Housing a variety of sports centres from the Meydan Racecourse to the Dubai Equestrian Club and Nad Al Sheba Cycle Track, Nad Al Sheba is a mixed-use residential community in Dubai
14 January 2020| Last updated on 15 January 2020
This neighbourhood in Dubai is comprised of four districts offering luxury villas, schools, green spaces, sports centres, and more...
Home to the grand Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba Cycle Track, and the future Meydan City development, Nad Al Sheba is a mixed-use district in Dubai with a collection of apartments, villas, educational institutes, community parks, and other commercial properties.
Split into four different parts, there's something for everyone in the area. Nad Al Sheba 1, located near Al Quoz 2, is the largest sub-community of the four and it is where you'll find the Meydan Racecourse, hotel, cycle track, etc.
Nad Al Sheba 2, 3, and 4 all follow a peaceful, suburban atmosphere thanks to its private villas. These three sub-communities are geared towards a family lifestyle due to the selection of residences on offer, schools from nurseries to high school, local parks, and other amenities, including the upcoming community shopping centre, the Nad Al Sheba Mall.
Find out if Nad Al Sheba is the home for you and your family in Dubai using our dedicated area guide, covering everything you need to know from what properties are available, price tag, amenities and facilities offered, driving distance to other parts of Dubai, and much more.
Public transport in Nad Al Sheba
Several RTA public bus stops can be found across Nad Al Sheba, with some feeder buses connecting passengers directly to the nearest metro station. Unfortunately, there are no Dubai metro stations within the district or are within walking distance. The nearest Dubai metro station is the Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall metro station.
Commute times by car from Nad Al Sheba
- to Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall: 12 minutes
- to Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC): 10 minutes
- to Dubai International Airport (DXB): 13 minutes
- to Academic City: 12 minutes
- to Dubai Investments Park: 27 minutes
- to Jumeirah: 17 minutes
Amenities and facilities in Nad Al Sheba
Residents and visitors at Nad Al Sheba will find an abundance of amenities.
- Supermarkets and smaller groceries, including Spinneys and Union Cooperative.
- Nurseries and schools offering international curriculums
- Restaurants and cafes with dine-in, takeaway, and delivery options, such as Wendy's, Costa Coffee, Tim Hortons, etc.
- Hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, and other medical centres
- Indoor gyms and other health centres
- Sports facilities, such as the Meydan Racecourse, Dubai Esquestrian Club, Nad Al Sheba Cycle Track, the Falcon Heritage and Sports Centre, shooting ranges, and much more
- Community parks
- Bank branches and ATMs
- Gas stations - ENOC petrol stations
Nad Al Sheba residents will find themselves spoiled for choice, as there is a wide selection of basic amenities and more on offer. Districts such as Downtown Dubai and the mammoth shopping complex, Dragon Mart 1 and 2, are also no more than a 20-minute drive away and are packed with plenty more choices for retail, dining, and leisure.
On top of of the grand Meydan Racecourse, the 60,000-seater horse racecourse, other sports facilities can be found in Nad Al Sheba for a variety of other activities, including the NAS Sports Complex which is home to a swimming pool, indoor stadium, FIFA-standard football field, IAAF-standard track, indoor courts, and even a health club. Keeping fit as a resident in Nad Al Sheba is made easier for it.
The neighborhoods in Nad Al Sheba are also spacious, allowing for jogging and dog-walking.
What's life like in Nad Al Sheba?
Life in Nad Al Sheba can be an active one, though not in terms of nightlife and popular tourism. This locality in Dubai is abundant in sports and fitness facilities, from the massive Meydan Racecourse to the NAS Sports Complex and Dubai Equestrian Club, which in turn attracts many UAE residents and visitors to make use of what's on offer.
It's not hard to stay active as a Nad Al Sheba resident. On top of the many sports centres, the area is spacious with untouched land and also has a few local parks.
For residents, the community provides a peaceful, private, and family-friendly environment, more so if you live in any one of the lovely villas on offer. The range of amenities available in Nad Al Sheba makes day to day activities convenient as well.
