ABOUT AL SUFOUH
Al Sufouh, located along the western coast of Dubai, is one of the most prominent areas in Jumeirah. It stretches across 7 sq. km. towards the north-western side of Dubai Marina – another high-profile neighbourhood in the region. Connected by two bridges, the magnificently designed Palm Jumeirah lies perpendicularly towards the west of the progressive community. Containing several new real estate establishments, Al Sufouh includes many clusters of free zone developments such as Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City and Dubai Knowledge Village. It also contains an important historical site that features extensive areas of the ancient Arab civilization.
IN A NUTSHELL
- Home to an archaeological site for research
- Offers one-of-a-kind helicopter sightseeing tour
- Home to the first modern tram project in the Gulf
- Close to several man-made iconic creations such as Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa
- A commercial centre for many news and media agencies as well as leading tech companies
Accommodating over 3,000 people and numerous waterfront properties, the development is segmented into two districts, which are Al Sufouh 1 and Al Sufouh 2. The former district begins from Umm Suqeim Street, close to where the road intercepts with the toll highway called Sheikh Zayed Road. It is known for developments such as Mina A’Salam and Dubai Police Academy. The southern Al Sufouh 2 is located opposite of Palm Jumeirah which has many leisure, entertainment and retails options.
Located within the community is the educational hub, Dubai Knowledge Park. As the name suggests it contains various educational institutes such as Middlesex University, University of Wollongong, University of Manchester are more. The area houses a few institutes, tutoring centres and academic service providers. The community has its own park, a conference centre and many administrative complexes
Al Sufouh is also a platform for the business hubs of Dubai Media City and Dubai Internet City which houses the offices of leading global organizations in their respective fields. Canon, Dell, Hewlett Packard, Facebook and Samsung are just a few of the companies who have their offices located in Dubai Internet City. Dubai Media City, on the other hand, houses many local and globally-acclaimed advertisement agencies such as Omnicom Media Group, Leo Burnett, OSN, Sky News and CNBC Arabia.
Properties in Al Sufouh
Varying in design and architecture as well as purpose and function, the properties in Al Sufouh are strategically arranged across each district. For instance, Flamingo Villas is a residential cluster with large houses situated in an ideal location right beside a school complex. Surrounded by gardens on all sides, the ranch-style villas in this community have 2 and 3-bed layouts that include extra areas such as the maid’s room, study room and storage space. With sizes varying between 1.875 sq. ft. and 2,600 sq. ft., these houses are quite spacious. Flamingo Villas also consists of communal facilities such as a swimming pool and a tennis court.
Featuring 2, 3 and 4-bed units, the rental villas in Al Sufouh are abundantly present in both districts with annual prices starting from AED 140k. Freehold villa properties do exist too, these are mostly found in the Acacia Avenues community. The few available properties are limited in numbers, with buying prices roughly ranging between AED 7.2M and AED 9.6M.
If someone is interested to own a smaller property such as a studio or 1-bed apartment in Al Sufouh, they will find many with sizes ranging from 492 sq. ft. to 1,783 sq. ft. The flats for sale in this development are popular in emerging residential areas like Acacia Avenues, with their demand going up to AED 2.6M. It contains around 22,000 units, distributed among 10 themed zones. Some of the notable apartment building projects in Acacia Avenues include Cloud 9 Residences, Bahia 2 Building, Hilliana Tower Apartments and Olgana Tower. The 12-floor Cloud 9 Residences comprises of 60 flats, out of which 12 are 1-bed and 48 2-bed units. The residential building of Al Bahia 2 contains 48 apartments divided over 8 floors.
Offered with all the housing essentials and facilities, the furnished flats in Al Sufouh are ideal for renting. Considered as the centrepiece of Al Sufouh, the high-rise Hilliana Tower is a project by Abyaar Real Estate Development Company, which offers stunning furnished residences distributed between 31 floors. Developed by the aforementioned builder, Acacia Avenues is a gated development with townhouses, villas, sky villas etc. Olgana Tower is one of the residential towers inside the Acacia Avenues complex.
Transportation and Parking Spaces in Al Sufouh
Means or modes of travelling is one of the important factors that contribute to a well-developed community. This is also an aspect where Al Sufouh excels as it has well-connected transport networks throughout the area.
Al Sufouh boasts the Dubai Tram, it is the first tramway project that is powered by an underground electric supply system. The tram runs along Al Sufouh Road and has two terminals, one at Dubai Marina and the other at Al Sufouh. The tram service is operational 20 hours every day and tram fares are fixed at the rate of AED 3 per trip, which makes it the most affordable tram service as compared to those in other cities. There are 11 stations in total, some of which include the ones at Marina Towers, Mina Seyahi, Media City and Palm Jumeirah. The Dubai Tram also connects to the Dubai Metro.
