Community Guide: Emirates Living
Launched in 2003, Emirates Living was the first luxury master community in Dubai. It is spread over an immense 120 million square feet and divided into four main neighbourhoods - Emirates Hills, The Lakes, The Meadows and The Springs. Surrounded by two highly acclaimed golf clubs, a series of lakes and beautiful landscaped gardens, it offers a truly incredible family-oriented lifestyle.
1. The Homes
Emirates Living is one of the cornerstones of luxury living in Dubai, featuring 8,659 beautiful family homes that range from cosy detached villas to palatial custom-built mansions. The homes are complemented by over 52 million square feet of greenery, plus gorgeous water features, walking paths, playgrounds, and more.
The homes in the greater part of Emirates Living are great options for investment, and many of them are owner-occupied. Areas such as The Lakes, Meadows and The Springs are also popular for long-term rentals.
This is not only the most well-known and upscale amongst the neighbourhoods in Emirates Living, it is also widely considered to be the most exclusive residential area in the city and is referred to as the ‘Beverly Hills of Dubai’. Completed in 2006, Emirates Hills was the city’s first freehold community, where expats were able to purchase plots of land to build and design their own homes. As a result, it attracted a top-tier list of residents, including prominent local businessmen, international celebrities and even global political figures. The community is divided into different sectors, each containing a lavish selection of villas and mansions that range anywhere from five to over ten bedrooms and have a diverse architectural style. Sandwiched between two acclaimed golf clubs - Emirates Golf Club and the Address Montgomerie - Emirates Hills offers stunning green views and a true slice of luxury living in Dubai.
As its name suggests, The Lakes is an area that is surrounded by water features and walking trails so that residents can enjoy a calming view as they go about their daily lives. It is divided into six smaller neighbourhoods - Deema, Forat, Ghadeer, Hattan, Maeen and Zulal - with 600 villas in three to six-bedroom layouts. It is a perfect option for smaller and growing families.
Divided into nine districts and featuring 1,800 villas in three to seven-bedroom layouts, The Meadows is a beautiful green neighbourhood with extensive landscaping and open green spaces for residents. It overlooks many of the beautiful lakes in the larger community and is known for being quite pet-friendly.
2. The Lifestyle
On the whole, Emirates Living provides a very relaxed way of life that is well-suited for families. However, each of its component neighbourhoods offers something a little different. Emirates Hills is meant for those who are seeking the heights of luxury, with palatial homes on large secluded plots that are just a short drive or walk from two internationally acclaimed golf clubs. Each of the villas built in this community is a complete lifestyle destination in itself, with large backyards, perfectly manicured lawns, outdoor pool decks, private cinemas, home gyms, rooftop terraces and spacious basements.
The Lakes, The Meadows and The Springs are more mid-range with beautiful parks, walking and jogging trails, and gorgeous lakes and water bodies all around.
There are also plenty of leisure and entertainment options for residents of Emirates Living. The Springs Souk is a shopping centre that contains a fantastic selection of restaurants and boutique retail outlets, while Reform Social & Grill, a restaurant known for its upscale British cuisine and very family-friendly atmosphere, is located in the Lakes. You also have plentiful dining options at the Address Montgomerie Golf Club and Emirates Golf Club, from casual hangouts such as Jones the Grocer, Roseleaf Cafe and Monty’s to carine, an elegant French Mediterranean restaurant helmed by acclaimed chef Izu Ani.
Both of the golf clubhouses also offer excellent amenities, including state-of-the-art fitness centres, spas, and a total of 4 golf courses to play on including the Majlis, which was the first gradd golf course in the Middle East and the Faldo, which was Dubai’s first floodlit course for nighttime golfers.
The community does have its own schools and educational facilities, including Raffles Nursery and Dubai International Academy in Emirates Hills, and Emirates International School in The Meadows. It is also in proximity to renowned institutions such as Dubai British School, Arcadia School, and more. In terms of healthcare, you have Mediclinic, Medicentres, HMS Clinic, Aster Clinic, among others.
Emirates Living is bordered by two beloved residential communities - Jumeirah Islands and Jumeirah Park - and is a short drive from the mixed-use community of Jumeirah Lakes Towers. It is framed by Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road, two of the main highways in Dubai, which places it at a 15-minute drive from the Dubai Marina district and the beach, and it is 20 minutes from the central Downtown Dubai district.