Dubai: A serene community away from the hustle and bustle of Dubai, that’s The Lakes — a residential community of more than 600 villas and townhouses designed in 12 styles. One of the four main developments that make up Emirates Living, The Lakes lies at the heart of what is popularly referred to as the “New Dubai”.
Nestled between two arterial roads, Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road, the residential area is home to seven lakes, which give it the name The Lakes. Despite the proximity to the city, the community is an oasis of calm.
That makes The Lakes a sought-after place, especially for professionals and their families. Landscaped greenery, scenic walkways, parks, children’s play areas, pools and water features make it a livable and lovable community.
Little wonder, it has been attracting long-term tenants.
Italian expat Claudia Fiore has lived in a waterfront villa with her husband Antonio and daughters Fabiana and Anita for 10 years. She loves the great views. “Our backyard fronts a lake, which looks pretty at night with the lights from the surrounding villas,” Fiore said.
She finds the proximity to key locations of Dubai comforting. “It is close to beaches, malls and tourist spots. Dubai Marina, Dubai Internet City, Knowledge Village and Dubai Media City are not too far away either. Dining out too is very convenient.”
A drive into the community will take you through the date palm-fringed streets. Stroll through the development, which traverses a circular path of 3km, and you will come across cobbled pathways and several parks with ample shade for residents and their pets.
Riad Gohar, co-founder of Black Oak Real Estate, said people love to stay in the community. “When it [a property] does come up [for sale], it is lapped up for leasing or ownership,” he said, adding that 70 per cent of the occupants in the community are currently homeowners. “People don’t want to move out as often as in other communities in Dubai.”
Lakes, pools, parks
In Addition to the seven lakes, the community has 11 basketball courts, an outdoor gym, several nurseries, and more. “Emirates Golf Club and Montgomery Golf Club are also close by,” Gohar added.
The facilities attracted Deepak Ahuja and his wife Pooja to The Lakes. Residents since 2009, they love the community with its pools and parks.
“We have enjoyed the facilities. Our children [twins Bhoovi and Bhuvan] go to school nearby; they have friends in the community.”
So is the case with Polish expat Olimpia Siwik and her family, who have lived in The Lakes for years.
“It is a very friendly neighbourhood. My children, Adam and Serena, were born and raised in our villa. They have friends in the area and have grown with them. We have been living here for the last 15 years.”
The Lakes, a rental property until 2005, was turned into a freehold in 2006-2007. Indian expats Rosh D’costa and his wife Reema Chandhok bought a villa in Al Ghadeer sector in 2022. They renovated it extensively and live with their daughter Mia.
“The Lakes is a great community in terms of safety and facilities,” Chandhok said, adding that the residents have close connections with each other. “It’s amazing how we find instant solutions for each other over a WhatsApp group.”
4 tennis courts
10 community pools
11 community parks
Schools and nurseries near The Lakes
GEMS Dubai American Academy
American School Dubai
Dubai International Academy
Regent International School
Dubai British School
Jebel Ali Nursery
Raffles International Nursery
Dubai Knowledge Park
American University Dubai