Welcome to The Springs, Meadows, The Lakes, Emirates Hills.
What’s the area like? Collectively known as Emirates Living, this is classic suburban territory from the rows of identical houses in the Springs to the palatial mansions of Emirates Hills. Quiet streets and green spaces make this one of Dubai’s most family friendly areas. Most properties are freehold, but many sublet, so renters can find a place.
Amenities There’s plenty for families including schools, community centres and even a skateboard park. Nightlife options are thin on the ground, aside from the Lakes Club and the excellent Nineteen Restaurant at the Montgomerie Golf Course.
Pros The quiet streets and green spaces are perfect for families and people seeking refuge from the city. A big plus is that the Municipality’s ‘one family one villa’ rule doesn’t apply to gated communities, so you may still be in luck if you’re single and don’t want to live in an apartment – for now at any rate.
Cons The dull suburbia tag is one that’s hard to shake. But that depends on what you want from your area. A new multiple lane highway is currently being constructed through the middle, which has upset nearby residents. And forget popping to your local friendly convenience store – apart from two Spinneys supermarkets, there aren’t any.
On the radar The big questions is whether or not Emaar will choose to follow the Municipality’s ‘one villa, one family’ rule. They weren’t available for comment at the time of going to press. Watch this space.