recreation.

The Sustainable City comprises various landā€uses such as residential, commercial, educational, urban farming, leisure, health care and TheDiamond Innovation Centre.

Construction started in 2012 and the first phase was completed in 2016. Phase two was almost complete by January 2017.

Dubai Trade Centre District

Dubai Trade Centre District is situated at the north end of Sheikh Zayed Road between DIFC and Zabeel Park. It encompasses the Dubai World Trade Centre, the Dubai Convention Centre and various hotels and hotel apartment buildings.

Dubai Trade Centre District Communities

Dubai Water Canal

Dubai Water Canal is a Dh2 billion construction project in the Jumeirah area of Dubai. Once completed the 3.2-kilometre canal will connect Dubai Creek to the sea via Business Bay, effectively turning Bur Dubai, Jumeirah 1 and Downtown Dubai into an island.

The new section of the canal will run through Safa Park, separating Al Wasl from Al Safa, and continue to the sea between the Jumeirah 2 and Jumeirah 3 districts.

Dubai Wholesale City

Dubai Wholesale City, the largest global wholesale hub, was launched in March 2016.

It will cover an area of 550 million sq ft on land adjacent to Dubai South and Al Maktoum International Airport, and is expected to cost Dh30 billion over ten years.

The new development aims to increase the UAE’s share of the global wholesale trade sector which is expected to grow to $4.9 trillion by 2021.

Wholesale City will comprise specialised integrated trading parks under one roof and an international trade exhibition facility.

Given its proximity to Al Maktoum International Airport, and the Jebel Ali Port, the development will create a crucial link between four main continents and aims to be home to more than 15,000 wholesale traders.

Dubai Wholesale City will also feature ‘Country Pavilions,’ that will include commercial centres and malls offering products from various different countries, including India, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, Australia, China, South Korea, Germany, Saudi Arabia, the United States and South America.

The City will start by servicing strategic sectors and will include specialised boulevards for food, construction materials, electrical appliances, electronics, furniture and decor, machinery, equipment, wood, vehicles and spare parts, and textiles and clothing.

It will also activate the world’s largest e-commerce platform for wholesale trade in the region, aiming to enhance the UAE’s capabilities in the global e-commerce space that is set to grow from $1.672 trillion to $2.941 trillion by 2018.

The international trade exhibition facility will provide wholesale traders with state-of-the-art infrastructure, roads, warehousing, storage facilities and support services, while the international business-to-business exhibition facility will link buyers with suppliers from around the world.

Dubai Wholesale City complements other ‘integrated destinations’ in Dubai such as Dubai Internet City and Dubai Media City that collectively host more than 5,200 companies and over 67,000 professionals.

The new city will also benefit from Dubai’s advanced logistics services and its distinctive location ten minutes away from Al Maktoum International Airport and the Jebel Ali Port, two major gateways for global cargo and shipping industries.

While boosting the wholesale trade sector, the new city is expected to create jobs in other sectors linked to trade such as logistics, financial services, aviation, hospitality, and business tourism.


Variously described as ‘the world's largest leisure and entertainment destination’ or ‘the Disneyland of the Middle East’, DubaiLand was first announced in October 2003.

The 107 square mile site lies inland from Palm Jumeirah, between Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Road and the desert. The master plan shows 26 development projects within which there are 50 visitor attractions.

The largest four projects are Arabian Ranches, Dubai Sports City, Falcon City of Wonders and Golf City, all residential developments but within themed environments. The so-called attractions are not necessarily what you might expect if you think DubaiLand equals Disneyland. In Sports City, for example, the attractions are the Olympics specification sports stadia and the Formula One racing circuit, attractions not only for visitors but for those who want to live here or invest in property.

Emaar South

Emaar South is a proposed golf-course development in Dubai South surrounded by six residential districts.

The design of this new master-planned community is governed by the guiding principles of connectivity, accessibility, liveability, sustainability and optimal residential density.

Emirates Hills

Emirates Hills is a prestigious gated community named after Beverly Hills and lying 3 km inland from Dubai Marina and the Palm, and between, but a discreet distance from, the two main highways. Its location is therefore about as good as it gets.

