ABOUT INTERNATIONAL CITY DUBAI
International City is best known for being the affordable housing capital of Dubai’s ever-expanding real estate market. According to the 2018 Dubai Market Report by Bayut.com, buying apartments in International City is a popular option. It was the 4th most popular spot in Dubai for buying apartments and the 5th most popular for renting apartments.
Since its launch by master-developer Nakheel in 2002, the area is well known for its signature low rise country-themed clusters. International City is located near popular neighbourhoods like Academic City, Dubai Silicon Oasis and Al Warqa adding to the appeal for both buyers and renters. One of the biggest benefits of living in International City is that it exposes you to the perks of a gated-community lifestyle while keeping the price tags modest. In this area guide of International City, you will find a detailed overview of what the area is all about, anyone planning on moving to International City can make an informed decision.
IN A NUTSHELL
- An abundance of studios and 1-bedroom apartments
- Low rise buildings with unique architecture
- Self-contained building clusters with groceries, salons, launderettes and more
- Home to Dragon Mart 1 and 2
- Close to Dubai Safari Park
- Close to Dubai Silicon Oasis and Academic City
In a city as cosmopolitan as Dubai, it makes perfect sense to have community named after the global vibe of the emirate. International City is essentially a residential compound offering people access to community living without a hefty price tag. The 10 prominent building clusters housing the apartments in International City are named after countries around the world, earning the development the moniker of ‘International’ City.
The development did have a rocky start with some concerns about sanitation, but things have stabilised now and it’s developing into a sought-after location to live in Dubai. Living in International City will never be boring thanks to the two huge Dragon Marts, full of obscure finds, budget deals, restaurants and cinemas.
PROPERTIES IN INTERNATIONAL CITY DUBAI
There are over 500 apartments in International City, spread over the 10 clusters, a Central Business District (CBD) and the Al Warsan Village. The second phase of the project is also under development where a few communities have even been opened up to buyers and renters.
The residential clusters include Persia, Greece, Spain, Morocco, England, France, Italy, Russia, China, and Emirates. There is a high volume of studios and 1-bedroom apartments for rent in International City making it extremely popular with those looking to live independently. The CBD, located in the centre of the clusters features some of the larger 2 and 3-bedroom apartments in International City for renters and buyers who want a little more space. The freehold villas and townhouses in International City are currently restricted to the Al Warsan Village, these have been added to the development fairly recently.
The most popular building cluster in International City is the Emirates Cluster, the 10th precinct to be developed here. The buildings are comprised of studios and 1-bedroom apartments, offering comfortable, private spaces for the city’s professionals. Average rents for studios in International City are AED 31k and the larger 1-bedroom apartments are priced at AED 42k. Families may be more inclined towards the 2-bedroom apartments in CBD which average at AED 65k. Al Warsan Village is gaining in popularity for townhouses and larger apartments with average rents for 3-bedroom villas and townhouses starting at AED 100k, making it one of the most affordable villa communities in the city.
International City has a number of freehold properties for investors looking to buy apartments in Dubai. Apartments here are competitively priced with average asking prices for studios at AED 350k, 1-bedroom apartments at AED 475k and 2-bedroom apartments at AED 850k. The average price for a freehold 3-bedroom villa in Al Warsan starts at AED 1.6M continuing International City’s trend for lower rents.
The residents of International City enjoy a cosmopolitan lifestyle with lush communal areas, lakes and an overall tranquil ambience of an expat community.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING SPACES IN INTERNATIONAL CITY
Parking is free in most parts of International City, creating a few issues for residents here. The buildings don’t come with any dedicated residents’ parking, so people are known to spend hours trying to find parking in the evenings. Residents have also complained of rental car companies taking over the parking spaces leaving a constant shortage. The area is also notorious for parking fines, so make sure you are in an actual parking spot and not just on a vacant pavement.
In terms of public transportation in International City, the area is not directly connected to the metro. Instead, there are 4 bus routes for the area, taking you to popular metro stations like Al Rashidiya, Etisalat and Al Nahda. Access to the main roads is not an issue because it’s situated between interchanges 5 and 6 of Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, but the traffic congestions are common during weekdays.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
Supermarkets in International City
The Carrefour in Dragon Mart 2 is the place to go if you have to do a monthly shop and stock up on essentials. Other popular supermarkets in International City include smaller versions of Lulu and Spinneys. Growth Mart International City is another popular supermarket for the residents of International City Dubai.
