ABOUT DUBAI INTERNET CITY
Dubai Internet City (DIC) is a free zone best known as an information technology park developed by the Government of Dubai in partnership with TECOM Investments. The region’s leading technology and business zone was designed to facilitate and promote Information Technology (IT) systems and services throughout the UAE. Global IT giants based in DIC include Microsoft, Oracle, HP, Siemens, Canon, Sony Ericsson, Dell and IBM.
The vicinity mostly has high-rise buildings that offer commercial as well as residential properties. It is popular among professionals working in DIC and the nearby areas.
IN A NUTSHELL
- Best known as the IT zone of the UAE
- Home to several internationally renowned IT giants
- Offers a decent mix of residential and commercial properties
- Features high-rise residential and commercial buildings
- Allows easy access to Sheikh Zayed Road (E11)
- Developed by TECOM Investments
Dubai Internet City is a busy community that caters to thousands of professionals and has over 1.5 million sq. ft. space dedicated to commercial offices. The residential area of DIC is perfect for people who work in the district. One can only find residential apartments in the area. Most properties in Dubai Internet City are rental properties and the configurations include residential and hotel apartments.
Living in Dubai Internet City means living in a buzzing commercial district which is a business-friendly neighbourhood. Residents of DIC will find a lot of amenities in proximity to the residential buildings.
PROPERTIES IN DUBAI INTERNET CITY
Apartments in Dubai Internet City come in various sizes and configurations with each having a different number of bedrooms. They range from 1 to 3-bedroom units and a few penthouses.
1-bedroom flats offer a spacious living area and two bathrooms. Renting a 1-bed apartment in Dubai Internet City costs between AED 63k to AED 108k per year. The coverage area of a 2-bedroom unit ranges from 1,200 sq. ft. to 1,900 sq. ft. The rental trend of a 2-bedroom apartment lies between AED 90k to AED 150k.
3-bedroom apartments are more spacious and offer larger living areas. One can often find a maid’s room and a storage area in the apartments. The coverage area ranges from 2,300 sq. ft. to 2,900 sq. ft. and the rental price averages at AED 150k. Some apartments offer sea views of the Arabian Gulf, which lies to the west of the community, towards Palm Jumeirah. They might even offer views of Sheikh Zayed Road and Dubai's towering skyline.
The penthouses in Dubai Internet City mainly come in 3 and 4-bedroom configurations. The penthouses offer large living areas as most of them are full floor or half-floor units. They offer floor-to-ceiling glass windows which offer sea views.
Most apartments are part of Dubai Jewel Tower which is a high-rise tower with 44 floors. This building is a mixed-use skyscraper built by Sharaf Group. The buildings in DIC offer amenities such as high-speed elevators, 24-hour concierge services and intercom facilities. Residents can also access health club, Jacuzzi, sauna and swimming pool. Some buildings have special facilities for the physically challenged as well.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING SPACES IN DUBAI INTERNET CITY
Buildings offer parking spaces for residents. Penthouse residents get multiple covered car parking spaces. The area also has plenty of paid parking spaces that are mostly availed by visitors or those who work in the area.
People who rely on the metro to travel can reach the community using the Dubai Internet City Metro Station. The DIC community has many bus stops in the neighbourhood, Buses 83, 84 and 85 shuttle through the area.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
SUPERMARKETS NEAR DUBAI INTERNET CITY
There are many supermarkets near Dubai Internet City. Most supermarkets are found in the neighbouring communities of The Greens, Al Sufouh and Barsha Heights. You will find Choitrams in The Greens, Aswaaq Supermarket in Al Sufouh and BlueMart Supermarket, F Mart, Park N Shop and more in Barsha Heights.
If you are looking for a small mini-mart for daily essentials then the ZOOM in DIC is a good option. ZOOM is located in Dubai Jewel Tower, which is right next to the metro station.
CHURCHES, TEMPLES AND MOSQUES NEAR DUBAI INTERNET CITY
Residents of this area can visit the churches located in the Al Muntazah Complex in Jebel Ali. Here you will find St Mina Coptic Orthodox Church, Covenant Hope Church, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and more. You can reach the Al Muntazah Complex in 15 minutes. You will also find the Sikh gurudwara, Guru Nanak Darbar located here.
Hindu residents can visit the Shiva Temple, Shree Krishna Haveli and ShrinathJi Temple in the Bur Dubai area, roughly 30 minutes away.
There is an array of mosques near Dubai Internet City. Tecom Masjid is the nearest, at a 5-minute drive. Other mosques nearby are Greens Mosque and Hamel Al Gaith Mosque, reachable in under 10 minutes.
