Emirates Hills, Dubai

Living in Dubai's Emirates Hills

Iyna Bort Caruso

In a city that knows how to embrace the luxury lifestyle, the development of Emirates Hills in Dubai still manages to take it up a few notches.

Emirates Hills is a gated, master-planned community that launched in 2003 as the first freehold development in Dubai. It continues to be among the city’s most elite. 

A Middle East haven, particularly for global property investors who value security and privacy, the community is made up of former heads of state, diplomats and corporate magnates.

Emirate Hills is a collection of individual communities set among lush gardens and lakes. Residences reflect a range of architectural styles with dramatic curb appeal and sprawling square footage. Built into most of these trophy homes are amenities such as private gyms, massage rooms, cinemas, guest cloakrooms, servants quarters, indoor pools and rooftop terraces.

The fairways of the Mongomerie Golf Course are a main attraction, one of the top golfing destinations in the region. It’s been described as “Scottish links meets Arabian desert.” The course is part of the hotel, Address Montgomerie, which offers Emirates Hills residents not only championship golf but spa services and fine dining options. Many homes have golf course views, others look out to the city skyline of super structures.

Emirates Hills is close to international schools, Dubai Marina and the beach. The airport is about 30 minutes away. Dubai is no stranger to high net worth individuals. This future-forward and tolerant emirate, one of the seven that makes up the United Arab Emirates, enjoys a high standard of living, plenty of cloudless skies and lavish shopping choices which includes the largest mall in the world. Oil was originally what transformed the state from a desert settlement into a gleaming metropolis, but now it enjoys a diversified economy.