Top communities to buy property for retiring expats in the UAE

It’s been said once, twice too often that the most magnificent sunset beaches, landscaped parks & lakes, as well as skylines of towering infrastructures, can be viewed seamlessly from this part of the world. Countless expats savor all these from the comforts of their own home while in the prime of their life. A huge percentage of them have found a second home in Dubai would love to continue enjoying the city’s glam and glitter for a great number of years even upon retirement.

Good news for retiring expats in the UAE

Retirees aged 55 or over can now go on living in Dubai and stand witness to an incessant rise of world-class developments in the country. This has been made possible as part of the Dubai Government’s new laws on retirement where, from next year, expats can now avail of five-year visas provided they own properties amounting to at least AED 2 million.

With this new security in visas which allows a prolonged stay in the country, expats have all the reasons to start buying properties instead of simply renting.

Here are the top communities where the prices of which would qualify owners to obtain a retirement visa.

Mirdif

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Mirdif is known to be one of the loveliest gated communities in Dubai. It is most often chosen for its ideal location with its close proximity to the Dubai Airport as well as to renowned schools and shopping destinations.

Prices of lavishly styled European-inspired three-bedroom villas in this area would start from AED 2.35 million.

Check out properties for sale in Mirdiff.

The Springs

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Famous for its landscaped parks and tranquil waterways, the Springs has always been the choice for those who prefer a perfect getaway after the hustles & bustles of a busy urban life.

The average price of three to four-bedroom villas in this area would range from AED 2.4 to AED 3 million.

Find properties for sale in The Springs here.

The Meadows

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The name in itself speaks of lush greeneries and a sprawl of endless blossoms that can be seen from the community’s landscaped parks and lakes. These are calming views afforded to residents from their very own homes.

Two-story villas with three to four bedrooms have prices that would be anywhere between AED 3.8 to AED 4.4 million.

Check out properties for sale in The Meadows here.

The Lakes

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The area indeed possesses a few of the most beautiful lakes in Dubai. It is purposely designed for family and community living having a good number of children play-areas built as well as community pools and sports amenities. It likewise has specially designated areas where the entire family and friends can enjoy grilling burgers and feast on barbecues.

The average selling price of detached villas in this area with three to four bedrooms ranges from AED 3.5 to AED 5 million.

Check out properties for sale in The lakes here.

Jumeirah Islands

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One can truly take pride living in a uniquely architectured villa with a private pool that is situated within a community with verdant surroundings and beautifully designed walkways and bridges.

Three to four-bedroom villas in this chic, exclusive and self-contained community are being sold at very good prices varying from AED 4 to AED 5.7 million.

Find properties for sale in Jumeirah Islands here.

Jumeirah Park


Built to contain around 2000 luxuriously finished villas, the Jumeirah Park houses eco-friendly parks and amenities that have definitely redefined the meaning of comfortable living for the residents.

Stylish two to three-bedroom villas are estimated to cost AED 3.5 to AED 4 million.

Find properties for sale in Jumeirah Park here.

Al Barsha


One of this community’s biggest advantages is its prime location as is comfortably nestled between one of Dubai’s busiest main roads, Sheikh Zayed and Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road.

Despite being in a seemingly busy district with a number of the best schools located within the area, this neighborhood remains to be surprisingly quiet and has been attested to be very much safe and secured.

Stand-alone villas with three to four bedrooms are priced between AED 3 to AED 4.35 million.

Find properties for sale in Al Barsha here.