ABOUT AL REEM
Al Reem is part of Arabian Ranches – a freehold community located in the suburbs of Dubai developed by Emaar Properties. Al Reem was launched in 2005 and completed in 2007 and is the largest enclave in Arabian Ranches. It is divided into Al Reem 1, Al Reem 2 and Al Reem 3. Each of these sub-communities offers their own amenities such as parks, a tennis court, community pools and more.
Al Reem is the largest and most affordable community in Arabian Ranches, this is due to a few factors. It is one of the few sub-communities in Arabian Ranches that contains townhouses/attached villas while other communities boast independent villas. Another factor is that it is located on the eastern end of Arabian Ranches close to the construction site of Cityland Mall. Some properties offer views of the on-going construction while others overlook the lake in Al Reem. This factor also affects the prices of buying and renting property in Al Reem.
IN A NUTSHELL
- The largest community in Arabian Ranches
- Composed of 1,100 townhouses
- Features 2 and 3-bedroom townhouses/attached villas with maid’s rooms
- Located along Latifa Bint Hamdan Road (D67) and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road (E311)
- Some properties offer a view of the Al Reem lake which also has a fountain
- The community boasts two communal pools and one communal tennis court
Like all other communities in Arabian Ranches, Al Reem offers a family-friendly lifestyle for its residents. It is a gated community with 24-hour security.
Popular points of interest in Al Reem are:
- Its three parks
- The Al Reem lake which features the Al Burrow Fountain
- The communal tennis court and swimming pools
For outdoor activities, there are children’s play areas and separate tracks for jogging and bicycling.
PROPERTIES IN AL REEM
Properties in Al Reem vary from 2 and 3-bedroom townhouses ranging from 1,690 sq. ft. to 3,060 sq. ft. The architecture of the townhouses boasts Spanish and Arabic influences.
- The starting prices to rent a 2-bedroom house in Al Reem is AED 90k.
- Rental prices for 3-bedroom homes in Al Reem range from AED 110k to AED 190k.
The difference in the prices is due to the fact that some homeowners have upgraded their townhouses with the addition of a private pool, built-in barbeque pits, beautifully landscaped yards or a study. A few of the higher priced residences also offer views of the lake.
Al Reem is also a popular community in Arabian Ranches among investors.
- One can expect to pay anywhere between AED 1.25M to AED 2M for a 2-bedroom home in Al Reem.
- The average price for a 3-bedroom house for sale in Al Reem is AED 2.25M.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING SPACES IN AL REEM
Each townhouse in Al Reem comes with covered parking space for two vehicles. There is ample street parking for visitors.
Those relying on public transport will find that even though Al Reem is further away from the city one can still get around. There are two bus stops near the community called Arabian Ranches Al Reem 3 and Arabian Ranches Al Reem 2. These are located near the front gates of the community and would require quite a bit of a walk depending on where you live in Al Reem. The bus reaching Al Reem is the F30 feeder bus from the Mall of the Emirates metro station. The same metro station is the closest to the community, roughly 25 minutes away by car.
Since it is a gated community, it is not easy to find a taxi. Residents and visitors can order one to their location through the RTA app or rely on other taxi-hailing apps such as Uber and Careem.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
SUPERMARKETS NEAR AL REEM
There is no supermarket in Al Reem, the nearest one would be the Carrefour Market in the Arabian Ranches Retail Centre which is 3 km away or 5 minutes away depending on traffic conditions. There is a small ZOOM mart which is part of the ENOC petrol pump just outside of the Al Reem 3 sub-community. For larger grocery hauls residents can visit the Spinneys supermarket in Motor City, 12 minutes away and the Carrefour Hypermarket in City Centre Me’aisem, 18 minutes away.
MOSQUES NEAR AL REEM
The Al Rahman Mosque near Al Reem is located opposite the Arabian Ranches Retail Centre. As a part of the Polo Homes community in Arabian Ranches, there is Masjid Salam, it is a large mosque that is favoured by residents for its Friday prayers. Masjid Salam is at a 10-minute distance from the Al Reem community. The Ranches Souk in Arabian Ranches 2 contains a mosque as part of the community centre. This is roughly 15 minutes away from Al Reem.
