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Dubai Landlords Now Accepting More Cheques For Dubai Rental Properties

According to recent reports and studies, landlords are now accepting multiple cheques for their properties. Tenants can pay up to four cheques, or even more for Dubai rental properties.

In previous years, landlords would only accept a single cheque over a 2-year contract, which caused inconvenience to tenants, especially those with low to mid incomes. Now workers with mid-range salaries can afford rental units with this new payment method.

There are several reasons as to why landlords are now accepting 4 or more cheques for Dubai rental properties.

  1. Competition With Other Properties:


Nowadays, there has been an influx of several types of properties and real estate. With a launch of a new project or development almost every month, residents are now being spoilt for choice for the best and most suitable rental unit. Since paying rent in multiple cheques seems like a viable option for residents, landlords are quickly starting to adopt this method of payment which brings in more customers.There are some rare instances of landlords accepting up to 12 cheques.

  1. Affordable Housing


With the World Expo 2020 nearing closer, UAE developers are making efforts of not only providing luxury and upscale projects but also many projects that are affordable to those with low to mid-range incomes. Developers are making efforts of catering to a wider audience and those that come from all walks of life. Many projects have flexible payment plans with not only rental developments but even units that are available for sale. Projects like Pulse at Dubai South and Hera Tower at Dubai Sports City are prime examples of affordable housing in Dubai.

  1. Promoting Dubai Areas



Gone are the days when Downtown Dubai, Dubai Marina, and Jumeirah seemed to be the most traditional residential districts. Now more people prefer to live in areas and neighborhoods that are on the outskirts of the city like Dubai Sports City, Silicon Oasis, Motor City, Studio City, and much more. The reason is simple; these areas provide feasible rental options for individuals and families, especially those that are new to Dubai.

With the steady growth of more residential projects, the concept of creating more affordable housing, and the rising popularity of the Dubai outskirt communities, landlords are quickly jumping on the trend of accepting payment in several cheques. This new method is not only easy for the owners but also readily available for the tenants.

9 Reasons We Love City Walk

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City Walk Dubai is an urban and fashionable outdoor shopping district that offers everything in one area, from international brand labels to high-end restaurants, swanky cafes, unique entertainment outlets, and fun places for the entire family.

We don’t have just one or two, but at least 9 reasons why we love City Walk and what makes this district the next best thing in Dubai.

The Neighbourhood


Dubai developer Meraas is known for creating unique environments by integrating both indoor and outdoor spaces. Their projects such as The Beach at JBR, Box Park at Al Wasl, and last but not least City Walk Dubai are just some of the examples of how Meraas has formed Dubai attractions that are inclusive of all kinds of experiences.

Dressed to Kill

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City Walk Dubai is one of the first outdoor shopping destinations in Dubai to house all kinds of local boutiques and international fashion labels. From Diane Von Furstenberg to Dior, City Walk features over eighty-five different brands and retail shops. Whether your sense of style is casual, edgy, glamorous, or formal, City Walk has you covered (pun intended).

Wine & Dine

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When it comes to dining, this urban community is quickly becoming a fan favorite among tourists, residents, and everyday visitors. City Walk offers cuisines from around the globe in chic and stylish restaurants. Be spoilt for choice with over fifty options of restaurants, cafés, bakeries, and even some food carts.


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Not only does City Walk have some of the best restaurants and world renowned brands, but also offers unique entertainment centers. Hub Zero is a one-of-a-kind interactive gaming experience that features futuristic virtual reality games and activities. Just a few steps away is the Green Planet, a massive bio-dome that houses several species of plants and animals that provide a fun and educational experience for visitors of all ages.

One of the newest additions to this fashionable district is Roxy Cinemas, which showcases the latest blockbusters in state-of-the-art technology to offer an immersive environment for cinema-goers and movie lovers.

Work of Art

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The entire structure of City Walk can already be considered a piece of art because of its modern and dynamic architecture, but specifically, the public artwork in this district is unlike anything else in the city. World famous artists have come together and created incredible masterpieces in the form of graffiti, wall murals, sculptures, models, and other artwork that can be viewed in several sections of City Walk. Each piece tells a different story and captures an element of this thriving city.

They also make a great backdrop for your Instagram pictures!

