Dubailand is massive residential, entertainment and tourism area developed by Dubai Properties. It spans 3 million sq ft in total and is divided into many different residential communities, these include Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, Layan Community, Majan Community, Falcon City of Wonders, Living Legends, Skycourts Towers, Winsdor Residence, Villanova, Dubailand Oasis, Rukan, Fiora at Golf Verde, The Tiger Woods Dubai and Al Waha Community.
This large area is located just off Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road (E311), the many developments are in different stages of completion and maturity. This leads to Dubailand becoming one of Dubai's most popular areas, as seen in the 2018 Dubai Real Estate Market Report by Bayut.com. As it is a freehold area, Dubailand emerged as the 3rd most popular area to buy villas and came in 8th place in terms of renting villas.
IN A NUTSHELL
- Features a mix of apartments, villas and townhouses
- Sprawls across multiple communities
- The area contains over 50 visitor attractions
- Growing investment hub as seen in Bayut.com's market reports
Now that more and more communities are being developed, Dubailand is one of the most successful projects by master developer Dubai Properties. This development includes many different facilities, from theme parks, shopping malls, eco-tourism projects to residential units. Apart from the community being a tourist destination, it is also popular among residents and investors mainly due to its affordable rents and the range of freehold properties available compared to other parts of the city.
Properties in Dubailand
The properties in Dubailand span from affordable to luxurious units, each residence come with distinctive lifestyle amenities that appeal to a family-friendly environment.
Since there are so many different properties within the enormous Dubailand district the rents also do vary based on the location. The average rental price for a studio apartment in Dubailand is just AED 29k, this is an affordable option compared to other popular areas to rent apartments. Studios can be found in Skycourts Towers, Winsdor Residence and the Majan community. Rents for 1-bedroom apartments range from AED 35k to AED 60k, the more spacious 2-bed units start from AED 47k to AED 95k.
Those looking for a more private residence should take a look at the villas for rent in Dubailand, these range from 2-bed to 6-bed units. The smaller 2-bedroom homes can be rented for an average price of AED 97k, these villas are part of the Layan and Al Waha communities. 3-bedroom villas in Dubailand range from AED 140k to AED 170k, the luxury units here are part of the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club and offer world-class amenities and facilities as they are affiliated and serviced by the resort. The 4-bedroom houses are spread all across many Dubailand communities. You will find the more affordable options priced at AED 130k for rent annually in the Living Legends district, whereas the luxury units can be priced anywhere from AED 185k to AED 550k in The Residences - Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club.
As Dubailand is a freehold area investors can take their pick from the many developments on offer. Freehold studios in Dubailand can be purchased from as little as AED 310k, popular options for this property configuration are the Skycourts Towers. 1-bedroom flats can be purchased from AED 399k, investor favourites are the Fiora at Golf Verde development which will be completed by 2020. Families looking for more space can opt for the 2-bedroom flats which are priced on average of AED 800k. While the 3-bedroom apartments are priced of upwards of AED 1M.
The freehold villas in Dubailand are also an investor favourite, they are affordably priced with a great location to boot. The 3-bedroom homes part of the Villanova community are highly anticipated, they will be completed in mid-2020. Larger homes for sale in Dubailand such as the 4-bed and 5-bedroom villas are priced from AED 1.3M and AED 1.5M respectively. Price can go up to AED 6.4M for the luxury units part of the Falcon City of Wonders.
Transportation and Parking Spaces in Dubailand
Dubailand is not ideal for public transport users, there is no metro or bus servicing the area. The nearest bus stop would be the designated stop for Global Village which connects to the Union metro station in Deira. Otherwise, the bus stops in Silicon Oasis are the nearest option. Those living in Dubailand rely on taxis (they can be booked through the RTA app) or on luxury taxi services such as Uber and Careem.
It would be best for those residing in the area to have their own cars, especially since parking is not a problem. Apartment buildings come with their own covered basement parking spaces, there is also street parking available for visitors. Those living in villas have their own parking spaces, while some luxury units have their own garages as well.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
Supermarkets in Dubailand
There are many mini-marts and supermarkets near the Skycourts Towers area. You have Lifco Supermarket, West Zone Supermarket, Shua Al Madina Supermarket, Thomsun Supermarket and many more. The residents in The Villa community will find that they have their own Spinneys Supermarket to service the neighbourhood. This is also in close proximity to those living in the apartment buildings in Dubailand.
Churches, Temples and Mosques in Dubailand
Each Dubailand community has its own mosque such as the areas of Al Waha, Living Legends, The Villa, Falcon City of Wonders and more.
The nearest church is St Mary's Catholic Church in Oud Mehta, about 20 minutes away from Dubailand. The Dubai City Church is also nearby. Hindu worshippers can head to the Shiva Temple in Bur Dubai or the Gurunanak Darbar Sikh Gurudwara in Jebel Ali, both of which are a 30-minute drive away.
