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The UAE is replete with self-contained communities that offer everything one could wish for right at their doorstep. Some of these communities enjoy a waterfront location while others are nestled along a wide stretch of undulating greens, offering residents a sense of serenity upon waking up.
Emirates Hills, part of the Emirates Living community, is on top of the list of high-end residential destinations in Dubai. Featuring properties that command lofty prices, its residents are among the society's who's who. The gated residential haven has villas that overlook the Montgomerie Championship Golf Course. It boasts modern conveniences such as supermarkets, dining outlets, retail shops, and sports and recreational facilities.
The Jumeirah Golf Estates is one of the prestigious golf developments in the emirate. It consists of townhouses, villas and apartments spread in over 10 sectors. The homes afford homeowners fantastic views of the Fire and Earth golf courses, and amazing water features. The whole community is also dotted with swimming pools, spacious garages, manicured gardens and more.
Another golfer's paradise in Dubai is the Arabian Ranches. The community is home to a wide range of luxury villas (with more currently being constructed) that provides soothing views of the fairways of the Arabian Ranches Golf Club. Aside from the golf course, Arabian Ranches is also the exclusive address of the Dubai Equestrian & Polo Club. Its vast space is littered with cycling paths and modern comforts that include dining establishments, healthcare facilities, schools, retail shops and a community centre.
Golf enthusiasts may also opt for Victory Heights at Dubai Sports City (DSC). The development is a blend of villas and townhouses that sits along the greens of the Els Club Golf Course. Its layout includes walking and cycling paths, playgrounds, parks, sports venues, mosques and a school. Individuals who want to hone their golfing skills may enroll at Butch Harmon School of Golf located within the DSC community.
Another community that offers exclusive golfing facilities is AKOYA by Damac. Its vast expanse features mansions, apartments and villas, with the latter providing spectacular vistas of the Trump International Golf Club Dubai. AKOYA provides a whole lifestyle experience to it residents with several modern amenities and facilities on offer.
• Arabian Ranches is home to a golf course, and an equestrian and polo club
• The Jumeirah Golf Estates boasts many communities and two golf courses
• Emirates Hills is one of Dubai's most expensive integrated villa communities
Source: Ellen Joyce Soriano, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer