TOP Free Zone Areas in Dubai
Thanks to its rich history, cultural diversity, excellent infrastructure and well-developed real estate market, Dubai is one of the most popular travel and business destinations worldwide. It also offers the safest investment environment in the entire region. Dubai houses designated freehold areas in which non-nationals can benefit from full property ownership, which include Dubai Marina, Al Barari, Jumeirah Islands and Motor City, among others.
In fact, there are a total of 60 freehold areas in Dubai, so it can be quite time-consuming to choose a property and figure out which area is more suitable for you. As a result, we have provided a full list of freehold neighbourhoods in Dubai, where you can learn about their defining features and price ranges.
What Are Freehold Zones in Dubai?
As mentioned earlier, areas referred to as ‘freehold’ in Dubai are those districts designated by the ruler in which non-GCC nationals can fully own properties. These areas were established by Law No. 7 of 2006 Concerning the Land Registration in the Emirate of Dubai. Article 4 of the law provided non-UAE nationals with the right to acquire real estate properties in specific areas of Dubai and to have their rights registered with the Dubai Land Department. The owner can sell or put their property on a lease without facing any major hassle. Moreover, if the owner is willing to make any modification to the existing property or major structure changes, they have a right to do so.
Important: In some of the below-mentioned freehold areas, there are also leasehold properties as well or those which are exclusive to Emirati and GCC nationals.
TOP Freehold Areas for Buying Apartments in Dubai
Among the best freehold areas in terms of apartment purchases are Business Bay, Dubai Production City and Dubai Studio City as they all offer a generous range of suitable unit options of different sizes for all budgets.
Located in Dubailand, Arjan was launched back in 2006 by Dubai Properties Group and has enough apartments to accommodate 67,000 people. Besides residential properties, the community has been designed to include retail, office and hotel space. Arjan lies between Al Barsha South and Motor City, providing easy access to many educational institutions, such as Dubai Heights Academy, Nord Anglia International School Dubai and many more. It is known to be a quiet neighbourhood with a selection of affordable properties. The starting price for a 1-bedroom apartment is here AED 320K (USD 88K).
Barsha Heights, also known as TECOM, is a residential and commercial district that is adjacent to The Greens and Al Barsha Communities. It is home to mostly high-rise buildings, with over 95 completed projects in total, including apartment blocks, hotels and hotel apartments. Barsha Heights is very popular among SMEs and local businesses, so it is a perfect choice not only for residential but also for commercial use. The infrastructure is excellent in this neighbourhood, as it features pharmacies, restaurants, medical clinics, nurseries and other essential amenities. In Barsha Heights, a 1-bedroom apartment is priced at a minimum of AED 540K (USD 147K).
As one of the top tourist destinations in the Middle East, Bluewaters Island by Meraas features retail, entertainment, hospitality and residential components. Its main attraction is the newly opened Ain Dubai, which is the tallest and largest Ferris wheel in the world. There are 10 residential buildings on Bluewaters Island, where facilities such as landscaped gardens, gyms, children’s play areas, swimming pools and basketball courts can be found here. There are not yet any public transport routes to the island yet, but it is conveniently connected to the Sheikh Zayed Road. Moreover, Bluewaters Island contains Bluewaters Wharf, which is a large plaza with 164 retail stores, F&B spots and a selection of entertainment venues. One can acquire a 1-bedroom apartment in this area for AED 2.2M (USD 598K).
Business Bay is situated on the Dubai Water Canal, comprising 64 million sq.ft of freehold projects. This up-and-coming district is particularly in demand among businesses and investors from all over the globe. In fact, according to the 2040 Urban Master Plan, Business Bay, alongside Downtown Dubai, will be repositioned as the main financial hub of the Emirate. This district is adjacent to Al Khail Road and the Sheikh Zayed Road, as well as having major marine transport stations and the Business Bay metro station, ensuring a hassle-free commute whatever mode of transport you use. Business Bay features high-rise buildings with studios, 1-3 bedroom apartments, as well as luxury penthouses. The minimum cost for a 1-bedroom apartment is AED 600K (USD 165K).
Culture Village, or Jaddaf Waterfront, is a waterfront development overlooking Dubai Creek. It lies between the 2 bridges of Al Garhoud Bridge and Business Bay Crossing, and includes about 30 apartment buildings, shops and more than 2,000 parking spaces. As the name suggests, Culture Village aims to preserve and display the traditional Islamic and Arabian art through real estate developments. It features numerous visual arts, performing arts, museums and literary facilities. Currently the area is under development, but Culture Village offers a collection of waterfront studios and 1-3 bedroom apartments of various sizes and layouts. The starting price for a 1-bedroom apartment in this area is priced at AED 820K (USD 224K).
