Arabian Ranches, more commonly known as ‘the Ranches’ is one of the first suburban freehold neighbourhoods in Dubai, making the dream of owning a villa in Dubai a reality for expats. It is a golf community, home to Arabian Ranches Golf Club. This area guide explores how living in Arabian Ranches exudes a sense of community living, evidenced by the fact that it frequently tops the list of most popular areas to rent and own luxury villas in Dubai according to Bayut’s Annual Property Market Report for Dubai 2020.
The project comes from the leading real estate developer in Dubai, Emaar who planned out the development in two phases, namely, Arabian Ranches and Arabian Ranches 2. Boasting a range of villas and townhouses, the Ranches is ideal for couples and families based on different configurations and price points. There are many options for investors and those looking for a rental property, closer to all lifestyle amenities. Arabian Ranches is undoubtedly, one of the best villa communities in Dubai.
A self-contained gated development by Emaar
One of the golf communities in Dubai with villas and townhouses
A family-centric and pet-friendly neighbourhood
Home to Dubai Polo Equestrian and Club
Convenient road and transport links to the rest of Dubai
The Ranches is a part of the larger Dubailand development and conceptualised by Dubai’s premier developer, Emaar Properties. It showcases an easy-going environment that truly embodies the concept of suburban living in Dubai.
Spread over 1,650 acres, the Arabian Ranches community attracts professional couples and families from all over the world. The neighbourhood feels a world away from the rest of Dubai, nestled in lush, green, family-friendly tranquillity. Completely landscaped, all the different enclaves feature swimming pools, tennis courts and BBQ areas. It is also quite convenient for pet owners to find a home here as it is one of the few pet-friendly neighbourhoods in Dubai with lush greenery, open spaces and spacious homes. These different factors make living in the Ranches a suburban dream.
houses in Arabian Ranches
Villas and townhouses dominate the residential area
As one of the first suburban neighbourhoods in Dubai, there are over 4,000 beautiful homes in Arabian Ranches architecturally inspired by Mediterranean and Arabian designs. The villas and townhouses here come in a range of layouts and styles with maid’s rooms, access to community facilities or in the case of several larger villas, their private pools.
Deciding on moving to Arabian Ranches Dubai can be a daunting task as the houses here are spread across 15 different sub-communities. These include:
Further, the luxury communities include Hattan, Mirador La Coleccian, La Avenida, Golf Homes and Polo Homes. Not only within Arabian Ranches, Mirador La Coleccian is a coveted sub-community in Dubai with a range of Spanish villas on offer. It includes 45 units facing the golf-course while the rest overlook the community parks. Similarly, the residential properties in Hattan and La Avenida include luxury 4 to 5-bed villas and townhomes.
Moreover, there are exclusive Golf Homes for those looking for luxury villas set within the championship golf course. This cluster includes 18 villas further divided in three based on the covered area and architectural theme. These include 7,000 sq. ft. Hacienda villas, 8,270 sq. ft. Castilla and Suncadia villas spanning across 9,000 sq. ft. Counted as part of the Ranches, Polo Homes are built around the Polo Club dotted across Qudra Road. The cluster features 5 to 7-bedroom expansive mansions spanning over 7,000 sq. ft. to 60,000 sq. ft.
There is an array of properties in Arabian Ranches for residents looking for reasonable rentals in a self-contained community in Dubai. Those looking to move-in quick can go for furnished units. These furnished properties for rent are generally found in Palmera, Mirador and La Avenida. Residential villas in Arabian Ranches are also available for rent and offer everything from 2 to 7-bedroom houses. A standard 2-bed villa for rent costs around AED 103k on average, while 3-bedroom villas in Arabian Ranches are available for around AED 135k per annum.
As for bigger units, like 6 and 7-bedroom villas, annual rents would increase based on configuration type and the plot size. Ranging in size from 2,800 sq. ft. to 5,000 sq. ft., a luxurious 4-bedroom villa in Arabian Ranches can be rented for AED 187k, per annum.
Rents for 5-bed villas in Arabian Ranches start from AED 205k
Rents for 6-bed villas in Arabian Ranches start from AED 280k
Villas in Arabian Ranches
A serene community lifestyle is on offer
One can also choose between townhouses for rent in the Ranches coming in 2 to 5-bedroom property configurations. The average rent for a 3-bed townhouse in Arabian Ranches would be AED 120k per annum. All of the sub-communities come equipped with world-class amenities including parks, dedicated kids’ play area, tennis courts, football pitches and much more.
Those looking to invest can buy 2 to 4-bedroom townhouses or even bigger and luxurious villas. Al Reem, Saheel, Palmera and Savannah are popular communities in Arabian Ranches for buying villas. Interested buyers can find a variety of freehold, ready to move-in or furnished properties. A townhouse for sale in Arabian Ranches with 2,400 sq. ft. of covered space, 3 bedrooms and private lawn costs around AED 1.5M.
