Dubai's most family-friendly neighbourhoods

Moving in or moving out? These are the city’s best residential areas for kids

Dubai's most family-friendly neighbourhoods
Palm Jumeirah

Choosing a home for your family can be a bit of a challenge. Factoring in school runs, work commutes, space and budget – all while finding a villa or apartment where baby will take their first steps or grandma will want to visit is no easy task.

Don’t make a decision just yet and check out our list of best places to live for families in Dubai before handing over those cheques.

Al Barari
If you’re all about inner (and outer) peace, then Al Barari is one for you. Set amid lush greenery and beautiful lakes, it’s the right place to call home if you’re looking to raise the kids away from the hustle and bustle, in apartments and villas that will make them feel more connected to nature with regular events including yoga, painting and dining outdoors.

The downside is that school runs may be a bit longer than they would be in other residential areas, as the closest schools to the picturesque area are at least 20 minutes away.

Dubai Marina
Another favourite among expats, this area’s Dubai Marina Mall always hosts kids’ events and wonderlands in its atrium. There are more restaurants and cafés than we can even remember, and then there’s the metro and tram for easy access too.

Apart from being right next to the JBR, there’s also the new Bluewaters to check out.

Emirates Hills
One of the most pet-friendly gated communities, Emirates Hills is a popular among families who are looking for comfortable villa living. With easy access to Sheikh Zayed Road, plus retail centres, parks and offices, this is a popular area for Dubai-style neighbourhood gatherings.

Arabian Ranches

This desert-themed luxury community’s spacious villas are great for those birthdays and after-school hang-outs.

While this large, quiet suburb may take a while to drive through to reach your home, you’ve got everything you need inside, including a Golf Club with a clubhouse, family-friendly restaurants and cafés such as Maison Mathis and Ranches restaurant, sports courts, a clinic and swimming pools.

Located on the outskirts of the busy city, there are parks and kids’ playgrounds dotted around the community with occasional market days, community barbecues and more.

Many residents enrol their kids at Jumeirah English Speaking School and Raffles Nursery, both located within Arabian Ranches gates.

You may think that Jumeirah Beach is why we’ve added this area to our list, but it’s not only that. With high-rise apartments with sea views, easy access to one of the city’s biggest spots for events, dining, cinemas and even a Splash Pad, JBR offers a laid-back lifestyle in the heart of New Dubai.

Ah, the land of boutique cafés and fancy malls. Jumeirah’s design makes for amazing walks and drives around the block for families who are looking to do some exploring and find (expensive) hidden gems.

One of the oldest hubs for expat families, it’s mostly made up of villas with swimming pools and gardens – most on the smaller side compared to many other areas.

You’re also right next to some of the most kiddie-friendly spots and attractions in Dubai including La Mer, Jumeirah Beach Road and more.

This area is home to some of the city’s biggest educational institutions such as Jumeirah College and Jumeirah International Nursery.

There's no denying that this area is popular among Dubai families. With Mirdif City Centre nearby, you can shop, eat and go to the movies in one go.

The European-style Mirdif also strikes a decent balance between upscale living and affordable prices. It’s quite a drive from a few of Dubai’s biggest entertainment venues and happening places, but a stone’s throw away Dubai Festival City, Mushrif Park and Academic City.

The area’s biggest schools are Mirdif Private School, Small Steps Nursery and Star International School.

Palm Jumeirah
When it comes to The Palm, there’s so much we can say about why it’s a super family-friendly area. Not only are some of Dubai’s biggest hotels located across its crescents, there’s also the Golden Mile, where there’s everything you need from supermarkets and restaurants to specialty shops.

From its own monorail and food trucks by the sea, to new destination The Pointe, we can’t wait to see what more is in store for little ones on this magnificent island.

The Greens
Visit this Emirates Living development any morning or afternoon, and you’ll see parents and kids strolling along the pathways of this very friendly, small community. It’s not gated, but The Greens has its very own vibes – it’s the sort of place where everybody knows your name (if you live there, that is).

Very pet-friendly, this area is very conveniently located, but has plenty of supermarkets and restaurants of its own, plus a souk. Mostly made up of low-rise buildings, there are some high-rise towers too, with the new Zabeel House hotel to have just opened there.

There are plenty of ‘green’ areas and playgrounds for kids and it’s very close to The Springs Souk and Mall of the Emirates.

Be sure to pay a visit to every area and get a feel for the lifestyle. When it comes to family-friendly, we’re lucky to be able to call Dubai home.

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