Dubai: Arabian Ranches - A villa lifestyle tucked away from city chaos

The Kouls (Anupam, Moushumi, Ameya and Aryan) live in a three-bedroom house in Al Reem 1Image Credit: Supplied

A premium freehold villa community that spells modern-day living, Arabian Ranches was regarded as an oasis in the middle of the desert when it was established in 2006. Away from the heart of the city, it is located on Shaikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road (erstwhile Emirates Road) at very close proximity to Global Village – one of Dubai’s tourist destinations. However, by virtue of its location, it provides an easy access to the emirates of Abu Dhabi (including Al Ain), Dubai and Sharjah all at once.

Divided into 13 distinct sub-communities housing over 4,000 detached villas and townhouses, Arabian Ranches is a tranquil and green locality replete with parks, lakes, walkways and luxurious amenities. The homes, reflecting an adequate mix of Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic architecture, are spacious and airy. The more sought-after units are equipped with courtyards and terraces, providing an unparalleled view of the golf course surrounding the whole area.

Moushumi and Anupam Koul, an expatriate couple hailing from the Indian subcontinent, saw great value in this community; hence, they purchased a villa way back in 2007. Moushumi says, “We were living in Al Badaa, near Satwa, initially; however, we were very impressed with the way the community had shaped up, so we decided to move here in 2010.”

The couple, along with their sons Ameya and Aryan, lives in a three-bedroom villa located opposite a pool and park in Al Reem 1. “This is a great place for my kids, with skateparks, pocket parks, tennis courts and pedestrian/cycling/jogging paths, etc.,” adds Moushumi.

For their respective workplaces, Anupam drives to Abu Dhabi while Moushumi drives to Satwa daily. However, Anupam explains that “It is a straight drive on Shaikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road on either way for both of us, so the distance does not matter.” Their children go to Jebel Ali Primary School in Jebel Ali, which is not too far off either.

Moushumi loves the fact that Arabian Ranches has an in-house village community center for their basic shopping and dining needs. It houses over 20 retail outlets including a supermarket, pharmacy, laundry shop and travel agency besides several restaurants and cafes. “The proximity to Dubai MotorCity, with its own separate line of retail and food outlets, is another plus point,” she adds.

There is no dearth of entertainment options either. At a stone’s throw lies the Dubai Autodrome, which is a state-of-the-art, fully integrated motor sports facility within the MotorCity development. For residents who fancy world-class equestrian and golfing facilities, the community is equipped with the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club and Arabian Ranches Golf Club.

“Though we do not play golf, we are regular visitors to the restaurant at The Clubhouse. It is a very nice and serene place for family outings,” says Moushumi.

The villa project is currently undergoing expansion due to the encouraging response it has received. Sharing this sentiment, Moushumi says, “Overall, Arabian Ranches has several positive aspects than negative ones. With its mature landscaping, low service fees and good maintenance, this is an ideal place to live in. However, the only negative that I can think of is the minor traffic issues at the exit points in the morning hours during school days due to the adjacent new developments.

+ Positives:

* Upscale villa living away from the hustle of the city

* Excellent facilities; home to a golf and polo club

* Schools, healthcare centers and a mosque in the vicinity

* Good maintenance and low service fees

- Negatives:

* Far from the heart of the city

* Minor traffic issues at exit points during rush hours

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Source: Priyanka Wade, Special to Freehold

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