Landing an apartment or villa in an affordable neighbourhood is at the top of the to-do list for many in Dubai, however, finding a community that balances low rents and good vibes can be a big challenge. Dubai Marina is a ton of fun and has great nightlife, but rents are expensive. Palm Jumeirah? Same story.
Affordable residential communities that also have a high-quality built-in infrastructure aren’t that easy to come by in any part of the world, however, we at Better Homes, are the source for those looking for less expensive housing in Dubai. Read on; we have compiled the neighbourhoods that have a lot of different factors going in their favour!
Located very close to the airport, Mirdif is a haven for families looking to settle in without breaking the bank. It’s a world away from fast city life, but a well-connected suburbia with everything you need. The tranquil environs of Mirdif play host to an old-world domestic elegance and leisured playfulness. The area has some of the best schools in the city and is home to one of the best parks, Mushrif Park. Mirdif City Centre is just minutes away and houses the best brands in fashion, home decor, jewellery, fine dining and more. With walkable avenues and ample green space, Mirdif is ideal for the active set.
Located in Jebel Ali, this green and verdant neighbourhood is perfect for families. The nearest metro station is Ibn Battuta. However, this won’t be for long as Dubai Metro Route 2020 will pass through it. There are quite a few good schools and nurseries in the vicinity and a wide range of restaurants and hotels for a nightlife fix. The neighbourhood has some of the city’s best green spaces and an awesome, low-key vibe. With good access to the metro lines, plus locally owned stores and easy connectivity to Abu Dhabi, Discovery Gardens checks all the boxes for an affordable and well-planned community.
Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC)
For those seeking a neighbourhood with an eclectic vibe, JVC is a smart place to look. Located at the heart of New Dubai, it is close to the best of what the city has to offer. And, it has plenty of affordable housing stock to boot. Given its great location, it is no surprise that this neighborhood is becoming a major site of new development for rental buildings. The neighbourhood has more than 2,000 villas and townhouses as well as schools, mosques and sports facilities. Residences are affordable yet spacious for practical living in a tranquil and friendly setting. If you have the budget for a townhouse here, chances are you’ll get the kind of lush front lawn and spacious layout that will rival what you would find in some of Dubai’s best villa neighbourhoods.
Jumeirah Village Triangle (JVT)
A freehold community, Jumeirah Village Triangle has 6,000 spacious villas close to schools, sports facilities and shopping centres. For young families, it offers an affordable taste of luxury living. Arabic and Mediterranean themed architecture compliments a serene community that offers all the benefits of living downtown and is also a quick and easy commute to other parts of the city. From landscaped gardens and cafés to fast food joints, restaurants, supermarkets, banks, pharmacies and florists, JVT has everything you need.
Dubai Sports City
There are plenty of reasons to love Sports City, from good schools to generously sized apartments. The neighbourhood also has some of the best sporting venues in the country, featuring an Athletics Academy, Football Academy, ICC Global Cricket Academy and the Buch Harmon School of Golf. Offering a balanced approach to city living by combining a downtown feel with a homespun vibe, Dubai Sports City has emerged as a favourite of long-time Dubai residents and newcomers alike.
Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO)
Situated off Emirates Road, DSO is a 7.2-square-kilometre free zone technology park, dotted with residential and office towers. The community is a daily mix of small-town charm and amenity-packed buildings offering residential towers and quaint gated villa communities for sale and rent. Spread over three main parts: an innovative technology park, sub-communities of villas for sale in Dubai Silicon Oasis within the technology park and residential towers offering a wide range of apartments, it is a great draw for those seeking affordable housing options and first-time home buyers attracted to Dubai’s up-and-coming real estate market.
We update this list continuously, so be sure to let us know if you see a development that hasn’t made it onto the list yet!