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Dubai Freehold Areas: The Ultimate List for Property Investors

This article was updated on Thu 2 May 2024

What are Freehold Areas in Dubai?

If you’re wondering “what are freehold areas” or “what are the freehold areas in Dubai,” you’re in the right place. Understanding the difference between freehold and non-freehold areas is essential when it comes to property ownership in Dubai. Freehold refers to a type of property ownership where the buyer, regardless of nationality, has complete ownership of the property and the land it stands on, with no time limit on their rights. This makes freehold areas in Dubai particularly attractive for international investors.

What are Non-Freehold Areas in Dubai?

On the other hand, non-freehold areas are restricted to GCC nationals (UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman) who can buy property with full ownership rights and no time limits. Foreign investors who purchase property in non-freehold areas can only acquire them on a leasehold term, which grant them ownership rights for a limited time, usually up to 99 years.

List of Freehold Areas in Dubai

With this distinction in mind, here’s our ultimate list of freehold areas in Dubai (which are shown on the map also) where anyone can invest in property with full ownership rights and no time limits. So, pay close attention to the list below, otherwise, a simple oversight could turn into a costly mistake!


  • Arjan
  • Barsha Heights
  • Business Bay
  • Culture Village
  • Discovery Gardens
  • Dubai Creek Harbour
  • Dubai Harbour
  •  Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)
  • Dubai Investment Park
  • Dubai Marina
  • Dubai Production City
  • Dubai Studio City
  • Jumeriah Beach Residence
  • Jumeriah Heights
  • Jumeriah Lake Towers
  • Liwan
  • Mirdif Hills
  • Mirdif Tulip
  • Old Town
  • Park Gate Residences
  • Remraan
  • The Greens
  • The Views

Apartments & Villas

  • Al Barari
  • Al Furjan
  • Al Khail Heights
  • Al Warsan
  • Damac Hills
  • Dubai Festival City
  • Dubai Hills
  • Dubai Silicon Oasis
  • Dubai South
  • Dubai Sports City
  • Dubai Waterfront
  • Dubailand
  • International City
  • Jumeirah
  • Jumeirah Golf Estates
  • Jumeirah Village Circle
  • Jumeirah Village Triangle
  • Meydan City
  • Mohammed Bin Rashid City
  • Motor City
  • Mudon
  • Palm Jumeirah
  • The World Islands
  • Tilal Al Ghaf
  • Town Square
  • Wadi Al Safa 2


  • Arabian Ranches
  • Arabian Ranches 2
  • Arabian Ranches 3
  • Damac Lagoons
  • Emirates Hills
  • Jumeirah Islands
  • Jumeirah Park
  • Reem
  • The Lakes
  • The Meadows
  • The Springs
  • The Sustainable City
  • The Villa

By considering this list of freehold areas in Dubai, you’ll be well-equipped to make an informed decision when it comes to investing in the city’s vibrant real estate market.

Thank you to Bayut for providing this list.

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