Barsha is a diverse community of expatriates and UAE Nationals living in a range of accommodation types, from elaborate villas to standard apartment blocks. The Mall of the Emirates is the dominant landmark and has everything you need located under one roof, including high-end fashion, restaurants, cafés, cinemas, an indoor ski slope and a large Carrefour supermarket. Residents living near the mall are generally in apartments where there’s a vibrant community buzz from many delicious and affordable delis, restaurants and coffee shops, plus dry cleaners and other retail outlets that are interwoven around the residential blocks. While Barsha’s villa community lifestylis just a couple of streets away it has a quiet atmosphere. Residents enjoy the suburban environment that has grown naturally over the years and take advantage of the many public and private spaces, enjoying strolls with prams and dogs. There are several great hotels in Barsha, notably the eye-catching Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, which you can’t miss when you drive past it on Sheikh Zayed Road. The community is also well known for its many banks, schools, and two large hospitals. Barsha’s park is quite big and great for joggers and walkers, with running tracks and outdoor gym equipment. Opposite the large Emirates NBD branch is a beautifully designed mosque.
Your living options.
There are many apartments and villas, although the main residential area is Barsha 2 and 3 comprising mostly independent villas. These are locally-owned by Emiratis or GCC members and are very private, custom-built properties. There are some very large villas of between 10,000 and 15,000 sq. ft.. For this reason, average property prices are on the high side. Villa sales prices can start at AED 10 million or between AED 30 million to AED 40 million for the larger and more luxurious properties. Prices really depend on the property and plot size, the level of finishing and the location, whether it’s on the main road or inside a private driveway. Meanwhile, those looking to lease an apartment should head to those clustered near Mall of the Emirates in Barsha 1. You’ll find apartments from studios to three bedrooms with all facilities and amenities close to hand.