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Motor City
Updated: 3rd October, 2023

Motor City

A development in DubaiLand comprising two residential areas and a business park set around a Formula 1 race track. 
Motor City
Motor City is an area located within DubaiLand, Dubai.

Motor City is in DubaiLand 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.

Here you can live in an apartment in one of the low and medium rise buildings in Up Town Motor City, or in a villa or townhouse in the Green Community. Owing to the size and variety of flats and villas available there is very mixed community of families, couples and singles of all nationalities, apparently living happily side by side.

A new GEMS Metropole School opened in September 2014 for pupils from Foundation Stage up to Year 13.

Several high rise towers in Motor City Business Park provide commercial space for offices and showrooms.

There is a very large Spinneys supermarket as well as a good selection of retailers, banks, pharmacies and opticians. Coffee shops and restaurants are plentiful as well as fast food outlets. First Avenue Mall opened in 2018 with an indoor-outdoor boulevard lined by 70 high street retailers and 15 casual dining restaurants. Attached to the mall is the four-star Park Inn by Radisson hotel. 

The shared gardens and pools are well maintained and the area feels very safe with its landscaped gardens, walks, children’s play areas and swimming pools.

Transport & Access

Commute times by car

From Motor City it takes roughly 24 minutes to drive to Dubai Mall, 18 minutes to Palm Jumeirah, 20 minutes to Burj Al Arab and 22 minutes to The Walk JBR.*

Airport proximity

Dubai International Airport (DXB) is roughly 39 minutes' drive and the new Al Maktoum International Airport is roughly 31 minutes' drive.*

Road access

Emirates Road and Al Khail Road are easily accessible, and Sheikh Zayed Road is a 10 minute drive. Dubai Marina and Mall Of The Emirates are 20 minutes drive and the airport 40 minutes.

Public transport

There is no metro here, but you can catch the F29 bus to Mall of the Emirates.

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

Available property


There are eight sub-communities in Motor City. Learn more in the following guides.


As the name implies it helps if you like automobiles if you are thinking of living here, and one of the main attractions is being able to drive cars and motor bikes around Dubai Autodrome or go-karts on the Kartdrome. You can even cycle or walk round the circuit one night a week, but if the smell of fuel oil and burning rubber is not your bag then you can always head off to one of several gyms.

The motor racing calendar is impressive, kicking off each season with the prestigious Hankook Dubai 24H endurance race and including the UAE Sportbike Championship and the NGK Racing Series.

Although there are no licensed restaurants or bars in Motor City there is a lively street cafe atmosphere at night and a good variety of places to eat. For those who like alcohol with their food, restaurants in nearby Arabian Ranches and the Polo Club are always happy to oblige.

In January 2020 The Selfie Kingdom, Dubai’s first ever dedicated selfie museum, opened in Motor City. It has 15 pop-up rooms with different backdrops and props, with professional lighting to capture the very best selfies. The rooms will be changed every few months, and the ‘museum’ will also feature exhibits and installations from various artists, designers and innovators.

Local shops and outlets

There are 186 outlets currently open in Motor City including 12 ladies' salons, 12 pharmacies, five supermarkets, eight men's salons, a smoking accessories shop, nine coffee shops, a tanning salon, two cosmetics shops, 57 restaurants, three currency exchanges, three home stores, two optician & eyewear shops, a travel & tourism agent, two health food shops, a car rental shop, three gifts & entertainment shops, four catering kitchens, two butchers, a post/courier office, five gyms, a music shop, eight medical clinics, two children's nurseries, two sweet shops, a learning centre, a real estate office, a massage centre, two liquor stores, two bookshops, two perfume shops, two children's play centres, two laundrettes, a bank, two mechanics, two computer/electronics shops, a veterinarian, a pet shop, a yoga studio, two bike/scooter shops, two fashion shops, a flower shop, two photo shops, two martial arts schools, two toy stores, an ice cream shop, a mini mart, a driving centre, a hardware shop, a print shop, a phone shop and a large supermarket.

For a full list and analysis of shops and services in Motor City visit our Motor City amenities page.

Motor City Location

Emirates Road and Al Khail Road are easily accessible, and Sheikh Zayed Road is a 10 minute drive. Dubai Marina and Mall Of The Emirates are 20 minutes drive and the airport 40 minutes.

The map below shows the location of Motor City and just below are summaries of the nearest attractions, parks, beaches, golf clubs and cinemas. For a more in-depth look at the local attractions, and to see what's on in and around Motor City, visit our Things to Do guide.

Dubai Miracle Garden, 1.9 km
The Storm Coaster, 6.3 km
Global Village, 7.5 km
Parks & beaches
Windsor Park Motor City, 0.6 km
Camden Park, 0.9 km
Eastlands Park, 1.0 km
Golf clubs
The Els Golf Club, 2.6 km
Trump International Golf Club, 2.8 km
Trump International Golf Course, 2.8 km
Reel Cinemas at The Springs Souk, 5.0 km
Vox Cinemas at Mall of the Emirates, 9.1 km
Novo Cinema IMG Worlds of Adventure, 9.2 km
Looking for more Motor City local shops, services, and entertainment? Visit our Things to Do and Amenities guides.

