There’s a general understanding people have of Dubai; a good one and that’s the fact that you can’t talk about the city without mentioning words like ‘glamour’ and ‘luxury’. Dubai is not the biggest Emirate in the UAE but it has managed to draw most people coming into the country to witness its stunning skyline, mouth-watering architectural wonders, and many more. It’s no surprise that the wonderful developments going down in Dubai have caught widespread attention and praises from people from different walks of the globe. Dubai’s reputation has grown to exceed popular cities like Paris, Milan, London, Miami, and some of the people’s favorite destinations for holidays in the world. The city has now become one of the first few names on every visitor’s wish list for holiday destinations. Think of the all-year-round sunshine, exciting adventurous memories in the deserts, extreme activities due to the presence of so many skylines; you just can’t get enough of these things.

With the growing numbers of visitors, it’s no doubt that there’s no shortage of amazing communities for luxury living. Some of the world’s richest Arabs are Dubai-based and there’s also no shortage of millionaires. This has made Dubai not just the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates but also the most expensive Emirate with thousands of luxury amenities located in strategic places in the city.

About 1.8% of the residents of Dubai are classified as High Net Worth Individuals (HNWI) and Dubai has just enough luxury areas to match their high tastes for luxury. We can now see luxury apartments, penthouses, beachfront homes, and many more in self-sustaining residential communities throughout the city of Dubai. The exclusivity of Dubai is what sets it apart from the other Emirates in the UAE. The bar of living has been raised over the years, thanks to the rapid growth of the city, and luxury living is not something you’ll lack.

Hence, we have compiled a list of the top 10 richest areas for luxury living in Dubai in 2021.

1. Downtown Dubai

If you want expensive apartments, Downtown Dubai is where you should head to. The community has the highest number of expensive apartments in the whole of Dubai. In Downtown Dubai, AED117 per square foot is the rent for an average property and that’s due to the area’s proximity to popular and exotic places like Burj Khalifa, several metro stations, and the Dubai Mall. These things all play a part in determining the expensiveness of a community and that’s why Downtown Dubai remains perhaps the most expensive neighborhood in the city of Dubai.

2. Palm Jumeirah

Palm Jumeirah is the go-to location for anything luxury you can ever think of; serenity, expensive, amazing scenery. It is a man-made island that was launched by Nakheel Properties, one of the biggest names in the UAE. The island matches most people’s common definition of luxury and indeed, there’s no shortage of beachside apartments. Some of the things you’ll have access to as a resident of this community include houses that come with sports and fitness facilities, swimming pools, garden space and many more. Palm Jumeirah is a self-sustaining community because it has amenities like shopping malls, restaurants and bars, and hotels, so residents can be confident they won’t lack anything good as far as luxury is concerned.

3. Emirates Living

Emirates Living is a luxury nature-inspired development by Emaar, and it is the first large-scale gated villa community of its kind in the entire Middle East. Emirates Living houses and combines the exclusive Emirates Hills development overlooking the Montgomerie Golf Course, with the ultra-luxurious family-oriented communities of The Springs, The Meadows, The Lakes and Hattan, which together makes up one of the most desirable residential neighborhoods in Dubai. This neighborhood features extensive lush and green landscaped areas, lakes and footpaths, just a stone’s throw from the bustle of the city. Emirates Living is the go-to place for some of the wealthiest and influential individuals not only in Dubai, but from different parts of the globe in general, including highly-successful businessmen, politicians, and celebrities.

4. Dubai Hills Estate

Dubai Hills Estate is one of the latest developments in Dubai by Emaar Properties. This wonderfully-made new neighborhood features luscious landscaped greens and pristine fairways with an iconic backdrop of the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai skyline. Dubai Hills Estate is an extensive luxury residential and lifestyle development comprising villas, low-rise apartments and townhouses. It is the first phase in the massive Mohammed Bin Rashid City project that has been nicknamed the ‘city within a city’ because of the grand scope of the development. Dubai Hills Estate features an 18-hole championship golf course, nature trails, hotels, resorts and the Dubai Hills Mall, which is expected to be on the scale of the massive Mall of the Emirates in the neighboring Al Barsha district. Dubai Hills Estate is in a prime location, benefiting from quick and easy access to Dubai’s other urban hotspots such as Downtown Dubai and Dubai Marina.

5. Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina is one of the biggest attractions of Dubai from its global audience. Everybody just wants to come and have a piece of the largest man-made marina ever to be made, making it one of the most visited locations in the Emirate. Dubai Marina is on Interchange 5 of Jebel Ali Port and is surrounded by popular places like the Dubai Media City, the American University in Dubai, Al Barsha, and Emirates Golf Club to mention but a few. The community features exclusive apartments ranging from beachfront homes to customized penthouses, so if you’re looking for a luxury lifestyle, Dubai Marina is one of the places you should look to settle in.

6. Al Barari

The average rent of apartments in Al Barari is around AED150,000 while sales price begins from AED2.8 million, making the area one of the most expensive places in the whole of Dubai. What’s most exciting about Al Barari is that it’s an eco-friendly environment with 60% green space and about 1800 trees. The environment is not just close to what nature can offer but sustainable and luxurious as well. There are five different residential districts in this community and they are located within six themed gardens which are Water Garden, Renaissance, Woodland Gardens, Contemporary, Balinese, and the Mediterranean. You’ll also gain access to the community health club, restaurant, spa, and all the aforementioned gardens.

7. Jumeirah Islands

Jumeirah Islands is another a luxurious housing project by Nakheel Properties, a leading real estate developer in Dubai. Over the years, Jumeirah Island has evolved into a highly sought-after residential community mainly due to the high-end lifestyle, luxurious properties and attractive location. The community is made up of 46 islands with a collection of luxury waterfront residences including villas, mansions and townhouses featuring themed architecture. These houses are amidst man-made lakes making Jumeirah Islands an ideal spot for nature lovers. The master community features parks, lakes, leisure facilities and lush green landscapes and offers a great location, with easy access to Dubai’s major roads, landmarks and attractions. Jumeirah Islands is well regarded among the top areas with sea-view villas in Dubai.

8. Bluewaters Island

Bluewaters Island is a new man-made Island by Meeras which offers luxurious seaside residences near Dubai’s seafront observation wheel, Ain Dubai which is regarded as the world’s tallest Ferris wheel. It is the go-to waterfront destination for people who love to enjoy several waterfront adventures in Dubai. Bluewaters Island is home to an on-site beach club, Caesar’s Palace, and a popular celebrity chef restaurant, Hell’s Kitchen by Gordon Ramsey. Bluewaters island is close to JBR, and the scenic community features fitness centres, swimming pools, basketball courts and retail and dining outlets. Three modes of transport connect the island to the mainland: a direct link to Sheikh Zayed Road, pedestrian access from The Beach opposite JBR, and water transport. Residences on Bluewaters are made up of 10 mid-rise towers containing 698 apartments and 17 townhouses, with prices starting from AED1.9 million. If you’re looking for luxury living, Bluewaters Island is one of the best places you can get in Dubai.

9. Jumeirah Golf Estates

If you’re a fan of golf and maybe some rolling green landscapes as well, then the Jumeirah Golf Estates is where you should be. The community is home to two golf courses and hosts the famous DP World Tour Championship. These golf courses were designed by Australian veteran, Greg Norman. The gated community offers safety and security with amenities like fitness centres, sports courts and community parks to complement them.

10. City Walk

Another expensive community for luxury living in Dubai is City Walk. The community is home to some of Dubai’s most expensive apartments with an average rent of AED150,00 and sales in the region of AED3.1 million. There are tons of furnished luxury apartments in City Walk, all of which make the community a hotspot for luxury living. From City Walk, you can enjoy panoramic views of the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa.