With world-class infrastructure, a secure environment and a staggering choice of luxury and affordable properties, Dubai has become a global investment hub over the years, especially after opening its property market to foreign investment. Dubai has designated areas where foreign nationals can invest in property known as ‘freehold areas’. Today, MyBayut provides a complete list of freehold areas in Dubai! Discover which freehold communities in Dubai offer apartments, villas or a mix of both.
LIST OF FREEHOLD AREAS IN DUBAI FOR APARTMENTS
Before reading up on each of the areas, take a look at MyBayut’s handy Dubai freehold areas map, which provides a quick overview on freehold developments in the city!
There are plenty of communities that offer a wide range of Dubai freehold apartments for sale. Discover the complete list of freehold areas below! Bear in mind that some of these areas may also have leasehold properties or those which are exclusive to GCC investors and Emirati locals. We have also highlighted the most pocket-friendly options available in these neighbourhoods for potential homeowners and investors.
One of the newer freehold areas in Dubai, Arjan comprises of several sub-communities with low to mid-rise apartment buildings, some of which are still off-plan. Part of the massive Dubailand project, Arjan is strategically located at the junction of Al Qudra Road (D63) and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road (E311). The freehold apartments in Arjan range from studios to 3-bedroom flats. The sales prices for studio flats in Arjan start from AED 305k, while asking prices for 1-bed units goes up to AED 400k and 2 BHK apartments will set you back by AED 699k.
Previously known as TECOM, Barsha Heights has developed into a bustling community along Sheikh Zayed Road, close to other communities like The Greens. Barsha Heights is popular for both residential and commercial purposes and has some freehold properties in the area. Keen on buying apartments in Barsha Heights? Prices to buy a studio flat in Barsha Heights start from AED 400k. 1-beds start from AED 500k and 2-bedroom units start from AED 899k.
One of Dubai’s hottest new developments, Bluewaters Island is located close to the trendy JBR and is home to Ain Dubai, the world’s largest Ferris wheel. This is one of the freehold areas in Dubai that offers chic apartments ranging from 1 to 4-bedroom units. If you’re thinking of purchasing these freehold apartments in Dubai, 1-bedroom apartments in Bluewaters Island have sales prices starting from AED 1.45M while larger units can go well over AED 6M.
Next on our list of freehold areas in Dubai is Business Bay, a residential and commercial area close to the happening neighbourhood of Downtown Dubai. A favourite amongst investors, Business Bay features high-rise buildings that predominantly have studios, 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments along with a limited inventory of luxury 4 and 5-bedroom apartments and penthouses. There are also some podium villas in Business Bay available for purchase. Those looking at Business Bay apartments for sale will find that prices start from AED 440k for a studio flat. The more spacious 1 BHK flats start from AED 500k and 2-bed units can be for an asking price as low as AED 850k.
Also known as Jaddaf Waterfront, Culture Village is an emerging area along the shores of Dubai Creek. This waterfront development boasts luxury residences, five-star hotels and arts centres, and has many upcoming residential and commercial projects as well. Those buying apartments in Culture Village will find sleek, waterfront residences available in mostly studios, 1, 2 and 3-bedroom layouts. The prices for a studio apartment for sale in Culture Village starts from AED 540k, while more upscale units are quite expensive fetching prices as high as AED 9M.
Looking for affordable freehold properties in Dubai? Discovery Gardens, located near the popular Ibn Battuta Mall, is your answer. This apartment community offers a family-friendly community, lush green surroundings and spacious residences, available in studios, 1 and 2-bedroom layouts. Investors looking to buy Discovery Gardens 1-bedroom apartments will find prices start from AED 450k. The Gardens is another community near this neighbourhood with both villas and apartments in Dubai for freehold ownership.
A favourite amongst investors and renters, Downtown Dubai is amongst the top freehold areas in Dubai. Home to the iconic Burj Khalifa and other attractions, Downtown Dubai also offers a massive portfolio of luxurious freehold apartments. A studio apartment in Downtown Dubai commands a starting price of AED 480k. However, those who want to purchase Burj Khalifa studio apartments can expect to shell out a starting price of AED 1.6M.
