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Best places to live for expats in Dubai

Dubai is a land of variety and it offers all the things with diligence for the people who visit or stay there. With the good count of expats over there, here are some of the best places for them to live in Dubai.

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Al Barsha

Al Barsha is one of the well-known places to live in Dubai. You can find every facility that one wishes for in this residential area of the city. This area makes life easy by having the educational institutions and sports complexes nearby.

As this location is close to two major roads of Dubai, it makes it easy for people who stay here to commute easily to Media City, Internet City, and Emaar Business Park. Al Barsha also has a good number of cafes, restaurants, supermarkets, etc., helping people with the groceries on a daily basis without the need to buy them at once and then store in bulk. Mall of Emirates which is at close proximity to this place marks as the attraction of this place offering restaurants, movies and also an indoor ski slope.

Arabian Ranches

This place is completely engulfed with the beautiful gardens and trees alongside the existing villas and apartments. This place is well known for expat living and has the best schools, medical care, restaurants, and shopping centers to pass by.

Apart from the expensive villas and homes here, Arabian Ranches is known for its clean and convenient environment for the people who choose to live in it. The facilities, amenities, and services are also up to the mark making it one of the best places to live.

Down Town

DownTown is often referred to as the “Center of Now”. You can find the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall that stands as one of the major tourist attractions of Dubai in this place. Many apartments and villas with lavish surroundings can be found in this place.

Dubai Marina

The contemporary and luxurious ambiance of Dubai Marina creates the best-suited neighborhood for the people who choose it to stay. The Cayan Tower of this place stands as the center of attraction of this area.

This area is most famous for its attractive nightlife, variety of restaurants and clubs it has etc.,

If you are a health conscious person, then this place offers a pedestrian walk alongside the clubs and restaurants where you can walk in the fresh mornings and the leisure evenings to pass time and keep yourself healthy.

Emirates Hills

Emirates Hills is also one of the best residential areas for expats to live as it offers the best villas for the families to live.

This residential area has a friendly aura and provides a good collection of residential areas called Springs and Meadows with a good number of capacious villas. The streets are filled with greenery allowing the children to play in the evenings. The place is also close to some of the best schools in Dubai.

On the whole, if you are looking for spacious apartments and suburb environment together, then this is the place for you.

Jumeirah beach residence

If you are fond of beaches and wants to stay at a place across the beach, then this is the place for you. Expats have the flexibility of buying and renting apartments in this area. The best part of this area is that it meets the needs of expats and tourists in the same way. You can find varying apartments from one bedroom to five bedrooms in this area making it flexible for the people to choose.

You can find a wide range of restaurants, cafes, and lounges that best suits the people who live there. This beautiful place is also home for the open beach mall which is one of the best shopping malls in the area. You can as well expect the convenience of supermarkets, pharmacies, etc located nearby.

Jumeirah Lake Towers

Jumeirah Lake Towers is more affordable when compared to the Jumeirah Beach Residence that’s mentioned before.

Though you cannot have the beautiful sea views from the apartments in this area, you still have the privilege of staring at the man-made lakes and greenery present at the base of the towers. Also, you can marvel yourself with different kinds of food as new restaurants and cafes are increasing in this place.


This area is known to be one of the best places among the families as you can find some of the best schools in the neighborhood. Mirdif is well linked and connected with some of the famous places in Dubai and has an added advantage of not being so far from the airport.

Although you experience a hindrance due to the traffic at the peak hours, Mirdif can still be chosen as one of the good places to stay and the Mirdif City malls stand as one of the quietest and peaceful malls in the city.

Motor City

Motor City is another residential area that is slightly away from the mainstream of Dubai. It offers an amicable environment for the expats to stay there by spreading a sense of peace to the people who live there with greenery all over the area. People instantly get a suburban vibe in this area because of the green environment and a lot of footpaths.

Mall of Emirates which is one of the best malls of Dubai is nearer to this place and you can also find some of the best schools which are nearer to the area i.e., below 5 Km to the maximum. Also, you can find all the villas and apartments at a very reasonable price and rents in this area.

Silicon Oasis

Dubai is all set to welcome another convenient residential area “Silicon Oasis”. This upcoming and widely developing residential area stands as one of the affordable places in Dubai for people to live. The accommodation of the area is set a bit far from the noisy traffic to make the residents live in peace.

Silicon Oasis also has its connection with the major roadway making it easy for the people to reach any place in less time possible.

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Choosing a place to live is one of the major steps one has to take when they decide to stay in Dubai and the places mentioned above has their own way of giving a good stay experience for people who choose them.

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