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Dubai International City
Updated: 28th March, 2023

Dubai International City

A mixed use commercial, residential and retail development in Al Warsan with clusters of buildings named after different countries.
Dubai International City
Dubai International City is an area located within Dubai.

International City is situated between interchanges 5 and 6 of Mohammed Bin Zayed Road (E311) opposite to the Dubai Central Fruit and Vegetable Market.

The district is laid out in repeating patterns of so-called clusters, each of which is named after a different country and is designed using architectural styles from that country: England, Emirates, Russia, Italy, Spain, France, Persia, Greece, Morocco and China. These clusters surround The Central Business District and a site destined to become a ‘replica’ of Beijing’s Forbidden City.

There are 485 apartment buildings in the nine residential districts and Central Business District. Rents here are relatively low for Dubai as the apartments are aimed at low to middle incomes.

Like many new developments in Dubai the access roads cannot cope with the number of vehicles trying to enter and exit the place at peak times, so expect delays.

Transport & Access

Commute times by car

From Dubai International City it takes roughly 21 minutes to drive to Dubai Mall, 33 minutes to Palm Jumeirah, 32 minutes to Burj Al Arab and 37 minutes to The Walk JBR.*

Airport proximity

Dubai International Airport (DXB) is roughly 29 minutes' drive and the new Al Maktoum International Airport is roughly 44 minutes' drive.*

Road access

It takes about 20 minutes to drive to Dubai International Airport, 30 to Dubai Marina, 25 to Mall of the Emirates, 20 to Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa, and an hour and a half to Abu Dhabi.

Public transport

Four bus routes serve this district but there is no metro.

* Drive times are calculated by Google Maps and assume fastest route in typical traffic conditions.


There are 17 sub-communities in Dubai International City. Learn more in the following guides.


The Central Business District has larger apartments than the other clusters, and that’s where you find the swimming pools and gyms.

The vast 1.2 kilometre-long Chinese Dragon Mart with its 3,950 shops is a big draw for locals and tourists alike. Shaped like a dragon, the 150,000 sq m retail complex opened in 2004 before International City was built. It is said to be the largest trading centre for Chinese products outside mainland China, selling everything from home essentials and furnishings to office equipment, electronics, building materials, machinery and fashion.

In 2016 a new 93,000 sq m extension, Dragon Mart 2, opened with nearly 1,000 shops, restaurants and entertainment outlets. The anchor store is a 100,000 sq ft Géant Hypermarket, and the anchor entertainment a 12-screen Novo Cinema complex. The 251-room Ibis Styles hotel is connected directly to the mall.

Dragon Drive is a tree-lined boulevard complete with spectacular water features and al fresco cafés and restaurants.

Dubai International City Location

It takes about 20 minutes to drive to Dubai International Airport, 30 to Dubai Marina, 25 to Mall of the Emirates, 20 to Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa, and an hour and a half to Abu Dhabi.

The map below shows the location of Dubai International City and just below are summaries of the nearest attractions, parks, beaches, golf clubs and cinemas.

Dubai Safari Park, 4.5 km
Yalla Bowling, City Centre Mirdif, 5.3 km
Imagine at Dubai Festival City, 8.5 km
Parks & beaches
Silicon Oasis Community Park, 5.8 km
Mirdif Park, 6.0 km
Uptown Mirdif Park, 6.5 km
Golf clubs
Al Badia Golf Club, 7.1 km
The Track Meydan Golf, 9.8 km
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, 11.4 km
Novo Cinema Dragon Mart 2, 1.7 km
Vox Cinemas at City Centre Mirdif, 5.3 km
Cinema City, 8.1 km

Local Schools

Dubai International City has many schools nearby including Primus Private School at 2.1 km and Sharjah American International Private School Dubai at 2.2 km.

In terms of performance there are four schools nearby that have achieved either of two highest government inspection rating of 'Very Good' or 'Outstanding' including GEMS Modern Academy which has a rating of 'Outstanding' and Repton School Dubai which also has a rating of 'Outstanding'.