Discovery Gardens is a residential district located in Jebel Ali between Emirates Road and the Sheikh Zayed Road. It includes over 26,000 affordable studios, as well as 1 and 2-bedroom apartments. Since it lies in the vicinity of some of the most sought-after economic and business hubs, such as Dubai Media City and Dubai Internet City, its residents are surrounded by numerous business and leisure spots. Home to almost 60,000 residents, Discovery Gardens includes 291 low-rise buildings, 3 medical centers and 200 retail stores. Just a stone’s throw away, there is Ibn Battuta Mall, which is the self-proclaimed largest themed shopping mall on the planet. One can purchase a 1-bedroom residence in Discovery Gardens for AED 400K (USD 109K).
Downtown Dubai is a colossal residential and commercial development in the north of Dubai. In the center of the neighbourhood, there are many high-rise buildings with residential apartments backed up by world-class amenities. Homeowners are treated with recreation rooms, jacuzzis, gyms and indoor & outdoor pools. A little bit further away from the center, Downtown Dubai contains low-rise villas and townhouses as well. Moreover, there are many record-breaking attractions to be found in this community, such as The Dubai Mall, Dubai Fountain, Dubai Opera and the Burj Khalifa. The initial price for a 1-bedroom unit here is AED 720K (USD 196K).
Dubai Creek Harbour
Currently, under construction, Dubai Creek Harbour is a mega-city of 70 million sq.ft developed by Emaar Properties and Dubai Holding. Situated right next to Ras Al Khor, the area will be capable of accommodating over 200,000 people and a 450,000 living and working population. The master plan includes streets, squares, parks, plazas, multimodal transport, green areas, healthcare and academic establishments, retail spaces, as well as a number of cultural attractions. In fact, the Dubai Creek Tower is being built here, which is expected to beat the current tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, by its astonishing height of 3,045 ft. The initial price for a 1-bedroom apartment in Dubai Creek Harbour is AED 800K (USD 218K).
Set between Emaar Beach and Dubai Marina, Dubai Harbour is an upcoming retail and residential development by Meraas. Spanning across 20 million sq.ft, the huge maritime development is set to become the largest marina in the region, which will be able to berth up to 700 luxury yachts and boats. Besides high-end residences, the master plan includes the construction of bars, hotels, restaurants, cafes and retail shops. The highly-anticipated centerpiece of the development is the Dubai Harbour Lighthouse, which is a luxury hotel inspired by the legendary Lighthouse of Alexandria. A 1-bedroom apartment in Dubai Harbour can be acquired for AED 1.05M (USD 287K).
Dubai International Financial Center
Situated overlooking the Burj Khalifa and Emirates Towers, Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) consists of 3 districts: retail, commercial and residential. Since it is the financial center of Dubai, only 30% of the land here is earmarked for apartments. DIFC is not only a freehold area but also a free zone, meaning that it offers zero tax on income and profits, along with the repatriation of capital. It plans to expand by 13 million sq.ft, and in January 2020, the area launched the Dubai Future District connecting the DIFC with The Dubai World Trade Center. The Dubai Future District is set to become the largest future economy-focused district in the Middle East. The minimum cost for a 1-bedroom apartment in DIFC is set at AED 895K (USD 244K).
Dubai Investment Park
Located in close proximity to the Expo 2020 site and Jebel Ali Industrial Area, DIP consists of 3 major zones, including an industrial complex, a commercial complex and a residential complex. There are 7 residential communities, 4 of which have been finished completely. Moreover, DIP houses 2 shopping centers; The Market and Souq Extra, and 6 schools, including Greenfield Community School and British Columbia Canadian School, among others. As of 2021, there are over 12,000 residential units here, 90,000 residents and 20 million sq.ft of office space. A 1-bedroom unit in DIP is priced at a minimum of AED 350K (USD 96K).
Dubai Marina houses numerous residential skyscrapers, including Princess Tower, the tallest residential building in the world. It is also famed for Dubai Marina Mall, which offers over 130 retail stores, a 6-screen cinema and a supermarket. There is also a lovely landscaped promenade, which is a favorite among runners, cyclists and walkers. Dubai Marina is the biggest freehold residential development in Dubai in terms of buildings and overall population. Moreover, it is highly attractive among investors and end-users, being the city’s best-connected development in terms of transportation. In Dubai Marina, one can buy a 1-bedroom apartment for AED 1.3M (USD 354K).
Dubai Production City
Dubai Production City is a mixed-use community of 43 million sq.ft in Dubailand, close to Sports City. Established in 2003 by the TECOM Group, it is a business-free zone, which is aimed at companies specializing in publishing, packaging, printing, graphic art and media production. Dubai Production City houses both residential and commercial buildings, however, only 40% of the land has been developed. Among other amenities, its homeowners can benefit from a Carrefour supermarket and several local shops. In Dubai Production City, a 1-bedroom property is priced at a minimum of AED 320K (USD 88K).
