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Dubai Sports City (DSC) is a purpose-built city with a sharp focus on sports venues, international sporting events, sports academies, recreational sporting facilities, along with residential and commercial developments integrated with a host of related amenities including international schools, medical facilities, hotels and community centers.
Shamim Akhtar and his wife Rahala Taiyabi moved to Golf View Residence three years back after relocating from Malaysia. Shamim works as Technical Sales Manager while Rahala is a homemaker. Their sons, Shazeb and Ahmad Shaeel, are students at the Delhi Private School, Dubai.
''Residing in Golf View Residence is a truly amazing experience for us,'' says Rahala. ''One of the foremost advantages of living here, the area being the sports hub of Dubai, is that one tends to become health conscious. Earlier, my family was not much into sports activities. Now that the International Cricket Academy and International Cricket Stadium are just a two-minute drive, we try to take full opportunity to be active. Bradenton Academy in the vicinity provides several sports facilities, too. Hence, we took a conscious decision of providing our growing kids with a good lifestyle where there are more outdoor and physical activities,'' adds Rahala.
Further explaining the benefits of staying in the community, she says, ''The locality is full of greenery, has less traffic congestion and has easy access to downtown Dubai. It is about a 20-minute drive from Dubai International Airport. My children are quite relaxed because of the convenient commuting time. They love riding bicycles. By staying here, they are learning to become independent – that, in a safe manner as the neighborhood is child-friendly. The security factor is well looked after. In the last three years of our stay here, I have never heard of any crime happening in the locality.''
The sudden rental hike is perhaps the only negative aspect of the community. ''The prices are appreciating very fast. As per the satisfaction level of residing here, it is an absolute delight because we, as residents, get all we look for in a good neighborhood,'' Rahala says.
''Being in close vicinity to Dubai MotorCity, which is a paradise for car lovers, is an added advantage. My sons and I quench our thirst for high-speed cars from time to time. The adrenaline rush that the speeding cars provide is an added entertainment option here. Having said that, we also love the calmness and serenity that the place offers... the only disruption coming in the form of roaring cars on the racetrack,'' adds Shamim on a lighter note.
There are numerous play schools and kindergartens nearby. Schools like GEMS Winchester School and GEMS Metropole School have opened in Dubai MotorCity, so there is no dearth of educational facilities in the area. A shopping mall is also under construction in nearby International Media Production Zone, which is just a two-minute drive. Several express supermarkets like Carrefour and Spinneys, and dine-in restaurants catering to different cuisines are available, too.
The area looks quite green and healthy, but Rahala says, ''There are no public parks here. The area would definitely benefit from them.''
Overall, Dubai Sports City is a residential haven. From supermarkets to schools and a variety of conveniences, it is a delight for people who love to lead an athletic lifestyle.
• Safe and secure
• Plenty of greenery
• Schools and kindergartens
• Near the Autodrome and Kartdrome
• Cricket stadium
• Restaurants and supermarkets
• Escalating rents
• Lack of public parks
• Noise of racing cars nearby
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Source: Bandana Jain, Special to Freehold