ABOUT MEYDAN CITY
Meydan City, commonly known as Meydan extends alongside Ras Al Khor Road and Dubai - Al Ain Road. What started as an idea of Sheikh Rashid Bin Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, has now grown into a metropolis in the heart of Nad Al Sheba with a variety of upscale projects. The name of the community originates from an Arabic term meaning “a meeting place”. It is a place where business opportunities, leisure, and luxurious living meet to form a revolutionary suburb of Dubai. Providing access to globally recognised events and entertainment facilities, Meydan City outshines even the most glorious neighbourhoods of the emirate. Most of the town has off-plan projects while some schemes are being developed at a fast pace. Geographically, it has a prime location, spanning over a large land-area of 40 million sq. ft. This area guide discusses what Meydan City has to offer to its prospective investors and residents.
IN A NUTSHELL
- Meydan hosts the biggest horse-racing festival and Dubai World Cup every year
- The community offers elite class properties and promotes a luxurious lifestyle
- It has a wide range of residential options from apartments to villas and townhouses
- It is an innovative community combining free-zone businesses, major sporting events and residential areas.
Newly established, Meydan City was launched in the year 2007 at the eve of the Dubai World Cup with remarkable projects on board. These projects included hotels and resorts, a sky bubble restaurant, entertainment clubs, a concourse plaza, skyscrapers and a boat house. Various innovative sub-communities have been developed since its inception including Meydan One, The Polo Residences, The Polo Townhouses, Millennium Estates, Meydan Avenue, and Meydan Heights to name a few. Aiming to offer an unparalleled living experience and access to globally recognised sporting and entertainment events, Meydan City is a modern society with a unique presence on Dubai's map.
PROPERTIES IN MEYDAN CITY
Meydan City has a rich variety of residential properties from apartment complexes and hotel towers to villas and townhouses. Further, a wide range of commercial space is located in Meydan Avenue, and a large cluster of apartments and villas are found in Meydan One and Meydan Gated Community, respectively. The residential areas are constructed to be environmentally-friendly with a proper waste management system.
Presenting 1, 2 and 3-bedroom units, apartments for sale in Meydan City are preferable for singletons, couples, and small families. The selling price for 3-bedroom apartments in Meydan City starts at AED 999k while those of 2-bed flats and 1-bedroom apartments start from AED 750k and AED 650k respectively. Based on a roomy floor plan, the apartment buildings are newly constructed ensuring all the amenities are offered uninterruptedly such as 24/7 security, elevators, waste management service, fitness clubs, and swimming pools.
If you are willing to rent an apartment for your family instead of buying one, you can expect the annual cost to be pretty economical. For instance, if you go for 1-bed flats for rent, the annual rent would be AED 85k max. Similarly, the maximum amount required for renting a 2-bedroom apartment or a 3-bed flat would be AED 140k and AED 180k, respectively. This is market competitive when compared to other areas in Dubai.
Likewise, renting villas in Meydan City are suitable for large families looking for more space. One can choose between 3, 4, 5 and 6-bedroom houses spanning from 1,800 sq. ft. to 17,061 sq. ft. On average, renting a large 5-bedroom villa in Meydan City costs around AED 302k per annum. If you’re looking for similar facilities in an affordable price range, consider renting a 3-bedroom townhouse ranging between AED 155k and AED 165k per annum.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING SPACES IN MEYDAN CITY
The city’s infrastructure is well thought out with an extensive network of roads and bridges connecting the sub-communities. RTA Dubai (Roads and Transportation Authority) has recently opened three large bridges providing access to the Racecourse. Another private bridge has been opened to provide direct VIP admittance to Meydan Grandstand.
Moreover, the plan of building a tramline is in the pipeline, it is supposed to run from Meydan City to Meydan Racecourse and hold a capacity of 10,000 people. Currently, public buses run through several metro stations in and out of the city while taxis are the preferred choice to travel across the community. You can call a taxi through the RTA app or could order a luxury car through Uber or Careem. While the metro is not close, the nearest station would be in Business Bay about 15 minutes away.
Unlike other areas of Dubai, parking is not that big of an issue for the residents of Meydan City. The apartment complexes have reserved residential parking spaces and the same goes for villa compounds and townhouses. Most of the houses have a large capacity to adjust up to 3 vehicles.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTH CARE
SUPERMARKETS IN MEYDAN CITY
For groceries and other necessities, the residents can head out to Carrefour Market in the Burj View Towers, a short 14-minute drive from the residential spaces of Millennium Estates and Meydan Gated Community. West Zone Fresh Supermarket is also a popular point for fresh fruits and vegetables while LuLu Express in Al Quoz, 10 minutes away, is preferred for most of the grocery items.
CHURCHES, TEMPLES AND MOSQUES IN MEYDAN CITY
Mixed-cultural communities populate most areas of Dubai; therefore, special attention is given to this factor while establishing a housing project. Like any other area in Dubai, Meydan City also has mosques at short distances from the residences. There are community mosques, however, Nad Al Sheba Great Mosque and Masjid E Ibad Ur Rehman are favoured for large gatherings.
Those looking for churches can visit The Gatekeepers in Al Quoz and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Al Safa which is a 12-minute drive away. There aren't any temples in Meydan City currently, but the famous Gurunanak Darbar Sikh Temple can be reached within 25 minutes via Sheikh Zayed Road.
