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In the UAE, some villas are used for commercial activity. Many salons, spas, nurseries and such establishments operate out of compact villas which are refurbished, fitted with office equipment and structured in commercial décor, to give them a business-like air.
In Dubai, such commercial villas are more commonly located in Jumeirah. The coastal haven is one of the most sought-after addresses in Dubai. Be it for residential or commercial purposes, the options in Jumeirah are endless. Most businesses in this area are banks, clinics, pharmacies, and spas and salons, and they line the whole stretch on both sides.
A typical commercial villa in Jumeirah consists of a four-bedroom structure with a living/dining area and a kitchen. Some of the villas have been designated for non-food related businesses only. The demographics in the Jumeirah area lend a sense of comfort of operation to villa-based businesses.
Like Jumeirah, the neighboring Al Wasl Road also contains villas that are used as dental clinics, beauty salons, banks and gardening shops.
In Abu Dhabi, the rules are quite different. The government mandated businesses three years ago to move out of villas in order to reduce traffic congestion and parking problems, and to avoid nuisance complaints from residents, although relocating to new commercial towers is an expensive affair.
However, certain businesses have been exempted from this rule such as clinics, spas, beauty parlors, senior care homes and children’s nurseries. Most embassy offices are also located in villas.
Commercial villas in Abu Dhabi are mostly found in Al Khalidiya, Al Bateen, Al Karama and near Corniche.
• Commercial villas in Dubai are mostly found in Jumeirah, Al Wasl
• The capital mandated businesses to move out of villas years ago
• Clinics, spas, nurseries and senior homes exempted from the rule
Source: Urmila Santosh, Special to Propeties
The writer is a freelancer