What’s the best – and worst – place to live in Dubai?

By Sheena Amos

DUBAI 9 April 2018: Dubai plans to become the happiest city in the world. It goes without saying that the area where you live contributes a lot to your happiness and well-being.
Happiness depends on a number of factors and there is no simple equation to calculate it. To find out which Dubai neighbourhoods have the happiest residents in Servicemarket recently surveyed close to 2,000 residents in the Emirate.
Each neighbourhood was rated on 19 different attributes, which included the quality of facilities, sense of community, child-friendliness, greenery, and the availability of public transportation.
Which areas had the happiest residents?
With an overall average rating of 4.16 out of a maximum of 5, Emirates Living (Springs,Meadows, Lakes, Greens, The Views, and Hills) topped the list of the highest rated areas in Dubai because it has an abundance of green spaces and amenities and gives residents a sense of community.
It was closely followed by JLT/Jumeirah Park/Jumeirah Heights with a rating of 4,which scored highly for the quality of the apartments and access to restaurants. Silicon Oasis, the third highest rated area, has newer and spacious residential buildings with low rents, which means that they offer good value for money. It’s also a big business hub, so another reason could be that a lot of residents enjoy living near their workplace. These highly rated areas are also very central and their residents have easy access to public transportation, restaurants and supermarkets. Based on the results of this survey, the highest rated areas are as follows:
  1. Emirates Living (Springs, Meadows,
  2. Lakes, Greens, The Views, and Hills) 4.16
  3. JLT/Jumeirah Park/Jumeirah Heights 4
  4. Silicon Oasis 3.99
  5. Jumeirah/Al Wasl/Um Suqeim 3.95
  6. Downtown/DIFC/Business Bay 3.85
  7. Dubai Marina and Sufouh* 3.81
  8. Discovery Gardens/Gardens/Furjaan 3.79
  9. Al Qusais 3.74
  10. Sports City/Motor City/Jumeirah Golf
  11. Estates 3.74
  12. Mirdif/Mizhar/Al Warqa 3.69

* Includes Dubai Marina, JBR, DMC, DIC and Sufouh

What were the lowest rated areas?
Rated poorly in terms of the amount of traffic, proximity to schools, and facilities, International City was the lowest rated area in Dubai this year. Satwa also scored poorly due to lack of greenery, low quality of facilities and traffic congestion. Deira/Al Mamzar was the third lowest rated area in terms of the proximity to schools, facilities and greenery. These areas are densely-populated and generally have older, lower quality apartments.
  1. JVC/JVT 3.56
  2. Al Barsha 3.55
  3. Karama 3.52
  4. Dubailand 3.43
  5. Muhaisnah 3.42
  6. Tecom 3.4
  7. Al Quoz 3.35
  8. Deira/Al Mamzar 3.3
  9. Satwa 3.28
  10. International City 3.27
Silicon Oasis is emerging as one of the most popular areas in the Emirate and its ratings have also been improving.