Arabian Ranches: A Charming Village Within The City

A shared villa in Jumeirah. Followed by your own flat in the Marina, to a family home in Arabian Ranches.

Many a milestone can be traced by where an expat lives.

When wedding bells ring, two become three or more, and a dog joins the family photo; it’s time to move to a community like Arabian Ranches.

Launched in 2004, Arabian Ranches hasn’t lost its appeal over the years. A cluster of 12 village-style communities, it’s one of Dubai’s most sought-after residential villa communities. The fact that it launched 17 years ago actually acts in its favour. It’s had the time to build character and watch a real community grow within its gates.

Boasting a selection of restaurants, parklets, a golf club, and the Dubai Equestrian and Polo Club; Arabian Ranches has a lot going for it. Designed with families in mind, there’s something for every member of the family there.

Want to wake up to golden glistening sand in a gorgeous neighbourhood? Hunt down a villa, pack your bags and move to Arabian Ranches.

Just a few of this neighbourhood’s winning features include:

  • 6.5 million square metres of land over 12 communities
  • Lots of development since it launched but still a homely atmosphere
  • Two large lakes (worth appreciating when you're in the middle of a desert)
  • Two world-class, international-sized polo fields
  • Swimming pools across the entire community


Ranches Primary School: Located in Arabian Ranches 2, this nursery and primary school follows a UK curriculum. It’s got quite a few clubs and societies - from production and design to art, mindfulness, and sports - to keep the kids engaged.

GEMS World Academy: An IB continuum school with a “Very Good” KHDA rating.

JESS Jumeirah - Jumeirah English Speaking School: One of the most interesting facts about this British curriculum school is that it’s a not-for-profit organisation.

Weekends in Arabian Ranches

When the weekend rolls in and it’s time to catch up with family, you won’t have to look far for something to do. The Ranches is busy, but just the right amount.

If you’ve got friends in the neighbourhood, there’s likely a birthday or anniversary party you’ve been invited to at the Arabian Ranches Golf Club. If your invite got lost in the post, lunch at the Ranches Restaurant is a good backup plan. You can then ease into the evening with at the Ranches Sports Bar.

For a family day out, head to the Polo and Equestrian Club. It’s just launched a slide by the pool to keep the kids entertained while splashing out. Designed with children in mind, they can also enjoy a My Little Pony breakfast and pet lunches.

Dinner in Arabian Ranches is a weekly highlight for both locals and visitors from neighbouring communities. The community has a famous (and family-friendly) Hamptons Cafe which boasts a unique style and charming atmosphere.

If you skip lunch at the Ranches Restaurant, try to visit for dinner. It’s known and loved for its exclusive Saturday roast dinner deals (starting from AED 99).

When it’s time to shop for the new week, there’s no need to rush to the city.

The Arabian Ranches Community Centre, located at the community’s entrance, has a Géant supermarket. It also has a Costa Coffee, a Burger King, pet stores, and much more. It even has its own medical centre, a pharmacy, and plenty of parking.

If the village-style serenity gets too much and you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, IMG Worlds Of Adventure is a quick five-minute drive away. The ever-popular Global Village is also close by, where you can travel the world in a single evening.

And if that’s not enough, JBR Beach is just 15 minutes away. Its sun chairs, cool boxes, and restaurants await.

Nick Grassick is the Managing Partner at ph Real Estate Brokers.

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