SCHOOLS IN MEYDAN CITY
There aren’t many schools inside the communities as of now, but there are plenty of choices nearby. Jumeirah International Nursery in Al Abraj Street and Safa British School are some of the choices based on international standards. GEMS Jumeirah Primary School is a high-reputed option, it offers the British curriculum until Year 6. Hummingbird Nursery, Hartland International School and Latifa School for Girls are some more options located at a 10-minute radius from Meydan City.
HOSPITALS AND CLINICS IN MEYDAN CITY
POPULAR COMMUNITIES IN MEYDAN CITY
Meydan One is a project where one side is dedicated to commercial spaces while the other side features elite residential properties. Horizons is another residential development housing iconic towers including Meydan Gateway, Horseshoe Plaza, Bathhouse Residences and Meydan Tower. The area with Grandstand is named as Meydan Avenue which will also offer 1,811 residential properties upon completion. Around 37 buildings will be launched featuring varying units of 1 to 3-bed apartments and retail spaces on the ground floors. Promising around 198 luxury housing villas, Millennium Estates is one of the most talked about residential communities around here where many furnished and unfurnished units are up for sale and rent. Since the development is new, it is fairly easier to invest in villas in Millennium Estates.
The community is bordered by many residential locations including Bur Dubai, Al Barari, Al Quoz, Dubailand, and Old Town. Mohammad Bin Rashid City (MBR), also established by the same developer, is nearby comprising of similar residential communities and projects.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
MALLS IN MEYDAN CITY
Meydan One Mall, the charm of the city and Dubai’s largest shopping mall is all set to be launched during the Expo 2020. Known for housing the largest dancing fountain in the world, this will be much more than just a shoppers’ paradise. Since Meydan is all about blending sports and luxury, the Meydan One Mall is also set to feature a number of sports activities including ice skiing and stand-up paddling. With around 620 retail outlets and separate halls for concerts and events, this mall will definitely break records.
The community mall in Business Bay, Bay Avenue is close to Meydan City. It houses many local retailers, casual dining restaurants and an outdoor market area.
RESTAURANTS IN MEYDAN CITY
There’re plenty of options for food enthusiasts including typical Asian, Chinese, Continental and Fast-Food Eateries. Al Ain Way Restaurant and Cafeteria, The Track Restaurant, Shiba Restaurant, Chez Charles Restaurant and Farriers are some popular dining spots nearby.
If you’re a sports fan, you will unmistakably find your dream home in Meydan City. Known as one of the best sports bars in Dubai, Qube Sports Bar located at the upper level of Meydan Golf Clubhouse is a favourite spot screening trending sports shows and TV series. The place is also preferred for a typical friends’ day out for those who like to cheer around pool tables and dart boards.
BEACHES NEAR MEYDAN CITY
No beaches are found inside the city, but some famous ones are located at a short distance. For instance, the most popular tourist attraction, Jumeirah Beach is located at a short 12-minute drive. The inhabitants also prefer Kite Beach and The Public Beach of Umm Suqeim for a perfect family evening.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
Meydan Racecourse is the major highlight of Meydan City presenting a series of grand horse-riding tournaments. The entertainment facilities around here are not limited to race tracks and the Grandstand. It features a huge 9-hole golf course, the exclusive Meydan Marina, a horse racing gallery and museum and a 5-star trackside hotel.
Dubai One Tower stands tall in the Meydan One area breaking the records of the tallest residential towers in the world. Along with a 675-meter high restaurant, a five-star hotel, 885 residential suites, and a conference centre, it lies near the Meydan One Marina Yacht Club.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
You always have something to do around Meydan City. While the Godolphin area is all set with a gleaming gateway, high-rise towers, retail malls, canals, and recreational parks, the residents can have some fun inside their gated communities as well. Houses bounded by jogging tracks, cycling paths and kids’ play areas make some nice spots to spend quality time with the family.
IMAX movie theatres, concourse plaza, sky bubble restaurant, clubs, and boat house are also an attractive part of the project. Most of the villa compounds and apartment complexes provide world-class amenities that meet the luxurious standards of living. When thinking of unwinding without going out, you can always hit the spas, salons, and swimming clubs next to your house.
The biggest horse racing season is held at Meydan Racecourse that hosts Dubai World Cup every year. As the year ends, the race is organised between November and December like the one for 2018 was on November 01, 2018. The event is hosted with terrace brunches and meetings in five-star resorts in the locality. Apart from the sporting events, the community also has unexpected treats for music lovers. Several concerts and dance shows are organised like the one held in October where American rapper Kid Ink performed for fans.
The area is also close to the Nad Al Sheba area, it has a 13km cycle loop track which is used for many races and competitions. It is also popular amongst the cycling community in Dubai and is known to be one of the best cycling tracks in the emirate. For those who prefer running instead of cycling can check out the running track built alongside the cycling track.
Those looking to interact with their neighbours to build a wholesome community lifestyle can join a few Facebook groups. Emirates employee's residing in the staff villas can join Meydan South 11. There is Meydan Heights for those living in the area, it is a popular and active group. As the area is still developing more groups will be formed but for now, the Meydan / MBR City / NAS Community is a shared group for Meydan City, Mohammed Bin Rashid City and the Nad Al Sheba communities.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
The residential spaces might not be budget-friendly but considering the amenities, leisure options, and the smartly planned projects, getting a unit in Meydan City is worth it. There are a lot of options depending on the area, size, and types of residential units so families and youngsters can easily find their best choice.
- Dubai International Airport is only 16.2 km away
- Dubai Mall lies a short 10-minute distance away
- Burj Khalifa a popular landmark, at a distance of 12 minutes
- Downtown Dubai, the biggest business hub and a popular tourist attraction is only 10 km away