DUBAI CREEK HARBOUR
Located on the banks of the Dubai Creek, Dubai Creek Harbour is an emerging mixed-use area, that when complete will boast the world’s new tallest tower, Dubai Creek Tower, and many more iconic attractions! Keen on investing in this upcoming area? The apartments in Dubai Creek Harbour have sales prices starting from AED 748k.
Dubai Harbour is a mixed-use waterfront development backed by Meraas Holding that will be home to the region’s largest marina, luxury hotels, observation decks and stylish apartments. Located between Dubai Marina and Palm Jumeirah, the Dubai Harbour apartments for sale have starting prices of AED 975k.
DUBAI INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE (DIFC)
This high-end mixed-use community houses the leading financial hub for the Middle East, South Asia and Africa, as well as, sleek residential towers. Close to Downtown Dubai, the DIFC neighbourhood is known for its trendy art galleries, excellent retail and dining options. There are studios, 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments available for freehold purchase, along with some luxurious 4 and 5-bedroom penthouses. The prices to buy 1-bedroom flats in DIFC start from a cool AED 880k.
DUBAI INVESTMENT PARK (DIP)
Located close to the Expo 2020 site, Dubai Investment Park is a sprawling mixed-use development that is popular both for commercial and residential purposes. The studio apartments in DIP have starting prices of AED 250k, with 1, 2 and 3-bedroom layouts are also available.
The most sought-after freehold area in Dubai for apartments, the upscale location of Dubai Marina has everything from waterfront homes, shopping malls, spas, restaurants and more. Investors will find a large portfolio of apartments for sale to choose from, as well as some podium villas. Those who want to own one of the studio flats in Dubai Marina for sale will pay a starting price of AED 390k.
DUBAI PRODUCTION CITY
Interested in affordable freehold apartments in Dubai? The mixed-use area of Dubai Production City houses a free zone for media production companies, as well as residential towers. Located next to Dubai Sports City along E311, Dubai Production City has properties ranging from studios to 3-bedroom apartments. The sales prices for a 1-bedroom apartment in Dubai Production City start from AED 350k.
DUBAI RESIDENCE COMPLEX
Dubai Residence Complex is an upcoming residential area, located at the junction of the Dubai-Al Ain Road (E66) and Emirates Road (E611), and offer residential apartments and plots for sale. One of the new freehold projects in Dubai, this residential area will boast state-of-the-art amenities once complete. The Dubai Residence Complex 2-bedroom apartments have sales prices starting from AED 650k. However, prices to buy a residential plot in Dubai Residence Complex start from AED 2.7M.
DUBAI SCIENCE PARK
Strategically located along Umm Suqeim Road (D63) with easy access to Al Khail Road and other major road links, the Science Park community is home to affordable freehold apartments in Dubai. Buyers can expect to pay starting prices of AED 477k for Dubai Science Park apartments.
DUBAI STUDIO CITY
Developed by Dubai Holding, Dubai Studio City is best known as a free zone for broadcasting companies and production houses, but also offers freehold residential apartments. The area lies between Hessa Street and Umm Suqeim Street, with studios to 3-bedroom apartments available for purchase. Prices to buy studio flats in Dubai Studio City start from AED 245k, while residential plots for sale in the area start from AED 4.75M.
JUMEIRAH BEACH RESIDENCE (JBR)
Another one of the most sought-after freehold properties in Dubai, the beachfront JBR community offers stylish and spacious apartments in high-rise towers. JBR offers studios to 4-bedroom apartments as well as penthouses, duplexes, garden and terrace apartments. Sales prices for studios in JBR start from AED 770k, while 1-bedroom apartments have starting prices of AED 960k.
Jumeirah Heights is a self-sustained community located in front of Jumeirah Islands and boasts apartments with lush surroundings and waterfront views. The apartments in Jumeirah Heights have sales prices starting from AED 1.59M and are available in 2 and 3-bedroom layouts.
JUMEIRAH LAKE TOWERS (JLT)
Over the years, the JLT neighbourhood has come up as one of the top Dubai freehold areas, offering reasonably-priced apartments with essential amenities at hand, as well as a thriving free zone. For those who want to invest in this freehold community, prices start from AED 385k for studio flats in JLT.
