Explore one of the most prestigious communities in Dubai with its collection of international universities, commercial centres, and properties
27 October 2019| Last updated on 6 January 2020
Home to some of Dubai's universities, high-profile media and news companies, and a convenient residential lifestyle
Located by the iconic Palm Jumeirah in the western coast of Dubai, Al Sufouh is a residential and commercial district that includes many universities, colleges, companies, agencies, apartments, and villas. Within the community are central business and educational hubs such as Dubai Internet City, Knowledge Village, and Dubai Media City. The district spoils visitors and residents for choice with its many retail, dining, and entertainment options.
A popular pick for Dubai residents to live in, Al Sufouh's close proximity to popular areas in Dubai allow for an ultra convenient lifestyle in the city centre.
Public transport in Al Sufouh
Three Dubai metro stations can be found on the landside of Al Sufouh - Mall of the Emirates station, Sharaf DG station, and Dubai Internet City 2 station. Public trams can also be found such as Palm Jumeirah stop, Media City stop, Knowledge Village 2, and Al Sufouh 2.
The district is dotted with a number of RTA bus stops, with some feeder buses providing direct metro links to the nearby RTA train stations.
People can easily grab a taxi as the RTA taxis can be found roaming the streets. Car-hailing services Uber and Careem are also popular among students, working professionals, and visitors in the area.
Commute times by car from Al Sufouh
You can reach the following from Al Sufouh:
- To Dubai International Airport: 25 minutes
- To Al Barsha: 13 minutes
- To Al Quoz: 13 minutes
- To Downtown Dubai: 21 minutes
- To Business Bay: 22 minutes
- To Motor City: 15 minutes
Amenities and facilities in Al Sufouh
Residents and visitors to Al Sufouh can find the following amenities and facilities:
- Universities, colleges, and other higher education facilities, including the American University in Dubai, the University of Wollongong in Dubai, and Middlesex University Dubai
- Nurseries and schools, including the government school Dubai Police Academy
- Restaurants and cafes featuring a variety of international dishes
- Companies, and offices
- Hotels and short-stay accommodations
- Health centres such as hospitals and gyms
- Salons and spas
- Parks and green spaces
- Prayer and worship facilities
Al Sufouh is home to three of Dubai's central business hubs - Dubai Media City, Dubai Internet City, and Knowledge Village. As such, it's no surprise that the neighbourhood has an abundance of amenities that will make both work and student life convenient.
The area offers prospective students plenty of choice for education. Knowledge Village is a collection of international universities, training schools, and few offices. Across Al Sufouh are nurseries, high schools, and other higher educational institutions. Have a look at our guide to schools in Dubai to find the nearest and most convenient one for your child's lifestyle. Click here for nurseries and here for more universities and colleges.
Those in the area can benefit from a choice of restaurants and cafes with dine-in, takeaway, and delivery options. These range from affordable fastfood to high-end treats.
For those of the Islamic faith, you'll find several mosques within the community such as Tecom Masjid.
What's life like in Al Sufouh?
Almost everything you need is within walking distance, a short drive away, or can be ordered from home, the office, or school.
- Plenty of public transport in terms of the metro, bus, taxi, and tram
- Has a pedestrian-friendly route, great for residents who don't have a car or those who prefer the pedestrian routine
- Business centre for many tech, news, media companies and agencies
- Abundance of dining options for everyone
- Near bustling tourist spots such as the Burj Al Arab and Palm Jumeirah
Al Sufouh is a great location for families, couples, working bachelors, and university students to live in. Residents and visitors are spoiled for choice in restaurants and schools, with the convenience of them being close to your doorstep.
A well-connected community thanks to the Sheikh Zayed Road, al Wasl road, and public transport, other popular spots in Dubai such as Dubai Marina, Downtown Dubai, and Al Barsha are only a short ride away. As the area is close to these popular areas and is next to SZR, traffic is a daily occurrence near Al Sufouh.
Al Sufouh Beach is also a popular choice by residents for leisurely strolls and other beach activities.
If you don't find what you're looking for in terms of dining and shopping, Mall of the Emirates is within close proximity, offering heaps of restaurants, retail, and entertainment options such as an indoor snow park and a movie theatre.
Al Sufouh by day
Quiet in the villa residential areas. You'll find more noise and activity moving closer to the apartments, universities, business centres, and roads. Mornings see families getting ready to leave for work or school, university students going around the neighbourhood with friends for a bite to eat or to work on a project, and working professionals outside office buildings or at restaurants/cafes with colleagues or friends.
Al Sufouh by night
More peaceful throughout the community, with the occasional employee or university student working until the evening. You'll find that Al Sufouh has a thriving night scene at the hotel clubs, so there will be cars still driving in the streets late into the morning.
Who lives in Al Sufouh?
- Expat and national families
- Working couples and singles
- University and college students
The affordable properties combined with the abundance of amenities, nightlife, and close proximity to central business hubs in Dubai, universities, and popular districts like DIFC and Downtown Dubai makes Al Sufouh an attractive location for residents.
Students from the UAE or who are coming from abroad to study in Dubai will find that Al Sufouh is conveniently near some of the city's centralised educational hubs - Dubai Knowledge Village and Dubai Knowledge Park.
Properties for rent and sale in Al Sufouh
Average rent prices in Al Sufouh are:
For apartments in Al Sufouh
- Studio apartment: AED 50,000
- 1 bedroom apartment: AED 65,000
- 2 bedroom apartment: AED 90,000
- 3 bedroom apartment: AED 140,000
For villas in Al Sufouh
- 2 bedroom villa: AED 110,000
- 3 bedroom villa: AED 190,000
- 4 bedroom villa: AED 200,000
- 5 bedroom villa: AED 430,000
Average sale prices in Al Sufouh are:
For apartments in Al Sufouh
- Studio apartment: AED 500,000
- 1 bedroom apartment: AED 900,000
- 2 bedroom apartment: AED 1,250,000
- 3 bedroom apartment: AED 2,000,000
For villas in Al Sufouh
- 4 bedroom villa: AED 6,000,000
- 5 bedroom villa: AED 7,500,000
What are properties like in Al Sufouh?
Apartments in Al Sufouh come in studio flats and 1 to 3-bed units in a range of sizes from 492 sq. ft to 1, 783 sq. ft. Residential buildings vary from mid-rise to high-rise towers and will often have a swimming pool, fitness centre, and 24-hour security.
Villas in Al Sufouh can feature up to 5-bedroom units surrounded by gardens, have a swimming pool, maid's room, study room, and generous storage space. Built in a contemporary modern design, the villas range between 1,875 sq. ft to 2,600 sq. ft. Community villas such as the Flamingo Villas have additional facilities like a tennis court.
What are noise levels like in Al Sufouh?
Quiet where the villas lie, with daily morning sounds of school buses making their rounds and parents heading to work. Closer to the commercial centres and universities, there will be noises from vehicles and construction. Occasionally, you might hear noises from loud events, celebrations, and the revving of a supercar engine.
At night, there's very little noise. When passing by a hotel, the music from the upstairs clubs may leak into the streets but this does not happen often.