Sheikh Zayed Road guide

Find out the basics about living in Sheikh Zayed Road

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Sheikh Zayed Road

What’s the area like?
Futuristic skyscrapers line an eight-lane highway. This is where the ‘new Dubai’ started, and to live on Sheikh Zayed Road is to be at the heart of this phenomenon.

Amenities
This is a futuristic strip where everyone lives in tower blocks 40 storeys up in the air. Down on the ground, there’s a multitude of cafés, banks and convenience stores. The many hotels have all the facilities you’d expect, including some of the most vibrant bars and restaurants in the city.

Best for
Single people and young couples.

Pros
It doesn’t get any more central than Sheikh Zayed Road, meaning it’s relatively easy to get a taxi, and you never have to travel far for either cheap or five-star dining.

Cons
It’s a eight-lane motorway. Although most of the new shiny (expensive) skyscrapers are built to kerb the rumble of constant traffic, some older, lower ones aren’t. You never escape the city’s constant hurrah. Plus, you may have a nice view today, but tomorrow there could be a tower plonked right next to your window – be sure to ask the agent about any possible new constructions.
Average cost of a two-bed apartment on Sheikh Zayed Road: To rent Dhs100-130,00. To buy Dhs1.75million.

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