Location: Just off the old Emirates Road after Global Village, Dubai

Description: Lush green community of luxurious properties located in a private, secluded part of the emirate

Good for: Nature lovers, environmentally conscious individuals, large families

Details: It’s hard to imagine as you wander around the quiet, lush green Al Barari estate that you are still in a desert nation – you could easily be wandering around a upscale European community. With a strong focus on sustainability and living in harmony with nature, this highly desirable neighbourhood is comprised of discreet sprawling mansions and stylish apartment buildings. Located close to the royal enclave of Nad Al Sheba and near to Arabian Ranches, Al Barari boasts 260 premium villas built around six landscaped gardens. There is a range of concept themes on display such as Balinese, Renaissance, Mediterranean, Woodland, Water, and Contemporary. There is also a beautiful large lake and several streams that flow into pretty water features – giving the area a calm, peaceful vibe. An impressive 60 percent of Al Barari is dedicated to greenery, spread over more than 18 million sq ft with 500 different types of plants from 20 countries on six continents. There are five residential areas to discover in Al Barari – Seventh Heaven, Ashjar, The Reserve, The Nest and The Residences; there are four types of villa available featuring six or seven bedrooms. One of the biggest draws of Al Barari is the revered The Farm. More than a restaurant, this is a culinary, leisure and social hub for those who want to spend quality time with family and friends. The Farm’s philosophy is to serve high-quality, wholesome food in a relaxed and tranquil setting. If you are passionate about conservation and protecting wildlife, coming home to Al Barari will feel magical. The community is focused on the management of natural waterways, which includes having native fish within the waterway system to control mosquito larvae and insects. This living waterway system and use of aquatic plants encourages the creation of its own ecology and a variety of naturally occurring habitats. Indeed, the nearly extinct Arabian Killifish are now thriving in Al Barari waters. The area’s green credentials can also be seen in the various systems put into place to ensure the environment is preserved. For example, Al Barari integrates LED and low wattage lamps and features motion sensor activated lights which reduce power wastage – plus, the electrical lighting load has been greatly reduced through architectural design that maximises natural light.

Interesting fact: Deer, desert foxes, sand gazelles, peacocks, and a variety of birds roam free in the estate.