Explore a modern, budget-friendly, family-centred residential community that combines the buzz of city life with lush greenery
1 October 2019| Last updated on 6 January 2020
Take a look why this green haven is a magnet for cost-conscious expats in Dubai
Home to more than 26,000 affordable apartments, this 6 km-long drop of lush greenery within Dubai's busy city life offers people modern, residential architecture modelled after European neighbourhoods. Launched in 2004, Discovery Gardens is home to a variety of buildings surrounded by green landscapes, with inspiration from different gardens around the world: Zen, Contemporary, Mediterranean, Mogul, Cactus, and Mesoamerican.
On top of its spacious gardens, the abundance of amenities, facilities, and close proximity to Ibn Battuta Mall makes this an ideal neighbourhood for families, young couples, and singles.
Ahead, we've compiled your handy guide to Discovery Garden's location, amenities, properties, lifestyle, and more.
Public transport in Discovery Gardens
The nearest Dubai metro stops are Nakheel Harbour & Tower station and Ibn Battuta station. The planned new metro line for Expo 2020 will also be within close distance to Discovery Gardens.
18 bus stops can be found across the neighbourhood, with feeder buses that head towards the metro stations.
Commute times by car from Discovery Gardens
- to Dubai International Airport: 30 minutes
- to Jebel Ali: 22 minutes
- to Dubai Studio City: 16 minutes
- to Downtown Dubai: 25 minutes
- to Palm Jumeirah: 18 minutes
- to Dubai Internet City: 13 minutes
- to Dubai International Financial Centre: 22 minutes
- to Dubai Investments Park: 14 minutes
Amenities and facilities in Discovery Gardens
For residents of or are visiting the area, you'll find the following amenities and facilities in Discovery Gardens:
- Supermarkets including West Zone and smaller groceries
- Restaurants with dine-in, takeaway, and delivery options ranging from American, Middle Eastern, Asian, Italian cuisine
- Dog-friendly paths between residences
- Clinics and other healthcare facilities
- Family-friendly community parks
- Sports and fitness facilities such as gyms, basketball courts, public swimming pools, and tennis courts
- Prayer and worship facilities incluing mosques
- Several bank branches are within walking distance
- Hotels for short-term stays
In addition to all these convenient amenities, the massive Ibn Battuta Mall is also a short distance away, providing an abundance of restaurants, shopping options, and entertainment such as an IMAX cinema theatre. A popular destination for many Discovery Gardens residents, afternoons and evenings are often spent here with family and friends.
If you're looking for a nursery near Discovery Gardens, you can find the nearest and most suitable one for your child and lifestyle using our dedicated guide to Dubai's nurseries.
The nearest schools are located closeby in adjacent communities like The Gardens. Have a browse through our guide to Dubai schools, where you can pick from a range of curriculums including the UK National, International Baccalaureate (IB) system, American, and more.
For more hospital, clinic, and vet options, check out our health and wellness directory.
What's life like in Discovery Gardens?
Although Discovery Gardens is located in the city and well-connected to many of Dubai's bustling spots, residents come home to a community nestled within rich greenery, cycle paths, and jogging tracks.
Thanks to its sports and fitness facilities, residents can enjoy an active lifestyle at the local gym, tennis courts, basketball courts, and community swimming pools. People also make use of the green spaces for walking their pets, jogging, cycling, and other outdoor activities.
Located in Discovery Gardens is The Pavillion, a centre that caters to residents' convenience with restaurants that serve a variety of cuisines, a large supermarket, money exchange centre, beauty salons, laundry service, and much, much more.
When commuting in and out of the area, doing so by car is the most popular choice. Free parking is available, there are many taxis roaming the streets, and car-hailing services are frequent. For residents who don't drive, they rely on public transport that offers direct access to the nearest metro stations.
Several mosques are scattered across the neighbourhood for the faithful, with churches just a short drive away near Ibn Battuta Mall.
With all the amenities and facilities available, and even more choice that's within commutable distance, it's no surprise why Discovery Gardens is a popular place for expats with families.
Discovery Garden by day
A typical morning sees the gardens waking up to bustle of activity. Parents heading off to drop their children to school on the way to work, bright yellow buses making their rounds in the area to pick up students, working professionals waiting at the bus stops, and morning joggers and dog-walkers moving about. As a result, it's not unusual for the roads going in, out, and around Discovery Gardens to experience slight traffic in the mornings.
Throughout the rest of the day, the neighbourhood is quite peaceful. Residents and stay-at-home mums may be running errands at the local amenities. You might spot others having a coffee or a bite to eat with friends at the cafes and restaurants.
By the afternoon when the children have come home and the parents are just clocking off for the day, kids enjoy outdoor fun at the green spaces and facilities nearby. Ibn Battuta becomes a popular spot for afterschool hangouts among teenagers living in Discovery Gardens as the mall is closeby.
Discovery Garden by night
Usually quiet and relaxed, evenings in Discovery Garden usually see adults and parents making use of their free time at the basketball courts, tennis courts, fitness centres, or going out for a late-night jog. Residents typically travel out of the neighbourhood for entertainment and dining, with Ibn Battuta a go-to destination for its proximity and a wide variety of shopping, eating, and recreational activities.
Who lives in Discovery Gardens?
- Young couples
- Working bachelors
Most, if not all, the Discovery Gardens residents are comprised of expatriates who are attracted to its budget-friendly living spaces that offer convenience and a great environment for families to raise children without being too far from the city.
Properties for rent and sale in Discovery Gardens
Average rental prices for Discovery Gardens are as follows:
- Studio apartment: AED 30,000
- 1 bedroom apartment: AED 45,000
- 2 bedroom apartment: AED 80,000
Average sales prices for Discovery Gardens are as follows:
- Studio apartment: AED 320,000
- 1 bedroom apartment: AED 500,000
- 2 bedroom apartment: AED 750,000
What are properties like in Discovery Gardens?
Residential architecture in Discovery Gardens is low-rise, creating more of a European atmosphere than you’ll find in the modern, record-breaking towers across the road. A collection of studio, 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, and very rarely - 3 bedroom apartments, the large, spacious properties come with an affordable price tag for families, young couples, bachelors, and students. The design draws inspiration from various residential communities around the world, with trimmings that seem to be a mix of Italian and modern.
Despite being an apartment area within the city, it's largely favoured by expats for its surrounding gardens that offer residents a peaceful retreat from the concrete bustle of Dubai.
What are the noise levels like in Discovery Gardens?
Typical sounds one might hear while in Discovery Gardens include cars honking and the roar of a super-engine. As a residential area that provides a living space away from the busyness of the city, the noise levels rarely are high. There are also the occasional sounds of celebration from next-door neighbours, however, policies are in place at every apartment to keep noise levels down.