Exclusive offerings for the select few: what does the most prestigious real estate in the UAE look like?

Exclusive offerings for the select few: what does the most prestigious real estate in the UAE look like?

Many have heard how fantastically opulent and expensive homes are in the UAE. Every month, leading analytical media publishes reports from the real estate markets of the largest emirates, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Top-of-the-line properties are invariably best sellers in these rankings. The most expensive property in Dubai in 2022 was a mansion in District One, which sold for AED 89.1 million (USD 24.2 million; JPY 161.3 million) in May.

Emirates.Estate invites you to a fascinating tour of premium housing. This post will outline the features of exclusive properties in the Emirates market and the requirements of prosperous buyers.


Specific features of exclusive real estate

Here are the key criteria for luxury housing in the UAE:

  • Unique architecture.

    Elite new residential developments in Dubai and Abu Dhabi have signature architectural concepts distinct from other urban development. It’s hard to take your eyes off such buildings with a recognizable identity.

  • Exclusive location.

    High-end apartments and villas in Dubai and Abu Dhabi are located either in downtown districts, such as Downtown Dubai and Business Bay in Dubai and Al Reem and Yas Island in Abu Dhabi or gated communities far from the hustle and bustle of the city – Palm Jumeirah, DAMAC Hills, Mohammed Bin Rashid City (Dubai), Yas Island, Al Raha (Abu Dhabi), among others.

  • Exclusive residence options.

    This can be a limited collection of apartments, villas, or townhouses in a standalone residential project or a private community. There are also entire developments in the market embodying the idea of exclusivities, such as Cavalli Tower in Dubai, crafted through collaboration between DAMAC Properties developer and the Italian brand Roberto Cavalli.

  • Extra security.

    Owners of elite real estate in the UAE do not have to worry about their homes thanks to 24/7 security and video surveillance.

  • Privacy.

    An outsider stands almost no chance of getting inside a gated community or a premium, upscale residential complex.

  • Private amenities.

    Most elite buildings are self-contained. They feature gyms, swimming pools, lounge areas, bars, restaurants, children’s play areas, spa salons, and much more for residents’ leisure and comfort.

  • Landscaped grounds.

    Inner courtyards of elite new residential projects are developed by the best landscape designers. Depending on project features, there can be fountains, blooming gardens, etc. on the premises.

Exclusive offerings for the select few: what does the most prestigious real estate in the UAE look like?

Examples of premium real estate

Let us have a look at specific cases of elite real estate in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi


  1. A six-bedroom villa on Saadiyat Island.

    An opulent six-bedroom residence on Saadiyat Island is the true embodiment of luxury. The house is built on 4,498 m² and costs AED 100 million (USD 27.2 million; JPY 181 million).

    The magnificent villa is located on the northern edge of Saadiyat Island, on a huge land plot. Its residents will have easy access to popular leisure destinations, such as the public Saadiyat Beach with the Saadiyat Beach Club.

  2. A six-bedroom villa in Hidd Al Saadiyat.

    The second most expensive villa in Abu Dhabi is also located on Saadiyat Island, which is not surprising, as this community is considered to be a unique recreational venue. The magnificent six-bedroom house with an impressive floor area of 3,377 m² is valued at AED 85 million (USD 23.1 million; JPY 158.8 million) and boasts a stunning view of the sea.

    Spacious residential rooms are full of natural light reflected from the azure sea in the daytime. The signature feature of this home is the incredible master bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe and an en suite bathroom. A private swimming pool, a modern kitchen with cabinets, and a spacious lady’s room make this villa particularly luxurious.

  3. A spacious seven-bedroom villa in Khalifa City A.

    The next most expensive villa in the UAE capital is a glamorous seven-bedroom home with a spacious living room and a floor area of 1,686 m² in Khalifa City A. Local grocery stores, mini markets, and a golf course are located nearby. Residents can easily access Al Raha Beach and Saadiyat Island to admire the marvelous sunset or bask in the sun. The residence costs AED 65 million (USD 17.6 million; JPY 117.6 million).


Along with luxurious houses, Abu Dhabi offers no less impressively furnished apartments.

  1. Apartments on the Mamsha Al Saadiyat waterfront.

    The most expensive apartment in Abu Dhabi is on sale on Saadiyat Island. It has five bedrooms and a spacious balcony overlooking the beach and the sea. The buyer will have a modern gym and communal amenities at their disposal – a swimming pool, a parking space, a children’s playground, and a lush garden.

    This apartment currently costs AED 21.8 million (USD 5.9 million; JPY 39.4 million).

  2. A four-bedroom apartment on the Mamsha Al Saadiyat waterfront.

    The second most expensive residence costs AED 12 million (USD 3.2 million; JPY 21.7 million). It features four bedrooms and spacious balconies to admire the breathtaking sea views. There are pedestrian paths and family recreation parks near the residential complex and, most importantly, direct access to the sea.

Exclusive offerings for the select few: what does the most prestigious real estate in the UAE look like?


Luxury real estate is in extremely high demand in Dubai.

Upscale districts, such as Palm Jumeirah, Emirates Hills, Jumeirah Bay Island, and Downtown Dubai have been the most sought-after by prosperous buyers and investors of late when compared to all other communities in the Emirates.

Here are the most expensive homes ever sold in Dubai:

  1. A villa for AED 280 million in Palm Jumeirah.

    This opulent villa was bought for AED 280 million (USD 76.2 million; JPY 506.9 million) in 2021, thus becoming the most expensive villa ever to be sold in the Emirates. The custom-built modern white villa on the Palm has 3,065 m² of residential space. It is nestled near a seven-star spa hotel with over 70 meters of private beach. The interior is finished with hand-picked Italian marble. All premises feature top-class Italian furniture by Giorgetti and Minotti.

  2. A mansion for AED 185 million.

    A mansion on Palm Jumeirah was sold for AED 185 million (USD 50.3 million; JPY 334.9 million) in 2015. The villa was built on a 3,623 m² land plot, with a built-up area of 2,879 m².

Exclusive offerings for the select few: what does the most prestigious real estate in the UAE look like?

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