ABOUT BARSHA HEIGHTS (TECOM)
Previously known as Tecom, Barsha Heights is a vibrant and urban community, featuring residential and commercial buildings as well as serviced apartments and hotels. Living in Barsha Heights offers its residents a convenient and affordable lifestyle in Dubai. The buzzing neighbourhood is home to many creative SMEs and local businesses, thus making it perfect for both commercial and residential use.
The neighbourhood is centrally-located and integrates living and working spaces seamlessly. This area guide on Barsha Heights (Tecom) explores the lifestyle perks of an affordable yet often overlooked area that is the perfect blend of residential, recreational and commercial spaces.
IN A NUTSHELL
- Former name of the neighbourhood is Tecom
- A mixed-use neighbourhood that houses a collection of residential apartments and hotels.
- Easy access to Dubai Marina, Dubai Internet City, Dubai Knowledge Village and more.
- Close to major highways: Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Khail Road, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road.
- Perfect for families with children, young professionals and students.
- Lifestyle destination featuring many recreational amenities.
Barsha Heights (Tecom) is an integrated community in Dubai and it has everything you're going to need. Property in Barsha Heights ranges from, dedicated commercial buildings to residential skyscrapers, leading it to be ideal for working professionals. Accessible by the Dubai metro and located just off Hessa Street along Sheikh Zayed Road leading the area to be an integral part of Dubai’s diverse landscape.
Properties in Barsha Heights
Established as an affordable community promoting mixed-use facilities with a laidback vibe. Tecom has now quickly evolved into a multi-cultural area that is popular with both tenants and property buyers in the UAE. Barsha Heights is both a freehold and leasehold area. The neighbourhood offers a cluster of property types for residents with over 95 completed properties in the area, most of which are high-rise buildings. Residential apartments in Barsha Heights, comprise of a large number of studios, 1,2 and 3-bedroom flats as well as a few penthouses fitted with their own luxury amenities.
The wide variety of apartments and villas in Barsha Heights, plus reasonable rents in the area makes it one of the most sought-after communities for young families and professionals on a budget. Rent for a studio in Barsha Heights starts from AED 45k only, while 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom flats rent out for an average of AED 50k and AED 69k, respectively. These are much more pocket-friendly than its neighbours, The Greens where prices for studios start at 53k.
Those interested in buying property in Barsha Heights can expect to shell out an average price of AED 585k for studios, and prices ranging from AED 490k to AED 950k for 1-bedroom apartments. Priced at an average of AED 1.4M are the 2-bedroom freehold apartments in the area previously known as Tecom.
Like most of Dubai, the community here is a mix of different nationalities and cultures. Its central location connecting to various parts of Dubai and affordability is part of its key appeal.
Transportation and Parking Spaces in Barsha Heights
For car-owners, most buildings in Barsha Heights allocate basement parking for their tenants. In addition, there are plenty of public parking spaces around the neighbourhood which used to be free of cost but are now part of the new paid parking initiatives by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).
In terms of public transportation, Tecom has its own metro station: Dubai Internet City metro station. With feeder buses, F31 and F35 servicing the rest of the neighbourhood and even a bit of The Greens. Taxis are abundant and easy to find. If you are planning to live in this community, it is a practical area for both residents who have their own cars or prefer to go green and use public transport.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTH CARE
Supermarkets in Barsha Heights
There are 3 main huge grocery stores in Barsha Heights: Carrefour, Geant and Park & Shop. There are also many corner shops and supermarkets for your day-to-day needs. In addition, there are many typical amenities such as pocket-friendly restaurants, pharmacies, laundromats and more around the neighbourhood, located below the many residential towers in this area.
CHURCHES, TEMPLES AND MOSQUES IN BARSHA HEIGHTS
There is 1 mosque in Barsha Heights, Hamel bin Khadam Al Ghaith Mosque and it is located in the centre of this bustling community.
There are a few churches in the area, The Redeemed Christian Church of God, which is located near the mosque. The evangelical Fellowship Church located and finally the New Testament Church - City of Dreams located in the One Tower, towards the beginning of Barsha Heights. While the Hindu Temple: Shirdi Sai Baba Temple Yaba is close by in Dubai Marina, only an 8-minute drive away.
SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES IN BARSHA HEIGHTS
Parents of little ones can enrol their children in Happy Learning Nursery which is located directly in Barsha Heights. It follows the UK Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum and has flexible timings from 7 am to 6 pm.
Barsha Heights is close to a few reputable schools, including GEMS Dubai American Academy which is the only American based curriculum school that has achieved an outstanding rating from the KHDA. There is also Dubai Heights Academy which offers both the UK and IB curriculum, up to Grade 6 only.
This area is extremely practical for young adults completing high school and those seeking higher education. Barsha Heights is located close to Knowledge Village which has loads of internationally accredited universities. Some of the universities near Tecom include American University of Dubai (AUD), Middlesex University, the University of Wollongong and more.
