Discovery Gardens is known as one of the earliest family-centric projects to take off near the Jebel Ali Free Zone. These garden-themed apartment clusters are extremely popular with both buyers and renters in the emirate. Its popularity has been consistent since the area's launch in 2004, leading to its coveted second position in the list of top 5 areas for January 2018 to rent apartments in Dubai. Set amidst landscaped gardens, the apartments in Discovery Gardens have made a definite mark on the city’s residents thanks to the plethora of large, affordable options in the area. This area guide of Discovery Gardens showcases all the requisite information for anyone looking at moving to Discovery gardens. 

Top areas for renting apartments in Dubai.
Popular areas for renting apartments in Dubai.


  • Known for apartment clusters with garden themes
  • Large, spacious apartments
  • Neighbour to The Gardens villa community
  • Close to Jebel Ali, Internet City, Media City and Tecom
  • Access to Sheikh Zayed Road and Mohammed Bin Zayed Road
  • Stone’s throw from Ibn Battuta Mall



A modern, residential community that combines sophisticated cosmopolitan living in a lush green landscape to allow residents the best of both worlds: a buzzing city life and a calm home to return to. The 6km long residential stretch consists of over 26,000 apartments in Discovery Gardens housing a range of communities and age groups. The building clusters here are themed after different types of gardens from across the world: Zen, Mediterranean, Contemporary, Mogul, Mesoamerican and Cactus. The close proximity to Ibn Battuta Mall and Dubai Marina makes living in Discovery Gardens ideal for families, singles and young couples looking to enjoy the many perks of this bustling city.

Apartments in Discovery Gardens for rent and sale
Apartments in Discovery Gardens.

Properties in Discovery Gardens

Discovery Gardens is an apartment community with a mix of studios, 1 and 2-bedroom apartments. There are 3-bedroom apartments in Discovery Gardens but those are extremely rare to find in comparison to the other two popular configurations. The apartments in Discovery Gardens are designed with modern trimmings and are inspired by architectural elements from across the world. The Gardens villa community is adjacent to Discovery Gardens, for those looking for a little more space and privacy.

The area is well-known for featuring some of the most affordable apartments in Dubai. Average rents for studios start at AED 43K, 1-bedroom flats go for AED 60k and 2-bedroom apartments will set you back by AED 87k. Even in terms of buying, the area boasts some of the most economical rates for apartments in Dubai. Freehold studios average at AED 512k, 1-bedroom apartments command AED 715k and 2-bedroom flats are priced from AED 1.4M. The Portofino Residences off plan project is one of the highly anticipated developments by master-builder Nakheel, it will also be available for freehold purchse. 

Discovery gardens apartments and flats for rent and sale
Some of the apartment buildings in Discovery Gardens.

The community aspect of the area is one of the biggest benefits of living in Discovery Gardens. Extremely popular with the expat community, the area is favoured in particular by students, bachelors and young families looking for something close to work and school in terms of accommodation. One thing to remember for those renting in Discovery Gardens is that apartments here may not be pet-friendly; so make sure to check with your landlord to avoid facing eviction on these grounds before bringing in any pets into the community.  

Transportation and Parking Spaces in Discovery Gardens.

Discovery Gardens has a wide network of underground parking to cater to the residents of the community and a series of public parking spaces for visitors. Although traffic can be a little bit of a challenge on some days, the abundance of parking spaces here makes it extremely convenient for friends and family popping in for a visit.

Parking spaces in Discovery Gardens
Parking spaces in Discovery Gardens.

The neighbourhood is extremely well connected to Dubai’s many public transportation options. The closest metro in Discovery Gardens is currently the Ibn Battuta Metro Station, but this can change when the extension of the metro lines is complete. The F43 feeder bus from the station helps you navigate within the community. Those relying on public transportation in Discovery Gardens can also hop onto one of the RTA taxis that regularly circulates around the area.

When it first launched Discovery Gardens could only be accessed by the two Ibn Battuta exits on Sheikh Zayed Road. Now it can also be accessed by Mohammed Bin Zayed Road and Al Khail Road adding more options for the city’s busy commuters.

Nakheel Harbour and Tower metro near Discovery gardens
Nakheel Harbour and Tower metro station near Discovery Gardens.


Supermarkets in Discovery Gardens

The closest supermarket in Discovery Gardens is the Carrefour in Ibn Battuta Mall. There are also several small community groceries and mini-marts conveniently located in the building clusters for smaller hauls and daily requirements.

Churches, Temples and Mosques in Discovery Gardens

Mosques in Discovery Gardens
A mosque in Discovery Gardens.

Similar to most residential communities in Dubai, there are several mosques in Discovery Gardens. There is Masjid Abdullah Ali Al-Chaafar, Omar Bin Abdulaziz Mosque and the more recent Nakheel Mosque. Christian residents of the community can easily head to the Christ Church in Jebel Ali which is also close to the Hindu Temple Gurunanak Darbar Sikh Gurudwara.

Schools in Discovery Gardens

Parents in Discovery Gardens are well catered to with the prestigious Winchester School in Jebel Ali which follows the UK curriculum from pre-primary to Year 13. There is also the Indian curriculum based Delhi Private School in The Gardens. For smaller children, the Jebel Ali Village Nursery in Discovery Pavilions is a great option.