Located near Dubai Silicon Oasis, Liwan offers 1 to 3-bedroom apartments in a peaceful and quiet community. Those interested in the apartments for sale in Liwan can expect prices to start from AED 300k for a 1-bedroom flat.
One of the only freehold properties in Mirdif, this is an upcoming development that will have retail stores and leisure amenities alongside chic residential apartments. Mirdif Hills currently has a mix of ready and off-plan apartments, with sales prices for studio flats starting from AED 535k.
Mirdif Tulip was the first freehold project in the area, open for purchase to foreign nationals as well. Located at the edge of Mushrif Park, the apartments in Mirdif Tulip for sale come with amenities such as gymnasiums and swimming pools.
Situated in the Downtown Dubai area, Old Town is an elegant and low-rise community that has apartments with traditional Arabian architecture. These stylish apartments are very popular with investors and Old Town 1-bedroom apartments have starting prices of AED 925k.
PARK GATE RESIDENCES
One of the few freehold projects in Dubai near the Trade Centre Area, Park Gate Residences consists of four high-rise residential towers that will overlook the stunning Zabeel Park, once complete. The sales prices for Park Gate Residences apartments start from AED 1.37M, which are expected to be handed over in the latter half of 2020.
Next on the Dubai freehold areas list is Remraam, a still-developing gated community along Emirates Road (E611) that offers affordable apartments set amongst lush greenery. With a choice of studios, 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments, Remraam apartments for sale have starting prices of AED 290k.
Amongst the most established freehold areas in Dubai, The Greens is a thriving apartment development in Dubai along Sheikh Zayed Road with a family-friendly community vibe and amenities. The Greens apartments for sale are available in studio to 4-bedroom layouts with prices starting from AED 490k.
Looking for freehold apartments for sale in Dubai? Located besides The Greens, The Views is another Emaar community that has apartments boasting fabulous views of the Emirates Golf Club. Those who want to buy a studio apartment in The Views will pay a starting price of AED 620k.
FREEHOLD AREAS IN DUBAI FOR VILLAS
Discover all the areas with freehold villas for sale in Dubai! From The Springs to Reem, discover freehold villas in Dubai for all budgets.
Appearing near the top of Bayut’s Q3 2019 market report, Arabian Ranches has established itself as one of Dubai’s premier villa communities. The Arabian Ranches development offers spacious villas and townhouses set amongst family-friendly amenities like parks, lakes and BBQ facilities. Sales prices for a 2 BHK villa in Arabian Ranches start from AED 1.19M while 3-bedroom villas for sale have starting prices of AED 1.4M.
ARABIAN RANCHES 2
The popularity and success of Arabian Ranches resulted in a second phase of the development being built, known as Arabian Ranches 2. Similar to the first phase, villas in Arabian Ranches 2 come with high-quality finishing and state-of-the-art amenities. Investing in Arabian Ranches 2 villas will cost a starting price of AED 1.2M.
ARABIAN RANCHES 3
The third phase of the Arabian Ranches development was launched earlier in 2019! In addition to brand-new townhouses and villas, Arabian Ranches 3 will also be home to a lazy river and plenty of outdoor activities. The prices to invest in Arabian Ranches 3 villas starts from AED 1.12M while the townhouses in Arabian Ranches 3 start from AED 1.09M.
Regarded as the most luxurious of residential developments in Dubai, Emirates Hills has long been the investment destination of choice for high-profile buyers. While the homes in the Montgomerie Hills sub-community start from AED 4.97M, be prepared to shell out a starting price of AED 9.25M for Emirates Hills villas in other sectors.
Developed by Nakheel, Jumeirah Islands is a plush residential community that is made up of 50 man-made islands with luxe family villas and townhomes. Located between Jumeirah Park and the Emirates Living development, Jumeirah Islands is home to 4, 5 and 6-bedroom villas and 4-bedroom townhouses. The prices to buy Jumeirah Islands houses with gardens start from AED 4M.
Also a Nakheel Properties development, Jumeirah Park is a family-friendly community that boasts 3, 4 and 5-bedroom villas as well as community parks, schools and retail centres. Those who want to own property in this Dubai freehold area can expect to pay starting prices of AED 2.45M for Jumeirah Park villas.