OTHER PLACES OF WORSHIP NEAR AL REEM
As Dubai is a city made of residents and visitors of different cultures one can expect to find many different places of worship in the city. The closest church to Al Reem is Casa de Oración Torre Fuerte in Barsha South, 20 minutes away. Other churches in the Jebel Ali area are 26 minutes away, such as Christ Church Jebel Ali, St. Mina Coptic Orthodox Church, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and more. Located on the other side of Dubai, the Oud Mehta area is 31 minutes away and houses St. Mary’s Catholic Church, St. Thomas Orthodox Cathedral, The Dubai City Church and more.
Hindu residents will have to travel to the Bur Dubai district to visit Hindu temples. Here residents will find the Shiva Temple, Shree Krishna Haveli and ShrinathJi Temple. Sikh residents will also find the Sikh Gurudwara and the Sindhi Gurdarbar here. All these options are under 30 minutes away from Al Reem. Sikh residents can also visit the large Gurunanak Darbar Sikh Gurudwara next to the churches in Jebel Ali. The religious site is spread over 100,000 sq. ft and can hold up to 50,000 worshippers. The only Buddhist temple in Dubai is the Mahamevnawa Buddhist Temple in Jumeirah 1 which is 30 minutes away from Al Reem.
SCHOOLS NEAR AL REEM
There are quite a few educational options near the community.
Nursery options include
- Raffles Nursery in Arabian Ranches in the Saheel enclave.
- Jebel Ali Village Nursery in Uptown Motor City
- Blossom Nursery in Mudon
- Raffles Nursery in Arabian Ranches 2 – the second phase of the popular Arabian Ranches community.
Schools near Al Reem consist of
- Jumeirah English Speaking School (JESS) near Al Reem
- Ranches Primary School in Arabian Ranches 2
- GEMS Heritage Indian School near the City of Arabia community in Dubailand.
JESS is one of the best schools in Dubai. It has consistently been rated as ‘outstanding’ by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), which is the governmental agency that regulates and reviews private schools in Dubai. JESS offers the British curriculum from Foundation Stage 1 (FS1) to Year 11 and then the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum for Year 12 and 13. JESS is located in Arabian Ranches near the Alma and Savannah communities.
Ranches Primary School offers the British curriculum from FS1 to Year 6. GEMS Heritage Indian School is roughly 14 minutes away. It offers the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) curriculum as set by the Government of India.
Many universities are part of Dubai International Academic City (DIAC). Those looking for higher education options can choose from Zayed University, The British University in Dubai, Heriot-Watt University Dubai and more. DIAC is located 22 minutes away from Al Reem. Slightly further away at a 33-minute drive is Knowledge Park. It is home to many universities and educational institutes. The American University in Dubai is also close to Knowledge Park.
CLINICS AND HOSPITALS NEAR AL REEM
The closest medical facilities to Al Reem are:
- Mediclinic Arabian Ranches in The Retail Centre
- Aster Medical Centre in The Ranches Souk, Arabian Ranches 2
- Mediclinic Parkview Hospital on Umm Suqeim Street
Clinics near Al Reem consist of Mediclinic Arabian Ranches in The Retail Centre and Aster Medical Centre in The Ranches Souk, Arabian Ranches 2. There is also IMC Medical Center in Barsha South, Medcare Medical Centre and Prime Medical Centre in Motor City. Niche clinics include The Chiron Clinic located in The Sustainable City, it is an alternative medicine provider focusing on providing holistic health treatments. As well as Plato Chiropractic Health Clinic which focuses on diagnosing and providing rehabilitation and preventative treatments for specific health conditions.
There is a Medi Link Pharmacy in The Retail Centre and a Bin Sina Pharmacy in The Ranches Souk.
The closest hospital to the Al Reem community is the Mediclinic Parkview Hospital on Umm Suqeim Street (D63). It is located at a distance of 10 km or 17 minutes by car. Al Zahra Hospital and Saudi German Hospital are both reputable medical facilities in Al Barsha, 26 minutes away.
Al Reem is located on the eastern end of Arabian Ranches it is close to many residential communities and entertainment destinations.
Residential communities near Al Reem are:
- City of Arabia
- Living Legends
Further east of Al Reem lie the Dubailand communities of City of Arabia, Majan, Living Legends, Al Barari and more. Some of these are still under development, once fully completed they will offer many amenities to the residents of the nearby areas such as mosques, shopping malls, leisure attractions and more.
