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Al Barsha

Al Barsha is a major residential and commercial hub that is self-sustained with a wide range of shopping malls, hotels, and restaurants. Since the opening of the Mall of Emirates, the community has been transformed into an adorned neighborhood while building reputed schools and hospitals and attracted more crowd to the area. Al Barsha is comprised of 5 smaller communities namely Al Barsha South, Al Barsha I, Al Barsha II, Al Barsha III, and Barsha Heights. Al Barsha is bounded to the south by Dubai Sports City, to the north by Al Sufouh, the east by Al Quoz, and west by Emirates Hills and other developments. The area is home to luxury villas with highly convenient locations makes it a good choice for families.

Al Barsha gradually introduced a sophisticated atmosphere especially through its newly developed Barsha Heights. The area has become popular amongst young expats from different cultures and different backgrounds. The majority of the shops, restaurants, and apartment buildings are located in Al Barsha 1, whereas villas are dotted throughout the Barsha II and Barsha III and the rest of the communities. Due to the prime location between Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road and Al Barsha is very accessible for daily commutes for professionals.

Al Barsha has no shortage of amenities for amusement options, it’s home to Barsha Pond Park, Butterfly Garden and Miracle Garden. Al Barsha Pond park is a popular place for families and sports activities rounding a man-made lake surrounded by lush greens.


Al Barsha I is mainly comprised of apartments and considered to be the busiest amidst others, generally because of its proximity to the metro station. On the contrary, Al Barsha II, III and Barsha South are offering villas and tend to be much quieter maintaining suburban feels for family lifestyle. Barsha Heights, previously known as Tecom, has high rise towers for both commercials and residentials mostly suitable for single professionals and business travelers.

One can find furnished apartments for renting short term and long term basis In Al Barsha. Many landlords offer flexible schedules for rentals and costs based on which project and built-up space its offering. Most of the high rise buildings have premium facilities like fully equipped gym, common areas and swimming pool.

Studios for rent in Al Barsha on average around AED 34k per year, with a covered space spanning 400 sq ft. Al Barsha I offers chiller free units with slightly higher rental price. 1 bedroom spanning across 850 sq ft ideal for small families or couples would cost AED 45k annually. Rents for spacious units like 2 bedroom apartments starting from AED 42k, whilst 3 bed flats cost somewhere around AED 90k per annum. For those interested in independent accommodations, can opt for renting 3 bedroom villas for minimum of AED 130k for a built in space of about 2000 sq ft area. As for more luxurious options, spacious 5 and 6 bedroom villas are rented for AED 205k and AED 250k per year.

Although Al Barsha is wholly not freehold with exceptions of Barsha South and AL Murad Tower in Barsha I. Therefore, variety of options is much less and mostly secondary market is available for investors. One can expect to pay AED 280k for a studio apartment and AED 800k for 1 bedroom flats in Al Barsha. A regular cost for 3 bed villas is AED 2.7M offered in Al Barsha I and II. Buyers have to shell out at least AED 8M for 4 bedroom, and AED 9.5M for 5 bedroom villas in the area.

Al Barsha is the top most popular for rentals in Manazel Al Barsha, Zee Zee Tower and Al Bader Building and home to the freehold residential Al Murad Tower- where studios cost AED 570k to buy. Plus Villa Lantana by Tecom Investments offer freehold villas with stunning configurations.


Kempinski Hotel is one of the largest and most luxurious hotels in Dubai providing direct access to Mall of the Emirates. The hotel is 5 star service venue offering world class fine dining options like Spanish Fare at Salero Tapas & Bodega, Aspen by Kempinski and Arabian cuisine at Olea. Ibis Al Barsha and Novotel Al Barsha are 3 and 4 star hotels offering numerous nightlife options like sports bars and music bars for locals and travelers.


There is paid parking available everywhere in the area and its convenient for commuters using public transports.


There are many schooling options for kids and smaller ones ranging from budget friendly ones to higher class learning centers applying British Curriculum, American curriculum as well as other exclusive programs. For example Kings School in Al Barsha 3 is favoured by English expats and GEMS Dubai is one of the reputed schools in Dubai is in Barsha II. Modul University Dubai is Austrian University offers fresh new flexible programs for young adults to obtain higher educations. For medicals, there is an abundance of clinics and hospital within the vicinity such as Saudi German Hospital, Aster Clinic and IMC Medical Clinics nearby.

Leisure Activities

People can go racing in the Dubai Autodrome’s professional tracks and go-karting as well in nearby Al Barsha South. Moreover, Dubai Miracle Garden is one of the great attractions housing real-life imagery of flowers, where can shoot thousands of beautiful photos. There is also an indoor trampoline park in Al Quoz and many more leisure centers are available such as art galleries and theaters in Al Barsha.


Al Barsha is a vital part of new Dubai, relatively affordable compared to other matured areas around it, that offers great local attractions, highlighted by the Mall of the Emirates. It is well linked by road and metro, also quite easy to get in and out of, while many parts are still in the development process. The area has so much more to offer in the coming years. The only drawback that could be addressed is perhaps traffic jams and congested entry points in and out of the Sheikh Zayed road at peak hours.