UAE Area Guides: Dubai

Emirates Hills Area Guide

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Emirates Hills
Dubai, UAE
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Described as the Beverly Hills of Dubai (usually by estate agents), this gated community is without doubt not for the city's 99%, but its well remunerated 1%. The community was home to the late Benazir Bhutto, and according to the PR "is the place for politicians, diplomats as well as other rich and famous personalities and business magnates and their families".

The area is like a very rich jam at the centre of the Emirates Living doughnut of The Meadows, Lakes etc, but is distinctly separate - not only in location, but also in feel. While Emirates Living communities are all relatively well blessed when it comes to green spaces, it picks up a significant notch here with lush landscaping - and a golf course - interspersed with very spacious villas. This is Emaar's only project where land was sold per square foot to individuals to build the house of their choice.

The golf club is the well-regarded Montgomerie and accommodation takes full advantage of it with individual mansions, Al Hambra villas and maisonettes with views onto the greens. It's all pretty swanky wherever you live with rents reflective of that - think 700,000 AED to 2 million AED per annum.

The Montgomerie itself is an 18-hole Championship Golf Course, and was created by architect Desmond Muirhead and, again according to the PR, Colin Montgomerie himself.

The area is well served with schools. Closest is the IB based Dubai International Academy. There is also Dubai British School which is located in The Springs, and offers an English National Curriculum for students aged 11-18; Emirates International School based in The Meadows which takes students from kindergarten to Grade 12 level (4-18 years old); and Regent International School based in The Greens and The Views offering an English National Curriculum.

The area is not particularly well served with shops, cafes, etc - but residents can of course just head to the Montgomerie club house - not too shabby a destination to relax and unwind.

Should you choose Emirates Hills, your neighbours are likely to be well to do expatriates from Indian subcontinent, Iran and Western Europe, many having bought their own homes. This is one of the areas in Dubai where you can buy property freehold. You just need a very large bank balance to do so.


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