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Family-friendly neighborhoods in Dubai

We’ve rounded up some of the best family-friendly neighborhoods in Dubai to have the whole family happily calling the UAE home.

family friendly neighborhoods in Dubai

One of the safest cities in the world, Dubai has built the infrastructure to make sure your kids are happy, healthy, and entertained at every age. Many parents also value the multiculturalism of Dubai as hundreds of nationalities reside in the city. 

According to Numbeo, the monthly cost of living for a family of four, without rent, is AED 12,912. An additional cost to consider is that most expat families choose private schooling with British, American, and IB curricula available.

Best neighborhoods in Dubai for families

While there are plenty of places to call home, we have pinpointed the best Dubai residential neighborhoods for families that can cater to your needs.2


Jumeirah is one of the more popular neighborhoods in Dubai and is made up of five different areas: Jumeirah 1, Jumeirah 2, Jumeirah 3, City Walk, and Jumeirah Bay Islands. The neighborhood consists of low-rise residential dwellings.

Quality educational institutions are also at your doorstep, including GEMS Jumeirah Primary School, Jumeirah College, and King College. Weekends are also sorted with world-class restaurants, cafes, and beaches nearby. 

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Emirates Hills

Part of Emirates Living by Emaar, Emirates Hills is a gated community ideal for families. It boasts a number of parks, playgrounds, and swimming pools to keep the kids entertained. Not to mention, the 18-hole championship golf course when parents need some alone time. 

In terms of educational institutions, Emirates Hills has two: Emirates International School and Dubai International Academy. But with easy access to Sheikh Zayed Road, traveling in and out of the community is a breeze.

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Arabian Ranches

A gated community in Dubai, Arabian Ranches is home to Arabian- and Spanish-style villas that boast either large private gardens or large balconies that are great for families. 

Currently, there are two schools in Arabian Ranches: Jumeirah English Speaking School (JESS) and Ranches Primary School. As well as multiple nurseries such as Raffles Nursery, Blossom Nursery, and Jebel Ali Village Nursery. 

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Located between Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road, Mirdif is considered one of the top neighborhoods in Dubai for families. 

It has several gated and non-gated communities, two large parks, and shopping facilities nearby including Mirdif City Centre, Etihad Mall, and Dubai Festival City Mall. 

Families have several nurseries and schools to choose from Small Steps Nursery, Emirates British Nursery, Mirdif Private School, and Star International School.

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Dubai Hills Estate

Not too far from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Dubai, Dubai Hills Estate is definitely on our list of top family-friendly neighborhoods in Dubai. It has many property types so everyone in the family will be happy calling Dubai Hills Estate home.

You’ll have plenty of institutions close by including GEMS Wellington Academy and GEMS New Millennium School.

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Written by Huspy Team

Published on 8 February 2023

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