As for more options, 2-bedroom villas in Arabian Ranches cost around AED 1.5M and bigger units like 3-bedroom villas range from AED 1.5M to AED 3.5. Prices vary based on the location of plot, configuration type and whether the property has been newly constructed. If you want to buy a brand new villa, prepare to fork out around AED 1.7M to AED 3.7M. The average sale price of 4-bed villas is AED 3.4M while 5-bed villas in the Ranches may cost around AED 4.5M.
Investors interested in buying properties in Arabian Ranches that doesn’t cost as much can get a 2-bed or 3-bedroom villa topping the list with highest ROIs of 6.5% and 5.8% respectively. Similarly, 4-beds are found with a potential return of 5.4% while 5-bedroom houses follow with 5.2% rental yield. One can also buy 6-bedroom villas in Arabian Ranches expected to reap 4% lucrative returns with an average cost of AED 6.8M.
If you are searching to move, check out the popular communities in Arabian Ranches based on user-generated views at Bayut.
Placing first, Al Reem is a top-favourite on Bayut. The sub-community is also one of the most popular areas to rent a villa in Arabian Ranches. Residential properties around here are divided into Al Reem 1, 2 and 3. The sub-community itself consists of 1,100 townhouses in eight different layouts, making it the largest enclave within the Ranches community. Properties in Al Reem come in a variety of detached 2 and 3-bedroom houses, ranging in size from 1,690 sq. ft. to 3,060 sq. ft. It incorporates Arabic and Spanish architecture in its residences and is also considered to house the most affordable Ranches properties. For instance, rents for a 2-bedroom house in Al Reem starts from AED 78k.
Palmera ranked second – a unique cluster within the Ranches. It is located at the perimeter of the Ranches, next to Al Qudra Road entrance and facing the new residential neighbourhood, Arabian Ranches 2. Palmera features 600 Spanish styled 2 and 3-bedroom villas where some houses feature views of the large lake in the centre of the community. According to the current Bayut listings, prices for renting a 2-bedroom villa in Palmera start at AED 107k. Here again, properties are divided into Palmera 1, 2, 3 and 4.
Following Palmera, Saheel is well-known for larger properties and proximity to the Retail Centre. It is also located towards the front of the Ranches, close to the main Mohammad Bin Zayed Road and accessible from Al Qudra Road. The villas here come in 3 to 5-bedroom configurations and range from 3,166 sq. ft. to 5,308 sq. ft. One can choose to buy a luxurious 3-bedroom villa in Saheel ranging from AED 3.3M to AED 4.5M.
Communities are interconnected via paved and leafy walkways
Mirador in Arabian Ranches is also a family-favourite enclave of 408 Spanish villas. The properties around here overlook the desert course of the Arabian Ranches Golf Club. These homes come in 4, 5, 6 and 7-bedroom configurations and range from 4,311 sq. ft. to 6,911 sq. ft. The rental prices for 5-bedroom villas in Mirador start from AED 205k. Rounding up our list is Alvorada featuring 3, 4 and 5-bedroom villas, highly sought-after mainly due to the plot sizes and luxury finishing. These properties range from 3,566 sq. ft. to 4,844 sq. ft. and mostly feature a duplex unit in Portuguese–style architecture. Alvorada is mainly popular among freehold buyers. You can buy 5-bed villas in Alvorada for AED 4.8M approx.
Other popular sub-communities include Alma, featuring a range of 2 to 3-bed independent villas with private pools and other luxury lifestyle amenities. The community is further divided into two phases, Alma 1 and Alma 2.
If you are looking for Arabian Ranches floor plans, browse through the various 2D and 3D layouts on Bayut for each community in the Ranches.
arabian ranches golf club
Secured entrance to the golf club
The Arabian Ranches Hotel and Golf Club Dubai is a major highlight of this area featuring 5-star luxurious staycation around championship course. The hotel majorly targets golfers that gather for championships or business executives. It also features recreational spaces, BBQ areas and restaurants.
Living in Arabian Ranches is ideal for those who own more than one car, as the villas have dedicated parking spaces. The residences here also have large driveways and garages making it easier for anyone visiting the park.
Villas in Arabian Ranches
The villas in Arabian Ranches have dedicated parking spaces
There aren’t any metro stations near Arabian Ranches, however, this neighbourhood is well connected by the RTA bus route F30, running from the Mall of the Emirates metro station. Hailing a taxi from the community centre is convenient. The community borders Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and has easy access to the centre of Dubai via Al Qudra Road
In terms of traffic, residents may experience slight delays due to the queues in the morning at the exits of Arabian Ranches and during rush hour on the way back.
The main supermarket in Arabian Ranches is Carrefour in the Retail Centre. Otherwise, there is an outlet of Spinneys in Motor City as well as a larger Carrefour hypermarket in Mall of the Emirates close to the Ranches.
The Al Rahman mosque is the main mosque in Arabian Ranches. It is situated near the Retail Centre, easily reachable for the Alma, Saheel and Savannah communities. At the border of the Dubai Polo Club and the Palmera community is the Masjid Salam mosque, this would be easily accessible from Palmera and Alvorado.
mosque in arabian ranches
A community mosque
Christian residents will have to head to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oud Mehta, it is a 30-minute drive away. For Hindu residents, the closest temple is 35 minutes away by car. You will find Shrinath Ji Temple, Shiva Temple and Shree Krishna Haveli in the Bur Dubai area.
