ABOUT AL SAFA 2
Al Safa 2 is a sub-community within the greater district of Al Safa. The area is home to a few government offices, consulates and medical centres. Residents can also find many villas for rent in Al Safa 2.
IN A NUTSHELL
- A mixed-use community
- Mainly home to villas for rent
- Home to Al Manara Center (Dubai Municipality office)
- Freehold area for UAE and GCC locals
Al Safa 2 is a highly-developed neighbourhood within Dubai and its residential properties are home to both expats and locals. It is also mostly a pet-friendly area but do check with your landlord beforehand if pets are allowed in the property you are considering.
Popular points of interest include:
- A kids water park called ‘Splash and Party’
- Safa 2 Park
- Al Manara Center (Dubai Municipality office)
There are three public parks called Safa 2 Park 1, 2 and 3, respectively. There is also a basketball court in Safa 2 Park 2 for residents.
PROPERTIES IN AL SAFA 2
Properties in Al Safa 2 mainly consist of villas but there are a few apartments for rent available. Typical 1-bed apartments for rent come with a master bedroom, two bathrooms and 890 sq. ft. of floor space. Tenants can expect the following when it comes to rental rates:
- 1-bedroom rental apartments in Al Safa 2 average at a rental price of AED 61k.
Those interested in renting villas in Al Safa 2 can choose from several options. The sizes for villas in the area ranges from 3,000 sq. ft. to 15,000 sq. ft. You can choose from independent houses or those in villa compounds.
Popular villa options are the 3, 4 and 5-bed units. Al Safa 2 is also home to villas with 6 or more bedrooms; common options include luxury 7-bed houses. Most of the villas in Al Safa 2 come with amenities such as rooms for the house help, landscaped gardens, private swimming pools and barbecue areas.
The rental prices for villas in Al Safa 2 are:
- The rental price for 3-bed villas in Al Safa 2 starts from AED 125k and can go up to AED 160k per annum
- 4-bed houses in Al Safa 2 can be rented from AED 150k to AED 300k
- Villas for rent with 5-bedrooms are priced between AED 170k and AED 290k
Compound Living in Al Safa 2
Like many of its neighbouring areas, Al Safa 2 is also home to a few compound villa communities. Compound villas are often small gated communities in the area. Some of the pros of living in a villa compound are that it offers a safe and secure environment, a tight-knit community and access to shared amenities.
One of the most well-known compounds in Al Safa 2 is Bayti 22, managed by Meraas Group. As the name suggests it is home to 22 villas. The compound features 4-bed villas each with a maid’s room, laundry room and landscaped gardens. The compound also provides access to facilities such as pools, gyms and children’s play areas. The Bayti 22 compound is located close to Safa 2 Park 1.
There is also the pet-friendly Al Wasl Village compound which features 26 semi-detached 4-bed villas, each with their own private pool. All villas also come with a private garden and terrace, a barbecue area, a laundry room and a maid’s room. Each unit offers 3,206 sq. ft. of living space. The Al Wasl Village villa compound is located along Al Wasl Road, near Spinneys in Al Safa 2.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING SPACES IN AL SAFA 2
All of the villas in Al Safa 2 come with at least one dedicated parking space. Larger units come with up to 14 parking spaces, paid street parking spaces are also available outside the units.
Al Safa 2 is close to the Noor Bank Metro Station and also has many bus stops within the community, mainly along Al Wasl Road.
The main roads that link to this community are Al Wasl Road (D92), which separates the area from Um Suqeim 1, and Sheikh Zayed Road (E11).
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
SUPERMARKETS NEAR AL SAFA 2
There is no shortage of supermarkets in Al Safa 2. There is a large Spinneys supermarket in Al Safa 2, in the Umm Suqeim Center. Additional amenities at this branch of Spinneys is a recycling facility and a post box. Spinneys is located close to the Al Wasl Village villa compound.
There are a few smaller grocery shops in the community such as Asghar Aziz Grocery, Jabal Al Madina Grocery and Rayhan Al Wadi Grocery.
MOSQUES IN AL SAFA 2
There are several mosques in Al Safa 2. Some examples include Jummah Masjid, Al Hajjah Zinab Mosque, Al Bara’ Bin Aazib Mosque and Umm Yahya Mosque. There is also the large Aisha Butti Al Mulla Masjid near Safa 2 Park 1 and the Bayti 22 villa compound.
