About Umm Suqeim
Spread on either side of the famous Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim has quietly grown into one of the city’s most original hip and happening neighbourhoods. It has eclectic cafes, shops, flats, villas and townhouses housing long-term expats and locals alike. Featuring charming white-washed villas and trendy boutiques, this area was in the 6th position for most popular neighbourhoods to rent a villa in Dubai according to the 2018 Property Market Report for Dubai by Bayut.com.
This area guide of Umm Suqeim explores how the residents enjoy the affluent residential communities and tourist attractions.
IN A NUTSHELL
- A non-freehold community of villas in Dubai
- The overall architecture of the neighbourhood is eclectic, thanks to different owners and architects
- Conveniently located in between old and new Dubai
- Home to the much loved Kite Beach
- Known for its close proximity to the world-famous Burj Al Arab
As one of the city’s older neighbourhoods, the majority of the area is non-freehold, however, it still manages to attract a diverse mix of renters, mainly families, from around the world who live side-by-side with the local Emirati community.
Umm Suqeim is divided into three sub-communities - Umm Suqeim 1, 2 and 3. The neighbourhoods here are known mainly for its detached and semi-detached, three to six bedroom villas that are a true representation of Dubai’s evolving architecture. The villas in Umm Suqeim range in style from colonial and traditional to grand and ultra-modern. A lot are in private or gated compounds with communal pools, many have separate quarters for household staff.
PROPERTIES IN UMM SUQEIM
Given the location and popularity of the neighbourhood, you will need a larger budget here compared to the many other popular areas to rent villas in Dubai. Residents looking at villas for rent in Umm Suqeim will find large three to six bedroom units, making the area perfect for big families. According to current Bayut listings, rents for 3-bedroom villas start at AED 145k. For larger 3 and 4-bedroom villas in Umm Suqeim, prices start at AED 150k and AED 180k respectively, while 6-bedroom houses fetch a minimum of AED 225k.
One thing to keep in mind when renting Umm Suqeim villas is that some of the buildings are a little older, meaning the condition and level of maintenance required can be variable. It is best to have a look at a variety of different properties in the area to get a true sense of what the cost of living there will be. It is also worth considering what sort of garden your property has to budget for water usage fees, as well as the actual size of your house and type of windows if you are trying to get a sense of air conditioning costs.
There are only a few apartments in Umm Suqeim which are available to rent and buy. The apartments here are all located in low-rise buildings, where rents are more or less on par with other areas of Dubai. Residents who are considering living in here can take their pick from studios to 3-bedroom apartments.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING SPACES IN UMM SUQEIM
Residents in this area often have access to covered parking, although the size of individual parking spaces in the villas varies according to the house you choose. Visitors will have no trouble finding street parking throughout the neighbourhood.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
Those living in Umm Suqeim have easy access to all the amenities.
Supermarkets in Umm Suqeim
There are several small groceries here, along with bakeries churning out freshly baked bread and even an organic produce shop, dotted around the neighbourhood. There are large supermarkets in Umm Suqeim as well, including Spinneys, Choithrams, Union Coop and Waitrose.
CHURCHES, TEMPLES AND MOSQUES IN UMM SUQEIM
There are many mosques in Umm Suqeim. No matter where you are, you will usually be able to hear the call to prayer here. Residents who practice other faiths can travel to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, which is 22 minutes away, or the Hindu Temple is a 31 minutes’ drive.
SCHOOLS IN UMM SUQEIM
The families who live here will benefit a lot as there are so many fantastic and well-established schools in Umm Suqeim, such as Emirates International School which offers the UK and IB system until Year 13. There is Kings’ School Dubai which follows the UK curriculum until Year 8 and has received the outstanding ranting from the KHDA for the last decade. There are also many smaller nurseries for the little ones. Another thing to note is that many schools operate buses to this area, so it is feasible to have your kids attend institutions in Al Barsha and Dubailand as well.
For older children, the universities in Knowledge Village, such as American University of Dubai, Middlesex University and more are just 15 minutes away.
HOSPITALS AND CLINICS IN IN UMM SUQEIM
Situated between the older and newer parts of Dubai, this area truly enjoys the best of both worlds while being a few minutes drive from the city’s best attractions and leisure hotspots. This neighbourhood is bordered by the Arabian Gulf to the west and Al Manara and Al Safa in the east. The latter two neighbourhoods are on Sheikh Zayed Road, just across from the cultural hotspot of Al Quoz. Residents also enjoy being 15 minutes away from Mall of the Emirates and Dubai Mall, 12 from Internet City and 20 minutes away from the Dubai International Airport.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
Umm Suqeim is located in close proximity to various social hubs in Dubai. Let's take a closer look at what this neighbourhood has to offer residents living here.
Malls in Umm Suqeim
There are quite a few small community-centric shopping destinations within Umm Suqeim such as J3 and The Mall, as well as numerous boutiques and retail outlets. However, residents living in Umm Suqeim have quick access to the Mall of the Emirates and Dubai Mall, which are both around 10-15 minutes away in opposite directions.
Resturants in Umm Suqeim
These are numerous quaint cafes and restaurants in Umm Suqeim. Those looking for a more upscale dining experience can visit the fabulous Madinat Jumeirah complex, which includes the charming Arabian-style Souk Madinat Jumeirah, hotels Mina A'Salam, Al Qasr (home to one of Dubai's most legendary Friday brunches) and Al Naseem. Each of these hotels come with their own tantalising offering of bars and restaurants that cover a range of cuisines. The world-famous Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Burj Al Arab are right next door, making living in Umm Suqeim the perfect option for socialites.
Beaches near Umm Suqeim
One of the best parts of living in Umm Suqeim is that its just a stone’s throw from the beach! Adventure and adrenaline seekers can flock to Kite Beach, which is filled with watersports, activities for all ages and its own quirky set of homegrown and international eateries. Jumeirah Beach is another favourite which is walking distance for a lot of residents in the area.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
In terms of recreation, it doesn’t get much better than the public beaches! However, the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club is a firm favourite among expats from all over Dubai and is known for its sense of community and family-friendly vibe. In terms of landmarks, the prestigious Burj Al Arab hotel is on most residents’ doorsteps, while Madinat Jumeirah is one of the city’s favourite entertainment and lifestyle destinations.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
There are a few green spaces and public parks in Umm Suqeim. Residents can often be seen jogging or cycling through the pedestrian-friendly neighbourhood, or the dedicated tracks by Kite Beach, which is also home to one of the city’s many outdoor gyms. Residents looking for an indoor workout can join one of the gyms in Umm Suqeim, such as Fitness 360, Inspire in neighbouring Al Manara, or head across Sheikh Zayed Road to Fitness First in the Oasis Centre.
Depending on where you choose, there is likely to be a strong community feel in this area, with residents often putting on impromptu events throughout the year. Kite Beach is also a popular location for many Dubai events such as the Food Festival, while Madinat Jumeirah and Burj Al Arab are popular destinations during festive events such as New Year’s Eve.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Umm Suqeim offers residents an exclusive living experience. There are only a few new properties coming up in this area as it is more of an affluent and well-established neighbourhood with prices to match. Another thing to keep in mind if you do consider moving to Umm Suqeim is that it is more convenient if you have a car.
- Dubai International Airport is about 15 minutes away
- 21 minutes’ drive to get on to Sheikh Zayed Road (depending on traffic)
- Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, is 22 minutes away