The United Arab Emirates (UAE) was created in 1971 as a federation of seven oil-rich states in the Persian Gulf: the capital Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, Umm al Quwain and Ras al-Khaymah. Dubai is the second largest in size but easily the most populous, a global city and international business centre that’s a tourism superstar and home to over 120 different nationalities.
Dubai’s property market opened to foreigners in 2002 and subsequent new laws have further streamlined the process. Property choices range from apartments in soaring glass and metal towers, townhouses beside the water on The Palm and spacious villas in substantial grounds thirty minutes from the centre. The Emirates notorious traffic issues often determine where residents choose to live.
Families might choose established Jumeirah or the quiet gated communities including Arabian Ranches and affluent Emirates Hills, an estate of impressive villas beside an 18-hole golf course.
Young professionals head to the purpose-built, waterfront high-rise apartments of Dubai Marina or nearby Jumeirah Lake Towers. Business Bay beside the Burj Khalifa is also in the heart of the city and provides comfortable modern apartments in high towers.
The Palm is connected to the mainland by a bridge and offers shoreline apartments, townhouses and large villas, some with gardens and many with sea views.