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UAE Area Guides: Dubai

Al Quoz Area Guide

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Al Quoz is a largely residential area, although Al Quoz 3 is a spillover of the industrial area that shares the same name. Zones 1,2, and 4 are predominantly residential however, with large villas home to both Emiratis and expats in almost equal measure.

The area is very close to both Safa Park and Business Bay, which gives it access to great schools, healthcare facilities (notably Medcare Hospital literally a few minutes away) and shopping (Dubai Mall is a couple of minutes away, Mall of the Emirates less than 10 in Al Barsha).

Al Quoz has a significant number of schools actually within its boundaries - Our Own Indian High School, German International School, Dubai First School, and Towheed Iranian School. However just across the Sheikh Zayed Road in Al Safa are many more - the English College, JPS, Emirates English Speaking School to name but three.

Newly developed Al Quoz 2 is south of Al Khail road towards Meydan, and hosts Al Quoz' new Pond Park which gives the community a large bit of green space to walk and jog around. However those living closer to Sheikh Zayed Road would probably just pop over to Al Safa Park.



Even the industrial area is not all factories and warehouses. It is also home to a bustling and fast growing art district around Al Serkal Avenue. Attracted by lower rental space the area has become arty and buzzy very quickly, and it continues to expand.

Villas in Al Quoz used to be difficult to find, however building over the last few years means there is more stock available. Prices are cheaper than in Jumeirah, in a range of 230,000 AED plus plus for a 5-bedroom villa, and 180,000 AED plus for a 4 bedroom villa.

Al Quoz is probably not the first place many expatriates would consider living when they first arrive. It is however full of surprises, and much more than an industrial estate, the first thing many people think of when you mention the area.

It is also probably one of the best positioned areas in Dubai, in touch with Downtown Dubai, with new Dubai, with Media and Internet City, and the Financial Centre. In fact, because getting onto SZR and Al Khail road is very simple, it's a highway away actually from almost anywhere in the emirate. 

 

Al Quoz Ratings

  • Schools

    4
  • Entertainment

    3
  • Family Friendly

    3
  • Transport Links

    3

Al Quoz Pros & Cons

Pros

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Very connected
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Good schools nearby
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Cheaper housing stock
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Easy to get anywhere

Cons

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Less of a community than newer gated developments
Schools in Al Quoz
Dubai American Scientific School
School Type
Curricula Taught
Average Annual Fee
AED 22,000
Inspection Rating
Very Weak
Dubai First School
School Type
Curricula Taught
Average Annual Fee
AED 12,000
Dubai International School Al Quoz
School Type
Curricula Taught
Average Annual Fee
AED 16,000
Inspection Rating
Acceptable
Towheed Iranian Boys School
School Type
Curricula Taught
Average Annual Fee
AED 6,000
Inspection Rating
Acceptable
GEMS Our Own Indian School
School Type
Curricula Taught
Average Annual Fee
AED 8,000
Inspection Rating
Good
Safa British School
School Type
Curricula Taught
Average Annual Fee
AED 39,000
Inspection Rating
Good
Credence High School
School Type
Curricula Taught
Average Annual Fee
AED 19,000
Springdales School
School Type
Curricula Taught
Average Annual Fee
AED 23,000
Inspection Rating
Acceptable
Clarion School
School Type
Curricula Taught
Average Annual Fee
AED 65,500
Lycée Français Jean Mermoz
School Type
Curricula Taught
Average Annual Fee
AED 42,000
Oaktree Primary School
School Type
Curricula Taught
Average Annual Fee
AED 40,000

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