What’s the area like? International. The vast new neighbourhood is divided into ‘clusters’ named after different countries, each with their own personality. Many of the cluster’s residents are actually from said countries (although this is far from compulsory).
Amenities As it’s a little out of town, more or less everything is – and has to be – on your door step: 24/7 shops, barbers, restaurants (Piccolo Mondo), laundry shops and so on. Then there’s always the Chinese shopping labyrinth that is Dragon Mart.
Best for Expats starting out in Dubai. It’s also good for those who want to live alone, as one-beds and studios are readily available.
Pros Its cheaper than average rent prices (although prices are increasing) and its community feel. It’s also great for Dragon Mart fans.
Cons You can feel isolated from the rest of the city – such as the Marina, Jumeirah and Bur Dubai. The traffic coming in and out of the area during rush hour makes the heart heavy, it’s smelly in certain areas (due to the waste dump next door) and it lacks pavements, paths and ATM machines.
On the radar The City’s second and third phases, as well as Silicon Oasis and Warqaa, two developing areas nearby.
Average cost of a two-bed apartment in International City To rent Dhs125,000 To buy Dhs1.7million