This district in Dubai is home to a unique blend of industrial sites, malls, boutique eateries and cafes, and cultural galleries.
10 November 2019| Last updated on 6 January 2020
The Al Quoz community is a mix of commercial and residential sectors that is well-connected to other parts of Dubai via the Al Khail and Sheikh Zayed Road
Al Quoz is a segregated residential and industrial district in Dubai that is split into four sub-communities: the commercial side can be found in the southwest side while accommodation is located in the northeast area.
A popular choice for singles and small families for low-cost living, more so for those who work in any of the offices in the neighbourhood. The district is not as densely populated as other commercial/residential mixed areas in Dubai.
The manufacturing stretch of Dubai is made of active clusters of auto shops, factories, and labourer accommodation, where you will frequently find yourself in a maze of identical-looking buildings, shipping containers, and transport lorries and trucks.
What once was a district dedicated to manufacturing has, in the last few years, been transformed to host some of Dubai's thriving cultural scenes, largely attributed to the low-cost rent in Al Quoz. On top of affordable housing, people will find that Al Quoz features a series of art exhibitions, events, street festivals, boutique shops, cafes, entertainment, and performances.
Public transport in Al Quoz
The nearest RTA metro stations to Al Quoz are the Noor Bank and First Abu Dhabi Bank station. Several feeder buses also run through all four Al Quoz districts, connecting commuters to the metro station.
Government taxis can easily be hailed in Al Quoz, and car services such as Uber and Careem are popular among office workers.
Commute times by car from Al Quoz
- to Dubai International Airport: 18 minutes
- to Jebel Ali: 31 minutes
- to Downtown Dubai: 13 minutes
- to Dubai International Financial Centre: 12 minutes
- to Dubai Marina: 17 minutes
- to Dubai Media City: 16 minutes
Amenities and facilities in Al Quoz
Residents, workers, and visitors can find the following amenities and facilities in Al Quoz:
- Restaurants and cafes
- Shopping centres
- Petrol stations
- Gym and fitness facilities
- Supermarkets and smaller grocery stores
- Arts and cultural spaces
- Pet facilities
- Bank branches
Despite its new look as a site for the city's cultural hubs, Al Quoz is still truly a manufacturing and office community. With heaps of amenities located within close proximity to the factory and warehouse spaces, it makes residents' working lifestyle all the more convenient.
Restaurants and cafes in Al Quoz offer dine-in, takeaway, and delivery options, with menus ranging from fast-food to organic eats, and international cuisines.
Schools and nurseries can be found in the neighbouring districts, such as Al Barsha and Al Safa. To find the best one that will suit your child and your lifestyle, have a look at our guide to nurseries and schools in Dubai.
A variety of shopping malls can also be found in Al Quoz, from the luxurious Gold and Diamond Park to the community-focused Times Square Centre and Al Quoz Mall. Residents, workers, and visitors to Al Quoz will need not leave the community to find more retail, dining, and grocery options.
Pet owners will be glad to know that Al Quoz has a shop for all of your pet's needs, as well as a dedicated activity and daycare facility, Dogwalk.
Al Quoz workers and residents will find that an active lifestyle will be easier to maintain, as the neighbourhood is dotted with gyms, fitness, and sports facilities.
For the faithful, Muslims will not have to leave Al Quoz as there are many mosques in the areas. Those of the Catholic and Christian faith will see that the nearest church is the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and the St. Mary's Catholic Church is less than 20 minutes away. The closest gurdwara temple is a 20-minute drive, located in Jebel Ali. For Hindus, the closest temple is 25 minutes away near the Al Raffa area.
What’s life like in Al Quoz?
Life in Al Quoz is a peaceful one, where workers and residents can find almost everything within close distance for a convenient lifestyle. The district is home to many dining options, from budget cafeteria style, upscale cafes, and restaurants.
As the neighbourhood is mostly made of industrial sites, there aren't many pedestrian or pet-friendly routes - you will often see construction and road work taking place in the area.
Al Quoz by day
Factories, warehouses, and offices become busy as workers start their day. Plenty of trucks and cars driving around the area.
Residential sites are more peaceful and relaxed. The labourers' accommodation is also quiet as most residents will be indoors or at work.
Al Quoz by night
Traffic in the evening as workers return home. However, there's still plenty of activity going on in factories and warehouses, where you might hear the occasional noises of auto works, machinery, and manufacturing.
Closer to the cultural hubs such as Alserkal Avenue, you'll find more people - students, architects, artists, etc. - as the district becomes busier.
Who lives in Al Quoz?
- Small families
- Office workers
The industrial side of Al Quoz is mostly resided by labourers, whereas the residential area is a mix of different nationalities with some UAE nationals.
Properties for rent and sale in Al Quoz
Average rental prices in Al Quoz per year are as follows:
- Studio apartment: AED 38,000
- 1 bedroom apartment: AED 47,000
- 2 bedroom apartment: AED 60,000
- 3 bedroom villa: AED 120,000
- 4 bedroom villa: AED 155,000
- 5 bedroom villa: AED 180,000
- Studio apartment: AED 400,000
- 1 bedroom apartment: AED 750,000
- 2 bedroom apartment: AED 900,000
- 5 bedroom villa: AED 5,000,000
Average sale prices in Al Quoz are as follows:
What are properties like in Al Quoz
The properties in Al Quoz range from low to mid-rise buildings and a variety of similar-looking warehouses.
For residential buildings, you can find 1-3 bedroom budget-friendly flats. These are more ideal for working singles and small families.
Villas and townhouses in Al Quoz are also available, with the largest property offered at 6-bedrooms. Residents of these villas are a mix of different nationalities, including UAE nationals.
Commercial properties in Al Quoz come as small to large warehouses, usually occupied by manufacturers and auto shops.
Parking in Al Quoz
The apartments, some offices, factories, and warehouses typically come with their own parking spaces. Parking for other warehouses and factories may be more difficult as they only have open sand slots for parking.
For villas, parking will not be a problem as most of the houses come with their own parking spaces that are often covered or under a shade.
What are noise levels like in Al Quoz
In the residential corner of Al Quoz, you'll find that it is a quiet and peaceful community. Moving towards the commercial sector, there's more noise from vehicles, traffic, factory sounds, machinery noises, and auto repair.