Entertainment destinations near Al Reem include:
- The theme park IMG Worlds of Adventure
- Global Village
- Cityland Mall (currently under construction)
- Plantation Equestrian and Polo Club
To the east, it is close to leisure attractions such as the theme park IMG Worlds of Adventure and Global Village which is open only during the winter months of Dubai. Al Reem is close to other communities of Arabian Ranches such as Mirador, Savannah and Terra Nova which lies to the west of Al Reem. To the south is the Plantation Equestrian and Polo Club which was launched in 2004 but is yet to be completed. Towards the north of Al Reem lies the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road (E311) highway.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
MALLS NEAR AL REEM
There is The Retail Centre which is a small community centre for the residents of Arabian Ranches. It consists of a few stores only, popular options include:
- Carrefour Market - a supermarket
- The Custom Shop - a menswear clothing shop
- Faces - a leading beauty product retailer
Here you will find a few retail options such Grand Optics for eyewear, Faces for beauty products and The Custom Shop which is a menswear clothing shop. There are a few other stores such as Eezi Clean which is a dry cleaner’s, a travel agency called Prime Travels and African + Eastern which is an establishment that is permitted to sell alcohol to non-Muslims. There is an Early Learning Centre (ELC) educational toy store for children and a Pets Delight which focuses on items for household pets. In terms of food and beverage options, there is a mix of casual dining restaurants and fast food eateries in the mall.
Popular stores in The Ranches Souk consist of:
- Mother Care - a retail store specializing in products for mothers and children
- Sun and Sand Sports - an athletic retail store
- Carrefour Market - a supermarket
- Magic Planet - an indoor amusement park
The Ranches Souk over in Arabian Ranches 2 is a larger community mall. It features many more retail options such as Mother Care, a store for mothers and children, the makeup store MAC and Virgin Megastore which has different sections for quirky items, books, movies, electronics and more. The Ranches Souk is also home to a Magic Planet amusement park which has many games and rides for children.
Other malls nearby include First Avenue Mall in Motor City and My City Centre Al Barsha in Barsha South. Both these malls can be reached within 15 minutes and feature around 30+ retail stores and a few food and beverage outlets.
A larger mall near Al Reem is Dubai Outlet Mall, it is located in Dubailand roughly 20 minutes away. It features many retail stores and leading brands offering discounts and offers. A few brands in Dubai Outlet Mall include Adidas, Nike, Coach and Burberry among many others. Some of the best malls in Dubai such as Dubai Marina Mall, Mall of the Emirates and Ibn Battuta Mall are all at a distance of 30 minutes, depending on traffic conditions.
Cityland Mall is currently under construction and when completed will be right next to the Al Reem community, under 10 minutes away. The mall will cover 1.1 million sq. ft. with over 350 retail outlets, 75 food and beverage options, a 12-screen cinema and a central park covering 200,000 sq. ft.
RESTAURANTS NEAR AL REEM
Residents can choose from these food options in The Retail Centre:
- Burger King
- Pizza Hut
- Costa Coffee
- Caribou Coffee
- Al Arab Restaurant
- Shakespeare and Co
- Man'Oushe Street
These are the offerings in The Ranches Souk:
- Cold Stone Creamery
- Caribou Coffee
- Bateel Cafe
- Chez Sushi
- Paul Cafe
Casual dining restaurants near Al Reem consist of Al Arab Restaurant and Man’Oushe Street both offering Lebanese cuisine and Shakespeare and Co. which offers an international menu in a Victorian-era setting. Fast food outlets include Burger King and Pizza Hut, there is also a branch of Costa Coffee and Caribou Coffee for those looking for a caffeine fix.
The Ranches Souk has more variety in terms of restaurants. Restaurants include the Arabic eatery Leila, Italian bistro Carluccio’s and Japanese Chez Sushi Restaurant. Cafes include Bateel Café and Paul Café. The only fast food outlet in The Ranches Souk is a McDonald’s, there is also a Caribou Coffee and a Coldstone Creamery present in the mall.
There are only two licensed restaurants in the vicinity, The Ranches Restaurant and Maison Mathis. Both are located in the Arabian Ranches Golf Club and offer a range of international dishes on their menu. Nightlife options in the area are limited to the Birdies Sports Lounge in the Arabian Ranches Golf Club and Ippos Lounge and Terrace in the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club which is just opposite Arabian Ranches and a 10-minute drive from Al Reem. Other licensed venues can be found in Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) and Dubai Marina.
