The Arabian Ranches offers a serene lifestyle at just 15 minutes from Dubai’s main artery Sheikh Zayed Road. This villa community’s landscaping perfectly blends in with its desert surrounding.
The Arabian Ranches is no doubt one of the most attractive places to live in Dubai and offers a serene lifestyle away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Emaar, the master-developer has taken great care in developing a landscape that fits in with the desert, yet is lush enough, to create a colourful oasis.
The homes, ranging from two to five bedrooms, some with studies and maids room are attractively laid out. Each of the 12 communities comes in their own distinctive architectural flavour influenced by of course Arabic, as well as Spanish and Portuguese design. The town-home communities, Al Reem, Palmera and the newest one, Alma, have been built around lakes. The others, Saheel, Mirador, Hattan, Savannah, Al Mahra and Terranova, apart from pretty Alvorada, flank the 18-hole golf course, designed by Ian Baker-Finch and Nicklaus. The most exclusive community among them all would be La Avenida, with mansions offering both, gold course and lakeside view.
All of the homes come with gardens varying in size and thanks to the landscaping plenty of birds come to visit. Pathways inviting to cycle or take dogs for a walk snake the whole of the Arabian Ranches.
Each community has a pool, playground and tennis court in walking distance. In addition, gates at the entrance of each individual sub-community and security guards doing regular rounds makes it a safe environment for children to play and with this a winner among families.
The community centre, across from the school offers everything one needs to stay in the neighbourhood. Across the road Al Qudra Road the Polo & Equestrian Club, belonging to the Arabian Ranches beckons, not only for horse lovers but its serene surroundings, restaurants, pool and Angsana spa, another place to relax in the neighbourhood. Pet owners can also find a vet on-site.
The equestrian club offers riding lesson, pony camps, stable management courses and desert hacks. Also on the grounds is Hoodbeatz and independent equestrian operator, which offers innovative natural horsemanship lessons, as well as activities for children bringing them in touch with a horse in safe way, including riding lessons. Hoofbeatz is also specialised in horse shows, which it runs in its tent, great to take the family to and dressage lessons.
Also across the road is Motorcity for additional shopping venues, including the supermarket Spinneys.
Pools, playgrounds, parks, golf course, community centre with a clinic, super market, pharmacy, bookshop, beauty salon (nails, pet-shop) and food outlet and a mosque, riding lessons, desert hacks, natural horsemanship lessons, golf and tennis. The Polo Club offers a sap and membership pool, as well as gym facilities and a veterinary clinic. The golf club also houses a hotel with resident discounts.
The Arabian Ranches offers a chilled outdoor lifestyle with plenty of sporty activities in the neighbourhood. It is a pro-active community, with a private ladies club and the golf club organises a variety of classes, from yoga to cooking for adults and children and weekly fun pub quiz nights, over dinner, among others. The club also organised art exhibitions and music related live entertainment evenings. Over at the Polo Club The Angsana spa has a gym and the club offers lessons, such as in martial arts. Or head to one of the gyms in neighbouring Studio and Motorcity. A great way to pass a hot summer evening is to watch a movie in the pool at the Polo Club, adult and children screenings.
Events, such as polo and, yes, camel polo, offer a great day out during the winter season, taking a picnic onto the polo field.
Those wanting more than one horsepower can pop over to Motorcity’s autodrome, and zoom around the indoor go-kart track or take the children to the laserdrome, based on the principal of paintball.
The Arabian Ranches Golf Club licensed restaurant, is an ideal spot for relaxing outside, overlooking the golf course over a snack or dinner. Choose from an international menu with healthy options or book a table for one of its theme nights. The club is also home to the Birdies Sports Lounge bar.
The community centre is a favourite for breakfasts and lunches at Shakespeare, the Montreal Bread Company (MBCO) or Costa Coffee, or pick up an ice cream at Häagen-Dazs. Fast food outlets include, Burger King and Pizza Hut, which obviously also offer home-delivery.
Across the road at the Polo Club is Palermo, also offering open-air dinning on its terrace overlooking the polo fields. Its menu is Mediterranean focused. Next door is Ippos a bar and cigar lounge. Many head throughout the day to Epona, its design inspired by Africa, it offers a more exotic menu and breakfast buffet. The large terrace overlooks the riding arenas.
If this isn’t enough, head to Motorcity, also just across the road, to visit the many restaurants offering all flavours, or, order home delivery from a multitude of fast-food outlets.
Living in the Arabian Ranches definitely requires a car, although there is a public bus taking one directly to the Mall of the Emirates, where one can jump onto the metro.