Dubai Studio City
Studio City by TECOM Group is a full-scale film and TV production center with associated residential and hotel accommodation. It includes workshops, studios, production offices and sound stations, alongside other facilities. Besides, there is also a retail area, office buildings, a 130,000 sq.ft warehouse and a same-sized workshop. Residents of apartments in Dubai Studio City have gardens, parks and gyms at their full disposal. A 1-bedroom apartment here is priced at a minimum of AED 450K (USD 123K).
Jumeirah Beach Residence
Jumeirah Beach Residence, known as JBR, is the largest single-phase residential and commercial development in the world as it consists of 40 towers with 6,500 housing units, giving the area a capacity of 10,000 residents. JBR is known for some of the city’s best bars, hotels and restaurants, ever-popular among locals and tourists. For instance, it houses The Beach, which is a beachfront mall and boardwalk offering 70 retail, F&B and entertainment venues across 4 low-rise plazas. There is also a large cinema complex, as well as a park, a beach club and a waterfront hub. The starting price for a 1-bedroom residence in JBR is AED 920K (USD 251K).
Jumeirah Heights by Nakheel is easily accessible from Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road and Yalais Street, and it also lies in the vicinity of Jumeirah Lake Towers. The development comprises 2 clusters, each housing 3 low-rise buildings. Its residents have full access to an extensive array of amenities, such as gyms, swimming pools, 24-hour security and parking spaces, among others. Jumeirah Heights also boasts close proximity to the 30,000 sq.ft Jumeirah Islands Pavilion, which features a Choithrams supermarket, retail stores, cafes and restaurants. The development offers 1-bedroom apartments for AED 1.8M (USD 490K).
Jumeirah Lakes Towers
Jumeirah Lakes Towers, or JLT, is a mixed-use waterfront area, situated behind the above-mentioned Dubai Marina area and houses the Dubai Multi Commodities Center, the largest and fastest-growing free zone in the UAE. There are 87 commercial and residential high-rise towers built around 3 lakes and a park in this area. Currently, JLT accommodates over 35,000 residents, including mostly young couples and singles, who work in this area. The focal point of the community is the waterfront with gyms, health clubs, spas, medical clinics and beauty salons. In JLT, 1-bedroom properties are priced at a minimum of AED 400K (USD 109K).
Master planned by Mizin, Liwan is a mixed-use community in Dubailand with a total area of 13 million sq.ft. It is conveniently located at the intersection of Emirates Road and Al Ain Road, which is not far away from Dubai Silicon Oasis and Academic City. Liwan is inspired by the urban structure of San Francisco and is divided into 4 districts: The Suburb, Downtown, The Ridge and Golden Gate District and Park. There are 6 various types of residential buildings ranging in size from 7 to 15 floors on individual plots, set amongst parks, waterfalls and a lake. The starting price for a 1-bedroom apartment at Liwan is set at AED 280K (USD 77K).
Worth AED 3B, Mirdif Hills by DIRC is a mixed-use residential, retail and commercial development in Mirdif. The huge development spans across 3.9 million sq.ft and features 3 clusters: Janayen Avenue, Nasayem Avenue and Al Multaqa Avenue. The community features a total of 1,054 apartments, 128 serviced residences and a 230-bed hospital adjacent to Mushrif Park, which is the largest and oldest park in Dubai. Moreover, Mirdif Hills houses a 4-star 116-room Millenium Place Hotel, retail plots and restaurants and cafes. Other amenities include a swimming pool and a children’s pool, covered parking and a multi-purpose center, just to name a few. One can acquire a 1-bedroom apartment in Mirdif Hills for AED 886K (USD 241K).
Old Town is the only low-rise apartment area in the Downtown Dubai district. Developed by Emaar, it takes its name from the architectural style in which it was built. There are 6 discrete zones within Old Town, including Kamoon, Miska, Zanzebeel, Zaafran, Reehan and Yansoon with a total of 35 buildings ranging from 3 to 7 floors. Old Town is within walking distance of the ever-popular attractions of Souk Al Bahar, Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Mall. Residents of the highly popular community are provided with unlimited access to a gym, squash courts, a games room and a children’s playground, among other facilities. One can acquire a 1-bedroom apartment in Old Town for AED 1.1M (USD 313K).
Park Gate Residences
Developed by Wasl Asset Management Group, Park Gate Residences is a multi-building complex in Wasl 1 with 4 individual towers. In total, there are 746 apartments overlooking Zabeel Park, with full access to state-of-the-art amenities. These include a landscaped podium, a health club, a play area and F&B venues, just to name a few. There is also an abundance of basement and podium parking space for the utmost convenience of homeowners. The initial price for a 1-bedroom apartment at Park Gate Residences amounts to AED 1.3M (USD 350K).