Primus Private School
2.1 km, Al Warqa
AED 17,000  •  Indian
Sharjah American International Private School Dubai
2.2 km, Al Warqa
AED 26,500  •  American
Newlands School
2.3 km, Al Warqa
AED 25,500  •  British
Ignite School
2.4 km, Al Warqa
AED 34,500  •  American

Things to Do

We've partnered with LadiesNightDubai.com and BrunchCrunch.ae to give an overview of the current Ladies Nights and Brunch offers in the vicinity of Dubai International City.

Soulful Ladies Night, Vida Creek Harbour • Ladies Night • Soulgreen (0.0 km)
Joe's Backyard, Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City • Ladies Night • Joe's Backyard (0.0 km)
Sunday Roast, Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City • Joe's Backyard (0.0 km)
Saturday Evening Brunch
Brunch • Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City
Joe's Backyard (0.0 km)
Hubble Brunch
Brunch • Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City
Joe's Backyard (0.0 km)
Saturday Brunch
Brunch • Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City
Joe's Backyard (0.0 km)
Hubble Evening Brunch
Brunch • Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City
Joe's Backyard (0.0 km)

Nearby neighbourhoods

Explore communities that are either adjacent or close to Dubai International City.

Warsan Village
Warsan Village (1.4 km)
A popular gated residential community comprising contemporary three-bedroom townhouses located on the corner of International City.
Read more
Dubai Silicon Oasis
Dubai Silicon Oasis (5.5 km)
A state of the art technology park and free zone. Offices, warehouses and manufacturing plus apartments, town houses and villas.
Read more
Mirdif (6.6 km)
A residential district of three gated villa communities in north-east Dubai, about 10km from Deira City Centre and close to the airport.
Read more
Liwan (7.3 km)
A freehold township in DubaiLand comprising 100 residential complexes, six iconic towers, mixed-use units and four hotels.
Read more
DubaiLand Residence Complex
DubaiLand Residence Complex (8.7 km)
Read more
Culture Village
Culture Village (9.8 km)
A development overlooking the Dubai Creek, home to the exclusive Palazzo Versace, apartment buildings, shops and exhibition centres.
Read more
Meydan (10.0 km)
A 40 million square foot development underway in MBR City, home to the world famous Meydan Race Course which  hosts the annual Dubai Cup.
Read more
Healthcare City Phase 2
Healthcare City Phase 2 (10.0 km)
A wellness centre providing long-term care, spa resorts, sports medicine facilities, waterfront residences and nutrition centres in Jadaf.
Read more

Dubai International City Buildings

We currently maintain records for 609 building developments in Dubai International City.

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Easy 18
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MS Zeest
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Tabeer 1
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Al Dana 1
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Al Dana 2
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Benaa G10
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Al Basha 5
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Al Basha 7
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Al Basha 8
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Al Basha 9
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B37 Avenue
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Cartel 113
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Cartel 114
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F49 Avenue
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i-City One
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Dragon View
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OST Tower 2
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OST Tower 4
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OST Tower 8
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Gardens Gold
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Sandy Avenue
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Sandy Garden
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Al Owais Icon
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HDS Sunstar 1
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HDS Sunstar 2
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Indigo Optima
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Park Ville 07
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CBD 2 Building
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CBD 3 Building
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CBD 4 Building
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Golden Homes 2
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KHK 2 Building
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Lyra by Aurora
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Riviera Dreams
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SAS 1 Building
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CBD 10 Building
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CBD 11 Building
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CBD Building 29
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Indigo Spectrum
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Modelux Tower 1
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Prime Residency
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Solanki Palacio
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Trafalgar Tower
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Elash 1 Building
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Elash 2 Building
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Petalz By Danube
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Sannat Residency
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Warsan Clubhouse
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Al Jawzaa Tower A
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