Dubai is one of the most popular tourist and business destinations in the world because of its rich history, cultural variety, outstanding infrastructure, and well-developed real estate market. The stable economy of Dubai attracts a large number of investors towards it.
The city has various investment-friendly initiatives from the government, world-class infrastructure, and a wide selection of investment properties with high payback rates of up to 12% per annum.
Dubai consists of 60 freehold zones, which makes choosing a residence and determining which area is best for you a very time-consuming process. A freehold zone is an area designated by the Ruler and the Government of Dubai for non-GCC nationals to own property. Freehold areas in Dubai are established under Law 7 of 2006 concerning land registration in Dubai.
As a consequence, we've compiled a comprehensive overview of Dubai's freehold neighbourhoods, along with information on their distinguishing characteristics and pricing ranges.
Non-nationals can benefit from complete property ownership in Dubai's designated freehold districts, which include Dubai Marina, Al Barari, Jumeirah Islands, and Motor City, among others. Foreign citizens are allowed to invest in real estate with full ownership rights only in specific zones called ‘Freehold Zones’ established in 2002.
We have prepared a detailed article that describes what a Freehold Zone is and where foreign buyers can find the most interesting offers for properties both for living in and for investment.
Despite the formal name, Business Bay won't fail to surprise you with its neighbourhoods. Business Bay is bordered by the Dubai Water Canal, a manmade canal that connects Old Dubai to the Arabian Gulf.
Business Bay is best captured by contemporary luxury, and it is home to some of the city's most exquisite hospitality organisations. One of these notable treasures is Al Habtoor City, a collection of hotels and residential complexes.
Despite having a variety of restaurants to suit every taste, La Perle is best known as the setting for the acclaimed show. A custom-built aqua theatre designed by Franco Dragone honours the region's pearl diving tradition. It has to be seen to be believed.
Downtown Dubai is an enormous residential and commercial development in the north of Dubai. There are many high-rise buildings with residential apartments backed up by world-class amenities in the centre of the neighbourhood.
Dubai's Downtown is made up of low-rise villas and townhouses and lies a few kilometres from the city centre. In addition, the community is home to many record-breaking attractions, such as The Dubai Mall, Dubai Fountain, Dubai Opera and the Burj Khalifa. A 1-bedroom unit here will cost you AED 720K (USD 196K).
Damac Hills is a well-established community consisting of villas, apartments, and a hotel. The place is home to the Trump International Golf Club Dubai, as well as nearly 4 million square feet of parkland with many themed recreation areas, including tranquil gardens, a skate park, stables, a football pitch, and tennis courts.
Palm Jumeirah is the largest manmade island in the world. Situated on the exuberant coast of the Arabian Sea, this high profile community is designed in the shape of a Palm Tree. The Palm Jumeirah is one of the most luxurious freehold areas in Dubai. Here, you will find a collection of luxurious hotels, townhouses, apartments and villas.
The Creek is a joint venture between Emaar Properties and Dubai Holding. On its land sits the Dubai Square Shopping Centre, the world's tallest tower and a 2.5-mile Marina. A remarkable natural reserve Ras Al Khor is also nearby.
Currently, only six residential structures are for sale in the region, as development is still in progress. The Dubai Creek Harbour neighbourhood has 1–4 bedroom apartments, premium penthouses with 3–6 bedrooms, and a small number of townhouses for sale. The average price of an apartment in the area is AED 800,000 (USD 217,800).
Arjan is one of Dubai's newest freehold districts, consisting of many sub-communities with low to mid-rise residential complexes, some of which are still on the drawing board. The Arjan development is situated at the intersection of Al Qudra Road (D63) and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, as part of Dubailand (E311).
Arjan's freehold apartments range in size from studios to three-bedroom homes. Studio flats in Arjan start at AED 305k, with 1-bed units costing up to AED 400k and 2 BHK apartments costing up to AED 699k.
The Al Furjan development by Nakheel PJSC is located near Ibn Battuta Mall and Discovery Gardens. It includes Masakin, a gated community with six apartment complexes as well as Arabic-style villas and townhouses on large plots. A swimming pool, a park, restaurants, a ladies' salon, a children's play area, a swimming pool and a grocery are all on the premises.
Al Furjan Pavilion, on the other hand, has a gym, a variety of food and retail alternatives, as well as tennis and badminton facilities. A 1-bedroom apartment costs AED 400K (USD 109K), while a 3-bedroom mansion costs at least AED 1.6M. (USD 436K).
Enjoy life at Jumeriah Village Circle that capture the glamour of the new Dubai. This place is perfect for you to experience a chic penthouse lifestyle with pools and a Jacuzzi, Lush green terraces and a culinary scene like no other.
Enjoy a special dinner overlooking what Dubai has to offer at your high rise pool party, or sunbathe in the style with your girlfriends. Take advantage of the community design, food and decorations. Here, you can experience the life you always wanted.
Tilal Al Ghaf is a place equipped with white sand beaches that provides a place for everyone to enjoy the water and indulge in their favourite beach activities. Immerse yourself in spaces that flow together to create a private oasis.
Stunningly unique planted gardens are nestled on large plots and are effortlessly connected to magnificent residences, providing a balanced and affluent living for family and friends.
Arabian Ranches III is a new large scale complex of townhouses and premium villas, located in Dubai. A golf course and an equestrian club are nearby. As part of Arabian Ranches III by Emaar's commitment to families, top-quality hospitals and schools are included for residents' convenience.
The residence club is equipped with a modern gym, geometric pool, beauty & spa and play area and also many sports facilities like the tennis court field.
Areas designated as freeholds are allowed to be owned by foreigners. The UAE allows foreign nationals and expatriate residents to acquire freehold ownership rights without restriction, usufruct rights, or 99-year leases on properties.
Listed above are some of the best freehold properties in Dubai if you are interested in owning a home. Hope this helps!
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