Best Neighborhoods in Dubai for Families

Written by Muhammad Qadeer

Over the last two decades, Dubai has transformed into a vibrant, cosmopolitan city that is home to more than 3 million people from all over the globe. As a melting pot, the city has numerous residential communities catering to the different needs of an ever growing population. Families choose Dubai due to the city’s spotless safety record, tax-free living, internationally recognized educational institutions and the list goes on. In this blog, we look at five of the most family-friendly neighborhoods in Dubai with a reasonable price point.

Factors to Consider Before Moving into a Family-Friendly Neighborhood

Family Communities in Dubai

Before you actually plan to buy or rent, you need to take into consideration a few key factors; such as, how long do you plan to stay, how far are shops and marts located, the distance to your workplace, schools, healthcare facilities, and highway and road networks. It’s best if you take the services of a private client advisor who can guide you through the buying/letting process.

As voted by our property advisors and clients, following are the five of the best family-friendly neighbourhoods in Dubai.

1. Jumeirah

Jumeirah District Dubai

One of the oldest residential communities for expats and locals, Jumeirah not only offers all amenities and luxuries of life, but enjoys a strategic location that provides access to all major roads and highways of the city. Jumeirah features a cluster of villas that are at a stone’s throw from the major attraction of Jumeirah Beach, and the numerous luxury retail outlets nearby.

Educational institutions are plenty in and around the neighbourhood, such as Jumeirah College, King College, GEMS Jumeirah Primary School and more. As a non-freehold area, expat families can only rent a villa. Prices are modest, as a one bedroom villa costs approximately AED 120K per year; while those with larger families can opt for four and five-bedroom configurations that will cost AED 180k and 210k respectively.

2. Arabian Ranches

Arabian Ranches Dubai

Despite being launched in 2004, Arabian Ranches still feels like an exciting, novel project to appear on the market. As a gated community, it is ideal for families since there are quite a few outdoor parks, special community market days, backyard barbecue, and the large, open spaces in the villas that can be customized to the likes and preferences of the occupants.

What’s most impressive is that a number of highly-ranked educational institutions are located within the Ranches community; including the Ranches Primary School, Jumeirah English School, Raffles Nursery; to name a few. For higher education, students can head to the nearby Dubai International Academic City to find a host of exceptional universities offering degree programs in various disciplines. In terms of healthcare, Mediclinic Arabian Ranches offers a range of medical services, while a fully stocked pharmacy is also nearby. For critical medical emergencies, residents can head to the Mediclinic Park View hospital on Umm Suqeim road that can be reached in under 20 minutes.

Renting a villa in the ranches is quite affordable, a two bedroom, three bedroom and four-bedroom villa will set you back AED 100k, 120k and 180k a year respectively. If you’re looking to buy the same, the costs will be AED 1.2 million, 2.2 million and 3.3 million a year.

3. Damac Hills 2 (Formerly Akoya Oxygen)

Damac Hills 2 Dubai

Damac Hills 2 is a beautiful gated community that was developed with families in mind, as the location, amenities and leisure options are suitable for a family to move in. Consisting of large and spacious villas, the community features landscaped gardens, tree-lined boulevards, plenty of waterbodies; including artificial lakes and community pools, tennis and basketball courts, jogging paths, cycling trails etc.

Furthermore, the concept of sustainability is evident in the efficient use of renewable energy systems in houses, recreational parks and shopping centres. As far as prices go, Damac Hills 2 is extremely affordable for families; for a two-bedroom villas in Damac Hills, you will have to shell out AED 100k a year, while a three bedroom and four bedroom villa will cost AED 110k and AED 140k respectively. The neighbourhood is in proximity to arterial roadways and highways; such as the Al Qudra Road and Hessa Street, which is at a drive of about 15 minutes; while landmarks such as the Downtown and Dubai International Airport are at a distance of 20 and 30 minutes respectively.

4. Mirdif

Mirdif Dubai

Mirdif’s biggest selling point is the blend of European aesthetics with traditional Arabian craftsmanship. Popular among expats, the neighbourhood is in proximity to Festival City, Academic City and Deira City Center, which are all popular spots for people to hangout and shop from. Parents will find plenty of options for their children with the availability of a number of highly rated nurseries in the area; such as, Small Steps, Blossom Nursery etc.

For grocery shopping or leisurely time with family, one can go to Mirdif City City Center. For families, Mushrif Park is a nice spot to have a barbecue and enjoy the views of nature all around. The average rent of a 3-bed villa configuration is AED 100k, while larger villas with 4 and 5 bed configurations are priced at approximately AED 120k and AED 130k respectively.

5. JLT (Jumeirah Lake Towers)

Jumeirah Lake Towers Dubai

JLT is built around three man-made lakes, with some towers facing the beautiful Jumeirah Islands. As a freehold community, the apartments can be leased or bought at extremely reasonable prices. A two-bedroom apartment at JLT is valued approximately at AED 85k, while for buyers, an apartment of the same configuration costs approximately a million dirhams. In total there are 26 clusters, which are all named after English alphabets. All apartments are close to mini marts, grocery stores, chic eateries, public libraries, educational institutions and healthcare facilities. The best part is, JLT is close to the DMCC metro station, providing access to residents to all parts of the city.

If you are looking for a well-priced house or apartment for your family, get in touch with one of our private client advisors who will assist you in every way possible. Furthermore, have a look at this article if you are planning for moving to Dubai from UK with your family.


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