As one of the first villa communities in Dubai, the Arabian Ranches is a well sought after location by expats
Offering beautiful villas, landscapes and several amenities, the Arabian Ranches is one of the more establishd communities in Dubai.
Arabian Ranches – often referred to as ‘the Ranches’ – is one of the city’s first suburban neighbourhoods, and is an area that has made owning a villa in Dubai a reality for expatriates.
This affluent, villa-only community is spread over 1,650 acres, and its reputation as a haven attracts professional couples and families from all over the world seeking an exceptional lifestyle. Living here, you’ll discover a community filled with desirable homes, maintained gardens and a warm, communal welcome from your neighbours.
The entire area known as Arabian Ranches has been split since the development of the second phase, Arabian Ranches 2. The latter still has sub-communities being finalised, with the additional amenities brought to the area helping to expand the luxurious community.
Arabian Ranches feels a world away from the rest of Dubai, and is nestled in lush, green and family-friendly tranquillity.
Here’s our complete guide to what life is like living in this sought-after Dubai area.
Public transport in Arabian Ranches
- Nearest Dubai Metro stations include First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB), Mall of the Emirates and Sharaf DG
- RTA bus services operate from and to Mall of the Emirates
- RTA taxis can be found at Arabian Ranches Retail Centre and The Ranches Souk
Commute times by car from Arabian Ranches
Located between Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road, next to Dubai Studio City, you can reach the following from Arabian Ranches:
- to Mall of the Emirates: 19 minutes
- to Jebel Ali: 31 minutes
- to Downtown Dubai: 24 minutes
- to Dubai International Airport: 23 minutes
- to Mirdif: 25 minutes
- to Dubai Media City: 21 minutes
Amenities and facilities in Arabian Ranches
For residents who are living in or new in Arabian Ranches or Arabian Ranches 2, the following public amenities and facilities are on offer in the communities:
- Carrefour supermarkets in both communities
- A mixture of casual and fine dining options
- Pharmacies, pet shops, travel agencies and printers
- The Gift Box for gifts, home items and cards
- Nail spas and hair salons in town centres and the Arabian Ranches Golf Club
- Tennis, volleyball, basketball courts, skate parks and walking trails
- Community swimming pools, parks and children’s playgrounds
- Arabian Ranches Golf Club and Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club
- High school and nurseries
Those living in Arabian Ranches and Arabian Ranches 2 will enjoy the fact that both communities have their own community centre with supermarkets and amenities. You’ll find everything you need for daily living, including banks, salons, pharmacies and medical centres.
There’s also a few restaurants and cafes that are perfect for a catch-up with friends, evening out with a loved one or a pick-me-up on the way to work.
In terms of schooling, there is one English-speaking school as well as a couple of nurseries in the neighbourhood. There are also other schools available to residents in neighbouring areas that are only a short drive to/from.
For health clinics and dentists in Downtown Dubai, you can find the nearest one to you by using our directory, here.
What’s life like in Arabian Ranches?
- A safe, self-contained and self-sufficient gated community
- Prides itself on a strong sense of community
- Easy access to arterial roads like Umm Suqeim, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road
- Not overly flashy, but exudes a sense of approachable luxury
- A sought-after place to live by expats in Dubai
- Great for families, young children and pet-friendly
- Home to a world-class golf course
Arabian Ranches offers residents an exclusive lifestyle, “steeped in the mystery and splendour of the desert.” Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, residents living here can enjoy living life at their own pace.
The area is popular with professional couples and families who are looking to move from an apartment to a villa, and is the perfect place for growing families wanting to settle in the city. Properties are completely landscaped, and each sub-community has their own swimming pool, shaded paddling pool and some even have their own BBQ areas.
It’s also an ideal place to live for lovers of golf or equestrian activities, as the Arabian Ranches Golf Club and Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club are located in and near to the area.
If you’re single or a couple who are seeking something closer to city living or a beach lifestyle, the Arabian Ranches neighbourhood may not be at the top of your list.
Arabian Ranches by day
The tranquil surroundings of this Dubai neighbourhood contribute to its sense of calm and quiet. You’ll find your neighbours heading off to work for the day on a morning, or streets filled with parents taking their children to school. We should point out – getting out of the Arabian Ranches during rush hour can be stressful.
Once rush hour is over however, you’ll see mums catching-up with friends in the local coffee shops and restaurants, grocery shopping or taking their children to the pool or park.
On a weekend, Arabian Ranches is a popular place to visit for shopping, dining and entertainment – especially the golf club – for individuals who don’t necessarily live in the area.
Arabian Ranches by night
On an evening, you’ll find both the Arabian Ranches Retail Centre and the newer The Ranches Souk filled with parents and professionals finishing their errands for the day.
Both become busier as residents enjoy an evening meal out at any one of the several dining options in both communities, grab some last-minute groceries before the day ends or enjoy a small shopping spree after a day at work.
Who lives in Arabian Ranches?
- Professional couples and families
- Families who seek a safe, secure community to settle in
Thanks to the Ranches’ suburban lifestyle, the neighbourhood is popular with young couples and families wishing to settle and enjoy villa living.
As it is one of Dubai’s first established communities, you’ll find some residents living here have done so for years, and most likely own their property.
Properties for rent and sale in Arabian Ranches
Average rental prices in Arabian Ranches are as follows:
- 2 bedroom villa/townhouse: AED 140,000
- 3 bedroom villa/townhouse: AED 160,000
- 4 bedroom villa: AED 195,000
- 5 bedroom villa: AED 240,000
- 6 bedroom villa: AED 280,000
Average sales prices for properties in Arabian Ranches are as follows:
- 2 bedroom villa/townhouse: AED 1,900,000
- 3 bedroom villa/townhouse: AED 2,990,000
- 4 bedroom villa: AED 3,850,000
- 5 bedroom villa: AED 4,700.000
- 6 bedroom villa: AED 5,750,000
What are properties like in Arabian Ranches?
There is over 4,000+ residential properties available in the Ranches, and each sub-community offers different types within their gates. The sub-communities in the original Ranches development include Alma, Alvorada, Al Mahra, Al Reem, Hattan Villas, La Avenida, Mirador, Mirador La Coleccion, Palmera, Saheel, Savannah and Terra Nova.
In the newer Arabian Ranches 2, there are more sub-communities; CASA at Arabian Ranches, The Golf Homes, Lila, Rasha, Samara, Yasmin, Polo Homes, Rosa, Assel and Azalea.
All offer a desirable location to live for expats in Dubai. Both developments are architecturally inspired by the Mediterranean and Arabian-inspired designs, offering a range of different layouts and styles with maid’s rooms, community facilities or in the case of larger villas, their own private pool.
What are noise levels like in Arabian Ranches?
In Arabian Ranches, rarely will you be disturbed by noise pollution in the area. Expect the sounds of daily life, as children meet-up in the parks or at the pool, with the occasional sound of a basketball or tennis ball hitting the ground or a racket.
Otherwise, this serene community is generally quiet. On very rare occasions, like the annual 24h race at Motor City’s Autodrome, you may hear noise from an event in a nearby community – but as we’ve said, it’s a rare occurrence.
- The community is gated and landscaped, protected from Dubai’s main roads
- In Arabian Ranches 2, you may hear some construction noise as the development is being finalised
- Prayers can be heard from local mosques in the community
- Infrequent events in nearby Dubai areas may be heard