Ranches Primary School
It is no surprise that Arabian Ranches is a particular hit with families, especially those with school-going children. Raffles Nursery is located in the Saheel community and offers pre-school education from the age of two until four years. It is one of the top schools in Arabian Ranches offering the British pre-school Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Program.
Moreover, there is the widely acclaimed Jumeirah English Speaking School (JESS) offering the UK curriculum till Year 11 and then switches to the IB curriculum until Year 13.
Nearby options include Ranches Primary School in Arabian Ranches 2, it follows the British syllabus until Year 6. In Sports City, you will find the GEMS United School, which offers the American module until Year 12.
Older students looking at university options will find that they won’t have to look far as Dubai International Academic City is just a 15-minute drive away. It is home to many notable and reputed institutions such as the University of Birmingham Dubai, Heriot-Watt University Dubai and American University in the Emirates.
Also, a part of the Retail Centre is the Mediclinic Arabian Ranches, it has a range of specialist medical services and also offers laboratory and x-ray facilities. Alongside the Arabian Ranches clinic, there is a pharmacy in the community centre as well.
As part of The Ranches 2 Souk, there is an Aster Medical Center and Clinic, both open side by side. Otherwise, the nearest hospital to Arabian Ranches is the newly opened Mediclinic Park View Hospital on Umm Suqueim Road, just a 15-minute drive away.
Motor City is nearby and is frequented by residents of the Ranches, thanks to the Dubai Autodrome and a multitude of other leisure options in the area. Nearby residential areas include Dubai Sports City, Mudon, Damac Hills and The Sustainable City.
The Ranches Souq Shopping Mall
The Ranches Souk is the shopping mall in Arabian Ranches
For all shopping requirements, the Ranches Souk (often dubbed the Arabian Ranches mall) is the preferred destination for residents of this family-friendly community in Dubai. However, those looking for a larger variety of retail outlets can head on to Mall of the Emirates, just 20 minutes away by car.
Community Centre in Arabian Ranches
Located in the heart of the neighbourhood, the community centre features a few fast-food outlets like Burger King and Pizza Hut. Other restaurants in Arabian Ranches include the Victorian-themed Shakespeare & Co and the Arab eateries: Al Arab and Man’Oushe Street. Cafe options include Costa Coffee and Caribou Coffee.
If you are looking for something a little more upscale then the Arabian Ranches Golf Club has a licensed sports bar and many acclaimed fine dining establishments with a view of the luxurious golf course.
JBR Beach Near Arabian Ranches
While Arabian Ranches is located inland, it is a mere 20 minutes from the beach opposite JBR and Dubai Marina with a wide range of watersports on offer, from jet skiing to paddle-boarding, kayaking and more. The Beach JBR also has traditional souvenir shops and eateries.
Dubai Autodrome is one of the most visited landmark in the neighbouring, Motor City. Moreover, a short distance away from Arabian Ranches, one can head on to the Global Village, a multicultural theme park with international pavilions for shopping.
Arabian Ranches is home to Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club. Many polo championships and events are hosted here throughout the year. Emaar Polo Club is a 5-day tournament organised in the club. It also features a dedicated play area for kids.
There are 13 separate gated enclaves with their own host of amenities such as swimming pools (including a children’s paddling pool), landscaped parks, BBQ pits, basketball courts, tennis courts and even a skate park.
Those thinking of moving to Arabian Ranches Dubai will find that the neighbourhood is pedestrian-friendly. Walking and jogging trails snake through the entire community, residents can often be seen running or taking their pets for a walk. You can also take your little ones and pets to one Dubai’s pet parks in the vicinity of Sustainable City. The Sustainable City Dog Park is accessible in 13 minutes via Al Qudra Road.
Park in Arabian Ranches
There are several parks, football pitches, tennis courts and more
One of the key aspects of life in Arabian Ranches is its community vibe that brings its multicultural group of residents together. From school fetes and markets hosted by JESS to celebrating different holidays such as Diwali, Eid and Christmas, the inclusive community of Arabian Ranches is sure to make anyone feel at home, no matter where they’re from.
For a more active community lifestyle, there are quite a few facebook groups available for residents to join. The Ranches Ladies is a popular women’s expat social group that offers activities such as coffee mornings, social events, and book club. Otherwise, there is the Arabian Ranches Community group which is for residents only.
While its peaceful location is a huge benefit, it also means that residents do need a car if they want to visit the rest of the city – or have to rely on taxis.
Located along Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, where it meets Umm Suqeim Road
A 14-minute drive from Mudon and next to Dubai Sports City
Accessible from Mall of the Emirates (18 minutes), Dubai Marina (22 minutes) or Dubai Mall (26 minutes)
Dubai Media City and Business Bay are about 25 minutes away.