Claiming to be a world class development the well appointed villas and townhouses are set among secluded streets and all have panoramic views across the upmarket Montgomerie Championship Golf Course which is the centrepiece of this development. Home to the rich and famous Emirates Hills is arguably Dubai’s most exclusive neighbourhood.

Emirates Living

Emirates Living is the first large scale gated villa community of its kind in the Middle East. It combines the exclusive Emirates Hills development overlooking the Montgomerie Golf Course, with the family oriented communities of The Greens, The Hills, The Lakes & Hattan, The Meadows, The Springs and The Views. Together these developments form one of the most desirable residential neighbourhoods in Dubai.

Expo 2020 Distrct

In November 2013 Dubai won the right to host the internationally-renowned World Expo event in 2020 making it the first Middle Eastern city to win the award.

The theme chosen for the event is "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future" which emphasises the city's pioreering attitude to innovation and development.

The Expo site is in Jebel Ali and lies to the south of the E311 Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed highway linking Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The site is more or less half way between the two cities, the better to facilitate the movement of people and materials during construction, and the flow of visitors during the six months of the Expo, from October 2020 until April 2021.

Spread over an area of 430 hectares (1,062 acres) the site comprises a two square kilometre gated expo area surrounded by residential, hospitality and logistics zones.

Falconcity of Wonders

Falconcity of Wonders is a vast 380 hectare residential, tourist, entertainment and recreational complex shaped in the form of the UAE’s Falcon emblem. The development is situated on the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road (E311) to the west of the Dubai-Al Ain Road (E66) and is themed around several ‘wonders of the world’.

It was first proposed as part of the DubaiLand project in 2005, but like so many other schemes at that time it ground to a halt during the 2008 global financial crisis. The project is now picking up speed thanks to interest from a number of Indian investors, and the first residential buildings are finished and occupied, although the Wonders are not yet built.

Festival City

Dubai Festival City is a new 1,300-acre urban community being established on the eastern bank of Dubai Creek. Developed by Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate, it comprises residential, commercial and leisure elements.

Festival City Communities

Garden View Villas

Garden View Villas is 208-villa complex within ‘The Gardens’ residential community at Jebel Ali. The villas were completed in 2003.

The 200,000 square-metre residential development is situated on a hilltop near Jebel Ali

The two-storey, semi-detached properties include both three- and four-bedroom villas and have individual plunge pools, patio areas and fitted kitchens. They were the first in Dubai to offer a title deed.

However, over the years since the villas were built many families have moved out as their homes began to subside and cracks appeared in the walls. The affected villas have stood empty and derelict ever since.

In April 2017 Nakheel finally announced that about 56 Garden View villas would be demolished and that reconstruction would "begin in due course".

Grand Views

Grand Views is a new residential gated community in the heart of Meydan consisting of 476 luxury townhouses and villas.

The project is being developed by G&Co at an estimated cost of US$721 million and covers an area of 3.4 million square feet.

International Media Production Zone

The International Media Production Zone (IMPZ) is a mixed use 43 million square foot development in DubaiLand adjacent to Sports City.

The community was established in 2003 as a business freezone geared towards companies specialising in graphic art, printing, publishing, packaging and media production.

It is home to both commercial and residential buildings although only about 5% of the available land has been developed to this day.

Jebel Ali District

Jebel Ali is a coastal district lying to the South of Dubai. If you look on a map for Palm Jebel Ali, it’s right there.

Palm Jebel Ali is not yet populated, but the same cannot be said of Jebel Ali Port which is the largest marine terminal in the Middle East, and the world’s ninth largest container port. It has the world’s largest man-made harbour and can accommodate ships of any size in existence and on the order book.

A significant benefit for Jebel Ali Port is its location within Jebel Ali Free Zone. Established in 1985, the free zone currently houses more than 7,000 companies active in manufacturing, trade, logistics and a range of industrial and service-orientated sectors.

Jebel Ali Port & Free Zone, known as Jafza, has grown from a small operation of just 19 companies to a thriving business community today that provides jobs for 135,000 people and attracts more than 20% of the UAE’s foreign direct investment. More than 50% of Dubai’s total exports pass through this port with a trade value of $69 billion.