This gated community along Al Qudra Road (D63) features villas and townhouses, and has been gaining popularity among freehold projects in Dubai. These villas and townhouses in the Reem community have excellent finishing but are being offered for competitive prices, posing a lucrative investment opportunity. The freehold villas in Al Reem offer good value for money and start from a cool AED 1.25M.
Another villa community that falls under the Emirates Living development, The Lakes is popular for the variety of amenities such as sports courts, supermarkets, schools and nurseries in the area. The freehold villas in The Lakes community are divided into several sub-communities, catering to various budgets. Prices to buy a 3-bedroom villa in The Lakes start from AED 2.25M.
When it comes to Dubai freehold areas, Meadows is considered among the leading residential developments in the city. Spread across nine sub-communities, villas in The Meadows are set amongst lakes and greenery, offering a tranquil environment. If you’d like to own property in this community, 3-bedroom villas in The Meadows cost a starting price of AED 2.77M.
THE SUSTAINABLE CITY
The Sustainable City development is the first-of-its-kind as a zero-energy project that places an emphasis on conserving energy through its residential villas. Located behind Arabian Ranches 2, this is one of the Dubai freehold projects also houses schools, retail centres, community parks and pools. Investors and homeowners can own one of the Sustainable City villas for sale at starting prices of AED 2.7M.
Part of the mega-development of Emirates Living, The Springs is a gated development that features cosy villas spread across fifteen sub-communities. Close to other residential areas like The Meadows, The Lakes and Emirates Hills, The Springs Dubai villas for sale will cost investors a starting price of AED 1.11M.
Potential homeowners keen to find the right home for their family should consider The Villa, one of the top freehold areas in Dubai. Close to other residential communities like Dubai Silicon Oasis and Sky Courts, The Villa offers elegant 3 to 7-bedroom villas in a serene setting. Want to buy houses in The Villa? Prices to buy 4-bedroom homes in The Villa start from AED 1.99M.
FREEHOLD AREAS IN DUBAI FOR VILLAS AND APARTMENTS
Need more choice of freehold properties in Dubai? There are many freehold areas in the city that offer a mix of apartments, townhouses and villas for investors to choose from!
Spread across 18 million square feet, the Al Barari community is an exclusive and luxurious community that’s home to bespoke villas and apartments set amongst landscaped gardens and lakes. The freehold villas in Al Barari for sale have starting prices of AED 7.5M while apartments in Al Barari are predictably more reasonable, starting from AED 730k.
Located besides Discovery Gardens, Al Furjan is home to freehold apartments and villas in Dubai, set in a gated community. The properties in Al Furjan have easy access to road links such as Sheikh Zayed Road and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road. The prices to buy villas in Al Furjan start at AED 1.65M while the Al Furjan apartments have starting prices of AED 300k.
AL KHAIL HEIGHTS
Next on our list of freehold areas in Dubai is Al Khail Heights, situated in the Al Quoz area. This community offers freehold apartments and townhouses and as its name suggests, has easy access to Al Khail Road (E44). The prices to invest in apartments in Al Khail Heights starts from AED 350k.
Al Warsan is another of the Dubai freehold areas near International City that’s grown popular for its affordable properties, offering both relatively new apartments and villas. Investors can expect to pay a minimum of AED 255k for a studio flat in Al Warsan. However, the modern villas for sale in Al Warsan have starting prices of AED 1.35M.
DAMAC HILLS (AKOYA BY DAMAC)
Other new freehold zones in Dubai for investors to consider is DAMAC Hills, which has added many luxurious apartments, villas and townhouses to the market. Set around the Trump International Golf Course, the properties for sale in DAMAC Hills will benefit from stunning views and world-class amenities. Prices to buy a studio apartment in DAMAC Hills start from AED 349k, while the DAMAC Hills villas for sale start from AED 900k.
DUBAI FESTIVAL CITY
This mixed-use development of Dubai Festival City that borders Dubai Creek, is known for housing elegant residences alongside golf courses, malls, schools and other iconic attractions. Investors keen to own freehold apartments in Dubai Festival City will pay a minimum price of AED 700k. However, those interested in buying a villa in Dubai Festival City can expect starting prices of AED 6M.