The Remraam community by Dubai Properties Group takes its name from a plant that grows naturally in the Emirates, and is a part of Dubailand. It boasts close proximity to the Expo 2020 site, Dubai South and the Jebel Ali Industrial Area. Remraam consists of 2 discreet sub-communities: Al Ramth and Al Thamam, which contain 56 low-rise apartment buildings surrounded by the luscious parkland and a variety of amenities. For instance, there are parks, walking spaces, spacious terraces, swimming pools, landscaped lawns, BBQ areas and a mosque. In Remraam, 1-bedroom apartments cost a minimum of AED 350K (USD 95K).
Set alongside The Emirates Golf Club, The Greens is a well-established residential development in the Emirates Living area by Emaar Properties. There are 10 mid-rise residential complexes, each comprising 4 buildings with 4-7 storeys, surrounded by luscious greenery, with hedgerows and flowerbeds. Moreover, The Greens boasts its own shopping center and is also adjacent to the Sheikh Zayed Road, so residents can benefit from an easy commute around the city. In terms of communal amenities, you can find gyms, BBQ areas, children’s playgrounds and swimming pools, among many others all on-site. One can purchase a 1-bedroom unit at The Greens for AED 526K (USD 143K).
Also part of Emirates Living, The Views consists of 10 residential clusters set around a lake right next to the above-mentioned The Greens community and The Emirates Golf Club. Furthermore, it is located close to Dubai Internet City, Dubai Marina and Dubai Media City. So you can enjoy a serene green environment and, at the same time, easy access to numerous leisure and entertainment spots in Dubai. Residents of the Views can benefit from swimming pools, gyms and play areas, along with a range of fine eateries.
Best Freehold Areas for Buying Apartments and Villas in Dubai
Below you will find a list of the most attractive freehold areas in terms of both villa and apartment purchases.
Hailed as the green heart of Dubai, Al Barari is the region’s first integrated luxury and active eco-conscious development. It is worth noting that 80% of the development is dedicated to themed gardens, landscaped lakes and freshwater streams. In total, there are 217 upscale villas, each with a private garden, terraces and a swimming pool. Al Barari is famed for the health club, Body Language, the wellness center Heart & Soul and 2 gourmet restaurants, called The Farm and Mez Me. Additionally, it is home to the region’s biggest plant nursery. Al Barari features 1-bedroom apartments for AED 1M (USD 272K), while 3-bedroom villas are priced at a minimum of AED 2.9M (USD 804K).
Developed by Nakheel PJSC, Al Furjan can be found next to Ibn Battuta Mall and Discovery Gardens. It houses Arabic-style villas and townhouses on generously-sized plots, as well as Masakin, which is a gated community with 6 apartment blocks. In terms of amenities, there is a swimming pool, a park, restaurants, a ladies’ salon, a children’s play area, a swimming pool and a supermarket all on-site. Meanwhile, Al Furjan Pavilion includes a gym, an array of dining and shopping options and tennis & badminton courts. A 1-bedroom apartment can be acquired for AED 400K (USD 109K) and a 3-bedroom villa costs a minimum of AED 1.6M (USD 436K).
Al Khail Heights
Situated in Al Quoz, Al Khail Heights by Texture Properties contains 26 apartment buildings and 58 townhouses. The master plan of the residential community includes an extensive range of amenities for the utmost convenience of homeowners. These include a cycling track, retail boutiques, a hypermarket, cycling and running tracks, tennis courts and mini football grounds, among many others. In Al Khail Heights, a 1-bedroom apartment is a minimum of AED 525K (USD 143K), while the starting price for a 5-bedroom villa amounts to AED 2.2M (USD 600K).
Al Warsan is a mixed-use neighbourhood which is in close proximity to Nad Al Sheba and Al Warqa. It is divided into 4 sub-communities, and although it is predominantly an industrial area, it is slowly gaining popularity among homeowners as well. Al Warsan is mainly known for housing the Dubai Sewage and Treatment Plant. Al Warsan offers 1-bedroom apartments for AED 360K (USD 98K) and a 3-bedroom villa is priced at a minimum of AED 1.5M (USD 408K).
Previously known as Akoya, DAMAC Hills is a huge development in Dubailand with a total area of 42 million sq.ft. The centerpiece of the community is Trump International Golf Club Dubai, which is why it is highly popular with end-users and investors. Moreover, homeowners can benefit from full access to a clubhouse with a spa and a wellness center, running tracks, a gym, nurseries and 4,000 sq.ft of parkland. The initial cost for a 1-bedroom apartment in DAMAC Hills constitutes AED 390K (USD 98K), meanwhile, a 3-bedroom villa is priced at a minimum of AED 800K (USD 218K).