SCHOOLS NEAR DUBAI INTERNET CITY
Blossom Palm Jumeirah, Redwood Montessori Nursery and Asya's Nursery are all located on Palm Jumeirah, 12 minutes away. British Orchard Nursery in Dubai Media City is closer, just 6 minutes away by car.
There are several schools near Dubai Internet City. The International School of Choueifat - Dubai can be reached in under 6 minutes or with a short 5-minute walk from Dubai Jewel Tower. It follows the SABIS (UK/US) curriculum from KG1 to Grade 12. Regent International School follows the National Curriculum of England and is an 11-minute drive away.
There are a few educational institutes and universities near Dubai Internet City as the area is the neighbour of Dubai Knowledge Park (DKP). Middlesex University Dubai, University of Manchester, the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) and the University of Bradford Dubai are located in DKP. The reputed American University in Dubai (AUD) is also in the vicinity.
CLINICS AND HOSPITALS NEAR DUBAI INTERNET CITY
Hospitals near Dubai Internet City include Al Zahra Hospital and Saudi German Hospital in Al Barsha, 14 minutes away. These are tertiary care hospitals with all the basic healthcare facilities.
Clinics near DIC include Mediclinic Meadows, Mediclinic Al Sufouh and American Hospital Clinic Media City. These options can be reached in 6 to 12 minutes.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
It is predominantly a commercial area with a few restaurants and bars. Residents have to drive for a few minutes to reach the nearby malls, restaurants and other recreational spots.
MALLS NEAR DUBAI INTERNET CITY
The Greens Souk is a mall near Dubai Internet City. It was recently expanded and it quite a large shopping destination. It is home to several retail shops, multiple dining outlets, a bookstore, a beauty salon and a grocery store. It also has a variety of cafes and restaurant and visitors enjoy sitting in the outdoor area in the cooler months. This mall is 10 minutes away from Dubai Internet City.
Golden Mile Galleria is at a distance of 14 minutes from the area in Palm Jumeirah. It has many retail stores and casual dining restaurants. Other large malls near DIC include Mall Of The Emirates and Ibn Battuta Mall are 10 minutes away.
RESTAURANTS NEAR DUBAI INTERNET CITY
There are a variety of restaurants near Dubai Internet City. Fast food outlets in DIC include Popeyes, Subway and Burger King. Indian eateries consist of Paratha King, The Rupee Room and Kamat. Al Safeer, Mantoushe and Diwan Layalina are Arabian restaurants in DIC.
Other restaurants nearby include Puranmal Restaurant which is an Indian restaurant that serves sweets and other Indian dishes. Taqado Mexican Kitchen is 8 minutes away and it is among the top 8 Mexican restaurants in Dubai. The Noodle House and Qutoof Restaurant are at a 9-minute distance.
Nightlife options include ICON Bar & Lounge in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City and The Rooftop Terrace in the One&Only Royal Mirage hotel.
BEACHES NEAR DUBAI INTERNET CITY
As the area is near the Arabian Gulf, there are some popular beaches near Dubai Internet City including Al Sufouh Beach and JBR Beach. Al Sufouh Beach is tucked between Burj Al Arab and Palm Jumeirah. Al Sufouh Beach is often referred to as a hidden gem and one of Dubai's best beaches. Al Sufouh Beach or Black Palace Beach as it is sometimes called is located 13 minutes away.
JBR Beach is listed among the top tourist destinations in Dubai. It has an outdoor mall called The Beach, many waterfront restaurants and lounging areas. JBR Beach also has a jogging/walking track and lots of outdoor exercise equipment for visitors to use.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
The closest landmark is Emirates Golf Club which is 11 minutes away. It is a 36-hole golf course built in 1988 and it was the first grass golf course in the Middle East.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
Fitness enthusiasts can find many gyms near the vicinity. Fitness First, Snap Fitness and Body Time Tecom are all 10 minutes away.
Ladies can drive for 8 minutes to reach beauty salons in the nearby area that include The Work Salon + Spa, Tulip Ladies Salon and The Cure. For men, there is Handsome Men Salon and Cutting Line Gent's Salon both 9 minutes away.
Numerous events are scheduled in Dubai Internet City, annually such as many technological conferences and events held in DIC. STEP Conference is held every year in DIC, it is the largest tech festival in the Middle East. STEP helps startups get some much-needed exposure while also discussing the latest trends in the digital world.
Dubai Media City Amphitheatre is a premier destination that hosts many events. It has hosted sports events, exhibitions such as Taste of Dubai and multiple concerts.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Dubai Internet City features residential and hotel apartments that enjoy many benefits. It is, however, a commercial district and will face quite a bit of traffic at peak hours.