As for the metro station, there are three that are located right across Sheikh Zayed Road at Dubai Internet City Metro Station 2, Sharaf DG and Mall of the Emirates. Many bus stops are scattered around the neighbourhood too so that passengers can easily locate them.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTH CARE
People living in Al Sufouh will never be short of amenities serving different purposes of life.
SUPERMARKETS IN AL SUFOUH
Utility stores and supermarkets are widely dispersed around the development. From stores selling party décor products to school supply stores, there’s hardly something you won’t find in this area. Offering a variety of pet grooming services, the pet store called PetMart can be found in Concord Tower in Dubai Media City. Operating from 8 am till 11 pm, Circle K is a convenience store that offers hot and cold beverages, and snacks. Some of the other stores in Al Sufouh include Allday Minimart GBS near Al Falak Street, Aswaaq Sufouh Branch in Office Park Building near Dubai Knowledge Village and Emirates Cooperative Society supermarket at Abdullah Omran Taryam Street.
CHURCHES, TEMPLES AND MOSQUES IN AL SUFOUH
In terms of religious tolerance, Al Sufouh is an excellent place to find accommodation as it has various religious facilities in or around the area. Churches in Al Sufouh include Fellowship: A Church in Dubai, whereas City of Dreams and Yalcin Malikanesi are located in very close proximity. The nearest Hindu temple is located in Dubai Marina and Jebel Ali Village. One of the popular mosques in this development includes Khalifa bin Saeed Al Maktoum Masjid in Al Sufouh 2.
SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES IN AL SUFOUH
Parents living in Al Sufouh have numerous schooling options to consider for their children. For instance, Premier Genie in Knowledge Village offers comprehensive training in advanced mathematics, computer science, logical reasoning, problem-solving and prepares children for standardized tests as well as international competitions. Few of the many schools in Al Sufouh that school-going children can enrol into including The International School of Choueifat (SABIS curriculum), GEMS Wellington International School (UK/IB curriculum) and Dubai National School (American curriculum).
Individuals wanting to pursue higher studies in Al Sufouh can choose from the exceptional selections of institutes such as American University, University of Wollongong, Middlesex University and Hult International Business School which are located in the community.
Other notable educational centres in the vicinity include Dubai Police Academy, Security and Administrative Sciences Institute, and Dubai College.
CLINICS AND HOSPITALS IN AL SUFOUH
For medical emergencies or a regular checkup, people can visit UOWD Medical Centre or Philips Healthcare Middle East and Turkey that are situated in Al Sufouh 2. Healthcare facilities are numerous in the neighbouring areas such as Prime Medical Centre and Hydro Medical Centre in Barsha Heights. In Umm Al Sheif, there’s a line of such facilities that include Dubai Clinic, RAK Diabetes Centre and La Estetica Medical Centre.
Located in front of Al Sufouh 2 is the landscaped development of Emirates Hills that features the world-famous Emirates Golf Club. Al Sufouh 1 faces the popular Al Barsha community which encompasses Mall of the Emirates and the sprawling Dubai Miracle Garden in Barsha South.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
One of the most prestigious areas in Dubai, Al Sufouh is in close proximity to a unique portfolio of commercial destinations and leisure concepts that attract people all across Dubai as well as the entire United Arab Emirates.
Malls in Al Sufouh
A modern version of the old-fashioned marketplace, Souk Madinat Jumeirah is a Middle Eastern-styled bazaar housing many stores and eateries. From traditional Arab shops selling souvenirs, jewellery, perfume and carpets, to the Madinat Theatre that hosts musical shows and ballet performance, not to mention the modern Arab and European dining options, this souk is incredibly vibrant.
Although there is no mall in this community, one of the top destinations for retail therapy - Mall of the Emirates, is located on Sheikh Zayed Road. This magnificent 4-floor shopping complex includes high-street fashion and luxury brands such as Harvey Nichols, Juicy Couture, Alexander McQueen, Emporio Armani and more. It is also where the thrill-seekers can find the stellar Magic Planet - an amusement arcade encompassing a fantastic range of cutting-edge video games, rides and simulators. There are many leisure attraction in the Mall of the Emirates, favourites include the exhilarating indoor trampoline park, Vox Cinemas and indoor winter park Ski Dubai. Apart from these options, Mall of the Emirates is also known to house the high-end Kempinski Hotel and Sheraton Dubai Hotel.
Restaurants in Al Sufouh
Studded with lavish casual and fine dining options, the neighbouring areas of Al Sufouh are brimming with delightful choices for you to indulge in. Apart from the restaurants in the Mall of the Emirates, there is a whole block dedicated to different dining experiences across Sheikh Zayed Road. For instance, Nando’s for Afro-Portuguese food, Salero – Tapas Bistro Dubai for Spanish cuisine, Chili’s for Tex-Mex eats and the self-descriptive Golden Fork Seafood Restaurant. If someone is in the mood for some Indian cuisine, they can visit Gharana Indian Restaurant. For authentic Japanese, one can go to Katsuya by Starck and for scrumptious Thai delicacies by the sea, Pai Thai would do the trick.
