Dubai’s Al Barsha, in Arabic means ‘plenty’ and it’s living up to its name. Residents and visitors, who are looking around for their next home, would have many things to choose from in their neighborhood. From stand-alone or row-house villas to medium and high-rise buildings, Al Barsha has everything.
Restaurants and eateries are also sufficient. One day, one can go to high-end cafeterias or try the hole-in-the-wall eatery nestled around the corner the next day. Whatever food one is craving for, be it- Afghani, Pakistani, Italian, Chinese, Thai, Indian, etc one would get the food that would satiate the taste buds.
Hotels and hotel apartments of local as well as international brands have chosen to build their premises in Al Barsha. Schools are scattered all over the district, and parents of children of determination can choose between the Rashid Centre for People of Determination and Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs.
Well, fun, shopping, and leisure are always available on this side of the town. A mall with the region’s first indoor ski slope to bazaars and thrift shops have been set up.
Those who prefer the outdoors rather than the indoors can go to Al Barsha Pond Park, which is very famous among residents because of its huge ponds that are surrounded by walking and running tracks. However, Al Barsha hasn’t always been like this.
Fifteen years back, Al Barsha was chiefly a vast, sandy area. There were only dust, dirt and few roads, which were often used by student-drivers to sharpen their driving skills. Lebanese expat Hassam Suleiman, who migrated to Dubai in 2002, told that old Barsha had only few residential areas and some even thought that Barsha was located in the outskirts of the city.
The change of Al Barsha happened in around 2005 with the opening of Mall of the Emirates (MoE). The MoE project, which was declared in October 2003, was highly awaited and people were curious about how the developers would be putting up an indoor ski facility in the midst of the desert.
Since Al Barsha is a comparatively new residential hub, many apartments are newly constructed and almost all the buildings have gyms and swimming pools. Another added factor is the accessibility of public transport. Even tourists who stay in Al Barsha can find it easy to travel around Dubai because the place has two Metro stations.
Winter destinations, such as Dubai Miracle Garden and Global Village or the year-long Butterfly Garden, are also better-connected to Al Barsha via the special bus routes of the Roads and Transport Authority.