The coastal district of Umm Suqiem has been ranked as the 'happiest' neighbourhood in Dubai, according to a survey.
A poll of 300,000 of the emirate’s residents by website propertyfinder.ae found that Umm Suqiem, which boasts attractions including the Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Wild Wadi, scored higher than any other part of Dubai.
In second place was Dubai Marina, an area to the south of the city that includes a large array of restaurants and hotels, and is popular with expatriates.
Rounding out the top three was The Springs, a suburban community that attracts families due to its quiet setting, low-rise residential buildings and comprehensive amenities.
"What is interesting about our happiness survey is that it has thrown up quite a few surprises - as much in the places that did not rate in the top spots as those that did,” commented Renan Bourdeau, managing director at propertyfinder.ae.
“The kind of trends we are uncovering should shed light on what property hunters really want and will prove useful the industry as a whole."
Nikki Summers, managing director at broker Brix Property Partners, added: “Umm Suqeim offers large, luxurious villas with easy access to schools, supermarkets and of course the beach, which is great for families with children. Dubai Marina offers young, executive living with everything on your doorstep like restaurants, bars and cafes.
“The Springs caters for young families and the peace and quiet takes you away from the hustle and bustle of Dubai. This area has easily accessible community shops and communal amenities such as pools and gyms. It is suburban life at its best.”