When one thinks of a villa in Dubai, the one area that instantly comes to mind is the purpose-built villa community of Arabian Ranches. A perennial favourite with renters and buyers alike, the villas in Arabian Ranches have become the benchmark for perfect community living. For those of you looking to move to the area, here are some of the pros and cons of living in Arabian Ranches that you should be aware of.
Pros of living in Arabian Ranches
One of the most recognisable villa communities in Dubai, Arabian Ranches is consistently popular for both villa rentals and investments in the emirate. There are a number of reasons why people prefer this tranquil gated community for their homes, so let’s take a look at some of the benefits of living in Arabian Ranches.
The premium amenities and facilities
Life in Arabian Ranches comes with many perks. Those buying or renting villas in Arabian Ranches will agree that one of the biggest perks of living here is the spectacular range of amenities on offer. The facilities in the Arabian Ranches community are second to none, from community pools to luxurious gardens and children’s play areas. Residents also have exclusive access to special residents’ membership schemes and discount deals at the Arabian Ranches Golf Club and the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club, so there are many benefits to living in Arabian Ranches.
The many family-friendly events and activities
The Ranches is one of the most well-planned developments by master-builder Emaar. The folks living in Arabian Ranches are active in making the neighbourhood a great place to live, so there is a slew of exciting family-friendly activities in the area through the course of the year. From organic markets to school fetes and organised team sports, there are plenty of activities to bring together the multi-cultural residents of the Emaar Arabian Ranches community.
The villas are extremely well-constructed
As one of the very first communities to offer expats the chance to buy a luxurious villa in the UAE, Arabian Ranches had plenty of expectations to live up to when it launched. It not only managed to meet these expectations, but The Ranches villas have also become the standard against which other communities are now measured. Master-developer Emaar has done a fabulous job with the construction of these villas which boast international standards, high-quality materials and beautiful design.
Those looking to live in the villas in this gated community will be happy to know that their furry, feathered or finned friends can also have a life in Arabian Ranches, without any worry. This is one of the best pet-friendly neighbourhoods in Dubai and comes with plenty of backyard space where the animals can run around and feel rejuvenated. We would still recommend that those renting in Arabian Ranches should clarify this with their landlords to avoid any confusion.
Home to a world standard golf club and a renowned equestrian and polo club
No list of benefits of living in Arabian Ranches can be complete without a mention of the eponymous golf course in the community. Golfing enthusiasts in the country are sure to enjoy the verdant slopes of the Arabian Ranches golf club, and the 18-hole course designed by Ian Baker-Finch in association with Nicklaus Design.
Let’s take a quick recap of all the advantages of living in Arabian Ranches:
- The world-class amenities and abundance of facilities
- The community events and family-oriented activities
- The well-constructed villas
- The pet-friendly nature of the development
- The golf and polo club in the community
Cons of living in Arabian Ranches
While there are certainly many benefits to living in Arabian Ranches, there are a few things to consider before moving to Arabian Ranches.
You need a car to commute if you are renting in Arabian Ranches
While the Emaar Arabian Ranches community is fairly pedestrian friendly, it is still not connected to the Dubai Metro. Public transportation, hence, is not the most convenient option for those buying or renting in Arabian Ranches. You will need a car to get around the area, but on the plus side, the area is not known to have many traffic-related challenges.
Singles may not like renting in Arabian Ranches
While there is plenty to love about life in the Ranches, it is certainly a community that is more suited to families than those who enjoy all the perks of a single life. If you are someone who likes to party the night away or live in the heart of all the glitz and glamour of the city, consider the fact that the development is a quieter family-friendly residential area before you decide on moving to Arabian Ranches.
There is little variety in the appearance of the villas
The villas in Ranches have been constructed with a Meditteranean theme, which means they look rather similar to each other. Each sub-community in Arabian Ranches has been designed to a specific architectural theme, so there are slight differences in their appearance, but overall they tend to follow a similar pattern. If you are looking for a highly unique home, that stands out from the rest of the neighbourhood, moving to Arabian Ranches may not be a good option for you.
Sales and rent price trends in Arabian Ranches
The villas in Arabian Ranches continue to be some of the most popular properties to invest in Dubai. According to the Q1 Dubai real estate market report by Bayut, Arabian Ranches continued to be the most popular for those looking to invest in villas in the emirate.
Those buying villas in Arabian Ranches can look at forking out a cool AED 3.1M for a 3-bedroom villa, while 4 and 5-bedroom units average at AED 4.15M and 5.2M respectively. Investing in Arabian Ranches is seen as a sound proposition as the area is also one of the most popular for renting villas in the city.
In terms of the price trends for Arabian Ranches villa rentals, 3-bedroom villas command an annual average rent of AED 175k, 4-bedroom houses are at AED 220k, and 5-bedroom units are at AED 267.5k.
Know the Emaar Arabian Ranches Communities
The Ranches community was developed in two phases by Emaar: the first phase comprised of 12 sub-communities which is known as Arabian Ranches 1. The second phase had 8 subcommunities and is known as Arabian Ranches 2 As a result, there is a wide variety of architectural styles and villa configurations to choose from including traditional Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, Moroccan Andalusian or Santa Fe inspired homes. There are even a few townhouses in Al Reem, Palmera and Alma, which are sub-communities of Arabian Ranches 1. The other communities, however, have independent villas, many of which also have private gardens and pools.
The 12 sub-communities in Arabian Ranches 1 include Saheel, Savannah, Mirador (including Mirador Collection 1 and 2), Al Mahra, Terra Nova, Hattan, Alvorada, La Avenida, Palmera, Al Reem, Alma and the uber luxurious Polo homes. The newer set of villas in Arabian Ranches 2 are in Lila, Palma, Rasha, Rosa, Samara, Yasmin and Aseel communities.
arabian ranches Dubai location
Arabian Ranches is located in the newer districts of the city, right opposite the Dubai Miracle Garden. The community can easily be accessed vis the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road/E311.
Although it is slightly on the outskirts from mainland Dubai, there is no doubt that living in Arabian Ranches 1 or 2 will be a great experience, surrounded by the tranquil lawns and gardens, a stone’s throw away from two elite polo and golf clubs.
Which other popular villa community would you like to hear about? Let us know in the comments section and we will endeavour to bring you the pros and cons of more Dubai neighbourhoods. In the meantime don’t forget to check out the pros and cons of living in JVC and Dubai Marina and make an informed choice with your renting and buying decisions.