The United Arab Emirates is home to one of the world’s largest percentage of immigrants and that is due to a lot of reasons. Firstly, the country is an almost tax-free country (it was tax-free until 5% VAT was introduced on January 1, 2018) and that has made people from all around the world see the country as the perfect country to make a fortune for themselves. Another reason is that there are plenty of job opportunities in the country compared to how it was a some years back. The UAE is in a great financial position now and that alone has attracted people from other countries, seeing the country as a dreamland for them.
Majority of the expatriates in the UAE reside in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and that is because while the latter is the capital of the country, the former is the most populous emirate in the country due to its fast-paced economic development and exposure to world-class technological inventions and innovations.
The city of Dubai offers expatriates a very adventurous life, with generally luxury lifestyle and attractive places to go to at their leisure, and while living in Dubai offers you a perfect experience, finding the right place to settle down in can be one hell of a task.
Hence, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 best areas for expats to live in Dubai in 2021.
1. Dubai Marina
Dubai Marina is a very popular residential area among expatriates especially westerners and it widely known for its exotic buildings, glamorous nightlife and luxurious lifestyle, making it a very ideal neighborhood for young chaps and rich families. The most exciting thing about the Dubai Marina is the Marina Walk which is still one of Dubai’s well planned infrastructures. The pedestrian walkway is surrounded by restaurants and cafes where people can have a great time after their daily exercise routine. Rental prices vary and they range from AED 40,000 to AED 110,000, depending on the type of apartment one is opting for.
2. Jumeirah Lake Towers
Located between the luxurious Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Heights, the Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT) is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Dubai, consisting of 87 towers grouped around 4 artificial lakes, covering an area of 1.35 million square feet. Although there are no schools in the community, there are schools close by and some of them are the Regent International School, Dubai International Academy, and Dubai British School, to mention but a few. Just like the Dubai Marina, the community is also mostly about luxurious lifestyle and it is an ideal community for young and rich families where they can enjoy exotic dishes served by some of the city’s best restaurants.
3. Jumeirah Beach Residence
The Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) is popularly known for its high-rise buildings which offer amazing beach views and a great number of amazing restaurants, cafes, boutiques, and a cinema along the beachfront boulevard. The residents of this community never seem to run out of activities which include destinations like the Barasti, The Buddha Bar, Zero Gravity, and a beach mall which is one gives you one-of-a-kind luxury shopping experience.
4. Downtown Dubai
The Downtown Dubai is the most important neighborhood in the city of Dubai, housing some of the world’s historic places like the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, and one of the world’s largest shopping malls, The Dubai Mall. The neighborhood is also home to Dubai Opera, and it lives up to the hype by possessing some of the country’s finest apartments and exotic skyscrapers. Although the cost of living in the community is quite expensive, the ones who have the money to spend won’t have any issue coping and they sure will enjoy every bit of fun their money can afford. However, the traffic in the evening and on weekends are somehow not encouraging, and that’s due to the large population which can be a complete turn off for some who don’t like being around situations like that.
Mirdif is a very popular community and it is where every expat wants to be because it used to be the most affordable area in the city, but has now become one of the most expensive communities, being on par with places like the Downtown Dubai and the Dubai Marina. The community is located just behind the Dubai airport and it is filled with amazing apartments and villas. The community is also well equipped with schools, shops and a large mall, where its residents can shop. Average rental prices start from AED 65,000 and go high up as AED 300,000.
6. Arabian Ranches
The Arabian Ranches is a gated community that is located on the Emirates Road and it’s filled with well-maintained streets and beautiful gardens, coupled with excellent schools, clinics, hospital facilities, restaurants, and a shopping complex, making the community a completely ideal one to live in. Because the area is a very popular residential community for both expats and nationals, the cost of accommodation is quite expensive and it ranges from AED 90,000 to AED 400,000 per year.
7. Jumeirah Village Circle
Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC) is widely regarded as an ideal neighborhood for families or individuals who prioritize serenity over the hustle and bustle of the city; the good thing is, they will also get to enjoy the same urban life offered in the city. To further confirm the claims that it is a perfect family area for families, the neighborhood has two international schools, town and country clubs, community center, medical facilities, as well as a brand-new community mall called Circle Mall. The mall spans across a massive half a million square feet featuring over 80 stores, restaurants and cafés, with roof-top pool, family entertainment centre with an arcade, trampoline, cross fit for kids, and so much more. JVC is also home FIVE Jumeirah Village, one of the nicest hotel and most unique building structure in the city. JVC offers more than 2800 villas and 3100 townhouses which are greatly complimented by ultramodern home accessories. Rent prices start from AED 25,000 and can go as high up as AED 140,000 per annum.
8. Motor City
This bustling community is a very popular one among Dubai residents, due to its location that is very close to the race track development. The apartments and villas in this community are very spacious and reasonably priced. It is an ideal location for families with the presence of grocery stores, salons, spas, entertainment options, and schools; one won’t be missing other exotic locations much because in the community, you have all you need. Average yearly rental prices start from AED 25,000 and can go high up as AED 120,000.
9. Al Barsha
The Al Barsha area (especially Al Barsha 2 & 3) is one of the major residential communities in Dubai and it is often described as the best place to live in Dubai because of its serene nature and beautiful views that seems not to cease in the city. The community almost never experiences traffic congestion, and that is due to the good road network it shares with other areas in the city. Al Barsha is equipped with many sport complexes which enable the residents of the community to stay healthy; coupled with schools that are just a couple of miles away.
10. Emirates Hills
Emirates Hills is a gated community in Dubai located just beside the city, and in it can be found other reputable residential areas like The Meadows and The Springs. Although on the expensive side, Emirates Hills is home to a lot of Dubai expats, and one of the main reasons for that is because it consists of the first freehold properties to be sold in the city. The Emirates Hills is named after Beverly Hills, and is widely known for housing spacious villas and apartment, with good infrastructures that are just enough for its residents to have the best lifestyle, making it one of the best family communities in the city. Schools close to the area are the Dubai British School, Dubai International Academy, Emirates International School, Meadows and Emirates Hill Nursery, and Raffles Nursery.