EMIRATES HILLS Location: Close to Sheikh Zayed Road, next to Dubai’s The Springs and The Lakes

Description: Ultra-exclusive gated community of villas and mansions

Good for: HNWI’s, golf aficionados

Details: Arguably the most upscale neighbourhood in Dubai, the gated Emirates Hills community was modelled on a similar concept to that of the glamorous Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, US. Conveniently close to Sheikh Zayed Road, it is nonetheless a very private area away from the hustle and bustle of the city. This was also one of the first freehold property areas in Dubai, allowing expats to buy a home in a top Dubai neighbourhood.

Developed by Emaar, exclusivity is certainly the watchword here and each property has its own spectacular aesthetic and style – all surrounded by lush green landscaping and the reassurance of 24-hour onsite security. Not only do the houses look impressive, but they are expansive too, with property sizes ranging from 12,000 square feet all the way up to a massive 80,000 square feet. Plot sizes are from 19,000 square feet all the way up to 50,000 square feet. Impeccable craftsmanship, luxury facilities, and careful master planning continue to attract international real estate investors and HNWIs to Emirates Hills – as well as families seeking an unrivalled standard of ready-made living. This tree-lined neighbourhood is a golfer’s paradise and overlooks the green fairways of the 18-hole The Montgomerie Dubai championship golf club, with its lakes, adjacent tennis courts and other recreational facilities.

The club boasts a members-only cigar lounge, plus a ladies-only spa, as well as a fitness facility for those who prefer to stay off the green. This is a neighbourhood popular with CEOs, celebrities, sports stars and business tycoons due to the prestige of the community itself and the sheer scale of the properties on offer. Emirates Hills is also home to The Address Montgomerie hotel, which attracts avid golfers and travellers thanks to its classic sophistication, stunning rooms and top-notch eateries – notably Nineteen restaurant. The community is also near some of Dubai’s best international schools such as Dubai British School, Dubai International Academy, and Emirates International School. Residents tend to use the nearby Meadows Town Centre for shopping due to it housing an upper-end Spinneys grocery outlet and the fine foods store Milk and Honey.

Interesting fact: Emirates Hills regularly breaks sales records. For example, in 2019 a six-bedroom luxury villa spread across 17,800 square feet fetched an impressive Dh64 million in the secondary market.