In or Out

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Similar to their previous projects, Meraas designed City Walk in a way that effortlessly combines indoor and outdoor spaces in order to make this outdoor shopping area a year-round destination. So whether it’s the notorious Dubai summer or the breezy winter, you can indulge in some retail therapy, enjoy a scenic stroll, or have a dinner and a movie without Mother Nature interfering.

Public Entertainment

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You may visit City Walk for a purpose but you’ll never know what you’re going to see in this dynamic district. Expect to see some street-side entertainment, especially during special occasions and festivals such as Eid and Christmas. City Walk showcases public shows using elements, like water, light, and the large screens in the main center.

Visitors might also be treated to parades and street performers that engage with the crowd and put on unique talents on display.

Future Developments

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With around 120 more outlets coming soon, there is still a lot in store for City Walk. In addition to the restaurants, brand stores, and entertainment options are in the works, City Walk will also be home to the anticipated Dubai Arena, set to be the largest indoor arena in the UAE.

Managed by the same organizers of global arenas, such as the O2 Arena in London and Staples Centre in Los Angeles, the Dubai Arena will host international events, concerts, and tournaments.

City Walk 9

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Last but not the least, for those who would like to call this stylish district home, City Walk offers some incredibly stylish residences like City Walk 9.

This low-rise building offers chic and urban, fully furnished one, two, three, four apartments, and duplexes. Indulge in modern furnishings and gorgeous views of this classy residence that also features a state-of-the-art gym, swimming pool, and upscale amenities.

To learn more about City Walk 9 apartments, click here or email us at


Dubai’s Modern Marvels


Dubai is an international example when it comes to its architectural marvels. The Dubai skyline features some of the most stylish designs that are not seen elsewhere in the world. Other than the obvious choices such as the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, and the Palm Jumeirah, this city features many upcoming monuments, structures and attractions that will truly be awe-inspiring.


Ain Dubai – The Dubai Eye

Dubai is no stranger to breaking world records, and it will break yet another record with the largest observation Ferris wheel in the world, The Ain Dubai. Also known as The Dubai Eye, this observation wheel will be located in Bluewaters Island, a waterfront project developed by Meraas Holding. With a height of 210 m, the Ain Dubai is larger than the London Eye by at least 75 m and will have a rotation time of 48 minutes. Expect to see gorgeous views of the entire city from Ain Dubai.


The Opus by Omniyat


The concept of the Opus by Omniyat is by the legendary, Dame Zaha Hadid. Located in the Burj Khalifa district, this gorgeous development’s most unique factor is its square shape and the large gap that will be present right in the centre of this building. This incredibly aesthetic project will feature residential units and hotel services led by well-known hoteliers, Melia Hotels International. This mid-rise luxury property will be launched in early 2018.


Museum of the Future


Envisioned by His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Museum Of The Future will be located on Sheikh Zayed Road. “See the future, create the future” is the motto of this one-of-a-kind institution, which will not only feature technologically advanced inventions but will also act as an incubator for inventors, entrepreneurs and innovators. Much like its theme, the building design of the Museum Of The Future is modern, futuristic, and will soon become one of the city’s biggest tourist destinations.


The Dubai Frame


The Dubai Frame is a unique project created by the renowned architect, Fernando Donis, and it is developed by Emaar Properties. Located in Zabeel Park, this structure will cost around AED 160 million and will be approximately 150 m in height. The Dubai Frame is situated in such a way that it perfectly captures the landmark sceneries and sights of Dubai in a larger-than-life picture frame. After facing several delays, the Dubai Frame is finally set to be launched in late 2017.


Dubai Arena


Meraas Holding is bringing another grand spectacle to Dubai in the form of the biggest indoor stadium, Dubai Arena. A multi-purpose, air-conditioned venue that will host some of the biggest global musical acts, performances, and even large scale sporting events and tournaments. This AED 3 billion project will have a capacity of around 20,000 people, and it is stretched across 50,000 sq. ft. Located right behind City Walk, the Dubai Arena will be managed by the Anschutz Entertainment Group and will be ready by the year 2018.


It’s an exciting time for Dubai projects where residents, tourists, and visitors from all around the world will be able to witness the architectural marvels and incredible engineering of some of the most anticipated projects that this city has to offer.

If Characters From Game of Thrones Lived in Dubai

In honor of the season premiere of Game of Thrones, we wondered what kind of Dubai Property our favorite characters would live in.