Local Schools

Motor City has many schools nearby including GEMS Metropole School Motor City at 0.8 km and Renaissance School at 1.1 km.

In terms of performance there are 11 schools nearby that have achieved either of two highest government inspection rating of 'Very Good' or 'Outstanding' including Victory Heights Primary School which has a rating of 'Outstanding' and Nord Anglia International School Dubai which also has a rating of 'Outstanding'.

GEMS Metropole School Motor City
0.8 km, Motor City
AED 42,000  •  British
Renaissance School
1.1 km, Sports City
AED 42,500  •  American
Dwight School Dubai
1.4 km, Sports City
AED 82,500  •  IB
Royal Grammar School Guildford in Dubai
1.6 km, Tilal Al Ghaf
AED 90,000  •  British

Things to Do

We've partnered with and to give an overview of the current Ladies Nights and Brunch offers in the vicinity of Motor City. For full nightlife listings and to see what else is happening nearby see the Things to Do page.

Le Petit Belge Motor City, Park Inn by Radisson Dubai Motor City • Ladies Night • Le Petit Belge Motor City (0.0 km)
The Irish Village Studio City, Studio One Hotel • Ladies Night • The Irish Village Studio City (0.0 km)
Los Chapitos Family Brunch, Studio One Hotel • El Chapo's Tacos (0.0 km)
Chicks and Salsa
Ladies Night •  6:00pm
El Chapo's Tacos (0.0 km)
Chica Chica
Ladies Night •  7:00pm
Soul St (0.0 km)
Epic Sunday Pool Party
Ladies Day •  12:00pm
Soul St (0.0 km)
MAXX Music Bar
Ladies Night •  7:00pm
Maxx Music Bar (0.0 km)
Los Chapitos Family Brunch
Brunch • Studio One Hotel
El Chapo's Tacos (0.0 km)
Nomad Brunch
Brunch • Five Jumeirah Village Dubai
Soul St (0.0 km)
Saturday Brunch
Brunch • Arabian Ranches Golf Club
Maison Mathis (0.0 km)
Family Friday Brunch
Brunch • The Lakes Club
Reform Social & Grill (0.0 km)

Nearby neighbourhoods

Explore communities that are either adjacent or close to Motor City.

Studio City
Studio City (1.5 km)
A full scale film and TV production centre with associated residential and hotel accommodation. Much of the area is still desert.
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Sports City
Sports City (2.3 km)
A residential district built around five major sports venues. The residences consist of apartments, townhouses and villas.
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Damac Hills
Damac Hills (2.7 km)
A gated community with opulent villas and apartments dotted around the Trump International Golf Club and 40 hectares of parkland.
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Victory Heights
Victory Heights (2.8 km)
Nine villages in the western half of Dubai Sports City containing 1068 villas and town houses surrounding the Ernie Els golf course.
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Villa Lantana
Villa Lantana (3.4 km)
A development of 440 freehold villas plus community centres, fitness facilities, a retail centre and winding pedestrian walkways.
Read more
Dubai Science Park
Dubai Science Park (3.4 km)
A government sponsored commercial zone and licensing body which caters for the pharmaceutical and medical equipment manufacturing sector.
Read more
Arabian Ranches
Arabian Ranches (3.5 km)
A popular, self contained suburban community development comprising 4,000 townhouses and villas plus a supermarket and local shops.
Read more
Arabian Ranches 2
Arabian Ranches 2 (3.7 km)
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A look at the original masterplan published by the developer at the time of the launch of Motor City.

In September 2017 Union Properties (UPP) announced a new masterplan for MotorCity with a completed value of more than AED8 billion ($2.18 billion). UPP also signed an agreement with China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) to build the new mega development.

The new masterplan includes 44 new high- and low-rise buildings, more than 150 villas, and a range of residential, commercial, entertainment and hospitality facilities.

That breaks down into more than 11,500 apartments and villas, around 3,000 serviced apartments, 3,500 hotel rooms, a total of 46,000 square metres of retail space and more than 300,000 square metres of office space.

At the heart of the new masterplan is a new design for Union Properties’ Vertex, a mixed-use development with five towers, that will include a five-star hotel and serviced apartments.

Motor City Buildings

There are 65 building developments in Motor City. For a full list of all Motor City buildings visit our Buildings Guide.

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The Vertex
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Apex Atrium
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Vertex Tower
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Control Tower
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Daytona House
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Detroit House
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Lootah Avenue
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Oia Residence
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Al Adel Masjid
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Al Eman Mosque
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Barton House 1
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Barton House 2
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Kojak Building
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Norton Court 1
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