Whether you are new to Dubai or looking for a change, we’ve rounded up some of the most popular communities with British families in Dubai…
Arabian Ranches – One of Dubai’s first developments by Emaar, the ranches is a gated, desert community with townhouses and villas. Popular with British Mums for its close, community feel – and for the fact there are plenty of pools, play areas, clubhouses, and shops in the vicinity.
Al Barari – If you want luxury villa living and miss the greenness of home, the quiet, leafy surroundings of Al Barari might be for you. Expect high price tags – but you get the space and quality of finish to match. Al Barari is located in the desert, close to Arabian Ranches, Falcon City, and Dubailand.
Al Barsha – Close to Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha spans a large area and has plenty of large, independent villas. Often an affordable area to rent in, its popular with British Mums for its central location and proximity to a number of schools and nurseries.
Al Furjan – This gated development of town houses and villas by Nakheel is close to Discovery Gardens, Ibn Battuta and Jebel Ali. The properties are spacious and fairly affordable, but you should take into consideration the ongoing construction work before signing on the dotted line.
Barsha Heights – Previously known as Tecom, Barsha Heights offers affordable apartment living in the ‘New Dubai’ area of town. With hotels, bars, restaurants, shops, and great transport links, it is getting increasingly popular with families looking for good facilities without having to blow the budget.
Downtown – Want to be at the centre of it all? Apartment living in Downtown could be your best bet, with plenty of cafes, shops, and community pools, and The Dubai Mall within walking distance. Apartments can be on the smaller and more expensive side, but you pay for location – and that is exactly what you get.
Dubailand – Dubailand is a new area of Dubai, which is made up of several different gated villa communities, including Layan, Motor City, Remraam, The Villa, Victory Heights, and Mudon. Close to Arabian Ranches and within easy proximity to several schools, the area is becoming increasingly popular with British Mums in Dubai. Each area has its own plus points, so it’s worth doing lots of research and visits until you find the perfect base.
Dubai Marina and JLT – The Marina and JLT are separated by Sheikh Zayed Road in the ‘New Dubai’ end of town – and both offer apartment living. What you don’t get in outdoor space, however, is made up for with the chance to stroll out your building and walk to beaches, pools, restaurants, supermarkets, nurseries and public transport links.
Emirates Living – This area of Dubai is made up of several villa communities, including The Springs, The Lakes, The Meadows and Emirates Hills. Each community is fully developed, with shops, community pools and play areas, restaurants, and enviable lake views. There is something for every budget – from 2 bedroom town houses, to vast sprawling villas in Emirates Hills.
Falcon City – Officially known as ‘Falconcity of Wonders’, this large desert villa community is located close to Al Barari. It’s still a new development, with supermarkets and community centres still in the planning stages – but the landscaping, kids play areas, and high spec of the villas are making it increasingly popular with British families.
Green Community – Just to confuse you there are two Green Communities; One in Motor City (sometimes a bit noisy with the race track nearby) and one that’s a quiet location near to Dubai Investment Park. They share the same layouts and these villa and luxury apartment communities promise beautiful landscaping, lake views, shops, restaurants, nurseries, and communal pools. Expect high spec finishing, but the prices to match.
Jebel Ali Village – With Jebel Ali School recently moving out to the desert, this community has got quieter with British Mums recently – but with affordable price tags, a community centre, sports facilities and a real community feel, it’s a good bet if you want to be in the Ibn Battuta area of town.
JVT – Standing for Jumeirah Village Triangle, JVT is a community of villas and townhouses located in the vicinity of Emirates Road and The Springs. It may not have too many community facilities as yet, but it offers affordable villa living, with easy links to some of Dubai’s most popular schools.
JVC – JVC stands for Jumeirah Villa Circle and it’s one of Dubai’s newer communities, with both apartment and villa living. Located next to JVT, there is still a fair bit of construction work taking place – but you will get a lot of space for your money.
Jumeirah Park – This luxury Nakheel development contains over 2,000 villas, lots of green space and plenty of community facilities. It is located between Discovery Gardens, The Springs and is close to popular Jumeirah Islands – and as you’d expect, it comes with a higher price tag than other communities in the area.
Meydan Community – A lot of the villas in Meydan Community are occupied by Emirates Airline staff and their families, promising high-spec town houses, shops and supermarkets, a community centre, and mosques – all within easy reach of Dubai Airport.
Mirdif – Another area popular with airline staff and their families due to its proximity to the airport, this community offers some of the most affordable villa living in the city (with lots of space for your growing family). Residents love the close community feel – but do spend some time in the villa before signing your contract, as many are located right under the flight path and the noise may not suit you.
Palm Jumeirah – Palm Jumeirah offers luxury villas on the fronds and a choice of apartment buildings running up the trunk. As well as the lure of having beaches and pools on your doorstep, the development of the Golden Mile last year means there is now a plethora of cafes, restaurants, play areas, and supermarkets within walking distance of most apartments.
Sustainable City – Described as “The First Net Zero Energy City in Dubai”, Sustainable City promises lower bills. You can’t park outside your villa, but there is a buggy and concierge system to get you from your car to your front door (rumours are that it isn’t a smooth process yet, but it’s early days). The bonus is that without cars, streets are safe for kids to play out – and community spirit is said to be thriving.
Umm Suqeim and Jumeirah – This area runs alongside Jumeirah Beach, from Burj Al Arab right down to Jumeirah Mosque. The villas and compounds are independent and some of the oldest in Dubai. This means you can’t necessarily expect high-spec finishes – but you can expect lots of character, plenty of space, and facilities within walking distance (most notably, the beach).
Still stuck for choice? Take a look at the neighbourhood guides on the British Mums website and ask away in the British Mums Dubai Facebook group – We’re sure that whatever community you choose, you’ll have a British Mum neighbour very close by.
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