A largely complete, compact area composed of villas, Al Waha suits those expats looking for bigger housing, and a little bit of suburbia at a more affordable price then central Dubai offers - in financial terms. There is another price to pay of course - Al Waha is on the outskirts of new Dubai, next to Serenia and Layan, and on the far side of The Sustainable City - so 'central' Dubai (whatever that may actually be) is not a 5 minute zip down the highway.
Still, this is Dubai - so nothing is ever that far away. Al Waha to Dubai Mall will take half an hour (off peak), Mall of the Emirates is within a 20 minutes drive. Jebel Ali ports is also a half an hour away. One question may be why you need to travel even that far. Al Waha is surrounded by increasingly mature communities, and there are an increasing number of schools within the vicinity.
The closest schools are the well established and regarded Ranches Primary and Jebel Ali Schools, Blossom Mudon nursery, South View School (September 2018) and the sustainability focused Fairgreen International (September 2018). Within the community itself, GEMS Education is opening the rather fancy sounding School of Digital Futures in September 2018, and GEMS Vertus in 2019.
Shopping, Cafes and restaurants can be found in Sustainable City, but in more volume, in Arabian Ranches 2.