In the past, Jebel Ali, also sometimes called Mina Jebel Ali, was known as a satellite district. However, it has turned into a growing area that has become a more important part of Dubai in recent years. Located on the outskirts of the city, Jebel Ali is a large commercial port that is important for industrial companies in the city. In fact, Jebel Ali is the 9th busiest port in the world and the largest one in the Middle East. Many companies have flocked to Jebel Ali as it is a free zone, meaning that companies don’t have to pay any taxes here. It is called the Jebel Ali Free Zone, leading to the abbreviation Jafza. Here you can find over 7.000 companies active in industrial and service-related areas. Besides being a business hub, the area is also popular as a tourist destination and as a residential area. The reason for that is the Palm Jebel Ali island, which is one of the 3 artificial islands in Dubai created in the shape of a palm. Therefore it comes as no surprise that there are many new off-plan projects for sale in the area.
Located next to the exceptional theme parks in Dubai Parks & Resorts, Jebel Ali is located in the southern part of Dubai’s coast kline, along Sheikh Zayed Road which runs all the way from Dubai to Abu Dhabi. Jebel Ali contains 56 sub-communities and is home to the largest man-made harbour in the world. It is also the most heavily industrialised district of Dubai.
Nearby roads include Sheikh Zayed Road, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, Expo Road.
Jebel Ali Village, Dubai South, Dubai Investments Park
The majority of accommodation in Jebel Ali consists of staff housing and labour camps. At the same time, there are also a number of new residential projects going on. As the area is gaining in popularity, the number of new off-plan projects is rising. Here you can find both townhouses and villas that are more affordable than in let’s say Jumeirah Golf Estates. For those looking for an apartment, there are options with studios and 1-3 bedroom units. As the area is quite young when it comes to residential housing, it might be a bit boring compared to the more central parts of Dubai.
Jebel Ali has excellent public transport options. There are numerous buses that travel to neighbouring districts. The Red metro line ends in Jebel Ali and there are 2 stations as well. Of course, it is always more comfortable to use your own transport so many people still prefer to travel by car. This is not a problem as most residential buildings have their own parking garage, usually in the basement of the building. You can also park your car on the street or in one of the paid parking garages.
For an industrial area, Jebel Ali offers a wide range of amenities. For grocery shopping, there are numerous supermarkets that range from small corner stores to giant hypermarkets. For shopping, you can go to the Jebel Ali Mall or to the huge Ibn Battuta Mall which is not far away. There are also several medical facilities in the area while you also don’t have to leave the area to find a nursery or school for your children. Mosques can be found all over the Jebel Ali territory while for places of worship for other religions, you will have to go to the neighbouring Jebel Ali Village. Finally, when looking for a place to grab something to eat, there is a plethora of restaurants and eateries offering delicious food from various cuisines from all over the world.
Historically being an industrial and port city, Jebel Ali has gained popularity as a residential area over the last few years. Although there are townhouses and villas for sale, most units in the area come in the form of apartments. Here are some of the off-plan projects that are currently for sale in Jebel Ali.
|Affordable||Lacking a residential atmosphere|
|Possible to combine work and living in one place||Industrial area|
|Increasing number of tourists||Far from Downtown|
|Free zone||Ongoing construction|