BEACHES NEAR AL REEM
Most beaches are 30 minutes away from Al Reem. Popular beaches nearby include JBR Beach, Jumeirah Beach and Kite Beach. JBR Beach is located in the bustling district, close to many hotels and restaurants. Jumeirah Beach offers many fitness amenities, separate jogging and cycling tracks and a few restaurants that overlook the water. Kite Beach is known for its food stalls and vibrant atmosphere. There are many leisure attractions such as games and outdoor rides at Kite Beach.
If all you’re looking to do is swim, then the community swimming pools in Al Reem are a good option. There are communal swimming pools in Al Reem 1 and Al Reem 3. A few of the townhouses in Al Reem come with their own private pools as well.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
The closest landmarks are:
- IMG Worlds of Adventure
- Global Village
- Arabian Ranches Golf Club
- Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club
Al Reem is located close to the IMG Worlds of Adventure theme park, which is the largest indoor theme park in the world. It can host up to 20,000 visitors in its five separate zones. It has zones dedicated to rides and games based on the Cartoon Network and Marvel heroes characters. The theme park also has a 12-screen 7-star Novo Cinemas.
Then there is Global Village, a large leisure attraction that features multi-cultural pavilions. The village features vendors from all over the world, there are over 27 pavilions with new additions every year. Global Village has much to offer, visitors can try different cuisines, visit the street markets, enjoy the daily events and experience so much more. Global Village is open in the winter time of Dubai which normally ranges from the end of October to mid-April. These dates are subject to change every year.
There are two sports and leisure venues near Al Reem, the Arabian Ranches Golf Club and the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club. The Arabian Ranches Golf Club is an 18-hole, par 72 golf course which features a well-maintained desert style championship golf course as well as a training facility for players of all levels. It is a popular location in the Arabian Ranches community to hosts events. The Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club hosts local and international polo events and has two polo fields as well. The stables can accommodate up to 357 horses and offers the highest level of care. The polo club also offers wellness facilities such as a gym, a temperature-controlled swimming pool and a spa.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
Residents can keep fit at the:
- Tennis court in Al Reem 2
- Swimming pools in Al Reem 1 and 3
- Three parks in Al Reem 1, 2 and 3
- Fitness First in Arabian Ranches
Al Reem has many green outdoor spaces, in fact, there are a total of three parks in the community itself. These parks are centrally located for each community. Al Reem 2 has a tennis court that can be booked for community members. There are also communal swimming pools in Al Reem 1 and 3 for residents. Residents can also purchase a membership to the Arabian Ranches Golf Club. This provides access to its golf course and its training facilities for a nominal fee.
Other gyms in the area include the Fitness First in the Leisure Club in Arabian Ranches 2, Beaufort Gym in Uptown Motor City and Optimal Fitness near the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club
Salons and spas nearby include:
- Tips and Toes in The Retail Centre, Arabian Ranches 1
- N Style Nail Lounge in The Ranches Souk, Arabian Ranches 2
- Belle Femme Salon in Arabian Ranches 2
- The Haven Spa in Layan Community
- The Spa at Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club
Salons near Al Reem include the Tips and Toes in The Retail Centre, N Style Nail Lounge in The Ranches Souk and Belle Femme Salon in the Leisure Club. Sea Salt Spa in The Sustainable City, The Haven Spa in Layan Community and The Spa at Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club are spas near Al Reem.
Al Reem and Arabian Ranches are known for its community environment, the area celebrates many events such as Chinese New Year, Halloween, Earth Hour and more. The neighbourhood also has other events such as movie nights, fairs and festivals for community members.
SOCIAL COMMUNITY GROUPS
Those looking to keep in touch with their fellow community members can join the Facebook group called Arabian Ranches Community. For Al Reem residents there is only one Facebook group available to join called Al Reem 1, 2 & 3 Mums & Kids Group.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Al Reem is part of the prestigious Arabian Ranches community. While living in the Arabian Ranches community is a popular option for families, one thing to consider is that not all townhouses are the same. A few overlook the lake while the others are right next to the highway and the construction site for the new Cityland Mall. This affects prices for those looking to rent or buy townhouses in Al Reem.
- Located close to the Cityland Mall which is under construction
- Global Village is just 5 minutes away by car
- IMG Worlds of Adventure is also a short 10-minute drive away
- Dubai International Academic City is at a distance of 20 minutes
- Dubai International Airport is at a 26-minute distance
- Downtown Dubai and Burj Khalifa are under 30 minutes away