ABOUT DAMAC HILLS (AKOYA BY DAMAC)
DAMAC Hills (Akoya by DAMAC) also known as just DAMAC Hills is located in the heart of Dubailand. Its master developer is DAMAC Properties, they are best known for conceptualising and completing several luxury residential, commercial and mixed-use projects in the GCC. Spanning 42 million sq. ft. , DAMAC Hills is home to a variety of mix-use properties. It is located on Al Qudra Road (D63) and features townhouses, villas and apartments beside retail, sports, spa, wellness and leisure facilities. DAMAC Hills (Akoya by DAMAC) is one of the most popular areas for buying villas as seen in Bayut’s H2 Market Report.
IN A NUTSHELL
- It is a golf community development
- High-end freehold properties available
- Villas and apartments are available for both rent and sale
- Apart from residential components, it also has retail and hospitality properties
- The exclusive community is away from the city centre
Most of the area is structured around the Trump International Golf Club. The golf club also has a Trump Clubhouse which features restaurants, state of the art swimming pools, gymnasiums and a health club.
The community is composed of three major parts, Akoya Park, Akoya Drive and the Trump International Golf Club. Akoya Park is a massive four million sq. ft. park featuring tranquil villas, walkways and small waterways. Akoya Drive is proposed to be a strip of high-end restaurants, retail shops and family entertainment offerings. Akoya Drive is inspired by Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and Champs Elysees in Paris. It is taking things one step further by adding an ice rink, a cinema and multiple hotels to the recreational strip. The 18-hole Trump International Golf Club is a key aspect of the area. It features many amenities including a few exclusive villas overlooking the course. The club also features an amphitheatre for all events in the area.
The area is home to apartments, townhouses, villas and luxury themed villas in conjunction with Fendi, the Trump Organization and Paramount Hotels & Resorts.
PROPERTIES IN DAMAC HILLS (AKOYA BY DAMAC)
Located nearby Remraam and Motor City, DAMAC Hills is a peaceful residential area with various kinds of apartments, hotels and luxurious villas for sale and rent.
In DAMAC Hills you will find many different property types, there are apartments, townhouses and villas for rent and sale. Freehold properties are more popular in the community as a few enclaves are still under development.
Residents can choose from studios to 4-bedroom apartments. The rent for studio apartments in DAMAC Hills fluctuates between AED 35k to AED 53k which is quite reasonable considering the amenities it offers. Renting a 1-bed and 2-bed apartment costs an average of AED 65k and AED 85k, respectively. The rent of a 3-bedroom apartment in DAMAC Hills lies between AED 105k to AED 153k.
Investment in apartments in DAMAC Hills (Akoya by DAMAC) ranges from AED 390k to AED 3.2M. The sale price of studio apartment ranges from AED 390k to AED 993k. A 1-bed flat in Damac Hills for sale is priced upwards of AED 500k, 2-bedroom flats can cost anywhere from AED 850k to AED 2.4M. Investors can expect to spend an average of AED 1.68M when it comes to freehold 3-bedroom flats. The units that demand a higher price feature stunning views of the golf course or Akoya Park.
For people who require more space, can opt for the townhouses or independent villas. These can be found in the 26 different sub-communities spread all over the neighbourhood. Townhouses are most commonly found in 3-bedroom configurations. Rent for a 3-bedroom townhouse is AED 125k, whereas purchasing the same property type costs AED 1.85M.
Rent for a 3-bedroom villa in DAMAC Hills starts from AED 100k and can go up to AED 175k. Larger families can rent a 5-bedroom house for AED 215k, annually. There aren’t many options to rent a villa in the area, especially when in comparison to the number of freehold properties available.
Investors can choose from 3 to 6-bedroom villas in DAMAC Hills (Akoya by DAMAC). The starting prices for 3-bed houses is AED 1M, 4-bedroom villas are priced from AED 1.9M. The larger 5-bedroom villas for sale start from AED 2.8M and can go up to AED 11M. Most 6-bedroom houses in DAMAC Hills come with a view of the golf course, they are priced from AED 3.2M.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING SPACES IN DAMAC HILLS (AKOYA BY DAMAC)
Parking is not an issue for residents. Apartment buildings offer one space per apartment while villas and townhouses offer covered parking for a minimum of two vehicles.
This gated community has no bus stop. The nearest one is in Mudon which is a 5-minute drive away. There are no metro stations directly linked to DAMAC Hills, Dubai Internet City Metro Station is situated 15 minutes away.
Those looking to move to DAMAC Hills (Akoya by DAMAC) would find it easier to have their own vehicle as there isn’t a public transportation system in place. Finding taxis is also quite difficult, residents and visitors will have to rely on apps such as Uber and Careem or they can book a taxi through the RTA app.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTH CARE
All residential villas, townhouses and flats in DAMAC Hills are surrounded by lush green pathways. Residents enjoy easy access to educational institutes, healthcare centres and restaurants while living in DAMAC Hills.
SUPERMARKETS IN DAMAC HILLS (AKOYA BY DAMAC)
There is no supermarket in the community itself, there is a plan to build a Carrefour Supermarket. Meanwhile, residents can visit the Geant Express Supermarket, which includes the British Butcher Shop as well and the Carrefour Supermarket in the neighbouring Mudon community.
The nearest Spinneys Supermarket is in Motor City which also has a few other express markets and mini-marts.
CHURCHES, TEMPLES AND MOSQUES IN DAMAC HILLS (AKOYA BY DAMAC)
The nearest church is International Nepalese Community Church and the United Christian Church of Dubai are situated in Jebel Ali Village. Fellowship Church and Yalcin Malikanesi are near Al Sufouh, almost 20 minutes away from DAMAC Hills.
