Find out the basics about living in Arabian Ranches
Time Out Dubai staff
What’s the area like? The Hollywood Hills of Dubai. Most villas are large and expensive, although there are some smaller and more affordable ones speckled about.
Amenities Arabian Ranches has everything you need: man-made lakes, a golf course, and an impressive polo club in keeping with the developments’ equestrian theme. There’s also a medi clinic, schooling and a dental practice, as well as shops – Le Marche caters for most needs. There’s even a pet store to complete that settled, suburban feel.
Pros Unlike many newer developments, it’s nearly finished. Amenities are in place and the roads to and from the development are also mostly complete, so it only takes 20 minutes to get to the rest of the city and it’s a straightforward journey to the capital.
Cons As is the way with quite a few Dubai developments, many of the houses still have a repetitive sameness to them, giving a feeling of being trapped in The Truman Show. It could also start to look a bit dated once other, newer, developments are completed. A previous selling point for those with kids was Dubailand theme park being on their doorstep, but, unfortunately this has been postponed (although this could be seen as a pro point by those without sprogs). Average cost of a three-bed villa in Arabian Ranches: To rent Dhs150-300,00 To buy Dhs3.3million.