The name means ‘Beautiful’ and this is the oldest residential district on Dubai’s coast. Before Dubai began its modernisation programme in the 1960s Jumeirah was the favourite place for western expatriates to live and as a consequence many of the houses here - there are no high rise buildings - are large and well spaced apart. In the land of glass and steel traditional houses command high prices, which is why Jumeirah is the most expensive place to live and has become known as the Beverley Hills of the Middle East.

Jumeirah Communities

Jumeirah Bay Island

Jumeirah Bay Island is a man-made island located 500 metres off the coast of Jumeirah. The project is being developed by Meraas Development LLC, the private development arm of the Dubai government.

The island is connected to the Jumeirah coast via a road bridge.

Jumeirah Central

Jumeirah Central is a proposed 47 million sq ft mixed-use district along Sheikh Zayed Road to be developed by Dubai Holding.

When completed, Jumeirah Central will provide homes for 35,000 residents and hotel rooms for 7,200 guests.

The district will also include schools, offices, community amenities and three shopping malls as well as a ‘smart’ police service.

The homes, hotels and malls will be connected by a cycling network that takes in 33 parks and green spaces.

Jumeirah Golf Estates

Jumeirah Golf Estates is a collection of 13 luxury estates set around the fairways of two 18-hole golf courses along Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road and next to Dubai Sports City.

The courses, named Fire and Earth, were designed by the renowned Greg Norman and have hosted the Dubai World Championship since 2008.

Two more courses, Water and Wind, may be created in the future along with more residential communities.

Jumeirah Golf Estates Communities

Jumeirah Islands

Jumeirah Islands is a gated housing development located within the wider Emirates Living area. Villas are grouped on 46 small ‘islands', in clusters of 16 surrounded by lakes, water features, and greenery. Each of the 736 houses has its own swimming pool and garden.

The 8,000-strong community has its own supermarket, club house and leisure facilities.

Jumeirah Lakes Towers

Jumeirah Lakes Towers is a mixed use waterfront district located behind Dubai Marina and is home to the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre Free Zone, the largest and fastest growing free zone in the UAE, and an increasingly important regional commodities hub for trade and enterprise. Plans are already afoot for the so called ‘Burj 2020’ the world’s tallest commercial tower to be built right here.

The 87 existing tower blocks at JLT, as the place is known, are built around three lakes and a park and comprise commercial and residential buildings as well as hotels, shops and leisure facilities. Apart from the centrepiece 66 storey Almas Tower all the buildings range from 35 to 45 floors in height and are arranged in 23 clusters.

Jumeirah Park

Jumeirah Park promises to be ‘a secure, family-orientated residential community’ of ‘2,000 stylish, luxury family villas, surrounded by expansive, verdant, eco-friendly parks and green spaces, as well as a host of integrated amenities’.

The reality is that it is not quite finished, and though the houses have been built there is hardly any greenery and the amenities are not complete. It’s frustrating for those who have bought into the project, but if you’re a pioneer you may be attracted by the developer’s claims for Jumeirah Park, ‘located at the heart of Dubai's most desirable residential district’.

Jumeirah Village Circle

Jumeirah Village Circle is a new development situated alongside Sheikh Zayed Road, the main highway running the length of Dubai. The housing here consists of large villas, town houses and apartments.

Whilst you can find fully occupied properties here, there is also a lot of construction activity going on.

At the end of 2016 an estimated 25,000 people were living in JVC and the population was predicted to rise to 300,000 when the 560-hectare community is fully complete.  

33 landscaped parks totalling an area of four million sq ft had all been completed.

The Circle Mall, with 235 shops, an anchor supermarket, two department stores, a multi-screen cinema, a health clinic, cafés, restaurants and a food court,is under construction. It is due to open in 2017.

More than a thousand buildings, villas and townhouses in JVC were either complete or under construction, and another 183 residential, commercial and hospitality buildings were in the design stage. 

