Chapter Thirteen: Where is the Ideal Neighborhood in Dubai?
A city as vibrant and cosmopolitan as Dubai, UAE, boasts a wide variety of residential neighborhoods, each with its own style and personality. Many of these areas are comprised of elegant, luxury dwellings while others reflect the older areas of the city, rich with heritage and full of the region’s unique cultural flavor.
The housing market in 2021 is not only on the rise but with state integration plans underway for the development of both old and new areas, the character of the city is evolving. People buying their homes must choose what type of neighborhood would suit them best, not only for the present but into the future. These days, buyers are seeking different features and looking for new opportunities in different parts of the city. There is a shift in trends from apartments to villas and townhouses that can offer more natural outdoor spaces and leisure facilities.
Dubai is a city of contrasts, and she offers somewhere special to suit every buyer. One of the areas that preserves the early origins of Dubai is the Bur Dubai which is located to the west of Dubai Creek. To the north, this neighborhood connects with Deira, via the Al Shindagha Tunnel. Bur Dubai offers a great cultural immersion with museums and historical attractions and great bargain shopping in its commercial and residential district.
Deira is also one of the oldest areas of Dubai, bursting with all the colorful sights and attractions of a traditional, bustling, working-class neighborhood. While there are some prestigious hotels located on Baniyas Road running along the creek and heading for the gulf, there are predominantly down-market hotels and apartment complexes in Deira, complete with busy, high traffic densities.
By contrast, commercial and residential real estate clustered on Palm Jumeirah Island is both extravagant and glamorous. The breathtaking, unique layout of the island celebrates the tranquil beauty of the Persian Gulf on which it perches. It is the world’s largest man-made island, shaped like a palm frond. Dominated by premium hotels and marvelous villas, the palm island is an exclusive, playground paradise for the wealthy and famous. The community offers plenty of leisure activities and tourist attractions for residents and visitors alike.
Likewise, the Emirates Hills community is both wealthy and extremely up-market. The neighborhood features the city’s first-ever freehold real estate and not surprisingly is home to some of Dubai’s wealthiest expatriates. Stunning marble villas are dotted along the beautiful green golf course in this expensive, privileged community.
Another neighborhood that is becoming increasingly popular, not just for visitors but for residents as well, is the Dubai Marina. This large, man-made marina falls into the redevelopment Urban Master Plan 2040, where it is identified as an older area that will benefit from fresh development and renewal. It offers upmarket shops and restaurants, and trendy cafes. This stylish, high-rise community remains very popular for holidaymakers and residents. Living in the community has a great deal of appeal for both singles or families. There is an easily accessible metro transport station, with affordable housing complexes alongside new, ultra-luxury accommodation, complete with their own leisure and fitness amenities.
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