Dubai Festival City
Dubai Festival City is a sought-after urban community, which is located on the eastern bank of Dubai Creek. Developed by the Al-Futtaim Group, it features a variety of commercial and leisure elements, besides residential projects. Dubai Festival City is divided into 3 residential communities: Al Badia, Al Badia Hillside Village and Marsa Plaza. Meanwhile, the district is particularly known for the Al Badia 18-hole championship golf course, which offers the ultimate golfing experience to amateurs and professionals. A 1-bedroom apartment costs a minimum of AED 1.2M (USD 327K), and a 3-bedroom villa can be purchased for AED 1.5M (USD 409K).
Dubai Hills Estate
Spanning across 118.4 million sq.ft, Dubai Hills Estate is a luxury community in the Mohammed Bin Rashid City (MBR City), set amongst parks, open spaces and green areas, as well as an 18-hole championship golf course. Currently, under development, it is set to feature 2 hotels, a tennis academy, 14 tennis courts, F&B venues, 2.1 million sq.ft of office space and 2.2 million sq.ft of retail space. In addition, there will be the Dubai Hills Mall, which is due to open in Q1 2022 which will feature numerous entertainment options, including leisure centers and a Cineplex, just to name a few. Moreover, the recently opened Dubai Hills Park houses a splash park, children’s play areas and an ice rink. A 1-bedroom apartment in Dubai Hills Estate costs a minimum of AED 650K (USD 177K), and a 3-bedroom villa costs a minimum of AED 2.5M (USD 681K).
Dubai Silicon Oasis
Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) is not only a freehold area, but it is also a free zone which means its residents can benefit from 100% foreign ownership, world-class IT facilities and dedicated business support facilities. Moreover, DSO includes 2 community centers with a swimming pool, fine eateries and retail shops. Not forgetting 3 verdant parks within the grounds of the community: Central Park, Lake Park and North Park. Homeowners are also granted unlimited access to gyms, yoga rooms, nursery rooms, squash courts and other amenities. There are 1-bedroom apartments for the starting price of AED 400K (USD 109K), and 3-bedroom villas with an initial cost of AED 3M (USD 817K).
Emaar South (Dubai South)
Home to Expo 2020, Dubai South is conveniently located between the Emirates of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Double the size of Hong Kong, the master-planned community is centered around Al Maktoum International Airport, which is set to become the world’s biggest airport upon completion. Dubai South is divided into 8 integrated districts, including Exhibition, Golf, Humanitarian, Aviation, Logistics, Commercial, Al Maktoum International Airport and Residential. The master plan of the Residential City includes 3 hotels and shopping malls, among other amenities. In Dubai South, 1-bedroom apartments are priced at a minimum of AED 330K (USD 898K), meanwhile, 2-bedroom villas are priced at a minimum of AED 950K (USD 259K).
Dubai Sports City
Situated on Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, Dubai Sports City is home to 3 residential communities: Canal Residence, Gallery Villas and Victory Heights. The development is being constructed around 5 major sports venues, as well as sports academies. Moreover, there is also the 18-hole Ernie Els designed golf course and a clubhouse. Sports enthusiasts will be keen to learn that Dubai Sports City already houses a 10,000-seat multi-purpose indoor arena and a 25,000-seat cricket stadium, which host international matches on a regular basis. A 1-bedroom apartment in Dubai Sports City can be purchased for AED 370K (USD 101K), and 3-bedroom villas start from AED 2.2M (USD 599K).
Dubai Waterfront, now known as Waterfront, is located near Al Maktoum International Airport. Developed by Nakheel, the development was expected to become the world’s largest waterfront and the world’s biggest man-made development, however, its construction was suspended due to the global financial crisis in 2008. Currently, there are the following sub-communities under development in the area: Veneto, Badrah and Madinat Al Arab. The latter is set to become the new central business district of the Emirate. The starting price for a 1-bedroom apartment here is AED 300K (USD 82K), and a 3-bedroom villa can be acquired for AED 1.3M (USD 354K).
Located in the vicinity of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, Dubailand is rightfully considered one of the most coveted areas in Dubai. It features a total of 26 developments, where the largest areas are Dubai Sports City, Dubai Golf City and Arabian Ranches. Residents of Dubailand can benefit from gyms, spas and swimming pools in the vicinity of their homes. It is worth noting that the development has plenty of iconic landmarks under construction, with one of them being the public park, which will be the same size as Hyde Park in London. In Dubailand, a 1-bedroom apartment is priced at a minimum of AED 280K (USD 77K), while a 4-bedroom villa costs a minimum of AED 720K (USD 196K).