Schools in Dubailand
Nurseries in the area are a bit hard to find, there is the Kids Zone Nursery in The Villa community and a Chubby Cheeks Nursery in Skycourts Tower C. For Al Waha and Layan residents there is the Step by Step Nursery as well. However, for more options, residents will have to turn to the nurseries in the nearby Dubai Silicon Oasis community.
For older children, there are many new schools in the area, especially as the district keeps growing and developing into a fully fledged community. One of the new schools is The Aquila School, opened in September 2018, it is located near the SkyCourts Towers. It follows the UK curriculum from primary (FS1) till middle school (Year 6). In the Layan community, there is the Fairgreen International School, it offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) system from pre-primary to Year 8. This option is also close to those residing in the Al Waha area. There is a new school opening for the Al Waha community residents in September 2019. The GEMS School of Digital Futures will be a fully inclusive option, it offers the UK curriculum for the full 13 years of schooling.
Onto established schools in the area, you have GEMS Heritage School with the National Curriculum of India until Year 9 and the prestigious Gems FirstPoint School which follows the National Curriculum of England until the final Year 13. Both these options are close to those living in The Villa.
Universities students will also find that living in Dubailand makes the options in Dubai International Academic City are easily accessible. Many world-renowned colleges and universities have their campuses here, such as Zayed University, Emirates Aviation University, Herriot Watt University and many more. These options are located just opposite the Skycourts Towers and the Winsdor Residences.
Clinics and Hospitals in Dubailand
Residents of Dubailand are covered by the Ace Medical Centres in Skycourt Tower D. For Majan residents there is the Dr Kamkar Medical & Physiotherapy Center for all ailments. For access to the larger hospitals, you would have to head to neighbouring Dubai Silicon Oasis. There are the Aster Clinic and Sulaiman Faqeeh Hospital in the area, alongside the Symbiosis Medical Center and the Medicure Polyclinic.
TOP 5 COMMUNITIES IN DUBAILAND
As per the searches from Bayut.com users, the most popular community in Dubailand is Skycourts Towers. This comes as no surprise as it is one of the most popular development to rent and invest in. Not to mention the easy access it has to the highways, amenities and facilities in the area. The high-end villa and apartment community of Living Legends comes in second place. The Villanova community developed by Dubai Properties follows in third place. Rounding up our list are the Al Waha and Falcon City of Wonders neighbourhoods, these are villa communities best for families.
Most of the developments are close to the major highways, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Road (E311) Emirates Road (E611) and Al Qudra Road (D63). All of these highways provide easy access to reach central Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Sharjah and the Nothern Emirates.
Landmarks such as IMG World of Adventures and Global Village are in close proximity to the district.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
Malls in Dubailand
Dubai Outlet Mall and Dragon Mart are located close to Dubailand. Dubai Outlet Mall is located 10 minutes away from Skycourts Towers and The Villa community. It is home to 240 stores that offer discounts between 30% - 90%. Additionally, it has a food court and a Chuck E Cheese's restaurant and arcade for kids to enjoy. Dragon Mart is 20 minutes away from Dubailand, even less if you live in the City of Arabia or the Falcon City of Wonders. Dragon Mart and Dragon Mart 2 have been developed by Nakheel Malls as the ultimate shopping destination. It is the world's largest Chinese trading hub outside of mainland China. Both the complexes combined are home to over 5,000 retail shops, cafes, restaurants, entertainment outlets and a Novo Cinemas. The Dragon Marts are a resident favourite for bargain shopping in Dubai and for finding unique items.
There is also a new mall opening in Dubailand called Cityland Mall, it opens in mid-2019, next to Global Village. It will be the world's first nature-themed shopping mall. It will feature a Carrefour hypermarket, Vox Cinemas, Fabyland (family entertainment destination) and 350 retail stores. Otherwise, tourist and resident favourite The Dubai Mall is also just 30-minutes away from Dubailand.
Restaurants in Dubailand
Apart from the many casual and fast food options in Dubai Outlet Malla and Dragon Mart, there are many standalone restaurants in Dubailand. There is the Italian bistro Oregano in The Villa neighbourhood, Indian eateries such as Green Hills restaurant and Pudumadam Restaurant in Skycourts Towers. There are a few more casual dining restaurants as part of the small Remal Mall in the Majan district, such as Chin Chin, Doner Deli, Cafe Lambretta and more.
Those looking for licensed bars and lounges to kick back and relax will have to take a bit of a drive. There is the Mr Tods Pub and Kitchen which serves British bar food, it is located in Dubai Silicon Oasis. There are a few bars in The Els Club Golf Course in Dubai Sports City, about a 15-minute drive from Dubailand. You could visit Kickers Sports Bar to catch a viewing of the latest sports match paired with your regular bar food or head to Big East Bar and Grill which offers large portions of meat cooked to your liking alongside their house beverages.