Hindu worshipers have to travel 20 minutes to reach Shirdi Sai Baba Temple Yaba while Shrinath Ji Temple is at a 30 minutes drive. The nearest gurudwara is also close to the temple. Gurunanak Darbar is 21 minutes away from DAMAC Hills (Akoya by DAMAC).
The neighbouring community of Mudon has Mudon Mosque and across it is Al Madinah Al Mustadama Masjid which is closest to DAMAC Hills.
SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES IN DAMAC HILLS (AKOYA BY DAMAC)
For pre-schoolers, Blossoms Mudon Nursery is hardly at a 7 minutes drive from DAMAC Hills. For primary grade students, Ranches Primary School is also a 7-minute drive away and is situated in Arabian Ranches. It offers UK National Curriculum until Year 6.
There is one school in DAMAC Hills (Akoya by DAMAC), Jebel Ali School, it features the British curriculum. It currently offers schooling till Year 9 with plans to go up to the final Year 13 in 2023.
Higher education students will find that both academic hubs in Dubai are 20 minutes away. Knowledge Park near Dubai Media City include Middlesex University Dubai, University of Wollongong Dubai and more. While Dubai International Academic City features Manipal University, Zayed University and more.
HOSPITALS AND CLINICS IN DAMAC HILLS (AKOYA BY DAMAC)
TOP 5 COMMUNITIES IN DAMAC HILLS (AKOYA BY DAMAC)
Among the numerous sub-communities of DAMAC Hills (Akoya by DAMAC), Loretto tops the chart. It is a low-rise building with a glass front. It offers studio, 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments. You can also find 2 and 3 bedroom townhouses in Loretto. The properties overlook Akoya Park and are located close to Akoya Drive.
Comprising townhouses and apartments, Golf Vista grabs the second spot. The popularity is justified as properties here are directly connected to the beautiful golf course.
Ranked third on the list is Rockwood which is one of the three clusters with villas and townhouses. It is a newer community and was completed in February 2018. It comprises 3-bedroom villas and townhouses.
Golf Promenade and Brookfield come next on fourth and fifth position respectively in terms of most favourite communities among buyers and renters.
DAMAC Hills (Akoya by DAMAC) is located right next to Mudon and Remraam. The communities of Arabian Ranches 2, The Sustainable City and Town Square are also located along Al Qudra Road (D63).
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
MALLS IN DAMAC HILLS (AKOYA BY DAMAC)
Once Akoya Drive is completed it will be a premier shopping destination for the residents of DAMAC Hills and those in the nearby localities.
There are a few small community centres in Mudon and Arabian Ranches 2. These normally feature a small number of restaurants and retail outlets. The larger malls such as Mall of the Emirates and Dubai Marina Mall are 20 minutes away. Both are well-known for their shopping, dining and recreational facilities.
RESTAURANTS NEAR DAMAC HILLS (AKOYA BY DAMAC)
When searching for dining places in DAMAC Hills, there are many spots nearby that can satisfy every palate. From Thai to Mexican food, everything is within the reach of residents. McDonald’s, Subway, Tuk Tuk Thai Cuisine Restaurant, Maria Bonita Taco shop and Grill are the nearest eateries. Hook and Cook, Abatjour Bistro, Freedom Pizza, Taqado Mexican Kitchen, Chez Sushi, Carluccio’s and Bagels and More Bakery lie in the neighbouring areas of DAMAC Hills.
Fine-dining options are available in the community in the Trump Clubhouse.
BEACHES NEAR DAMAC HILLS (AKOYA BY DAMAC)
DAMAC Hills (Akoya by DAMAC) is situated away from top beaches of Dubai. The Public Beach of Jumeirah and Al Sufouh Beach are both at a 21-minute drive. Located 24 minutes away is Kite Beach which is famous for its food trucks and vibrant atmosphere, it is also one of the best public beaches in Dubai.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
DAMAC Hills (Akoya by DAMAC) is home to the Trump branded 18 hole, par 71 championship golf course. The clubhouse is also managed by the Trump Organization which owns more than ten other golf courses around the world. Residents can tee off or learn the sport at the golf academy. Dining and events facilities are also available.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
The gigantic Akoya Park is one of the main attractions in the community. It has well-maintained running and jogging tracks and a shared barbecue area in the garden. Floodlit football pitches and tennis, basketball and badminton courts are exclusively built for sports lovers. There is also a fun life-sized chess board in the park.
DAMAC Hills (Akoya by DAMAC) offers numerous outdoor and fitness activities. The area has four international standard tennis courts. There is a spa and a wellness centre on the premises. The nearest well-equipped gym is Fitness First Center in Mudon, 6 minutes away.
Salons and spas located in the neighbouring Arabian Ranches are easily reachable. Belle Femme and Show Style Beauty Salon are exclusively for ladies while Hair Touch Salon is for men.
DAMAC Hills (Akoya by DAMAC) focuses on holding events in which families can take part. In 2018, DAMAC Hills held three days of a ‘Fun and Food Fiesta’ at the Trump International Golf Club Dubai Amphitheater. The event was organised in close collaboration with Plan3Media. It featured Dubai’s favourite food trucks along with live entertainment for the visitors.
The community plans to have more events for residents and visitors from time to time to make the most of the serene environment. Those looking to connect with community members can join the Facebook group: Damac Hills (Akoya) Dubai - Owners & Residents. You have to be a resident to join the Facebook group.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
DAMAC Hills (Akoya by DAMAC) is a newer peaceful community with luxurious modern villas, townhouses and apartments. If you do not have your own vehicle then moving to DAMAC Hills might not be ideal.
- The community is located along Al Qudra Road (D63) and Hessa Street (D61)
- Downtown Dubai and Burj Khalifa are 25 minutes away
- Dubai International Airport is 32 minutes away
- Abu Dhabi is at a 1 hour 30 minutes drive