DUBAI HILLS ESTATE
Being jointly developed by Emaar Properties and Meraas Holding, Dubai Hills Estate is another one of the luxurious freehold areas in Dubai that will feature an 18-hole championship golf course, once complete. Keen on buying apartments in Dubai Hills Estate? Prices for the Dubai Hills Estate apartments for sale start from AED 628k for a studio. On the other hand, sales prices for villas with 3-bedrooms in Dubai Hills Estate start from AED 1.7M and Dubai Hills townhouses start from AED 1.55M.
DUBAI SILICON OASIS (DSO)
Currently an investor hotspot for affordable properties, Dubai Silicon Oasis has carved a space for itself with a family-friendly environment, abundant amenities and a large choice of properties. Prices start from AED 249k for buying a studio flat in Dubai Silicon Oasis. Meanwhile, the reasonably-priced villas in Dubai Silicon Oasis start from AED 1.19M.
A master-planned community with the Al Maktoum International Airport at its centre, Dubai South is one of the freehold developments in Dubai that has become created a lot of buzz in the property market. When completed, Dubai South will offer an integrated lifestyle with world-class amenities and properties. The apartments in Dubai South have prices starting from AED 300k, while the Dubai South Villas start from AED 890k.
DUBAI SPORTS CITY
An ideal location for fitness and sports enthusiasts, Dubai Sports City is home to pocket-friendly apartments and villas, located off Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road. The prices for apartments in Dubai Sports City start from AED 260k while freehold villas in the area start from AED 1.8M.
Located near Palm Jebel Ali, Dubai Waterfront features a mix of apartments and villas close to the Dubai-Abu Dhabi border. There are two main sub-communities with Dubai Waterfront properties: Badrah and Veneto. The prices to buy Dubai Waterfront apartments starts from AED 410k. Meanwhile, the Dubai Waterfront villas for sale have prices starting from AED 2.3M.
Dubailand is a mega-development being built across 3 million sq.ft, backed by Dubai Properties, and consists of many projects such as Falcon City of Wonders, Layan Community, SkyCourts Towers and more. The sales prices for Dubailand apartments start from AED 270k, making the area a hub for smaller investors. The freehold townhouses in Dubailand start from AED 550k, while the Dubailand villas for sale have starting prices of AED 575k.
Located behind the sprawling Dragon Mart, International City is known for being home to some of the most affordable properties in the city while offering high ROI for investors. Prices to buy studios in International City start from AED 215k, which comes with a variety of amenities in the community. While International City is more known for apartments, there are freehold villas available in the sub-community of Warsan Village.
The trendy neighbourhood of Jumeirah has seen the launch of a number of freehold projects in Dubai, such as City Walk, La Mer and Jumeirah Bay Islands. The prices to buy apartments in Jumeirah start from AED 700k, while the Jumeirah townhouses for sale start from AED 1.9M.
JUMEIRAH GOLF ESTATES
Ideal for those who want golf course living, Jumeirah Golf Estates is a vibrant and high-end residential community with a variety of properties for sale. The Jumeirah Golf Estate apartments have sales prices starting from AED 620k while townhouses for sale start from AED 1.47M. Meanwhile, 3-bedroom villas in Jumeirah Golf Estates start from AED 1.89M.
JUMEIRAH VILLAGE CIRCLE (JVC)
Another one of the popular freehold communities in Dubai, Jumeirah Village Circle has caught investor attention for its choice of properties and strategic location. The prices for a studio apartment in JVC for sale start from AED 250k, while the villas in JVC start from AED 1.2M.
JUMEIRAH VILLAGE TRIANGLE (JVT)
This exclusive, gated community of Jumeirah Village Triangle is located at the junction of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road (E311) and Al Khail Road (E44) and offers a cosy community vibe. Investors will have to pay a starting price of AED 459k for a 1-bedroom apartment in JVT while a 2-bedroom villa in Jumeirah Village Triangle costs a minimum of AED 1.65M.
