Community Guide: Damac Hills
The Dubailand district that stretches across the centre of Dubai was once a distant suburb, set far away from the main city without ease of access, and an area that prospective residents approached with a twinge of doubt. Since the late 2010’s, however, the district has blossomed into one of the most popular areas for families, thanks to the establishment of fantastic and expansive residential communities such as Arabian Ranches 2, Town Square, and Damac Hills. The latter, which is the flagship community of property developer Damac, represents their first foray into designing a master planned neighbourhood.
Covering an area of nearly 42 million square feet, Damac Hills offers a vast selection of residences - in total, there are 15 apartment projects (some of which are split into multiple phases), plus 23 villa and townhouse clusters, and a Radisson hotel that opened in early 2021. At the centre of the community is the Trump International Golf Club and its championship 18-hole golf course. The community is 95% complete from a construction perspective, with only a handful of villas and new townhouses that are currently still being built.
Handing over its first units in 2017, Damac Hills did not take long to establish itself as a prime family neighbourhood. That same year, it was also heralded ‘Best Mixed-Use Development’ at both the Arabian Property Awards and the International Property Awards, two of the most prestigious accolades in the world of real estate. Damac Hills has come to be known as an incredible golf community over the years, and is an area that is known for its very competitive prices.
Adding to the community’s prestige is its collaboration with highly reputed brands such as Paramount Hotels & Resorts and Roberto Cavalli, the former of which has its own villa cluster. Then of course there is the Trump-branded golf course, which is ranked among the best golf courses in the world.
While Damac Hills is primarily a family community, it is no stuffy suburb. The neighbourhood has been designed for a contemporary lifestyle, a fact that is reflected in its overall design aesthetic. The homes are effectively divided into three different sections - overlooking the golf course, overlooking the park, and overlooking a scenic roadway that takes its inspiration from California’s iconic Rodeo Drive (there are only apartments in this last section).
Villas and townhouses form a significant portion of the residential offering, and offer a staggering choice of 20 to 25 different types, varying in size and layout. There are 23 different villa clusters - Brookfield, Calero, The Field, The Flora, Green Acres, The Legend, Longview, Paramount Villas, Pelham, Phoenix, Piccadilly Green, Queens Meadow, The Range, Richmond, Rochester, Rockwood, Silver Springs, The Turf, Topanga, Trinity, Trump Estates, Veneto and Whitefield.
Townhouses are available in three to five-bedroom configurations, with the three and four-bedroom types offering different size options. In terms of independent villas, there are five and six-bedroom units - there are also a limited number of four-bed, but only in Trump Estates. For apartments, you have low to mid-rise residential blocks offering studios and one to three-bedroom units. The apartment buildings also have larger townhouse units on the ground level.
Life at Damac Hills
Golf is without a doubt one of the cornerstones of Damac Hills, perhaps not so surprising given that the Trump golf course is spread across almost 21 million sq ft or nearly half of the land area of the community. The course was built with the desert in mind, incorporating the natural landscape into its design to create a solid challenge for even the most experienced of golfers. It also has a floodlit 9-hole course for nighttime golfing.
The clubhouse includes a golf academy with indoor studios and floodlit facilities as well, so aspiring players can take the time to get in some practice all year long, plus a range of fitness-focused amenities such as a gym and infinity pool. Residents and golf club members also enjoy access to several sports bars, a relaxed cigar lounge and Prato, a newly opened Italian restaurant that provides a casual yet very elegant dining experience.
Damac Hills also features an expansive park area that covers nearly four million square feet and stretches along one side of the community. The park features outdoor sports facilities such as football pitches and tennis courts, lakes, a stable and horse riding field, a petting farm, a skate park, and much more.
If you want to spend a refreshing afternoon with the family, you can head to one of six pools available in the villa communities, or the recently opened Malibu Bay water park. The apartment buildings all have their own individual pools.
Carrefour and Spinneys are located at opposite ends of the community and will take care of all essential shopping needs. There is a community centre with some retail and fitness facilities, plus food trucks dotting the area. Retail options are being developed along the ground level of the apartment blocks, with several stores expected to open over the course of 2021 and 2022. For further retail options, residents can head over to the neighbouring Mudon community.
Radisson Damac Hills, a four-star hotel located at the entrance of the community, officially opened its doors in April of 2021. It features a steakhouse called FireLake Grill House, an international restaurant with a pan-Asian twist called Hessa Street Kitchen, and a casual lounge called Hills Pool Deck. You can also avail of the luxurious Dreamworks Spa, plus four meeting rooms and other excellent facilities.
Families will love the fact that Damac Hills has its own school - Jebel Ali School - which is conveniently set on one side of the community and offers a British curriculum and provides an educational experience that goes beyond traditional in-class learning.
Damac Hills forms part of the southwestern block of Dubailand, surrounded by other well-known communities such as Mudon, Remraam, and Arabian Ranches. It borders Emirates Road and enjoys an easy connection to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road. This positions the community so that it is less than a half-hour drive from Dubai International Airport and the new Al Maktoum International Airport.
It is also in close proximity to other highly reputed schools in the area, such as Jumeirah English Speaking School, Royal Grammar Guildford School, and Victory Heights Primary School. The community is also close to several different clinics and medical centres, and is only 20 minutes from major hospitals.