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Why Dubai residents choose to live in the outskirts

Dubai now has several self-sufficient communities where individuals can live, work and play. Not so long ago areas such as Business Bay, Jumeirah Lakes Towers and Dubai Motor City were seen as secondary living options. Now these communities are home to numerous amenities as well as trendy food and beverage outlets, thereby enhancing residents’ lifestyles and becoming increasingly popular choices.

The improvement of infrastructure within the emirate also means that residents are able and willing to withstand a longer commute for the sake of affordability and getting more for their money in terms of apartment size, quality, and in some cases both.

Within the newer areas of Dubai, locations such as Downtown Dubai, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence are still typically considered to be among the prime locations for apartment-style living. These communities benefit from some of the better-quality building options, a generous retail offering and enough entertainment choices to keep residents close to home during their leisure time. On the other hand, these vibrant areas come with a couple of drawbacks, including steep rents and heavy congestion during peak hours. Average rents for a one-bedroom apartment in Downtown and Dubai Marina currently stand at Dh105.000 and Dh90.000 per year respectively.

Travel about 20km or so to quieter and emerging areas such as Dubai Sports City, Jumeirah Village Circle or Al Furjan and you can find yourself a significantly larger two-bedroom apartment for similar prices to those previously mentioned. These areas may currently not have the same array of amenities, however, they do have sufficient provisions and cater to those seeking affordable community living.

It is obvious that the secondary locations are gradually progressing over time with the improvement of the road networks in the emirate and establishment of local retail centres such as City Centre Me’aisem and the newer My City Centre Al Barsha. We have additionally seen a number of health care and educational facilities open up in and around these areas, further benefiting the local inhabitants.

A number of infrastructure improvements are also under way such as the Dubai Metro extension, which is scheduled to operate from May 2020. Al Furjan is one of the key areas expected to benefit from the extension of the Metro, along with Discovery Gardens, Jumeirah Golf Estates and Dubai Investments Park.

As these communities continue to develop and establish themselves, they will attract an increasing number of residents, and in turn spread the population away from what are commonly considered prime residential locations.

The residential market dynamics in Dubai are currently in the tenant’s favor with average Dubai apartment rents having declined by three per cent throughout the past year, primarily driven by compression of rents for larger apartment units. With multiple options available, occupiers have the ability to exercise their negotiation skills with landlords regarding rent and payment terms. Where there are higher levels of vacancy, landlords continue to face strong competition from available units and some even have to offer incentives to attract and retain tenants. Such incentives can be in the form of multiple cheque payments or rent-free periods.

The estimated supply of residential units by 2019 currently stands at 70.000, which will keep deliveries well above the annual average and is likely to maintain the pressure on landlords over the next couple of years.



Projects from this area

Marquise Square, Dubai

Spectacular views of the world’stallest tower. Just seconds from the Dubai Water Canal, anticipated to become the next Dubai Marina.

A striking 29-floor structure created by a highly regarded local Emirati family developer. Inside, a luxurious range of studio, onebedroom, two-bedroom and threebedroom apartments, finished to some of the finest standards in the city.

From just AED 895,000 with only a 15% deposit, this opportunity will also offer a solution to the huge undersupply of studio apartments at the very heart of Dubai.


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Al Sana

This is a five-story serviced apartment complex, located beside RAK Hospital, in Ras al Khaimah’s premier residential district.  The RAK Free Zone is only minutes away on traffic-free roads. 

Beaches, marinas, world class golf courses, shopping centers, hotels, and all the amenities of fast-growing Ras al Khaimah are easily accessible. Downtown Dubai is an hour’s drive on a superb highway.

Mountain View’s residential facilities are ideally located for any RAK-based businessman or professional seeking a luxurious, secure, centrally located residence. Build quality is of the highest international standard, with a US-based international project management firm supervising construction.

The ground floor of the Mountain View complex will have reception, offices, gym and other services for residents and guests. Each of the 5 floors above will hold a total of six serviced apartments. The 800 sq ft one-bedroom and 1200 sg ft two-bedroom serviced apartments are available with full ownership rights at special pre launch prices


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