The clusters of flats in this neighbourhood have convenience stores to cater to your daily needs, even home delivering groceries over a phone call. The speciality ethnic stores in the clusters are well known for stocking authentic goods from their respective countries.
Churches Temples and Mosques in International City Dubai
The most notable mosques in International City are Persia cluster's Cabin Mosque, Spain cluster's Sheikh Abdel Hameed Masjid and England cluster's Masjid-e-Noor. The closest churches for International City residents are the Dubai City Church and the St Mary’s Church in Oud Metha, both of which is a 30-minute drive away. The nearest temples are the Krishna Temple and the Shiva Temple in Bur Dubai also is just half an hour away.
Schools in International City Dubai
The properties in Dubai International City are also popular amongst students due to its proximity of the neighbourhood to Dubai International Academic City. It has a range of reputable international and local universities.
Clinics and Hospitals in International City
If you are feeling under the weather, the hospitals in International City are located close by with each cluster having at least 2 options nearby. Apple Clinic, Aster Clinic and Amber Clinic, all have branches here that you can easily pop into for a quick consultation. Pharmacies are staples of most building clusters, and both Dragon Marts have large branches of Life Pharmacy.
TOP 5 COMMUNITIES IN INTERNATIONAL CITY
The clusters in Dubai International City come with their own signature architecture and amenities. Amongst these, the best cluster in International City is the England Cluster, followed by the Spain and Morocco clusters. The mixed-use development of the Central Business District came in fourth place. It is popular for its 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom apartments for rent, priced from AED 34k and AED 45k, respectively. Rounding up the list is the Persian Cluster of International City.
International City is close to Dubai Silicon Oasis, Al Warqa, and Academic City. The most popular tourist hotspot near International City is the Dubai Safari Park launched in late 2017 housing over 2500 animals, reptiles and birds.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
Malls in International City
It’s a little difficult to live in Dubai and be far away from a mall! The malls in International City, Dragon Mart 1 and 2 are the largest trading hubs for Chinese goods in Dubai, making it a firm favourite with International City residents for retail therapy. With over 4,000 stores, these endless malls have multiple retail outlets featuring brands you may not encounter anywhere else! Walking around Dragon Mart and finding the best deals is one of the biggest advantages of living in International City.
Restaurants in International City
Known as a foodie hub, the restaurants in International City are known for their authentic offerings. Popular suspects like Chilis, Le Pain Quotidien and Starbucks are relegated to the malls, while smaller local cafes and shisha lounges dot the clusters of International City. There are no licensed restaurants or bars in the area, so if you fancy a pint, you have to head further into the city centre. The area is known to be popular with the student population in Academic City; it’s quite common to see teens huddled around Monopoly boards in the cafes here.
Beaches near International City
If you fancy a day of sun and sand, the closest beach near International City is Jumeirah beach, just over half an hour away.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
Dubai has grown into a city known for its lush green golf courses and International City has not been left behind, the Track Meydan Golf course in Nad Al Sheba is just 15 minutes away. If you are planning to explore any new sports and things to do in International City, the equestrian centres like the Desert Palm Polo Club and the Emirates Desert Equestrian Club are great places to frequent.
Nature lovers can spend hours in the company of migrating birds in the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, just 15 minutes away from International City. One of the biggest benefits of living in International City is getting to sight these pink-legged flamingos found in abundance at close quarters during winters!
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
One of the key updates to the International City development was the launch of the Lake District in Al Warsan. The residential complexes here are under construction, but the Al Warsan Lake, fringed by landscaped parks in International City, is popular for walks and jogs in the evening. The Paris Children’s Park in the France cluster is also great if you have smaller children.
Fitness enthusiasts will be happy to know there are several gymnasiums around the area, apart from the small fitness centres in the buildings. Notable amongst these are V Fitness, Fitness 360 and Target Gym.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
International City has managed to become a hallmark of affordable living in Dubai, attracting a large number of residents and investors. But one of the things to consider when you are moving to International City is the sanitation issues the community has faced in the past. Although this issue has been dealt with and there are no more complaints of smells from the sewage plant nearby, it is still something that early residents recall with disfavour. The other area of concern for those moving to International City is the parking-related issues in the community. As more infrastructure develops around the area, this too will hopefully become a non-exist problem.
- The Dubai International Airport is 25 minutes away
- Sheikh Zayed Road and Dubai Marina are 35 minutes away
- Academic City and residential hub Dubai Silicon Oasis are 15 minutes away.
- The Dubai Central Fruit and Vegetable Market is just 8 minutes away