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This burgeoning development within easy reach of Dubai’s city centre is fast making a name for itself as a viable option for residents looking for big-city amenities at an affordable price.
From low-rise apartment blocks to bungalows, town houses and a select number of villas, Dubai Motor City has much to offer in the property stakes, as well as a way of life which is living up to its name. Situated around a ten-minute drive from Shaikh Zayed Road, the community runs from Detroit Street, which adjoins Umm Suqeim street at one end and Hessa Street at the other. As such transport links for commuters are excellent, with the city’s biggest malls and attractions all within easy reach. And while it is not close to the Metro network, buses and taxis are easy to come by and there are many on-street and covered parking spots.
Handed over by Union Properties in 2009, the original apartment blocks come with the expected modern development amenities such as sizeable pools, shared gyms and on-site security. Garden spaces are bright, colourful and well tended, making the apartments popular with families, while the small enclaves of villas and the adjoining Green Community Motor City contain pools and parks perfect for those with young children.
Step out the door, however, and it’s a case of speedy by name and nature. Motor City has much to appeal to Dubai’s sporty residents, in part thanks to the Dubai Autodrome. A haven for petrolheads, the track is also home to some slightly less noisy pursuits, not least Wednesday’s Revolution Nights. Organised by Revolution Cycles, a bicycle shop in Motor City, the open track has also become popular with families who bring their children on balance bikes, roller skates and even buggies for an evening stroll.
A short drive away, the Al Qudra cycle track continues to draw two-wheel enthusiasts, while the proximity to Dubai Sports City and a variety of gyms, including Fitness First and the enormous Fit Republik, make Motor City a gym bunny’s favourite.
Motor City also has an established retail mix, including a large and well-stocked Spinneys, a variety of chain and independent stores from Mothercare to Beyond the Beach, and a wide range of cafés, eateries and takeaways. The under-construction Auto Mall will bring 150 new stores, while hotel facilities and additional accommodation options are also slated for completion prior to 2020.
The development is within easy reach of a wide range of schools, including Victory Heights Primary and the new Safa and Kings primaries on Umm Suqeim street. Purpose built Gems Metropole School offers education from the foundation stage up to year nine, while a variety of nurseries, including Emirates British, serve those with pre-school children. Medical facilities are also plentiful, with Medi Centre’s polyclinic on Detroit Road itself proving popular with families.
With so many of Dubai’s modern developments proving that space is increasingly at a premium, the light and airy quality of Motor City’s apartments is refreshing. Low rise and incredibly spacious, bigger is most definitely better here — studio apartments start at a generous 600 sq ft, while threebedroom properties measure an impressive 2,400 sq ft.
Outdoor space is also a big selling point here as many of the apartments have balconies running the full length of the property, while others have terraces sizable enough to act as small gardens. The communal areas are also generously sized and lovingly tended, providing a distinct selling point for those who enjoy an indoor-outdoor life at apartment prices. And those prices are affordable. Given the amount of space offered, Motor City is a great option for those who don’t want to pay through the nose for limited square footage.
While generously proportioned, some of Motor City’s buildings offer more inside than out — kerb appeal is somewhat lacking from Detroit Road, with the overall feel slightly more industrial than residential.
While amenities are modern, bathrooms and kitchens in the properties are not as luxurious as in some of the newer, shinier developments — think over-bath showers rather than cubicles and flat wooden doors rather than gloss and marble.
Buildings above the shopping precinct share car park entrances with the public parking areas, so while spaces are allocated and accessed by secure key, access can be a little sticky at peak shopping times. The rising popularity of the area also means commuting back from the city can be slow at times, with Hessa Street in particular causing daily delays for some residents.
With ongoing construction and regular events at the Autodrome, noise can also be an issue for those with balconies close to the main thoroughfare.
Source: Jennifer Gibson, Special to PW