In this extensive and comprehensive Area Guide, we explore the various communities in Dubai and present the key highlights, amenities, recreational facilities, famous landmarks, and popular haunts to guide you when looking for a neighbourhood to visit or live in Dubai. Take a peek in each of the areas in Dubai and choose the ideal district that fits your lifestyle, needs and preferences.

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Everybody can find the ideal location in Dubai. There is a community here for you whether you enjoy the hustle and bustle of city life, peaceful vistas of golf courses, or the gorgeous turquoise sea. In Dubai, every neighbourhood is purposefully planned to be a manageable drive from the international airport and the downtown business sector. Everywhere you go, hotels, eateries, and entertainment options will be unique to each community!

Location is crucial when buying, selling, or renting real estate in Dubai. Additionally, the community’s design should complement your needs and way of life. Communities in Dubai are home to a diverse range of residents, including young professionals, sports enthusiasts, beach and nature lovers, and families with young children. The majority of Dubai’s communities are teeming with sports facilities, shopping malls, community swimming pools, outdoor spaces, and much more.

Here is an overview of each of the communities in Dubai to guide you in your search on where to live and be based in the city of dreams:

Dubai Media City

Known as a tax-free zone and media hub, Dubai Media City (DMC) is one of Dubai’s most advanced areas. Companies based in Dubai Media City include a variety of international firms, news companies, tech startups, and media centers, and is the location of the highly popular and sprawling outdoor venue , Dubai Media City Ampitheatre.

Business Bay

Filled with high-rise office buildings, chic condominiums and luxury hotels, Business Bay Dubai is truly a modern financial district in Dubai that equally offers a lot of mid-priced shopping options at Bay Avenue mall, along with family-friendly dining options. Dubai Water Canal is situated in this vibrant area that unites the city’s joggers and cycling enthusiasts who enjoy the paths and tracks along Dubai Creek.

Town Square

Launched in Dubai in 2015 by the developer NSHAMA, Town Square Dubai is a 750 acres development project located along Al Qudra Road. This suburban community consists of townhouses and apartments, with new properties to be built and rolled out over 10 years.


Home to the Trump International Golf Club Dubai, DAMAC Hills is a self-contained neighborhood that is dotted with villas, townhouses, apartments and a variety of hotels. DAMAC Hills Dubai offers a stress-free and laid-back lifestyle, and continues to attract a lot of families to this well-established community.

Downtown Dubai

Considered as Dubai’s main tourism hub, Downtown Dubai is the home to the world-famous Burj Khalifa skyscraper, with its observation deck visited by a stream of tourists every year, and the dancing Dubai Fountain, where a mix of Emiratis and international visitors gather to watch and appreciate the musical light shows. The vibrant area of Downtown Dubai includes the vast Dubai Mall that offers global fashion brands and restaurants.

Dubai Marina

Deemed as one of the more affluent residential neighbourhoods in Dubai, the Dubai Marina is known for its large man-made marina where yachts cruise through, and The Beach at JBR, a leisure multiplex with a lot of dining choices. Residents in this area enjoy the artisan craft markets and the cafes that are situated at the Dubai Marina Walk and shopping at the chic and modern Dubai Marina Mall.

Jumeirah Village Circle

 Ideally situated in the heart of new Dubai, Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC) offers a variety of luxurious amenities to families and residents who live in villas and high-end townhouses located within its gated community. This neighborhood is developed by Nakheel, one of the leading real estate developers in Dubai. 


A project launched in 2006 as part of the Dubailand development, Arjan is a new district situated in the middle of Al Barsha South and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road. The Dubai Motor City is located down south of Arjan which is home to the famous Dubai Autodrome. This neighborhood has residential complexes, office buildings and retail developments and is also popular for having the Dubai Butterfly Garden and the Dubai Miracle Garden.

Jumeirah Beach Residence

 Located on the coast of the Persian Gulf in Dubai Marina, the Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) is one of the sought-after waterfront communities in Dubai, with a residential development that includes Jumeirah Beach Residence 1 and Jumeirah Beach Residence 2. This community’s popular key landmarks include The Beach and The Walk.

Palm Jumeirah

The Palm Jumeirah Island is a tree-shaped island well-known for its luxurious hotels, posh penthouses and apartment towers where a lot of luxury lifestyle loving residents live. This chic community has a myriad of upmarket international restaurants and also pop up kiosks and food trucks that are situated on the Palm Jumeirah Boardwalk, with its breathtaking views of the coastline of Dubai and the Burj Al Arab hotel.

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