GEMS Winchester school near Discovery Gardens
GEMS Winchester School near Discovery Gardens.

University options include the institutions in Knowledge Village that are just 15 minutes away. This includes University of Bradford, Middlesex University, American University in Dubai and more.

Clinics and hospitals in Discovery Gardens

The medical amenities of Discovery Gardens are another area in which the district scores well with renters and buyers. The Aster Clinic in the Zen cluster is the go-to destination for most common ailments. For any specialist consultations or investigations, the Medcare Medical Centre is also in close proximity.


The most popular area to rent apartments in Discovery Gardens is the Mediterranean Cluster which has a mix of studios, 1-bedroom apartments and 2-bedroom units. Average rents for studios in the Mediterranean Cluster average at AED 51k, 1-beds are priced at AED 64k and 2-bedrooms go for AED 91k annually. The large airy apartments here with their lush green spaces are reminiscent of European neighbourhoods. The next two popular areas for renting in Discovery Gardens are the Mogul and Zen cluster which feature Asian themed architecture.

Rent apartments popular buildings discovery gardens
Popular buildings for renting apartments in Discovery Gardens.

When it comes to buying apartments in Discovery Gardens, the Mesoamerican cluster is the most popular, followed by the Zen cluster. Coming in at third place is the Contemporary cluster with modern buildings and a range of amenities to cater to residents.

Buy apartments popular buildings in discovery Gardens
Popular buildings for buying apartments in Discovery Gardens.

Nearby Areas

Discovery Gardens is near Jebel Ali with easy access to multiple economic zones in the city like Media City, Internet City, JLT and Dubai Marina. It’s neighboured by the villa community of The Gardens, and the mix-purpose Al Furjan development. The ideal location of Discovery Gardens has made it a popular choice for staff accommodation, for professionals in the aforementioned business hubs. The fact that Ibn Battuta Mall is in such close proximity to the area also adds to the appeal of Discovery Gardens.



With wide open spaces, verdant surroundings, a mall in the vicinity and plenty of hotspots nearby. Discovery Gardens is in the centre of Jebel Ali ad boasts a huge repertoire of lifestyle activities to choose from.

Malls in Discovery Gardens

IBN Battuta Mall Near Discovery Gardens
IBN Battuta Mall near Discovery Gardens.

A short distance from the residential community of Discovery Gardens is the mammoth Ibn Battuta Mall. Full of branded couture retailers, furniture stores, restaurants and even an IMAX cinema, this mall is the ideal distraction for residents of Discovery Gardens.

Restaurants in Discovery Gardens

Popular restaurants in Discovery Gardens include Verdura, Tony Roma's, Carluccio's and Pizza Express at Ibn Battuta. The mall is however not the only place for some culinary entertainment in Discovery Gardens. There are several pocket-friendly Middle Eastern and Asian restaurants to indulge in which have drawn people from all over the emirate. 

Resaturants and cinemas in Ibn Battuta Mall near Discovery Gardens
Restaurants and cinemas in Ibn Battuta Mall near Discovery Gardens.

For licensed options,  there is a wide variety of options to choose from: resto-bars in JLT, quirky clubs in JBR and chic upscale bars in Dubai Marina are all in close proximity. 

Beaches near Discovery Gardens

JBR is the closest beach near Discovery Gardens
JBR is the closest beach near Discovery Gardens.

You can’t be living in Dubai without craving a taste of the sea once in a while. The gorgeous white beaches of JBR are a short drive away for a fun day in the sun and sand.


Much like the beaches of Dubai, the golf courses in Dubai are also famous all over the world for their spectacular green environment and luxury amenities. One of the biggest benefits of living in Discovery Gardens is that residents can tee off in the nearby Emirates Golf Club or the Els Golf Club.


Parks in Discovery Gardens
You can find landscaped gardens and parks in Discovery Gardens.

There are many things to do in Discovery Gardens for fitness enthusiasts. There are 13 community swimming pools, several gyms, tennis, basketball, volleyball and football pitches helping you to stay fit in this district.

Keeping to the garden theme, there are lovely landscaped gardens and parks, complete with cycling and jogging tracks.

When it comes to your beauty and relaxation needs, the area does not disappoint at all. The Parkside Spa, Spiritual Health Spa Club and Nikki’s Beauty Salon are particular favourites with the residents here.


Discovery Gardens is easily one of the best residential communities in the city. If you are thinking of moving to Discovery Gardens, there are however a few things to consider. One of the long-term complaints of residents has been that the traffic in the area, especially on weekdays is quite intense. This is a concern since the area is close to several hotspots, so congestions can adversely affect residents.

Are you looking to rent or buy property in Discovery Gardens?


  • Close to the Expo 2020 site. 
  • It takes 40 minutes to get to the Dubai International Airport.
  • The new Dubai World Central Airport in Jebel Ali is only 15 minutes away.
  • Dubai Marina, JLT, Media City and Internet City is a short 15 minutes away.
  • Downtown Dubai is a little further away at 30 minutes

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