Explore where the ultra-rich live and buy property in Dubai
2 October 2019| Last updated on 6 October 2019
With golf courses, Italian marble floors, stunning interiors, private parks, clear pools, and more...
The most expensive of the seven emirates, sandcastles made of ambitious architecture continues to develop and change the City of Gold's stunning skyline.
Dubai's real estate market offers excellent value for money, of which many are on par with favourite destinations such as New York, London, Milan, and Paris.
Villas, townhouses, and chalets nestled among sprawling gardens, rolling green hills, lake or beachside views, and affluent, exclusive neighbourhoods offer the best in luxurious living. Elsewhere, in the heart of the city, premium residential towers equipped with the latest amenities, facilities, and gorgeous views of Dubai Marina, Downtown Dubai, and Palm Jumeirah, are hotspots for home-owners. There is no dearth of choices.
It's no surprise why the spectacular apartments and luxurious villas attract the eye of the uber-rich. Properties in Dubai enjoy a strategic location; year-round sunshine, a plethora of shopping and entertainment options, exciting cultural, sporting, and music festivities, and a convenient lifestyle - all combined as a magnet for residents and investors
Already, a growing number of over 2,500 multi-millionaires and 10 billionaires have made Dubai their home.
Ahead, we explore the top communities in Dubai for luxurious living, where your neighbours are some of the world's high net worth individuals.
1. Palm Jumeirah
If you're looking for a postcard scenery, the residences at Palm Jumeirah offers something very rarely found in the buzzy lifestyle of Dubai - peace and quiet. But its best-selling point is its location on the iconic man-made island.
Launched by master developer Nakheel Properties, the neighbourhood is home to luxurious private beach villas and mid to high-rise apartment buildings that come with lovely ocean views, garden space, swimming pool, sports and fitness facilities, and more.
Most luxury homeowners prefer properties that are near water bodies, making beachside and lakeside apartments or villas popular. High net worth individuals (HNWIs) typically opt for the visual and lifestyle indulgence offered by places such as Palm Jumeirah Its location gives residents beautiful beachfront views without straying too far from the beating heart of the city.
For an in-depth guide to Palm Jumeirah, including its amenities and rent/sale price, have a look at our dedicated guide here.
2. Downtown Dubai
If you've ever seen any photos of the Burj Khalifa, you'll already be aware of how beautiful the surrounding area is. However, that only gives a small taste of Downtown Dubai. Despite its name, this community has long been associated as the top end of town for residential living, offering excellent dining options, stylish shops and boutiques, close proximity to the mammoth Dubai Mall, and urban, pedestrian-friendly streets lined with an abundance of shops, premium cafes, and boutique stores.
Stroll down these streets to truly experience the vibrancy of Downtown Dubai. Property developments include The Residences, South Ridge Tower, Old Town, Old Town Island, and 29 Boulevard. Plus, waking up to a view of the Burj Khalifa from within a modern, spacious home? Nothing is more lux than this.
Check out our Downtown Dubai area guide to find out more about what this residential district has to offer.
3. Jumeirah Golf Estates
For fans of rolling green landscapes and the great game of kings, you will find it doesn't get much more upscale than the Jumeirah Golf Estates. This luxury location is where you'll find some of the most beautiful, spacious villas in Dubai, set against a stunning backdrop within a gated community. The neighbourhood is built around two world-class golf courses designed by legendary Australian golfer Greg Norman, and hosts the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
Jumeirah Golf Estates promises privacy and it's also a great place to maintain an active, family-friendly lifestyle thanks to the multiple amenities and facilities in its natural landscape. These include community parks, children's playgrounds, gym and fitness centres, and sports courts.
Explore this residential community through our handy area guide here.
4. Al Barari
If living in the pulse of the city and its concrete jungle isn't an attractive lifestyle to you, Al Barari is where you need to be. The area is one of the most expensive places to live in Dubai and for good reason - boasting a diverse selection of 1,800 trees and fauna, this sustainable, luxurious community is made up of 80% green space.
Featuring five residential districts among six themed gardens that draw inspiration from around the world, namely Mediterranean, Water Garden, Renaissance, Balinese, Contemporary, and Woodland Gardens; it's a treasure trove of photo opportunities, open-air living, and an ideal, serene environment to raise a family.
Homes here are a collection of uber-luxurious apartments and villas - The Nest, The Reserve, Ashjar, Seventh Heaven, and The Residences.
5. Emirates Hills
Inspired by the famous Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, US, the Emirates Hills neighbourhood is an exclusive, premiere destination for the top-earning expats in Dubai and wealthy investors. A highly sought-after, gated community, influences of its American counterpart can be seen everywhere in its luxurious touch, with its marble-clad designs, lush green landscapes, beautiful 18-hole golf course, and high price tag at AED 6 million onwards.
A family-oriented community with heaps of parks, children's playground, fitness centres, sports facilities, and BBQ areas, living in Emirates Hills means being neighbours with and sharing these amenities with many famous personalities from the UAE and beyond.
Is this the home for you? Find out using our area guide.