Arya Stark

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Arya Stark is the youngest daughter of House Stark and is also a favorite character among many GOT fans. People love her for her spunk, wild nature, and her independence. Unlike her sister Sansa, Arya is a tomboy who loves to fight and train. For a character like Arya, the best Dubai property would be none other than Dubai Sports City. Dubai Sports City consists of several training facilities, fitness centers and sports stadiums where Arya Stark will easily be able to train to her heart’s delight.

Sansa Stark

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Sansa Stark is the eldest daughter and second, legitimate child of House Stark. Born and raised in Winterfell, Sansa was more ladylike compared to her siblings and enjoyed more traditionally feminine activities such as sewing and embroidery. With interests like art, music, and fashion, Sansa Stark’s ideal place of residence would be City Walk Dubai. City Walk features the most stylish homes in proximity to the biggest fashion brands, public artwork and other activities that would make Sansa Stark feel right at home.

Tyrion Lannister

As the youngest of House Lannister, Tyrion Lannister is one of the favorite characters of many GOT fans because of his wit, intellect and playful banter. Tyrion loves socializing, parties, and the Westeros nightlife, so Dubai Marina would undoubtedly be the best place for him to live. Dubai Marina is known for its vibrant scene and upscale residents. It is home to some of the best restaurants, bars, and clubs, where Tyrion and his posse would visit every single day.

Daenerys Targaryen

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Also known as Khaleesi, Daenerys Targaryen is the only living heir of House Targaryen and the current ruler of Mereen. By forming integral alliances, Daenerys Targaryen is contending to become the next queen of Westeros. If the Khaleesi were to live in Dubai, then she would reside in Mohammad Bin Rashid City (or MBR City) because just like Khaleesi’s reign, the vision of MBR City is to become a ‘city within a city.’ The ambitious developments and projects within this Dubai property development are comparable to the likes of Khaleesi’s vision for Westeros.

John Snow

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John Snow is the illegitimate son of House Stark and another beloved character in the GOT universe. Previously, John was the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, but now he has claimed his place as the King of the North. Hardworking and relentless, John also cares for those around him. If John Snow were to live in Dubai, he would most likely reside in an apartment in JLT. JLT is the perfect combination of being both a commercial and residential area, with proximity to other important areas of the city. Just as John Snow provides a well-rounded, balanced character, similarly, JLT Dubai provides a balanced lifestyle of work and play for its residents.

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Cersei Lannister is the only daughter of House Lannister and the current queen of Westeros. Residing at King’s Landing, Cersei is used to the highest standards of luxury. Her tastes are lavish, extravagant and affluent. Cersei Lannister’s Dubai residence should equally match her opulent lifestyle, and what better place than Emirates Hills. The grand and expansive mansions at Emirates Hills Dubai will be the perfect fit for the current queen of Westeros. With her residence in this esteemed district, Cersei will not feel far from royalty.

Area in Focus: Arabian Ranches

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In our previous blog, we took a look at the Green Community and all of the different amenities it has to offer. In this blog, we’ll be focusing on another stylish suburban area located in the Dubai city limits. This district features various styles of homes for those who’d like to choose a more calm and peaceful environment. Our area of focus is Arabian Ranches.

Where Style and Serenity Meet

Located in the center of Dubailand, it is an extensive, multi-billion dirham residential project developed by Emaar. This development stretches across 1,650 acres of land. Arabian Ranches villas and Townhouses are beautiful and spacious surrounded by landscaped gardens, natural scenery, and lush green environments. This family-friendly community was one of the first exclusive, residential districts in Dubai. It features several sub-communities, sub-projects and other developments that can provide homes for all kinds of individuals in Dubai. In 2012, Emaar launched the expansion of this famous district, Arabian Ranches 2.

Amenities and Facilities

The development can be accessed by the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road. It consists of several world-class schools, hospitals, fitness centers and community centers all located within the district.



Arabian Ranches features some of the best schools and educational institutions in Dubai. They feature the best nurseries, primary and secondary schools like Ranches Nursery, Ranches Primary School, Raffles International School Nursery, and the Jumeirah English Speaking School.



Residents will have access to top-of-the-range hospital and clinical services, such as Mediclinic and Aster Clinic.



This family-friendly community believes in engaging its residents in activities that promote fitness and health. The project features 13 tennis courts, 19 basketball courts, community pools, walking trails, a skate park, Golf Club and the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club.

