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One of the most wallet-friendly communities in Dubai is International City, which is just off the Mohammed bin Zayed Road and next to the Dubai International Academic City (DIAC). It is a cauldron of affordable, trendy and country-themed clusters where diverse cultures and nationalities live. The same information you'll get from any community guide available.
The place has 10 residential districts. The designs of the residential districts epitomize the architecture in their respective countries: China, Emirates, England, France, Greece, Italy, Morocco, Persia, Russia and Spain. There is also the Central Business District (CBD) which offers upscale homes.
The blocks in the France Cluster are characterized by long French windows; green tiles and stucco walls form part of the Moroccan construction; and five to eight-pronged stars are decorated on the grills of balconies in the Emirates Cluster.
The finish on the apartments speaks tales of smooth design and hard construction work. Individual units feature seamless ceramic flooring, while matching ceramic walls in the bathrooms are a standard, with a marble-and-granite concoction on the working surfaces.
Amenities and facilities include central air-conditioning, built-in wardrobes, walk-in closets, swimming pools and 24-hour security.
Extending beyond architecture, the precincts also have restaurants and eateries. Arabic, Chinese, Indian, Italian and Lebanese are the major flavors found in International City. There are also grocery shops in every corner. The famous Dragon Mart, home to over 3,000 Chinese trading companies, is the area’s prime attraction.
Rents for studio apartments start at around Dh35,000 while one-bedroom flats can be rented at approximately Dh50,000. Most two-bedroom flats at CBD come furnished with rates varying among agents.
The demographic in IC is also composed of students who study at DIAC. The bus service throughout the community has been a huge boon for these students as they take them not only to school and within the development, but also to Rashidiya Metro Station.
Handy Community Guide
• International City features various accommodations to suit every budget
• Rents for studio flats start at Dh35,000; one-bedroom flats at Dh50,000
• The community is replete with restaurants, grocery shops, coffee shops, etc.
Source: Nandakumar Ganesh, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer