UAE Area Guides: Dubai

Al Barsha 1 Area Guide

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Al Barsha 1
Dubai, UAE
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Slap bang in the centre of new Dubai Barsha First is positively mature compared to the more thinly populated Barsha 2, 3 or 4, let alone Al Barsha South. Just off Sheikh Zayed Road and home to one of the UAE's biggest malls complete with ski slope, plus a conveniently located Metro station there are few empty plots left. 

The area is instead dominated by fairly low rise apartment blocks, managed offices and 3- and 4-star hotels. The only school of note is Dubai National School, which is no bad thing - there is too much traffic in the area already, especially on access roads.

In terms of accommodation Al Barsha 1 largely serves as a lower priced option for those working in the Media City, and Knowledge Village. It does not really get much further - those working in JLT would opt for a JLT apartment instead - a much more designed residential community.

Al Barsha 1 would not win awards as a particularly hospitable place to live. It is dusty, greenery is sparse and was never designed as a community. Its organic, rather chaotic spread may however appeal to some, as will the relatively affordable price point - 75,000 - 90,000 AED for a two bed apartment.

Al Barsha 1 Ratings





Family Friendly


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Al Barsha 1 Pros & Cons


Mall of the Emirates
Easy transport links
Convenient for Media City, KV


Mall of the Emirates
Traffic, congestion
Dust pollution

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