Jumeirah Village Triangle

Jumeirah Village Triangle is a residential development situated alongside Sheikh Zayed Road, the main highway running the length of Dubai. The residential properties are mainly small villas and townhouses with large gardens. Apartment buildings are beginning to appear on the fringes of the Triangle. Larger villas can be found in neighbouring Jumeirah Village Circle.

Layan Community

Layan is Mediterranean-style residential development in DubaiLand, next to Sustainable City. It lies alongside the E611 Emirates Road at its junction with Al Qudra Street.

Living Legends

Living Legends is a freehold project by Saudi developer Tanmiyat in DubaiLand just north of Global Village.

Spread over 24.7 million square feet the project includes 500 villas surrounding a golf-course and 12 low-rise buildings containing over 2,000 apartments. The scheme also includes three office towers, a retail centre, two schools and a mosque.

The term ‘Living Legends’ is a hangover from the days when this place was to have been a massive theme park; now the Legends are the apartment buildings, named Sinbad, Caesar, Shakespeare, Hercules and so on.

Launched in 2007 and subject to an almost immediate go-slow, some of the residential elements were approaching completion by December 2015 although work on the golf course and associated landscaping had not started. The villas are likely to be completed in 2016 and the apartments in 2017.

Living Legends will eventually have its own mall which will be attached to a new twin-tower apartment project called Skyline. Both of these are scheduled for completion in 2018.

MAG 5 Boulevard

MAG 5 Boulevard is a new affordable housing project to be built in Dubai South (formerly known as Dubai World Central) Residential City, close to The Expo 2020 site.

Marsa Al Seef

Marsa Al Seef is a huge new tourist, leisure and retail district currently under construction in Bur Dubai. It is located alongside Dubai Creek and runs for approximately two kilometres and features a mix of shops, market stalls, hotels and promenades.

Media City

Media City is a mixed-use commercial business park between Dubai Marina and Al Sufouh. The area is part of the Tecom Group's media and information technology freezone.

It is the largest IT focussed business park across the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region.


Meydan, or occasionally referred to as Meydan City, is a 40 million square foot development in Dubai currently in various stages of construction and planning.

Its centrepiece is the world famous Meydan Race Course which opened in 2010 and hosts the annual Dubai Cup, renowned for being the richest horse race in the world with $30 million in prize money up for grabs throughout the day including a $10 million prize for the winner.

Meydan One

Meydan One is a newly proposed district in Mohammed Bin Rashid City. It will cover an area of five million square metres and is located on Ras Al Khor Road adjacent to Business Bay.

It was first announced in August 2015 after having received approval from Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the ruler of Dubai.

Not one to miss a press opportunity, Meydan announced that the project will contain five world record-breaking developments including the world's largest indoor ski slope, the world's longest dancing fountains, the world's tallest residential building, the world's highest 360-degree observation deck and the world's highest restaurant.

Midtown by Deyaar

Midtown by Deyaar is a development project in Dubai’s International Media Production Zone (IMPZ). Unveiled at the Cityscape real estate exhibition in 2014, the first phase, known as Afnan District, was launched a year later. Construction is scheduled to begin in the last quarter of 2015.

There are several other developments in Dubai called ‘Midtown’ which is why this one bears a rather unwieldy name.

Midtown by Deyaar Communities

Millennium Estates

Millennium Estates is a new residential community located in the Meydan area of Dubai. It consists of 198 luxury villas. The project, developed by G&Co, was completed in 2016.

Millennium Square

Millennium Square is a new residential community in the heart of Mohammed Bin Rashid City which consists of luxury semi-detached four bedroom villas.

It marks one of the first semi-detached communities in Dubai where the norm is typically terraced townhouses and detached villas.


Mirdif is a residential district in north-east Dubai about 10km from Deira City Centre and close to Dubai International Airport. Al Mizhar lies to the north and Al Warqa to the south. Al Mushrif public park is situated on Mirdif’s eastern flank.

Mirdif Communities

Motor City

Motor City is in Dubai Land and close to Arabian Ranches. The development comprises two residential areas and a business park set around a Formula 1 race track. A theme park that was part of the original master plan has been scrapped.