OTHER PLACES OF WORSHIP NEAR AL SAFA 2
There are a few churches near Al Safa 2. The nearest option is Emirates Baptists Church, located in the district of Al Barsha 1 and is 14 minutes away.
There is no shortage of temples near Al Safa 2. Most of them are located in the Bur Dubai community, which is a 20-minute drive away. Some famous temples in this community include Shree Krishna Haveli, ShrinathJi Temple and Shiva Temple. Sikh residents can visit either the Shiridi Sai Baba Mandir in Bur Dubai or the Gurunanak Darbar Sikh Gurdwara located in the district of Jebel Ali, 20 minutes away.
SCHOOLS NEAR AL SAFA 2
Nurseries near Al Safa 2 include:
- Kangaroo Kids Nursery
- Toddler Town British Nursery
- Milestones Nursery
Kangaroo Kids Nursery is located in the centre of the community and caters to kids between the ages of 4 months to 4 years. The nursery follows the British EYFS curriculum and provides children with learning zones, innovative facilities and a spacious natural garden to explore.
Toddler Town British Nursery also follows the British EYFS curriculum but accepts children from 2 months up to 4 years. Milestones Nursery follows the HighScopes curriculum for children aged between 4 months and 4 years. Other nurseries in Al Safa 2 include The Palace Nursery, Raindrops Nursery, MindChamps Nursery and Horizon Kids Nursery.
Al Safa 2 is home to Umm Suqeim Girls Schol which is a public school located next to Safa 2 Park 1. Private schools near Al Safa 2 include:
- Jumeirah College
- GEMS Jumeirah Primary School
- Jumeirah English Speaking School
Jumeirah College offers the National Curriculum of England from Year 7 to Year 13. It is known to be one of the best schools in Dubai and is located in Al Safa 1, a 5-minute drive away from Al Safa 2. Located close to Jumeirah College is GEMS Jumeirah Primary School, it also offers the National Curriculum of England but from FS1 to Year 6.
Jumeirah English Speaking School is another popular British curriculum school in the area. It admits students from FS1 to Year 6, it is also located in Al Safa 1, roughly 7 minutes away. Al Ittihad Private School follows the American curriculum from pre-primary to Year 12.
Universities near Al Safa 2 include American University in Dubai, Middlesex University Dubai and the University of Bradford near Dubai Media City, roughly 20 minutes away.
CLINICS AND HOSPITALS NEAR AL SAFA 2
- Medcare Hospital
- Prime Medical Centre
- Samaa Medical Centre
- iCare Clinics
There are several clinics and hospitals near Al Safa 2. For instance, the Medcare Women’s and Children Hospital is located in the north of the community. Clinics near Al Safa 2 consist of Prime Medical Centre and Samaa Medical Centre, both are located in Al Safa 1. iCare Clinics is located inside the Oasis Mall, located 11 minutes away, it is a great option for patients seeking OPD medical treatments.
For residents concerned about the health and wellness of their pets, British Veterinary Hospital and European Veterinary Centre are located just outside the boundaries of Al Safa 2.
Residential communities nearby include:
- Umm Suqueim 1
- Al Safa 1
- Al Quoz 3
- Al Manara
Umm Suqeim 1 lies to the north, it features a similar lifestyle to Al Safa 2. To the east lies the greater vicinity of Al Safa 1, it is known for its excellent school district. Heading south, residents will find the locality of Al Quoz 3. The greater Al Quoz area is home to several art galleries. Going west of the border, there is the district of Al Manara, this is an upscale residential area that has several villas and townhouses. It is also home to a strip of offices and casual dining restaurants.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
MALLS NEAR AL SAFA 2
Malls near Al Safa 2 include:
- Time Square Centre Dubai
- Mall of the Emirates
- Oasis Mall
There is no shortage of malls near Al Safa 2, Time Square Centre is located at a distance of 10 minutes. It is home to a few retail stores and a large branch of AdventureHQ. Mall of the Emirates is at a distance of 12 minutes, it is one of the most popular malls in Dubai. Oasis Mall is located at a distance of 11 minutes via Sheikh Zayed Road.