With the iconic Meydan Racecourse at its heart, Meydan City has grown into an upscale residential district with swanky properties including apartments, villas and townhouses. Prices to buy studio apartments in Meydan City start from AED 333k while the freehold Meydan homes for sale cost a starting price of AED 1.55M.
MOHAMMED BIN RASHID CITY (MBR CITY)
High-end residences, state-of-the-art amenities and attractions, shopping centres and lush surroundings are what awaits residents and visitors at Mohammed Bin Rashid City (MBR City). Still under development, MBR City sprawls across a staggering area of 45 million sqft, and once complete, promises an unparalleled lifestyle for residents. Prices to buy MBR City apartments begin from AED 350k while the villas for sale in MBR City start from AED 1.27M.
While it’s home to the Dubai Autodrome, properties in Motor City community are sought-after for the abundance of green spaces, cobblestoned streets and convenient lifestyle. The freehold apartments in Motor City range from studios to 4-bedrooms and start from AED 450k. Meanwhile, the coveted Green Community villas in Motor City have starting prices of AED 2.87M.
Mudon is a gated development close to DAMAC Hills with a mix of ready and off-plan properties and has become popular amongst the Dubai freehold areas. The project is divided into various sub-communities with apartments, villas or townhouses, catering to investors and homeowners of various budgets. Prices to buy Mudon Views apartments start from AED 1.09M while homes in the Arabella Townhouses start from AED 1.31M. The villas in Rahat, another sub-community in Mudon, will cost investors a minimum of AED 2.6M.
A symbol of Dubai’s luxury and innovation, Palm Jumeirah is a prime residential development with several luxury waterfront projects. Investors keen to own property on Palm Jumeirah will shell out a minimum of AED 647k for freehold apartments. The Palm Jumeirah villas for sale, some of which come with their own stretch of private beach, have prices starting from AED 4.45M.
THE WORLD ISLANDS
The World Islands is a massive archipelago of 300 islets that represent the world’s continents. Offering residential properties that are the pinnacle of luxury, The World Islands boasts an exclusive portfolio of partly-underwater homes and stylish apartments. Prices for the apartments on World Islands for sale start from AED 1.7M, while the uber-luxurious World Island villas start from AED 13.5M.
TILAL AL GHAF
Located behind Dubai Sports City, Tilal Al Ghaf is an upcoming mixed-use development by Majid Al Futtaim that will redefine community and family living. There are currently two neighbourhoods with luxurious, state-of-the-art villas and bungalows for sale in Tilal Al Ghaf: Serenity and Harmony.
Once complete, Town Square by Nshama will offer an exceptional lifestyle for residents with parks, gardens, gyms, pools and community centres, along with contemporary apartments and townhouses. Buying apartments in Town Square will cost investors starting prices of AED 320k. Those who want a larger living space can opt for the townhouses in Town Square for sale, which starts from a reasonably-priced AED 1.08M.
WADI AL SAFA 2
Located close to Falcon City of Wonders and Liwan, Wadi Al Safa 2 is one of the freehold areas in Dubai with spacious villas and apartments. Prices to buy apartments in Wadi Al Safa 2 start from AED 440k, which come with private pools, gymnasiums and kids’ play areas.
And that’s MyBayut’s comprehensive list of Dubai freehold areas. Aside from these, there are a couple of more freehold developments across the city such as Nikki Beach Resort & Spa on Pearl Jumeirah, Jebel Ali Hills and Al Qusais Residences, all of which are backed by Meraas Holding. These projects offer either apartments, villas or residential plots for sale.
FREEHOLD AREAS IN DUBAI WITH BEST ROI
In terms of apartments, International City, which is always good value for buyers, offers excellent returns of 9.4%. Meanwhile, Dubai Sports City, another good value choice for the savvy property buyer in Dubai, has an ROI of 8%.
When it comes to villas, Jumeirah Village Circle is another lucrative choice for those keen on investing in Dubai freehold property, with rental returns of 6.8%. Other areas in Dubai with good ROI for villas is The Springs, which boasts an ROI of 6.5%.
That concludes our complete guide to freehold areas in Dubai. We hope this article helps you identify the best Dubai freehold area to buy your dream investor or home! Are you thinking of investing in property in Dubai? Check out our blog on the legal steps for buying property in Dubai.