Dubai’s luxury is so breathtaking to all its visitors, and at the same time it frightens off those who wish to move to this emirate. However, the rapid pace of infrastructural development, the extravagant lifestyle, unforgettable evenings on picturesque beaches, and oriental flavors encourage many to “spread their roots” in this wonderland. Many can’t even begin to comprehend where they would like to live, or which areas are the creme de la creme, so we’ve prepared a list of the top 10 places to live in the largest UAE emirate.
Dubai Marina is a magnificent artificial marina and the definition of an extravagant lifestyle. The chic area consists of the most modern residential and world-famous buildings, amongst which is the world's tallest residential high-rise - the Princess Tower. The studio apartment here will cost an average of 82,120 dirhams ($22,360) per year. Such a luxurious infrastructure presupposes the presence of first-class shopping centers, sports clubs, restaurants, places for walking and entertainment, which makes life in this area unforgettable.
Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT)
Lush life in Jumeirah is relatively cheaper than in other areas. But the infrastructure here is almost the same as in Dubai Marina, which is located next door. This area is mostly inhibited by ”white-collar workers", or better yet, office employees. A studio apartment in Jumeirah's skyscraper costs about 77,120 dirhams ($30,000) per year. Residents of the district receive, along with the apartment, soothing views of the picturesque artificial lakes surrounding the area.
This historic district of Dubai is the most budgetary one. In translation, Bur Dubai means "mainland Dubai". It is separated from the Deira district by the Dubai Creek. The average rent for a studio apartment here is about 64,600 dirhams ($17,600). The area of Bur, overlooking the bay, is also famous for the cultural and historical heritage of Dubai.
The central district of Dubai is fabulous. Here stands the tallest building in the world created by man - Burj Khalifa, as well as Dubai Mall, a huge and chic shopping center. In addition, the Dubai Eye and mystical Dubai fountains are definitely a crowd pleaser. Residential buildings in this area provide their residents with a stunning view of the Burj Khalifa and the neighborhood with the elite of Dubai. Of course, this affects the living standard and rental costs. An apartment in the center will cost an average of 96,250 dirhams ($26,200) per year.
The district concentrated on the vital office buildings of the city. Business Bay is bordered by the center of Dubai. An average studio costs around 79,450 dirhams ($21,630) per year. Business activity here is the highest, therefore, real estate is not cheap. Business Bay is a "city within the city", which is why leaders chose to live here, since it’s near work. Business Bay is a district for those who want to always be in the center of events and close to all amenities.
The residential area in the western part of Dubai is called Al Barsha. It provides favorable conditions for lovers of sports, education and affordable housing. This part of Dubai has recently appeared and has the status of a young district. Despite its relatively small population, Al Barsha attracts attention with its attractions: the Mall of the Emirates, the Dubai American Academy, the American School of Dubai, and others. This neighborhood is adjacent to Marina and Jumeirah, and the prices for studio apartments are corresponding here: 70,000 dirhams ($19,057) per year.
One of the oldest districts of the city, Deira, is located along the shore of the Dubai Gulf. In the coming years, it plans to expand because of its dense population. Here is where the business life of the emirate is active, and soon there will be a ground and underground metro, as well as new shopping centers and skyscrapers. There are many South Asian shops and restaurants in Deira, as the area was built mainly for people from South Asia. Accordingly, housing is available here. The average annual rental of studio apartments is 65,000 dirhams ($17,695).
Dubai Sports City
Judging by the name, the area is suitable for outdoor lovers. There are several stadiums, sports arenas and sports clubs here. Residents here practice an active lifestyle. There are: Els Club Golf Course, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Rugby Park, Spanish Soccer Schools and ICC Academy. Sports City is also known for its residential infrastructure and modest prices. Renting a studio apartment here costs an average of 51,360 dirhams ($13,982) per year.
Palm Jumeirah is the first of three palm-shaped archipelagos, the construction of which is planned within the framework of the Palm Islands project. Here you can have a great weekend - the islands are full of lush hotels, as well as villas with sea views. Studios here can be rented for vacations, as well as for the whole year. It costs an average of 83,550 dirhams ($22,750) per year.
Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR)
The JBR area opens up a view of the Persian Gulf. It is located along the coast and differs from the rest of Dubai by the serenity in its atmosphere. The area was built from 2002 to 2010 and consists of 40 towers, where you can accommodate about 15 thousand inhabitants. The construction of JBR cost $6 billion. This area is also known for The Walk, which is a 1.7 kilometer long pedestrian zone. Alongside The Walk there are restaurants, shops, cafes and much more. This luxurious area offers studio apartments for 85,540 dirhams ($23,287) per year.