Jumeirah is one of the oldest and most prestigious districts in Dubai and is mainly known for freehold villas with private swimming pools and gardens. In terms of apartments, the most popular freehold development is Port De La Mer by Meraas, which is inspired by Mediterranean architecture. Residents of Jumeirah can gain easy access to Mercato Mall, Jumeirah Mosque, Kite Beach and Jumeirah Beach Park, among other attractions. A 1-bedroom apartment in Jumeirah can be purchased for AED 1.2M (USD 327K). Meanwhile, 3-bedroom villas are available for AED 3.2M (USD 871K).
Jumeirah Golf Estates
Set in Dubailand, Jumeirah Golf Estates consists of 13 luxury estates surrounded by luscious greenery and two 18-hole golf courses. It is worth noting that the master plan of the community includes 2 more golf courses that are yet to be constructed. In terms of amenities, there are lakes, landscaped parks, nature strips and a running & cycling track in the community. In addition, the golf club of Jumeirah Golf Estates offers fine eateries, a gym and 2 swimming pools. A 1-bedroom apartment in Jumeirah Golf Estates costs AED 570K (USD 156K), while a 4-bedroom villa is on offer for AED 5.6M (USD 1.5M).
Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC)
Launched back in 2005, JVC is a master development by Nakheel and is located alongside the Sheikh Zayed Road. The community is divided into 6 districts, surrounded by 33 landscaped parks with a total area of 4 million sq.ft. Moreover, by the end of 2021, Circle Mall, one its main attractions, will feature 80 fine eateries, retail stores and cafes. The mall is already home to Nesto Hypermarket, Life Pharmacy and other brands, alongside a 17,000 sq.ft family entertainment center. The starting price for a 1-bedroom apartment is AED 335K (USD 91K), and a 3-bedroom villa can be purchased for AED 1.3M (USD 354K).
Jumeirah Village Triangle (JVT)
JVT is a residential development by Nakheel PJSC, located in the vicinity of the Sheikh Zayed Road. Its amenities include fitness studios, a park, a hair salon, a supermarket, gyms and nurseries, just to name a few. Moreover, there is the Al Khail Avenue mall under construction, which plans to feature 350 shops, an entertainment zone, a multi-screen cinema and a range of F&B venues, alongside a multi-storey car park. In JVT, one can acquire a 1-bedroom apartment for AED 337K (USD 92K), and the starting price for a 3-bedroom villa amounts to USD 2.2M (USD 613K).
Meydan City, also known as Meydan, is a mega-development by Meydan Group with a total area of 40 million sq.ft. Located alongside Al Ain Road and Ras Al Khor Road, not only does it feature a wide range of residential options, but also a whole bunch of popular attractions. These include, but are not limited to Meydan Racecourse & Grandstand, The Track Meydan Golf and Meydan One Mall. The latter is due for completion in Q4 2021 and it will contain a 21-screen cinema with a food court, over 100 F&B outlets and a collection of high-end retail stores. Meydan City offers a range of 1-bedroom apartments for AED 525K (USD 143K), and a 2-bedroom villa can be acquired for AED 1.8M (USD 490K).
Mohammed Bin Rashid City
MBR City is an expansive new development, which lies in close proximity to Umm Suqeim Road, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road and Dubai Al Ain Road. It owes its name to the Ruler of Dubai, whose palace is to be found within the grounds of the development. MBR City is currently under construction and its master plan includes the largest shopping center in the world, the largest man-made lagoon in the world and 45 million sq.ft of residential property. A 1-bedroom apartment in MBR City is available for AED 714K (USD 194K), while a 2-bedroom villa is priced at a minimum of AED 1.9M (USD 512K).
Home to the Dubai Autodrome, Motor City is located in Dubailand and also boasts close proximity to Arabian Ranches. There are 2 residential districts and a business park set around an F1 race track. Residents of Motor City can reach GEMS Metropole School, Spinneys and First Avenue Mall within walking distance of their homes. Moreover, the area consists of gardens, swimming pools, children’s play areas and pedestrian tracks. Motor City offers 1-bedroom apartments at an initial cost of AED 550K (USD 150K), and 3-bedroom villas are priced at a minimum of AED 2.8M (USD 761K).
Mudon by Dubai Properties Group is also located in Dubailand, at the junction of Emirates Road and Al Qudra Road. The gated community consists of the following neighbourhoods: Al Salam, Al Naseem Townhouses, Rahat Villas, Arabella Townhouses and Mudon Views. Mudon offers a variety of world-class wellness amenities, such as a running track, a cycling track, an outdoor gym, 4 basketball courts and 6 swimming pools. There are also 26 children’s play areas for different age groups. In Mudon, one can buy a 1-bedroom apartment for AED 650K and a 3-bedroom villa for AED 1.5M (USD 422K).