BEACHES NEAR DUBAILAND
Dubai residents do love visiting the beach, sadly there is no beach within Dubailand, there closest beach is the famous Jumeirah Beach. It is a 30-minute drive away and has tons of activities for both adults and kids to enjoy. There are walking tracks, playgrounds and outdoor gym equipment to use.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
As Dubailand is a leisure destination it is home to many different attractions. There is the world's largest indoor theme park IMG Worlds of Adventure, located in the City of Arabia. Its rides feature characters from Marvel Entertainment and Cartoon Network. There is also Global Village, an annual attraction open in Dubai's winter time, it is an outdoor arena of different worldwide pavillions, restaurants and rides. It also hosts concerts as part of the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF).
For a different experience focusing on Emirati culture, you can visit the Al Marmoom Heritage Village. It showcases a heritage market in the months of March - April, it showcases over 100 shops and kiosks as well as traditional dance shows from Oman, India, and Africa. Al Marmoom Heritage Village is also one place to watch legal camel racing as it is home to the Dubai Camel Racing Club and the Camel Hospital. It is just 15 minutes from the Dubailand district.
If you'd like to be a tourist in your own neighbourhood you can do just that at the Falcon City of Wonders, it has recreations of the 7 Wonders of the World for residents or tourists to view, marvel and take photos of or with. Now you don't need to travel to France to take a picture of the Eiffel Tower, or to Italy for the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Some of the attractions also feature residences, office and commercial spaces such as the Pyramids of Giza, Taj Arabia, The Great Wall of China and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. These massive structures are a marvel of construction, engineering and design and are definitely worth checking out.
As interest in the golf industry has been growing in Dubai, the Dubailand area is also going to be getting a golf course of their own. The Living Legends 9-hole golf course is currently being developed. Residents looking to tee off can in the meanwhile visit The Els Golf Club in Dubai Sports City, just 24 minutes away. The 18-hole golf course has been designed by Ernie Els, former US Open and Open Championship winner. It features a driving range, Butch Harmon's School of Golf and a few fine-dining and retail outlets.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
Only a few public parks can be found in Dubailand, mainly in The Villa community in the Aldea and Hacienda sub-communities. If you're looking for green spaces you can head to the nearby Arabian Ranches community which has many parks, playgrounds and walking trails.
In terms of keeping fit, the area has a lot of unique amenities on offer, there is the Dubai Cycling Track in Al Qudra close to Dubailand. Al Qudra Cycle Course stretches into the desert and allows the rider access to an uninterrupted 85km loop with views of serene sunrises and sunsets. Riders will also see various wildlife and animal species such as oryxes and camels who often roam past the cycle path.
The Hamdam Sports Complex is also great for fitness enthusiasts as it features fun things like badminton, basketball, karate, swimming, tennis, volleyball and water polo. Alongside a world-class gym and health club. There is also the UAE Sports Academy in The Villa, it offers Tennis lessons, Swimming lessons, Zumba and personal training.
For a day of pampering, residents can choose from The Iridium Spa, Tips and Toes The Villa and Las Mininas Beauty Salon. Residents in Al Waha and Layan can opt for The Haven Spa, Sea Salt Spa, Nstyle Beauty Lounge and Belle Femme Salon.
The Dragon Marts always have on-going events for visitors of all ages. There are often concerts held here featuring well-known artists who perform usually during weekdays and on holidays. They also hold seasonal markets which offer visitors huge deals and discounts. There also concerts that are held at the 117 Live Arena near Dubai Outlet Mall, previous performers include Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, Guns N' Roses, Jennifer Lopez and more.
As the area is filled with many different sub-communities there are many Facebook groups for respective residents to join. There is "Skycourts Towers Dubai - Owners & Residents" for those looking at high-rise living. Residents in The Villa can join The Villa Dubailand" it is the official group for residents created by Dubailand and Dubai Properties.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Living in Dubailand does have its perks but like any area in Dubai, there are a few things to consider. Dubailand is not accessible by any method of public transport which might be a drawback for some. The affordable rents and many amenities are a plus for any resident but the area is still not fully developed with many new facilities and communities under construction.
- Traffic is fairly less, making it easy for those commuting to New Dubai hotspots
- You can reach the Dubai International Airport in 30 minutes
- Central landmarks such as Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall are 25 minutes away
- The new Al Maktoum Airport is just 15 minutes away.
- The highly anticipated EXPO 2020 site is reachable in 15 minutes.
- Popular indoor theme park IMG Worlds of Adventure is 10-20 minutes away from the different areas in Dubailand.
- Themed attraction site Global Village is just 5-15 minutes away from the sub-communities in Dubailand.