HOSPITALS AND CLINICS IN BARSHA HEIGHTS
There are several medical clinics and speciality centres, notable names of clinics in Barsha Heights include Aster Clinic, Clover Medical Centre, and GMC Clinic. As for hospitals in Barsha Heights, there is the highly reputable Saudi German Hospital nearby in Al Barsha. Finding a pharmacy is also quite convenient, with several drugstores in close proximity.
TOP 5 LOCATIONS IN BARSHA HEIGHTS
Being a haven for property seekers, Barsha Heights has many different buildings to choose from. It can be a daunting task to pick the one that’s right for you. To help your cause, take a look at the top 5 buildings in Barsha Heights (Tecom).
Crystal Blue Tower developed by Middle East Real Estate fared best among Bayut.com users in 2018. This building offers 1-bedroom flats with rents starting at AED 59k and rents for 2-bedroom flats starting at AED 81k.
Al Fahad Tower 2 ranked a very close second among the top 5 buildings in Barsha Heights, it is a high-rise residential freehold property developed by Al Fahad Holding. The prime tower mainly comes in 2-bedroom to 3-bedroom configurations. Rents for a 2-bedroom apartment in Al Fahad Tower 2 range from AED 75k to AED 115k. While 3-bedroom flats have a yearly rent of AED 115k.
Being in the heart of new Dubai, Barsha Heights is well-connected to many populated areas in Dubai. It is neighbours to both, The Greens and Al Barsha. It also within a close radius to several other hubs in the city such as Dubai Marina, Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City and Knowledge Village.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
Malls in Barsha Heights
At the moment there is no shopping mall in Barsha Heights. You could always pop into The Greens Souk right next door, or take a short drive to either Dubai Marina Mall or Mall of the Emirates. Both of the latter options are home to many international retail brands, concept restaurants and fine dining establishments.
Restaurants in Barsha Heights
Foodies rejoice, there are a plethora of restaurants to choose from in Barsha Heights. Cuisines range from Thai, Indian, Italian, Mexican, Lebanese to so much more, most of them even offer home delivery. Otherwise, you could visit one of the many pocket-friendly outlets scattered all over the neighbourhood, or look into a few of the fine dining establishments attached to one of the many hotels in the area. Notable hotels include TRYP by Wyndham, Media Rotana, and Grand Millennium Dubai, all of which offer fine-dining options and have in-house licensed lounges.
Beaches near Barsha Heights
There are a few beaches in close proximity to Barsha Heights, the closest being Al Sufouh Beach, just 7 minutes away by car. Also worth a visit is Kite Beach, which has some delicious food options or Marina Beach for a quick swim, both are just a short 15-minute drive away. All these beaches have cycling tracks available too.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
Always bustling with entertainment, there is lots to do around Barsha Heights. Make time to explore the cavernous emporium that is the Mall of the Emirates. With an indoor ski resort, over 500 boutiques and plenty of restaurants and cafes to dine at, you will definitely be spoilt for choice. In addition, just behind Barsha Heights is the Jebel Ali Racecourse, admission is free and six races are held per afternoon. There is even a kids playground too, leading this to be an outing for the whole family.
If you'd rather spend your time on the golf course you're in luck. The first championship course in the Middle East, Emirates Golf Club is right next door to Barsha Heights. It offers 36 holes on beautifully landscaped greens. Fitted with a comprehensive set of services including dining options, event facilities, a modern golf academy, driving ranges and a pro-shop.
Other activities include karaoke at Lucky Voice, the regions hottest nightspot. Besides all this excitement, something to look forward to would be the opening of the Rosemont Hotel and Residences. The hotel would have its own cinema, rainforest and man-made beach when it is completed. Barsha Heights is definitely an upcoming district with lots to offer.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
There aren't many parks in Barsha Heights apart from a dog park which is loved by the community. In the meantime, residents can head out to Al Barsha Pond Park, which has a large man-made pond and is surrounded by jogging and cycling tracks. There are picnic spots there too as well as a variety of outdoor activities such as yoga, tennis, basketball, volleyball and an outdoor gym. For the little ones, there are playgrounds, swan-shaped pedalos and 4 seater bikes.
With many gyms and fitness studios in the vicinity, fitness enthusiasts will have plenty to choose from. Barsha Heights is home to a few notable establishments such as E-Fit EMS Fitness Centre, Fitness Break Gym, Pure Pilates Studio and many more.
Barsha Heights even has your style needs covered with multiple spas and salons, including the award-winning Dreamworks Spa.
Apart from a few yoga classes held in the community playground, there aren't many community events in Barsha Heights. You could always visit the community centre in The Meadows for some family fun.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
While the location of Barsha Heights is well-connected to other areas in the city and is easily accessible, there is an influx in traffic at peak times in the evenings at the exit/entry point only.
- Dubai International Airport is about 25 minutes away
- 5 minutes drive to get on to Sheikh Zayed Road
- Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, is 21 minutes away