RESTAURANTS NEAR AL SAFA 2
Restaurants inside Mall of Emirates include:
- Charlie’s Philly Cheesesteaks
- 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria
For those who want to try out the famous Philadelphia cheesesteak, Charlie’s Philly Cheesesteaks is a must-visit destination. Chowking specialises in amazing Filipino cuisines. Other interesting places for dining include 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria.
Restaurants near Al Safa 2 include:
- Sul Fiume
- Indian Pavilion restaurant
- Oasis Restaurant
There are some great formal and casual dining eateries nearby. For example, the Sul Fiume is just 2 minutes away. It is located on Indigo Building, Exit No. 45, Sheikh Zayed Rd. Sul Fiume and it is famous for its BBQ platters and grilled meats. For those who enjoy authentic vegetarian Indian cuisine, there is the Indian Pavilion Restaurant that serves traditional Indian snacks and vegetarian thalis. One can reach this venue in just 5 minutes heading east. Oasis Restaurant is 6 minutes away and serves fast food.
Nearby licensed facilities include Dhow & Anchor, which is a gastropub located inside Lobby level, Jumeirah Beach Hotel. One can reach this facility in 13 minutes heading north-west. Right next to this facility is the Ocean Blue/Pool Bar. Here residents will find a casual waterfront dining environment with a varied selection of seafood and different types of alcoholic beverages.
BEACHES NEAR AL SAFA 2
Residents can reach over ten public beaches near Al Safa 2 in under 15 minutes. Some popular beaches include the Open Beach, which is located at a 15-minute drive. Another option, Jumeirah Beach, is located at a 13-minute drive. This beach is most frequently visited by western tourists. It also has a dedicated kid’s play area and BBQ stations where residents can have a beach cookout. Other nearby public beaches include Sunset Beach and Kite Beach.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
Nearby landmarks and places of Interest include:
- Splash n Party – Kids Waterpark
- Dubai Bowling Centre
- Wild Wadi Water Park
The nearest landmark that offers leisurely activities is the Splash n Party, which is a kids water park right within the borders of this sub-community. Another waterpark,Wild Wadi, is a 15-minute drive away. Residents who love bowling would enjoy a few games in one of Dubai’s largest bowling alleys, Dubai Bowling Centre. This bowling centre can be reached in 8 minutes heading east via First Al Khail St.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
Residents can keep fit at:
- Umm Suqeim 1 Park 2
- Safa Park 2
- Main Al Safa Park
Parks near Al Safa 2 include Umm Suqeim 1 Park 2, located 6 minutes away. This is a small community park. There is a basketball court right within Al Safa 2 and a kid’s play area that has swings, slides and treehouses. 13 minutes away residents will find the largest park in the district, Al Safa Park. Children can be seen playing football, cricket and other types of sports in this park.
For people who love to workout, the best place to go is either Gym Giorgia or Fitness First Oasis Centre. The closest gym is Gym Giorgia, which is 1 minute away. Fitness First Oasis Centre is located in Oasis Mall, which can be reached in 11 minutes heading east.
Salons and Spas nearby:
- Miss Caramel Beauty Center & Spa Jumeirah
- Dreamworks Spa
- Shams Al Madina Acupuncture Massage Spa Center
The nearest Spa is Miss Caramel Beauty Center & Spa Jumeirah, which can be reached in 4 minutes via 14 C St. Residents can expect to find services such as haircuts, body spa treatments, nail treatments, massages and hair removal services.
The Dreamworks Spa is a 5-minute drive away. Residents can expect to enjoy a wide range of award-winning Spa treatments. This spa offers Hot Stone and Four-Hands therapy. Residents can also enjoy treatments that involve full body Scrubs, as well as traditional Hamman rituals.
There is also Shams Al Madina Acupuncture Massage Spa Center, which can be reached in 7 minutes heading west. Here, one can expect to get a full acupuncture treatment administered by a professional experienced in this art of healing.
Al Safa is a mix-use neighbourhood and is situated in an older part of Dubai. Residents will find that there are no specific community events. However, community events do take place in nearby malls. Residents can visit these malls and find out about upcoming events.
SOCIAL COMMUNITY GROUPS
There is no specific developer for this area. As a result, there are no specific social media group where residents can interact with each other.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
This sub-community is known for high-levels of commercial activity. There are several government offices and consulates here. Those who prefer peaceful surroundings might have a little trouble adjusting in this community. But for most people, the convenience of living here outweighs this minor issue.