Best places to live in Dubai as an expat: The ultimate comprehensive list for the best areas for expats

Contributed by LUXHABITAT, 09 July, 2018

Home to a vast number of expats, Dubai is known to be a melting pot of different cultures from around the world. People from all over the world arrive each ear to this Middle Eastern hotspot owing to the tax-free income, luxurious lifestyle and safety that the city has on offer.

While moving to a new city, that too in a different country can be quite an exciting experience, it can get very tedious as well. Finding the right community that matches one's lifestyle and needs is a daunting task. If you are also looking forward to shifting to Dubai and are not sure which community to choose to settle down in, here is a quick guide to the best places for expats to live in Dubai.


    Dubai International Financial Centre, also known as DIFC is a financial hub of not just Dubai but of the entire Middle East. Located adjacent to Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai World Trade Centre and the Burj Khalifa, DIFC is a perfect community to the urbanites. The lively community features a museum, a performing arts center, a number of art galleries, lounges, fitness centers and eateries.

    It is home to highly qualified expats, the majority of whom are single or young professionals, who choose to stay here to take advantage of the close proximity of their workplaces. DIFC offers high-rise residential towers that feature spectacular architecture and immaculate finishes. One can choose between studio apartments, duplexes and one to three bedroom apartments to live in.


    Home to an array of unrivalled attractions of the city, Downtown Dubai is home to Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, Dubai Opera, among many others. An ideal community for any expat, it offers housing, entertainment, retail and dining options like no other part of the city. Located in the heart of the city, Downtown Dubai is an ideal community for business-centric and high income earning individuals.

    The community features unique buildings and mainly offers apartments and also some villas on the podium levels of some of the buildings. The buildings are well spaced, allowing natural light to enter most of the apartments.


    A luxury man-made marina, Dubai Marina compliments its residents with metropolitan and free-spirited atmosphere along with its unique and refreshing lifestyle. Its proximity to the Sheikh Zayed Road makes it easily accessible from the major hotspots of the city.

    Dubai Marina features an array of some of the world's tallest luxury apartment buildings and villas that can be either bought or leased out. The community is ideal for single owing to the active nightlife that it has on offer. Residents can also take advantage of the Marina Walk and indulge in physical activities like walking, jogging and running.


    Jumeirah Lake Towers or JLT lies along the edges of four artificial lakes. The community features part residential, part commercial towers and is an ideal home for young couples or young parents. It offers an abundance of fine dining and retail options and also has well-connected transport links.

    The waterfront community hosts a total of 79 towers, that range from 35 to 45 floors except for the centerpiece, the tallest tower, which is 66 floors. Placed in clusters of 3, the towers are placed in a way to complement the residents the views of the surrounding area and the sea.


    The man-made, palm-shaped island of Palm Jumeirah is the self-declared eighth-wonder of the world. This beachfront community is home to multicultural celebrities and socialites as it offers posh-living featuring private beaches, marinas, restaurants, cafes and an array of high-end retail outlets.

    The trunk of the island features low-rise residential apartments, while the sixteen fronds are home to some of the most luxurious villas in the world.

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