Arabian Ranches

Upscale suburban community with excellent facilities for families

What’s the area like?
The Hollywood Hills of Dubai, Arabian Ranches’ USP lies in the theme: it utilises the natural beauty of the desert it sits in. (Even if there is a big golf course slap bang in the middle.) 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, said 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.

Best for
Families and professional couples

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 20-25 minutes to get to the rest of the city.

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 is also still quite a trek into town and could start to look a bit dated once other, newer, developments are completed.

On the radar
The Ranches will be on the doorstep of Dubailand when it’s completed (the mega destination is launching in 2010).

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