Survey reveals the 'happiest neighbourhoods' in Dubai
People who live beside the seaside in Dubai have the biggest smiles on their faces, according to a new happiness index.
Property portal propertyfinder.ae asked 300,000 visitors to its site to answer questions on their level of happiness in connection with where they lived in Dubai - and life for those in Umm Suqiem is joyous.
Despite having a lack of street names, the coastal dwellers reckon their neighbourhood is attractive, convenient and has quality facilities.
Next on the happy barometer were residents in Dubai Marina, who count on cool shops, restaurants and a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Suburban Springs was also high on the happy scale thanks to tree-lined streets and a chilled-out, family-friendly ambience. Downtown Dubai, JLT, Palm Jumeirah and Jumeirah made up the rest of the top seven.
Renan Bourdeau, managing director at propertyfinder.ae, said: “The trends we are uncovering should shed light on what property hunters really want and will prove useful for the industry as a whole.”
Property broker Nikki Summers, of Brix, said: “I can understand the reasons for the top three."
Summers 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. Plus, it has easy access to the metro and is within walking distance of JBR beach and The Walk - all with views to die for.
“The Springs caters for young families and the peace and quiet takes you away from the hustle and bustle of Dubai. This area has community shops and amenities such as pools and gyms. It is suburban life at its best.”
Staff at propertyfinder.ae refused to say which were the least cheerful areas in Dubai, but did say people were not happy with traffic congestion, construction work, being far away from shops and restaurants, too much hustle and bustle and being too far from a metro station.