International city – One of the most affordable residential communities in Dubai

Buying or renting a property at a price that does not leave one cash-strapped for months is a dream for millions around the world each day. This becomes all the more apposite in rapidly developing cities like Dubai that embrace thousands of new expats each month and who are in constant need of accommodation.

About International City

International City has been victorious in helping realize the dreams of many to own a home in Dubai. The international city is launched by master-developer Nakheel in 2002. International City is a large community lying in the city’s suburbs and is generally considered the most affordable area to rent or buy properties in Dubai. International City is best known for being the affordable housing capital of Dubai’s ever-expanding real estate market. According to the 2017 Dubai Property Market Report by, renting in International City is a favoured option; it was the second most popular spot in Dubai for renting apartments and the 9th most popular for buying apartments. It is home to thousands of expats, though a majority belongs to the South Asian origin. International City offers affordable living in a flourishing area. The community is located in the Al Warsan area of Dubai and it has the capacity to accommodate more than 60,000 people.

Spread over an enormous 800-hectare plot, International City offers a wide range of business activities, retail opportunities and tourist attractions that proceed hand-in-hand with the residential features. This is one of the places in Dubai where your pocket is favoured by the rents. Here, you can easily seize a studio apartment for a price lesser than that of a rented room. A monthly rental for a studio would cost around Dh3,000 up to Dh4,500, based on the furnishings in the apartment, or the number of rooms. Nevertheless, the number of rentals are meant to be between Dh28,000 and Dh35,000 annually. While those looking for a room can book their abode from Dh500 to Dh2,100.

The international city is claimed for its country-themed building clusters. There are different residential clusters including Greece, Spain, Morocco, Italy, France, Persia, China and Emirates. The international city is getting extremely popular because there is a high volume of studios and 1 bedroom apartments, pretty affordable for those who live independently. Clusters also include 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for those looking for larger space. Emirates cluster is one of the most popular clusters in International city. It has 26 low rise apartment blocks offering studio and 1 bedroom apartments. Central district in the International city a family paradise. It comprises of most luxurious and stylish apartments with pool, private parking, gym and park. The France cluster includes 2, 3 and 4 storey residential blocks characterized by long French windows, red and grey bricks and pilasters.

The international city has managed to captivate a large number of residents and investors and become a trademark for affordable living. International City is located near popular neighbourhoods like Academic City, Dubai Silicon Oasis and Al Warqa adding to the appeal for both buyers and renters.

Forbidden City

Forbidden City is a replica of the enormous and best-preserved cluster of ancient buildings in China and will spread over 240 thousand square meters. Forbidden City will provide the parking facility for 2,000 cars. Forbidden City has around 4,000 low rise studios and 1 and 2 bedroom apartments.


Although the metro station is far from International city, it does have many bus stations that connects you to most of the parts in Dubai. The bus routes operating in the International city take you to popular metro stations like Al Rashidiya, Etisalat and Al Nahda.


Dragon Mart is the biggest Chinese product destination, it spreads across 50 hectares. This is the place where you can go and stock up monthly essentials. There are many stores which cater the daily needs in clusters of the International city. There are even groceries who deliver over a phone call. There are speciality stores which stock up authentic goods from their respective countries.

Churches, temples and mosques

The international city has a fair amount of mosques similar to most areas in Dubai. The closest church in the International city is Dubai city church and St Mary’s church which is 30 minutes away. The nearest temple is Shiva and Krishna temple in Bur Dubai which is also 30-minute away.


The international city has many restaurants offering various kind of cuisines. There are popular places like Chilis, Le Pain Quotidien and Starbucks. There are also many local cafes and shisha lounges. Most of the restaurants and cafeterias offer home delivery. Hush Burger House is a healthy fast food concept American country-style burger joint. Soy to Chutney is a trendy joint that takes guests on a culinary trip from India to China and gives the best of both worlds. Café Aisha is tucked away in England cluster is a great snacking venue for a quick bite.

Lakes and Beaches

The Al Warsan Lake and it’s neighbouring site are important habitat for water birds. It is home to 186 local and migratory species of birds. The lake offers residents a way to enjoy some peace and quiet to come back to after a long day at work. Al Warsan Lake is popular for walks and jogs in the evening. The closest beach near International City is Jumeirah beach, just over half an hour away.

Leisure and outdoor activities

Dubai has developed into a city acknowledged for its lush green golf courses, so it works favourably for International City inmates that the Track Meydan Golf course in Nad Al Sheba is just 15 minutes away. If you are planning to explore any new sports and things to do in International City, the equestrian centres like the Desert Palm Polo Club and the Emirates Desert Equestrian Club are wonderful places to stopover. Nature lovers can expend hours in the company of migrating birds in the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, just 15 minutes away from International City. One of the biggest assets of living in International City is getting to sight these pink-legged flamingos found in affluence at close quarters during winters! The Paris Children’s Park in the France cluster is also amazing if you have smaller children.


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