Where Do Expats Live in Dubai?

Dubai living

Choosing the perfect accommodation in Dubai depends on various factors. A good place for one person might not necessarily be the right location for another. For expats moving to Dubai, it is necessary to consider your family’s needs, the lifestyle you want, the budget you are willing to spend and the type of community you want to live in. 

Dubai imposed a 5% value-added tax on January 1, 2018, and although rental rates are not included in the VAT, it will be wise to keep an eye on your budget. Remember to spend within your means and avoid compromising your hard-earned money. To choose your ideal property to suit your lifestyle, the team at international movers Allied UAE has comprised a list of items to consider.

PRICE RANGE: AED 100,000 – 200,000 per year (USD$27,000 – $54,000 per year)

1. ARABIAN RANCHES – If you are moving in with your family, this spacious suburban community provides a laid-back vibe. It has its own shops and because it lies away from the city, noise and pollution are less of an issue. It has a wide range of amenities, such as swimming pools, tennis courts and a golf club. You can either rent a townhouse or villa with inground pools, so this is a popular choice among Western expats. 

• Near Miracle Garden and Global Village. 
• Peaceful neighbourhood, with great amenities. 
• Secure. 
• Near Academic City, where you’ll find 25 universities, and a leading English-speaking international school.

• Traffic congestion while exiting the community especially in the mornings.
• No gym to exercise indoors.
• Not within walking distance to shopping outside the suburb.

2. DUBAI MARINA – Many expats moving to Dubai who are bachelors or younger couples prefer to stay in this area because of its attractions, nightlife and the view. There is even something for the ladies, with many clubs hosting ladies’ nights and ladies’ days by the pool. Although only high-rise apartments with 1 or 2 bedrooms are available in the Marina, you’ll find glitzy hotels, rooftop, beach and pool bars, restaurants and shops filling the area. Situated here is the Jumeirah Beach Residence where you can choose from furnished to unfurnished waterfront apartments.

• Beautiful views.
• Wide variety of apartment styles.
• 2 metro stations in the neighbourhood.
• Near the beach.

• Heavy traffic and limited parking spaces.
• Shops and grocery stores are most likely to be crowded.
• Schools are a bit far.
• Not pet-friendly.

3. DOWNTOWN DUBAI – Downtown Dubai is one of the most in-demand locations for shopaholics because it houses luxurious shops and retail outlets. You’ll find Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, and a wide variety of restaurants to enjoy a variety of cuisines and tasty delights from around the globe. Downtown Dubai is suitable for small families as there are not many villas.

• Pet-friendly.
• Accessible to public transport.
• Near business centres.

• Moderate traffic.
• Far from schools.
• Not suitable for larger families.

PRICE RANGE: Less than AED 100,000 per year (Less than USD$27,000 per year)

1. MIRDIF – Just behind Dubai International Airport lies Mirdif, where you can choose between apartments and villas. This is suitable for families/couples or singles who are looking for low-cost accommodations in a serene environment. Plus, it’s pet-friendly!

• Close to schools.
• Near the city, parks and the airport.
• Great for outdoorsy types.

• Moderate traffic.
• The sound of aircraft, which you’ll most likely get used to after a while).

2. THE GREENS – Just 15 minutes away from beaches, health clubs and malls is The Greens. There are a number of bus stops around the area but the nearest metro station is not within walking distance. It is the best choice for small families/singles as The Greens offers only mid-rise apartments buildings. If you are looking for a diverse community, The Greens is the place for you.

• Great views.
• Good location.
• Gym, pools and basketball courts are available.

• Moderate traffic.
• Far from the metro station.

3. DISCOVERY GARDENS – Located at Jebel Ali, Discovery Gardens houses 6 themed communities. If you are working in Abu Dhabi or have families or friends living in the capital, this area is under an hour away. If you love vibrant architecture and afternoons in the garden, this is the best place to stay and is close to sandy Jebel Ali beach.

• Very affordable.
• Easy access to Dubai Marina and Dubai Media City.

• Heavy traffic congestion during rush hour.
• Away from the metro station.

If you’re looking for budget accommodation, check out Gulf News’ assessment on the cheapest places to live in Dubai

You can either rent or buy a property in the UAE. There are obviously a lot more properties available for expats moving to Dubai. PropertyFinder or Dubizzle is your one stop shop for your accommodation needs. For furniture moving and international relocations, Allied's consultants will gladly assist you to help smooth your transition. Contact the team on:

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