Motor City Communities


Mudon is a new housing development on the edge of the desert in DubaiLand, at the intersection of Al Qudra Road and the Emirates Road (E611).

Mudon is Arabic for ‘cities’, and what is being built now is about one third the size of the original Mudon project, an ambitious scheme to replicate five ancient Middle Eastern cities - Baghdad, Beirut, Damascus, Cairo, and Marrakech - within one large city. However, in common with many other real estate projects, Mudon was put on hold when the financial crisis hit Dubai and the majority of the land sold to another developer.

Construction at Mudon resumed in 2012 but on a severely scaled down development called Mudon Villas. Phase One, Al Salaam, comprises 348 town houses, the first 72 of which were handed over in December 2014 along with 112 of the Phase Two community, Al Naseem. More properties are under construction in Al Naseem and Rahat Villa, also part of Phase Two, and should begin handover at the end of 2015.

Nshama City

Nshama City is a proposed waterfront city just east of Businiess Bay along Dubai Creek. It is a joint venture between The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF) and new developer Nshama.

Old Town

The Old Town and The Old Town Island are part of the Downtown Dubai development. ‘Old’ refers to the architectural style in which this district was built; it was completed in 2006. Located in the shadow of the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, Old Town is a creditable attempt to create a human scale quarter in the capital of this skyscraper city.

Opera District

The Opera District is a new area in Downtown Dubai designed to energise Dubai’s events and tourism sectors by providing a stylish cultural destination.

It aims to promote the arts, culture, and events scene by ensuring global exchange and promoting local talent.

The Opera District will feature luxury hotels, elegantly designed residential and serviced apartments, a retail plaza, waterfront promenades, recreational spaces and parks.

The Opera District will eventually become part of the nine-suburb Dubai development centred on ‘The Needle’ at Dubai Creek Harbour which will be the world's tallest tower.

Palm Jumeirah

This is the biggest land reclamation project on earth, a giant archipelago designed in the shape of a palm tree whose fourteen fronds are fringed with beach-side houses and villas. The spinal ‘trunk’ has apartment buildings, shops, hotels, marinas, spas and its very own monorail.

To build the Palm some five million boulders were loaded onto giant barges and sunk to form an artificial island surrounded by an eleven kilometre breakwater rising two metres out of the sea.

No concrete, no steel, just rocks and sand were used to create this engineering masterpiece. It has been said that if the rocks had been used to build a two metre high wall, that wall could wrap around the world twice over.

It took just two years to create the island and surrounding Crescent breakwater, and another two years to build the four and half thousand houses and apartments, and the hotels and shops that populate it. On the ground you wouldn’t know that ten years ago none of this existed; it looks and feels like a natural island.

Palm Jumeirah Communities

Polo Residences

The Polo Residences is a small gated community of luxury apartment blocks in the Meydan area of Dubai.

Polo Townhouses

Polo Townhouses are a collection of contemporary style townhouses located in Mohammed bin Rashid City close to Meydan Racecourse.


Emaar’s Reem project is located in DubaiLand on the south side of Emirates Road (E611) opposite the Arabian Ranches extension at the junction of Al Qudra Street.

Reem is set to become one of the first gated communities in Dubai to house a large central park. It is also planned to include camping facilities, sand surfing, and camel riding trails.


Since the news that Dubai had won the right to host the World Expo in 2020 this previously stalled 23.5 million sq ft development has become hot property because of its proximity to the Expo site. Remraam - the name derives from a plant that grows naturally in the Emirates - is located in Dubailand, close to the Dubai Bypass Road and within easy reach of the new airport at Dubai South, and the Jebel Ali industrial area.

It is a popular community with two distinct neighbourhoods, Al Thamam and Al Ramth, housing 56 low-rise apartment buildings set amidst parkland and served by community facilities.


Serena is a newly proposed affordable housing project in DubaiLand adjacent to Dubai Sustainable City and phase 2 of Arabian Ranches.

The project is being developed by Dubai Properties Group and will cover an area of 8.2 million square feet.

Sheikh Zayed Road

Sheikh Zayed Road is the main highway (E11) that runs through the UAE from Abu Dhabi in the south west to Ras Al Khaimah in the north east.

In Dubai real estate terms ‘Sheikh Zayed Road’ generally refers to the 2km stretch between Business Bay and the World Trade Centre roundabout, characterised by walls of skyscrapers on either side of the road. This is the centre of the business district and home to some of Dubai’s most valuable properties.

Notable buildings along Sheikh Zayed Road include Sama Tower, Park Place and the supertall Blue Tower.

Silicon Oasis

Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) is a state of the art technology park and free zone located at the intersection of Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road (E311) and Al Ain Road (E66), and next to Academic City.

It is one of the only free zones in Dubai where you can live as well as work. Besides office space, multi-use warehousing and manufacturing facilities, there are residential apartments, town houses and luxury villas.

By 2014, ten years after the project was launched, more than a thousand companies had set up operations here.

Sobha Hartland

Sobha Hartland is an 8 million sq ft mixed-use development at the north eastern corner of Mohammed Bin Rashid (MBR) City where the Ras Al Khoor Road (E44) meets the Dubai - Al Ain Road (E66). It is 3km from Burj Khalifa.

Sobha Hartland Communities

Sports City

Dubai Sports City is being built around five major sports venues and features a number of sports academies. Located on Mohammad Bin Zayed Road the residential aspect of the project consists of mid-rise apartment buildings, townhouses and villas. Several of the sports facilities have been completed but there are many vacant residential plots where construction has not yet started.

Studio City

Dubai Studio City is a full scale film and TV production centre with associated residential and hotel accommodation.

The Gardens

The Gardens is a family-oriented residential community located next to Jebel Ali.

The 129 low-rise buildings contain a total of 3,828 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.

The buildings open onto each other, creating secluded courtyards and open plazas, linked by walkways and pebbled garden paths.

Amenities include landscaped gardens, playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts, swimming pools, 'on-call' 24-hour maintenance and patrolling security.

The first phase of The Gardens was completed in 2003 and is now home to more than 10,000 residents.

The Gardens community is located just a short distance from Ibn Battuta Mall, a themed shopping complex designed to reflect the travels of 14th century Arabian explorer, Ibn Battuta.

The Greens

The Greens is an established development situated alongside The Emirates Golf Club. The residential accommodation suits both professional singles and families. It has its own shopping centre and community amenities and being close to Sheikh Zayed Road it is well connected to other parts of Dubai.

The Hills

The Hills Dubai is a new development by Emaar which will be part of the Emirates Living communities that include The Greens, The Springs, The Meadows and The Lakes. It will have a focus on green lifestyles with several energy and water efficiency initiatives included.

The scheme will contain four low-rise towers, two residential and two hotels, overlooking the Emirates Golf Club and accessed via Sheikh Zayed Road.

The project was launched in 2013 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

The Meadows

The Meadows is a freehold residential community located in the Emirates Living community, close to Sheikh Zayed Road Interchange 5 and not far from Dubai Marina, Dubai Media City and the Emirates Golf Club.

The other Emirates Living Community developments are Emirates Hills, The Lakes, Hattan, The Views, The Springs, The Parklands and The Greens. The price of properties ranges from high-end luxury in Emirates Hills and Hattan to more modest homes in The Springs. Prices in the Meadows lie somewhere in between.

There are nine different Meadows clusters set amongst mature tree lined streets and scenic lakes, with children's playgrounds, communal swimming pools and a community centre.

The Pulse

The Pulse is one of the first two communities to be built in the Residential District at Dubai South. The other is The Villages.

The developer, Dubai South, is owned by the Dubai Government and is building thousands of homes, shops and offices on a 145 sq km site around Al Maktoum International Airport.

Centred on a six-lane boulevard The Pulse comprises 14 apartment blocks, a cluster of 236 townhouses, two hotels, a mosque and a shopping mall.

The two- and three-bedroom townhouses will be the first to be built and are due for completion by December 2018. Each house will have a garden or terrace and separate entrance.

