What’s the area like? While Al Barsha might have traditionally been on the wrong side of the tracks, the area is coming on in leaps and bounds and is now home to a thriving community with shops, schools, hotels and, of course, Mall of the Emirates. The ramshackle collection of villas in Al Quoz behind the Pepsi Factory also shouldn’t be forgotten.
Amenities The list is growing by the month. Aside from Mall of the Emirates, try the Millennium Hotel for bars and restaurants, Lulu hypermarket, if only for the amazing fish counter, and Emirates Golf Club for a dose of greenery. The city’s best art galleries are all located in the industrial areas of Al Quoz.
Pros Big thumbs up for the rustic feel of Al Quoz and cheaper rents for big villas in Al Barsha – compared to Jumeirah anyway. The location is also pretty central.
Cons Villas in Al Quoz are like gold dust and you’ll be hard-pushed finding one. Much of Barsha is also likely to resemble a building site for the foreseeable future.
On the radar Easy access to a Metro station, as well as Business Bay when it opens in 2009.