Offering 4,000 ultra-luxury apartments and villas, the iconic palm-shaped artificial island is the largest reclamation project on the planet. Palm Jumeirah is famed for some of the most sought-after restaurants, hotels and attractions in Dubai. In fact, it is home to AURA Skypool, the highest infinity pool in the world, which just opened in November 2021. Residents of Palm Jumeirah can easily reach Nakheel Mall, The Pointe and The Atlantis, The Palm resort, among other popular destinations. To ensure easy connectivity with the mainland of Dubai, Palm Jumeirah features its own monorail and has direct access to the Sheikh Zayed Road. The starting price for a 1-bedroom apartment on Palm Jumeirah is AED 1.1M (USD 300K), and a 4-bedroom residence starts from AED 5.1M (USD 1.4M).
The World Islands
Launched back in the early 2000’s, the World Islands are set to become the next big thing in the luxury travel realm. Unfortunately, their initial construction was postponed due to the 2008 financial crash, so there are no completed projects at the moment. In total, there are 300 islands, with each ranging in size from 250,000 sq.ft to 900,000 sq.ft. Currently, there is the Heart of Europe under development, which will offer upscale holiday homes, floating palaces, apartment buildings and entertainment options upon completion. The World Islands offer an array of 1-bedroom apartments at an initial cost of AED 1.9M (USD 530K), while 2-bedroom villas are priced at a minimum of AED 6.4M (USD 1.7M).
Tilal Al Ghaf
Set between Dubai International Airport and Dubai Downtown, Tilal Al Ghaf is a mixed-use development by Majid Al Futtaim. The focal point of the community is the Lagoon Al Ghaf with a colossal area of 735,500 sq.ft, surrounded by sandy beaches. In addition, there will be parks, picnic grounds and green open spaces where residents can relax and spend time with their families and friends. Other amenities include mosques, restaurants and theme parks. In Tilal Al Ghaf, one can acquire a 5-bedroom apartment for AED 5.2M (USD 1.4M). At the same time, a 4-bedroom villa comes at a starting price of AED 6.5M (USD 1.8M).
Town Square Dubai
Due for handover in 2024, Town Square is being developed in Dubailand by Nshama Development. Upon completion, the community will contain 18,000 apartments, 3,500 townhouses and a 2.5 million sq.ft retail area with more than 600 retail stores and F&B venues. It is worth noting that according to Nshama, Town Square is expected to accommodate 85,000 people by 2025. Meanwhile, communal amenities include gyms, running tracks, outdoor children’s play areas, swimming pools, tennis courts and much more. The development features 1-bedroom apartments at an initial cost of AED 430K (USD 117K) and 3-bedroom villas from AED 1.5M (USD 409K).
Wadi Al Safa 2
Also located in Dubailand is Wadi Al Safa 2 which provides easy access to stores and restaurants, alongside health clubs, schools and parks. There are also shopping malls and 5-star hotels, offering a whole bunch of leisure options to residents and visitors. Wadi Al Safa 2 is surrounded by several coveted communities, including Nad Al Sheba and The Villa. The starting price for a 4-bedroom villa is AED 3.5M (USD 953K).
A List of Freehold Areas for Buying Villas in Dubai
In terms of villas, the most popular freehold communities include Arabian Ranches, Emirates Hills and The Villa, just to name a few.
Arabian Ranches by Emaar Properties is a gated community, located far from the hustle and bustle of the city. Particularly popular among families with young children, the community houses parks, swimming pools, play areas and a shopping center, besides an equestrian center. In addition, there is the Arabian Ranches Golf Club, which is an 18-hole, par 72 desert-style designer grass course. The architecture of Arabian Ranches pays tribute to Portuguese, Spanish and Arabic style villas. The starting price for a 2-bedroom villa is priced at AED 1.6M (USD 436K).
Arabian Ranches 2 is the second phase of Arabian Ranches and boasts a wide range of family-friendly amenities as well. These include a gym, a swimming pool, BBQ areas, football pitches, fine eateries, tennis courts, play areas and squash courts. In Arabian Ranches 2, 3-bedroom villas are available for an initial cost of AED 1.6M (USD 436K).
Due for completion in Q2 2022, Arabian Ranches 3 is the latest phase of Arabian Ranches and plans to include a play area, splash pads, branded retail stores and sports courts, among other family-oriented facilities. There will be an extensive central park of nearly 323,000 sq.ft, which will offer adventure zones, a central plaza and much more. It is possible to acquire a 3-bedroom villa at Arabian Ranches 3 for AED 1.4M (USD 382K).
