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A posh and upscale lifestyle, a strong sense of community and a wide range of conveniences – these are just some of the positives experienced by the Arabian Ranches residents.
The popular family development that comprises luxury homes is located on Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, just a few minutes from Shaikh Zayed Road and Mall of the Emirates.
Popularly known for its luxurious lifestyle and family-friendly environment, Arabian Ranches also boasts some of the finest leisure and entertainment facilities in Dubai. While leisure spots like golf courses and a clubhouse have raised its entertainment quotient to another level, the Dubai Equestrian & Polo Club is a premium leisure destination by itself. The locality also displays a fine choice of shopping and dining options at the village community center, including medical services and beauty salons.
Gulshan Kavarana, husband Zeheer and daughters Jenai and Zara have been residents of this community for the past nine years. Prior to this, they resided in a furnished apartment at The Galleria Residence in Deira for nine years. Gulshan is the Founder of Special Families Support group and Art Di-rector at Mawaheb, an art studio for adults with disabilities, while Zeheer works as Manager-ARD at Dubai Drydocks.
Commenting upon her life in Arabian Ranches, Gulshan says, “Arabian Ranches offers villa living with far more residential space as the villas come with a backyard. It is a peaceful locality tucked away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The area is beautifully landscaped, pet-friendly, safe and secure with sleek maintenance.”
Despite the luxurious lifestyle the community offers, Gulshan’s biggest bugbear, however, has been that the homes are not wheelchair-friendly. The family wanted to build a ramp to facilitate the easy movement of Zara’s wheelchair, but they were met with resistance by the management. Eventually, she got permission to build a ramp. Gulshan says, “The doors in the house should be wide enough for a wheelchair to pass through and it should be mandatory to grant wheelchair access.”
She further says that another niggle that the Ranches residents face is that it has only two entries and exits. “The traffic situation, particularly during the rush hours, is nightmarish! I have to leave for work half an hour early to beat the traffic. With the school buses cutting in on the Dubai-Al Ain Road, driving becomes a risky affair.”
The fact that many senior citizens reside in the community makes it highly desirable to have a senior citizens group that can provide them with a platform to mingle with other grandparents.
Another suggestion concerns the convenience of live-in nannies who find it difficult to move around the city, particularly on Fridays, in the absence of public transport. “If a bus service was started at 30-minute intervals, that would largely facilitate the movement of domestic helps. The fact that hiring of cabs is not affordable for maids puts a greater emphasis on upgrading the public transport connectivity in this part,” says Gulshan.
She adds, “Roads in the Ranches are single-lane. These should be converted into double-lane roads to create a smoother traffic flow. To add to the distress, these roads are humped by horrible speed bumps. Converting these into rumble strips would be a much better option for safety.”
However, the family is more than satisfied with what Arabian Ranches has to offer.
• Safe and secure
• Sleek maintenance
• Golf course, polo and equestrian club
• Clubhouse and swimming pools
• Parks and play areas
• Traffic snarls during rush hours
• Single-lane roads
• No public transport available
Source: Bandana Jain, Special to Freehold