The United Arab Emirates is certainly one big cultural melting pot as people of varying ethnic backgrounds continue to arrive in the country in search of new opportunities — to do business or to work. It’s a country that welcomes both expat workers bringing their entire families with them, and professionals carve a niche for themselves in this modern and dynamic Middle Eastern nation.
Married Expat couples usually conduct significant research prior to moving to the country, basing their search on whether they will be staying in Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah or Umm Al Quwain — that is, which of the UAE’s seven emirates they will be calling “home.”
But for the gainfully employed professionals, glitzy Dubai remains a top pick since the city offers plenty of variety when it comes to finding accommodation suitable to any lifestyle. And while established villa communities like the Arabian Ranches, Emirates Living (The Lakes, The Springs, The Meadows and Emirates Hills), Jumeirah, Jumeirah Village, Jumeirah Islands, Mirdif, Green Community, Al Barsha and the like continue to have tremendous appeal to families, most singletons consider apartment-style living more appealing.
If you are looking to make a move to this beautiful city, this article should help you in finding a good place to start as you prepare for an exciting new chapter of your life in vibrant and dynamic Dubai.
1. Social butterfly types
- For those who enjoy being in the middle of everything, be it for partying or simply to partake in the culinary delights the city has to offer, areas like Downtown Dubai, Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, The Greens and most residential offerings along Shaikh Zayed Road are the perfect choices.
- Dubai Marina and JLT add the benefit of being close to the beach, various hotels, tourism and leisure hotspots, including those in nearby Palm Jumeirah. These developments also either feature or are located close to a major city mall such as Ibn Battuta Mall, Mall of the Emirates and The Dubai Mall, plus the Dubai Marina Mall.
2. Solitary singletons
Single people who prefer tamer, quiet surroundings, keep pets, and enjoy tending to their own garden, but still want to stay within the city center radius have and still do take up residences in villa communities as well, sometimes sharing a small villa with a fellow single relative or a friend from back home.
Those who reside in the Jumeirah and Umm Suqueim areas get to enjoy proximity to the beach as well as Wild Wadi, Madinat Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab and everything along Shaikh Zayed Road.
3. The practical set
- Not all single people can afford to live in upscale or higher-priced communities, though. So those who enjoy being in the middle of the hurly-burly of the old city life and want to immerse themselves in what we call Old Dubai may find it appealing and more financially feasible to settle for places like Deira and Bur Dubai.
- These relatively less pricey places also feature major malls namely Deira City Centre, Reef Mall and Al Ghurair in Deira, and Burjuman in Bur Dubai. Those who would wish to stick somewhere close to Sheikh Zayed Road may want to consider looking for a place in well-located but reasonably priced Al Khail Gate.
- Meanwhile, Discovery Gardens and International City are also viable locations to consider if the budget is a major deciding factor. Discovery Gardens is located right next to Ibn Battuta Mall and the Dubai Metro while International City is home to the impressive Dragon Mart and is accessible by feeder buses.
- Other sections of the city on the Deira side which have become increasingly popular to the practical single set include Al Qusais and Al Nahda. Both are close to neighboring Sharjah, have their own public parks, and are located near Al Mamzar Beach Park, the Dubai International Airport, and are accessible via the Dubai Metro and feeder buses.
Continuing work on the other lines of the Dubai Metro will soon make previously less accessible places much easier to get to, and make them viable options for single people who work and live in Dubai as well.