Emirates Hills is the first freehold development by Emaar in the Emirate and it is one of the most coveted locations. In fact, it accommodates politicians, famous business individuals and diplomats with their families. All properties in Emirates Hills are surrounded by leafy landscapes, 17 lakes, as well as golf courses. Residents can benefit from 3 large parks, BBQ areas, swimming pools, children’s playgrounds and tennis courts. In Emirates Hills, 3-bedroom villas are available at a minimum of AED 8.3M (USD 2.2M).
Situated within the Emirates Living area, Jumeirah Islands consist of 46 compact islands, which are surrounded by luscious greenery, water features and lakes. In addition, the gated development features communal leisure amenities, a supermarket and a clubhouse. The latter is home to a gym, a temperature-controlled lagoon pool and a sauna & steam room. It is worth mentioning that villas are available in Tropical, Contemporary, Islamic, Mediterranean, Oasis and European design styles. A 3-bedroom villa on Jumeirah Islands can be purchased for AED 3.3M (USD 912K).
Surrounded by landscaped parks and verdant spaces, Jumeirah Park features a total of 2,000 villas for sale and to rent. Property buyers can choose from 3 style options, including heritage, regional and rustic. Meanwhile, each residence boasts gardens, private terraces and double garages. As for facilities, Jumeirah Park includes a Carrefour supermarket, tennis courts, a gym, a community clubhouse and tennis courts, among others. In terms of prices, a 3-bedroom villa is on offer for AED 3.2M (USD 885K) in Jumeirah Park.
Focused on nature and outdoor living, Reem is yet another community in the master development of Dubailand and includes several residential communities such as Mira and Mira Oasis with a total of 2,932 townhouses and villas. There are numerous amenities to be found in Reem, including a shopping mall, a dog park, a mosque, a gym, swimming pools and landscaped walkways. A 3-bedroom villa can be purchased for AED 1.7M (USD 463K) in Al Reem.
Set between the Emirates Golf Club and The Montgomerie at Emirates Hills, The Lakes is a part of the Emirates Living development. It features 6 established communities called Deema, Forat, Ghadeer, Hattan, Maeen and Zulal, where 600 luxury homes are situated. Residents of The Lakes have unlimited access to parks, tennis courts, swimming pools and a daycare center, among other lifestyle amenities. At The Lakes, 3-bedroom villas are priced at a minimum of AED 3M (USD 817K).
The Meadows is another residential community in Emirates Living by Emaar and consists of 9 clusters with over 1,800 villas, surrounded by beautiful lakes and tree-lined streets. Villas at The Meadows contain large gardens, garages and balconies as well. Speaking of amenities, The Meadows boasts swimming pools, a community center, playgrounds, gyms, a mosque and a health club on-site. The starting price for a 3-bedroom villa here is AED 3.9M (USD 1.07M).
Also located in Emirates Living, The Springs houses 15 residential communities, with each one including its own shared mini basketball and tennis courts, a children’s play park, BBQ and picnic areas, as well as swimming pools. As well as the above, residents can benefit from shops, banks, a medical center and a membership fitness club, surrounded by scenic lakes. A 3-bedroom villa can be purchased at The Springs for AED 3M (USD 817K).
The Sustainable City
The Sustainable City is the first operational Net Zero Energy city in Dubai, with a total population of 2,700. Home to 587 units, the development applies the theories of social, environmental and economic sustainability. Besides residential areas, The Sustainable City contains educational, commercial, leisure, health care and urban farming spaces, as well as The Diamond Innovation Center, which is the first Positive Energy Building in the region. In terms of selling prices, 3-bedroom residences are set at a minimum of AED 3.1M (USD 844K).
Designed in a Spanish style, The Villa is a community by Nakheel PJSC which is located in Dubailand. It comprises 4 communities: Ponderosa, Hacienda, The Aldea and The Centro, with about 1,800 villas in total. Surrounded by established lawns and leafy spaces, The Villa boasts parks, running and walking tracks, shops, restaurants, 2 Spinneys stores, social clubs and restaurants. Most of the residences in The Villa feature private courtyards and swimming pools. One can become an owner of a 4-bedroom property at The Villa for an initial cost of AED 2.7M (USD 735K).
- When purchasing a property in a freehold area, a buyer becomes its owner for an unlimited period of time and can use it for both commercial and residential purposes
- Dubai International Financial Center, Dubai Silicon Oasis, Jumeirah Lakes Towers and Dubai Production City are also free economic zones, along with being freehold areas
- Golf lovers will enjoy living in DAMAC Hills, Dubai Hills Estate, Dubai Sports City, Dubai Festival City, Emirates Hills and Jumeirah Golf Estates
- Emirates Hills and the Palm Jumeirah are home to some of the most expensive properties in Dubai
- This year several record-breaking attractions opened their doors in Dubai, including the world’s tallest Ferris wheel and the world’s highest infinity pool
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