People looking for cocktail-focused hang-out places can head out to either the Mosaic Chill Bar in Kempinski Hotel or the Irish pub called McGettigan’s in Souk Madinat Jumeirah. Just close to Al Sufouh is Golden Tulip in Al Barsha that includes the popular Catwalk Night Club that attracts many party-goers in the city.
BEACHES NEAR AL SUFOUH
Some have nicknamed it as ‘the secret beach’ while others have dubbed it as the ‘Black Palace Beach’, Al Sufouh Beach is one of the treasures of Dubai. Its shoreline is secretly tucked away behind a dense row of palm trees and between two marvels of the emirates such as Palm Jumeirah and Burj Al Arab. Perfect for long leisurely strolls, the beach is almost 2.5 kilometres long and over 150 metres wide. One can access the beach by driving through King Salman Bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud Street and then follow the tiny pathway between the two palaces that leads to this hidden gem. The shallow waters make it perfectly safe for children to wade through and for the adults to explore the mesmerising underwater nature. Families living in Al Sufouh most frequently visit this sandy spot for picnicking, kite flying and for outdoor beach games like volleyball.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
Overlooking the Burj Al Arab, the outdoor aquatic fun destination called Wild Wadi Waterpark, it features a variety of invigorating rides, slides and other activities for every age group. Themed around the Arabian folklore character ‘Juha’, Wild Wadi makes a great destination for kids and adults alike. Whether one wants to take the daring ‘plunge’ and glide down the 120 metres free-fall slide of Jumeirah Sceirah, or embark on relaxing ride that drifts one through the gentle currents of the river at Juha’s Journey, this waterpark offers pure splashing joy in every form.
A picturesque sight to behold, Dubai Marina Walk is another notable attraction near Al Sufouh that has a never-ending series of shops that border the sparkling turquoise waterway.
What better way to admire the awe-inspiring views of the glamorous city than Skydive Dubai that takes you to new heights? With The Palm as the drop-zone location between Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residences (JBR), this aerial sport offers an exhilarating, hair-raising experience of free falling from a height of 13,000 ft. and a speed of around 120 miles per hour. Catering to both experienced skydivers and amateurs, this one-of-a-kind sports facility is just a 12-minute drive away from Al Sufouh.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
Providing cleverly designed aerial tours, HeliDubai is a leading helicopter service provider based in Al Sufouh 1 near Dubai Police Academy. This aerial activity features a 12-minute narrated helicopter excursion that includes a close-up view of the striking Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab skyscrapers, as well as a panoramic glimpse of the Atlantis Hotel and of the man-made island: Palm Jumeirah. Letting you further explore the 'city of vision', the helicopter even flies over the stunning Jumeirah Beach and Dubai Canal.
Located in the heart of the community, Al Sufouh Park is a perfect recreational area where families can spend quality time. From a small football pitch to a full-size basketball court and a 300 metre long cushioned jogging track, this park has a variety of outdoor activities to offer.
Fitness enthusiasts will stay motivated, thanks to the presence of plenty of gym clubs in Al Sufouh 2 such as Fitness First Dubai Media City, Surge body Fitness and Knowledge Village Medical Fitness Centre. Some of the beauty and wellness facilities include Solo Tre Spa, The Cure, and The Works Salon and Spa.
Housing multiple event complexes such as Madinat Jumeirah Conference and Events Centre, Al Sufouh has its calendar marked all-year-round with numerous festivals, shows and events that attract visitors from all over the city.
Madinat Arena is a ballroom which is all set to host one of the much-anticipated events ‘Art Dubai 2019’. Bringing together a countless number of galleries from 40 different countries, this contemporary art fair will feature all sorts of art forms, from sculptures and paintings to antiques.
Every year the Madinat Theatre displays popular festive productions such as last year's Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, whereas recently they hosted the spectacular play based on Aladdin’s adventures.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
This master community is undoubtedly one of the most sought-after beachfront communities but there are a couple of things one may want to keep in mind before moving to Al Sufouh. Since the development has a high density of commercial real estate, you should expect heavy congestions on the streets during peak hours.
- Dubai Knowledge Park is located within the community, a 5-minute drive.
- Dubai Internet City and Dubai Media City also located within Al Sufouh
- Sheikh Zayed Road leads to Downtown Dubai in 16 minutes
- Business hubs such as DIFC and Business Bay can be accessed under 18 minutes
- With usual traffic, Dubai International Airport is around 20 minutes away