Following this, and scheduled for completion in mid 2019, will be the apartment buildings, The Pulse Boulevard Apartments, a group of four 12-storey blocks, and The Pulse Residences, ten mid-rise blocks. The buildings will contain compact one-, two- and three-bedroom options, suitable for couples, young professionals and small families.

Dubai South is the first property developer to use the Dubai Government’s new ‘happiness meter’, which asks users to rate their level of happiness. If enough people define themselves as unhappy when using the developer’s website the company will be held accountable by the Government.

To create a happy community, Dubai South decided to separate studios and one-bedroom apartments in these first blocks from the larger two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments. By doing this it is hoped that singles and couples will not be disturbed by children running around early in the morning, and families will not be kept awake by people having parties.

The Views

The Views is a collection of ten clusters of buildings set around a lake and situated between The Greens community and The Emirates Golf Club. Sheikh Zayed Road passes by to the north and First Al Khail Road to the south.

The buildings comprise both apartment towers - some high, some low - and villas. All clusters have lake views on one side and views over the golf course or The Greens on the other.

Like neighbouring Greens, The Views has immaculately kept parks and green spaces that add to the quality of life.

With 24-hour security and maintenance support, The Views is a preferred destination for professionals, who benefit from its location advantage and the retreat-like ambience.

The Villages

The Villages is one of the first two communities to be built in Dubai South’s Residential District; the other is The Pulse.

The developer, Dubai South, is owned by the Dubai Government and is building thousands of homes, shops and offices on a 145 sq km site around Al Maktoum International Airport.

The Villages will consist of up to five community-based settlements of around 20,000 homes and will be one of Dubai's largest planned master-communities. The development will contain villas, townhouses, apartments, schools, mosques, civic centres, large open spaces and a number of public amenities.

Each Village will have smartly designed residences, including buildings of up to nine storeys containing, studios, apartments and lofts, as well as villas and townhouses.

The townhouses will have three or four spacious bedrooms and semi-private front gardens designed to encourage ‘walkability’.

The Residences apartments are suitable for families, having two or three bedrooms and family-focused amenities such as a swimming pool, gym, play area and nanny lounge area.

The Villages will also have a greenhouse with a botanical garden and farms so that residents can buy or grow locally grown produce. The greenhouse will have indoor walking trails, enabling people of all age groups to pursue outdoor activities in a climate-controlled environment.

Dubai South is the first property developer to use the Dubai Government’s new ‘happiness meter’, which asks users to rate their level of happiness. If enough people define themselves as unhappy when using the developer’s website the company will be held accountable by the Government.

To help create a happy community, studios and one-bedroom apartments will be separated from the larger two- and three-bedroom apartments so that singles and couples will not be disturbed by children running around early in the morning, and families will not be kept awake by people having parties.

Construction on the first village of 6,000 homes, comprising apartments, villas and townhouses, began in 2016. The plan is to build 254 townhouses by December 2018 and two blocks of apartments by June 2019.

Town Square

Town Square is a newly proposed residential community in Dubailand located just south of the intersection of Al Qudra Road and Emirates Bypass Road south of Arabian Ranches. The development will consist of townhouses and apartments.

Umm Suqeim

Umm Suqeim is located in western Dubai on the coast between Jumeirah and Al Sufouh. The district is divided into three communities, Umm Suqeim 1, 2 and 3.

This is an older, more established area, quite beautiful in places and even peaceful once you get off the beaten track that is Jumeirah Beach Road. It is home to expatriates and Emiratis living side by side on well-maintained streets. The regular call to prayer is part of the Arabic ambiance and a daily reminder that you're living in the Middle East.


Villanova is a proposed new residential district in DubaiLand aimed at the so-called affordable housing sector.

The project was announced by Dubai Properties in October 2016.

Wasl Gate

Wasl Gate is a huge new development planned for the Jebel Ali district of Dubai close to Energy metro station.

World Islands

World Island is a group of 300 artificial islands created from reclaimed sand some 4km off Dubai’s coast. The islands were built by master developer Nakheel and sold to investors before the global financial crisis, but only two have been built on, and one of these is a private island.

Many of those who bought islands had complained about the lack of access to them. This led to a number of disputes between Nakheel and sub-developers.

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