ServiceMarket, the UAE-based platform for moving and home services, says it has seen a surge of people moving to Dubailand over the past 12 months.
The trend is highlighted in the company's bi-annual moving trends report, which outlines which neighbourhoods in Dubai have had the highest influx of new residents in 2017 so far.
An assessment of thousands of residential moving requests within Dubai revealed a major shift in moving trends. Many residents are opting to move to suburban areas instead of Dubai’s dense high-rise communities.
With an inflow of 13 percent, Dubailand emerged as the most popular destination this year, followed by Dubai Marina/JBR, Downtown, Barsha Heights and Silicon Oasis.
Data from the same time period last year showed that the inflow of residents into Dubai Marina and Downtown contributed to almost a fifth (19 percent) of all moves within Dubai.
The five most popular areas to move to in 2016 were Dubai Marina, Downtown, Jumeirah Village, Sports and Motor City, and Dubailand.
The report said Dubailand, a large area located just off Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road, is still under development but it seems to be on the path to becoming one of Dubai’s most popular areas. The most common community to move to within Dubailand is the Mira community, followed by Remraam, Mudon and The Villas.
"There could be many reasons for this shift in housing trends, including more affordable rents compared to established areas like Dubai Marina and Downtown, less traffic, and the emergence of new shopping malls, schools and facilities in these suburban areas," the report added.
The ServiceMarket report also showed that over the past three years, Dubai Marina/JBR, Downtown, and Barsha Heights/The Greens have remained consistently in the top 5 most popular areas.
It added that Silicon Oasis is another suburban area which appears to be quickly gaining popularity, moving from 11th place in Q1 2016 to 5th place this year.
ServiceMarket is a Dubai-based online marketplace that provides quotes and online bookings for moving, home services, and home insurance and car insurance services in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the rest of the UAE.
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