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Where To Buy in Dubai

With its position as one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations firmly confirmed, Dubai has gone from humble beginnings as a small fishing village to a metropolis of modern innovation. The serene desert and sparkling sea surround the city, offering unparalleled views and plenty of variety in activities to enjoy. The city itself is very diverse, from the classical architecture of Old Town to the modern skyscrapers surrounding the Marina, there are a plethora of properties to fit your style and requirements.

Read on to find out more about some of the areas to relocate to, and use OfferPal to help you find the perfect spot.

Why Choose Dubai?

There are many great reasons to live in Dubai, from its vibrant history to its balmy climate.

Dubai has an interesting history to explore, starting out life as a small fishing village in the 18th century. It began to grow due to high revenue generated from oil and trade, forming part of the United Arab Emirates in 1972. The geography of the city is very unique, with Dubai Creek running through the middle of the city dividing it into two distinct neighbourhoods. On one side is Old Dubai, where a lot of historic buildings and architecture still stand. On the other side is New Dubai, filled with modern architecture and skyscrapers reaching high into the sky.

If you want guaranteed warm weather all year round, Dubai is a great choice. The summer usually begins in April and lasts until October. In this period rainfall is extremely rare and temperatures reach an average of around 40 degrees Celsius in the height of summer. Due to its proximity to the sea, there are occasional dust storms and high humidity.

The winter months are actually more ideal for being outside, with average temperatures of around 22 degrees Celsius. Dubai is usually warmer in Central Dubai and colder on the outskirts, so that should be taken into consideration when looking at property.

In terms of cost of living, Dubai works out cheaper than other major countries, working out 38% cheaper than the United Kingdom or 25% cheaper than the United States. A meal in an inexpensive restaurant will cost around AED 35, which is about €8.50 while shopping is on average 80% cheaper. You’ll also find yourself paying much less for transport, childcare and entertainment.

What Areas Should I Look At?

Due to its sprawling nature, Dubai has a wide range of areas filled with properties to fit your unique needs. Here are a few areas that you might be interested in buying in.

Downtown Dubai

Downtown Dubai is in the middle of a bustling area of the city, home to some of the most iconic landmarks. This includes the Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Mall and the Dubai Fountain. The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world, offering panoramic views of the city and beyond. The Dubai Mall is a massive shopping mall that has over 1200 shops and is one of the most visited buildings in the world. Nearby, the Dubai Fountain is a choreographed fountain system, able to spray 22,000 gallons of water in the air, with over 6000 lights and 25 colour projectors.

Downtown Dubai in itself is a new development, with new skyscrapers constantly being built offering brand new housing. Many new developments are mixed purpose, with both living and office spaces built-in. The Burj Khalifa itself has over 100 floors of residential space alongside tourist attractions and some corporate suites.

Property Types & Prices

Downtown Dubai offers a range of high-end apartments, commonly housed in large skyscrapers. A 1-bed apartment can cost you around €250,000+ while one suitable for a whole family will cost about €1,000,000. The benefits of these apartments are they usually come with lots of amenities as part of the building and amazing views of the whole city. Properties with a direct view of the Burj Khalifa will normally cost more.

Old Town

The Old Town Island is quite close to Downtown Dubai but is significantly different in property types due to its traditional focus. The architecture is based on traditional Arabic architecture, focused on creating a village-inspired neighbourhood in the middle of the city. There are low-rise buildings, courtyards, alleyways and a market square.

While the residences give off a traditional look, the neighbourhood itself is far from it, with easy access to the Dubai Mall and Downtown Dubai. If you want to further explore what Dubai used to be like, the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood is like stepping into mid-19th century Dubai, where much of the original infrastructure of this time is preserved and maintained. It’s filled with history to make a culturally immersive tour of the city

Old Town is quite a new development, with amenities such as a gym, restaurants, shops, 4 pools and a sauna. It has around 1500 apartments on offer in a range of sizes, split across 35 buildings and 6 districts. It is the only development in the area that offers low-rise buildings in classic Arabian architecture.

Property Types & Prices

Apartments in The Old Town Island vary in price depending on size. The price often wavers depending on the direction they face, with views of the Dubai Fountain increasing the value of a property. A 1-bed apartment can cost around €300,000+ while a 3-bed can cost €1,000,000.

The Lakes

The Lakes is a residential community in the heart of Dubai, offering a combination of villas and townhouses that makes it perfect for families. It has amazing waterways and close access to the sprawling downtown Dubai. The development has various facilities such as gyms, supermarkets, schools, shops and close access to two of the most famous golf courses in Dubai; Emirates Golf Course and Montgomerie Golf Club.

Property Types & Prices

The Lakes features modern architectural styles divided into six sub-communities, where there are overall 600 villas. The villas range from 2-7 bedrooms, with various amenities such as landscaped gardens, play areas for children, maid’s quarters and spacious rooms. A 3-bed villa will cost around €650,000 and a 7-bed will cost €3,000,000.

Jumeirah Village Circle

Jumeirah Village Circle is a family-friendly community located in the heart of Dubai. It focuses on creating a calm setting with plenty of gardens and canals helping to create a village setting in the heart of the urban capital. It has plenty of parks, gyms and schools which makes it incredibly popular for expat families.

There is constant new development occurring in and around Jumeirah Village Circle. This makes it a great place to invest in for the future, where the area will keep improving over time. There are a few different locations in JVC to rent such as Diamond Views, Zaya Hameni, Emirates Garden, Seasons Community and The Manhattan. Diamond View is the most popular community, with each offering slightly different property types.

Property Types & Prices

Jumeirah Village Circle is home to over 2000 residential units. It is a mixture of apartments, villas and townhouses that share amenities such as swimming pools and a gym. A studio apartment will cost you around €100,000 with 4-beds costing nearly a million. Villas range from 1-bed to 5-bed, with the smaller size costing €240,000 and the largest €500,000. This makes villas a very affordable option for property in this area.

Dubai Marina

The Dubai Marina is one of the most sought-after neighbourhoods in Dubai. Its mix of dining entertainment options coupled with luxury skyscrapers and urban waterfront living makes it a popular area for luxury apartments in Dubai. A key feature is the large canal that provides access to the sea at both ends, with a beautiful marina that residents can marvel at. Due to its large residency, Dubai Marina is filled with shops, schools, restaurants and everything else you could need to live comfortably.

The Marina is always in development, with new buildings and properties popping up constantly. There are already around 200 residential towers in Dubai, normally filled with shared facilities such as parking, fitness centres and concierge services.

Property Types & Prices

Dubai Marina is predominantly an apartment community, housed in skyscrapers with state-of-the-art facilities and waterfront views. You can get apartments in a range of bedroom types, with the biggest being penthouses that can have 5 or more. A studio apartment will cost you around €161,000 while a luxury penthouse could cost €1,600,00+.

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