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International City is a mixed-use residential, commercial, retail, and tourism development in Dubai. Spanning over an area of 8 million square meters, it features clusters with exceptional architectural designs from different cultural styles from countries around the world. Each cluster in the area is named after the countries it was inspired from, namely Emirates, England, Italy, Russia, Spain, Persia, France, Morocco, Greece, and China. The moniker of 'International' city was made after these cluster names. In the center of International City, surrounded by the clusters, lays the Central Business District (CBD) and an area that was destined to become a 'replica' of the Forbidden City in Beijing.
During the first phases of its development, International City was hit with controversies and issues, including problems with the nearby sewage facility and its own sewage system. However, these issues were solved in 2012. Today, International City is gaining a reputation as one of the most sought-after locations to live in Dubai. It has matured now with an expanding range of restaurants and shops. It is particularly well-known for its low-rise buildings with unique architecture. One of the biggest advantages of living in this area is that it provides a multicultural community lifestyle while the price stays affordable for Dubai standards. Residents can enjoy a cosmopolitan lifestyle with lush greenery, lakes, and an overall serene ambiance.
The international city is situated in the Al Warsan region of Dubai, between interchanges five and six of Mohammed Bin Zayed Road. It is located near popular neighborhoods like Dubai Silicon Oasis, Al Warqaa, and Academic City. The location of International City adds to its appeal for both renters and buyers.
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International City is home to over 500 apartments spread over its 10 clusters. A few buildings from the second phase of the project, which is still largely under development, have been opened up to both renters and buyers. Most districts in International City offers studios to 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom apartments. The Central Business District also features several apartments, but the units are typically larger than other clusters in the area. There are also freehold villas and townhouses for sale, but they are currently restricted on the south-west boundary of International City, in Al Warsan Village.
Studios and 1-bedroom apartments are abundant in International City, which is why it is exceptionally famous among those who want to live independently. Couples and families are usually more inclined towards the 2- to 3-bedroom apartments. Each unit usually features central air conditioning and central heating, storage areas, electricity backup, satellite/cable TV, broadband internet, and intercom. Some apartment units also have private terraces and balconies. The apartment buildings provide various shared amenities and facilities for residents, such as parking spaces, swimming pools, Jacuzzis, steam rooms, sauna, kid's play areas, cafeterias, gardens, convenient waste disposals on every floor, maintenance and security staff, CCTV security, and 24-hour concierges.
The villas and townhouses in International City are some of the most affordable in Dubai. They come in a variety of designs, layouts, sizes, and qualities. Most of the apartments come in 3-bedroom configurations with en-suite bathroom and wardrobes, Maid's rooms, private parking for more than one car, and gardens. These villas also provide shared facilities like swimming pools, gymnasiums, and sports courts.
The most popular part of International City is, without a doubt, the mammoth Dragon Mart. It is divided into Dragon Mart 1 and Dragon Mart 2. Collectively, they are home to more than 5,000 shops, food and beverage outlets, and entertainment areas. Both offer a wide variety of products at affordable prices. Known as the most prominent trading hubs of Chinese products outside of China, it is the best place to go for cheap electronic appliances, cutlery, hardware, and household goods.
Dragon Mart 1 is divided into several sections, including sections for textile, furniture, lighting equipment, household items, sports, and garments. Dragon Mart 2 has more of a mall setting with four areas: building materials, general merchandise, hardware and machinery, and home appliances. It also has a food court and cinema. Visitors can bargain here, and depending on each person's bargaining skills; some items can be discounted up to 20%.
International City is also known as a foodie hub, thanks to the authentic offerings from its restaurants. The restaurants in each cluster of the city are known to have authentic menus. Popular chains like Starbucks, Le Pain Quotidien, and Chilis are also available in International City.
Another popular attraction near International City is the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, which is located just 15 minutes away from the area. Often called the 'Cape of the Creek,' this wetland reverse is home to many crustaceans, mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish. It is mainly known for the flamingos, but there are also black-winged stilts, reef herons, osprey, egrets, sandpipers, kingfisher, black-tailed godwit, and many more. Along with the fauna, visitors can also see a wide variety of plants, which maintains the area's ecological balance.
For sports enthusiasts, Track at Meydan golf course is just 15 minutes away in Nad Al Sheba. Desert Palm Polo Club and the Emirates Desert Equestrian Club are located nearby as well.
International City is an ideal place to live for families, young couples, and singles looking for a more affordable option in Dubai. True to its name, International City embraces cultural diversity as it caters to people from various countries, which represent diverse cultures in the best possible way. Thanks to its diversity, there are numerous regional stores in International City, so finding authentic ingredients from around the world is easy.
It is easy to stay active in International City since the area is dotted with several gymnasiums, apart from the fitness centers in the apartment buildings. The most famous ones are Fitness 360, V Fitness, and Target Gym. International City is well-equipped with healthcare facilities. There are at least two clinics and a pharmacy in every cluster. Hospitals are also located close by.
For families with children, International City has a number of reputable nurseries and schools. The most famous nursery in the area is Fly High Nursery and Kids World International. Parents looking at high school options can choose the International School of Arts and Sciences, which has an American curriculum. Other options include Repton School that offers the UK and IB module education and GEMS Modern Academy that offers the Indian Curriculum.
In terms of public transport system, International City is not directly connected to the metro. However, there are four bus routes servicing the area that will take residents to popular metro stations. Since International City is located between interchanges 5 and 6 of Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, access to major roads is fuss-free.