If you want to consider somewhere less high profile when it comes to properties for sale in Dubai, there are some very nice places that insiders are saying will be hot news in the next few years. They are just going about things in a quieter way.
Creative in Al Quoz
For example, Al Quoz appears like any other mid-city industrial suburb, with streets full of outwardly unremarkable warehouses. However, art lovers who take a turn down Alserkal Avenue will uncover Dubai's emerging culture hub. Alserkal Avenue features 20 permanent art spaces including Salsali Private Museum, the region's first gallery for contemporary Middle Eastern art; Carbon 12 Dubai, which rotates exhibitions of international artists; and a high-energy calendar of upcoming art and culture events. Hungry creatives can find inner fulfilment at one of Al Quoz's suitably inspiring cafes, including Lime Tree Cafe and the always-bustling Tom & Serg.
Dining delights in JLT
A good tip for those looking for apartments for sale in Dubai is Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT). Opposite Dubai Marina, this is a maze of glass residential and office towers straddled around the green man-made lakes the district is named for. While formerly a relatively quiet area, JLT is now seeing well-deserved attention from outside visitors for its selection of one-off cafes such as the recently opened Friends’ Avenue and family-run expat restaurants such as the well-regarded Chinese kitchen Homey and rambunctious drinking holes such as the Moevenpick Hotel's Urban Bar & Kitchen. A new landscaping project that has introduced lush lawns, interactive children's playground and regular community activities and neighbourhood celebrations makes JLT a great option for young families to stay and socialise.
Hit The Beach in Jumeirah
Then there is Jumeirah Beach – a long stretch of shoreline that runs parallel to Sheikh Zayed Road, and the address of a number of the city’s landmarks, including the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel, the Madinat Jumeirah hotel and entertainment complex and its attached souk, and Wild Wadi Water Park. Culminating at JBR, the district includes The Beach, one of Dubai's newest family-friendly pedestrian malls. Visitors will find it too easy to spend an entire day – and indeed most of the evening - at The Beach, with hundreds of restaurants, retailers, and a cinema. A few steps away, beachgoers can roll out a picnic blanket, and nearby is an imaginative children's playground and fitness equipment.
A new look at Old Dubai
Also worth a look is the former centre of the city and collectively known as Old Dubai, the area encompasses all the neighbourhoods that hug either side of Dubai Creek. Deira is now best known for its gold and spice souks (markets), and the fresh food markets at the dhow wharves (dhows are long, open side boats, similar to gondolas and traditionally used by merchants). Just a short dhow ride to the south side of the creek is Bur Dubai, which hosts some of the city's best unsung ethnic restaurants, with untold numbers of authentic Arabic, Persian, Moroccan and Lebanese menus waiting to be discovered.
All these areas have apartments and villas to purchase and if you search carefully, there are often amazing deals that have slipped beneath the Dubai property trends radar…