Nad Al Sheba by day
During the day, Nad Al Sheba 1 - the largest of all four sub-communities - can be full of activity throughout the year. District residents, other UAE residents, and visitors come to this side of the neighbourhood for a variety of sports and other health or fitness-related activities, such as running, horse-riding, football, shooting, and more.
Horseracing season means the Meydan Racecourse will be rife with epic equestrian action as avid racing fans flock to the tracks to watch the tournaments.
Towards the dominantly residential side of Nad Al Sheba 2, 3, and 4, it can get quite peaceful. Daytime sees children being dropped off or picked up from school and working family members commuting to work. Joggers, dog-walkers, and household help with smaller children may be seen taking advantage of the open space and community parks.
Nad Al Sheba by night
Activity continues on well until closing time for sports and fitness facilities at Nad Al Sheba.
By the time the evening rolls in, Nad Al Sheba 2, 3, and 4 slows down its pace. Residents typically head out to enjoy the amenities in the area, visit other neighbourhoods in Dubai, or stay indoors and call it a night.
Parking in Nad Al Sheba
Parking is available in most places in Nad Al Sheba, most of which are outdoors. All commercial sites usually have places to park outside, some of which are paid parking.
All apartments in the locality feature basement parking for its residents, with some outdoor lots for guests' cars. The Nad Al Sheba villas typically come with 1-2 private parking spaces, depending on the size of the house.
Who lives in Nad Al Sheba?
- Medium to large families
- UAE Nationals and expatriates
Many Emiratis and expats who are couples or have a medium to large family find a home in Nad Al Sheba. The area is popular for its easy connection to other parts of Dubai via the main roads, however public transport commuters and pedestrians may find travelling harder from Nad Al Sheba.
The wide range of schools, leisure activities, restaurants, as well as the selection of healthcare facilities and sports centres makes the area quite family-focused. It's also very peaceful, safe, and private in the residential areas.
Properties for rent and sale in Nad Al Sheba
Average annual rental prices in Nad Al Sheba are as follows:
- 2 bedroom apartment: AED 52,000
- 3 bedroom villa: AED 100,000
- 4 bedroom villa: AED 119,000
- 5 bedroom villa: AED 129,000
- 6 bedroom villa: AED 300,000
Average sales prices for properties in Nad Al Sheba are as follows:
- 4 bedroom villa: AED 3,200,000
- 5 bedroom villa: AED 3,450,000
- 7 bedroom villa: AED 16,000,000
What are properties like in Nad Al Sheba?
Residents will find a selection of apartments along with a wide offering of villas, which are the most popular choice among families in the area.
For those who prefer living in a flat, the Nad Al Sheba apartments are built in a modern style, with 1 to 3 bedroom units. These buildings usually come with 24-hour security, indoor gym, and rooftop swimming pool. The apartments typically have a balcony, offering some residents a fantastic view of the neighbourhood.
For the medium to large families who prefer the suburban lifestyle, the Nad Al Sheba villas are plentiful, luxurious, and spacious - most of which are two-storey units. Some of the villas come with a maid's room, private swimming pool, a private parking lot, garden or front yard, laundry rooms, storage space, and separate sheds outside of the house.
What are noise levels like in Nad Al Sheba?
It depends on which sub-community you're in. During events, of which there are a lot throughout the year, Nad Al Sheba 1 can be noisy the closer you are to the race tracks and sports facilities.
However, the residential sub-communities of Nad Al Sheba 2, 3, and 4 tend to experience very little noise. The villas have enough space between each other to minimise noise spilling in, but you might often hear the roar of the supercar engine.
The apartments are built with enough soundproofing to prevent sounds from the neighbours coming in, though this is limited. The area is spacious with plenty of upcoming developments, thus noise levels are usually low. You might hear the occasional sounds of loud parties next door, but policies are typically in place for each apartment wherein disruptive noises are prohibited. Simply ask your neighbour to lower the volume, and only ask for the help of security if your neighbour refuses to keep volumes low.