Shopping and Entertainment


Other than the retail centers and the Arabian Ranches Souk, this residential development is in close proximity to Global Village, IMG Worlds of Adventure, Ibn Battuta Mall, Dubai Miracle Garden and Dubai Butterfly Garden.

Other Areas

It is also in close proximities to several other important districts such as Dubai Sports City, Dubai Marina, and JBR.

To find out more about the different projects within Arabian Ranches, click here, and you can find all kinds of property listings for this family-friendly community.

Area in Focus: Green Community

Dubai is a city that’s always on the move, and it is a place that everyone is able to call home. Dubai has something for everyone when it  comes to different types of communities, whether you’d like to live in a high-rise apartment in the middle of the city, or a suburban home in a secluded  and serene environment. In this blog, we’ll be focusing on one such suburban district, Green Community Dubai.

Green Community – A district  for families


Located on the outer city limits of Dubai, is a peaceful and  tranquil neighborhood that stretches over 7.2 million square feet of natural  green landscapes. The project happens to have every kind of housing  available with apartments, villas, and even stylish townhouses. This district  is meant to be a family-friendly community given its natural gardens, fresh  environment, less traffic, and paved walkways. Families will be encouraged to  invest in quality time with their loved ones, as it features a  variety of activities and amenities that can be enjoyed by everyone.

This district is located on the E11 highway, so residents  can easily commute to Abu Dhabi as well. Green Community apartments are  surrounded by lush greenery and gives the entire area a truly open atmosphere.

Amenities for  everyone

The development features a wide variety of social  hotspots, schools, hospitals, shopping complexes, fitness centers, and  entertainment options. They also feature community centers and numerous parks so that residents can feel one with nature.



The Courtyard by Mariott, is a beautiful hotel that features  spacious 165 hotel rooms all facing the crystal blue lake. It also features other hotels like Premier Inn, Fortune Park Hotel and even Mariott Executive Apartments.



Green Community Dubai features several world-class schools and educational institutions such as the Greenfield Community School, The  International School of Choiefat and The Children’s Garden.



Located close to the community is the NMC Hospital which  features all kinds of healthcare services. From cardiology to intensive care  units to dental care, this hospital has them all. The hospital is just 5 mins away from the development.



Residents living in this development can work on their fitness and training with its own branch of Fitness First. It is also a short drive  away from Dubai Sports City, a community that features several sports and  training centers for all kinds of activities.

Shopping and  Entertainment


Residents will be close to different retail and brands with  the help of The Market and the Green Community Souq. It also located in close  proximity to Ibn Battuta Mall which consists of several dining, retail and  entertainment options.

Other Areas


In just a short drive, residents will be able to enjoy the other popular districts of Dubai such as Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Lakes Towers  and JBR.

Driven Properties has a dedicated branch in the Green Community region so that it can help residents in buying, selling or renting  different properties within that area. Contact us today to find out more.

Dubai Buildings That Have Stood The Test Of Time

Established on December 2nd, 1971, the United Arab Emirates is still considered a relatively young country. In just 45 years, the UAE, and the city of Dubai has become an international symbol for growth, prosperity and success in all sectors. We take a look back at some of the most important Dubai buildings, and iconic landmarks that have stood the test of time.

The First Monument – Deira Clock Tower

daira clock towerThe Deira Clock Tower was constructed in the year 1963, before the UAE was even established. Initially called the Dubai Clock Tower, this structure was built to celebrate one of the nation’s first international oil exports, which occurred in 1962. This monument is located at the mid-point between Deira and BurDubai, which is an essential route in the Emirate. Today, The Telegraph listed the Deira Clock Tower as one of 17 most beautiful clock towers around the world, and it is considered as a major landmark of this thriving Emirate.

The First Residential Tower – The Toyota Building

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Situated in one of the busiest interchanges of the city, the Toyota building on Sheikh Zayed road was one of the first residential Duabi buildings built in the year 1973. The actual name of the 15-storey development is Nasir Rashid Lootah Building. It gets its famous nickname from the large Toyota neon sign that is found on top of the tower. Currently, this Dubai building is 90% occupied because of its popularity with Dubai residents, and also being the most affordable Dubai real estate in the area.

The First Skyscraper – World Trade Centre

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Established in 1979, the Dubai World Trade Centre was the city’s first skyscraper in the region and brought about the inception of Dubai property sector on the global stage. This 39-storey tower, which is also featured on the UAE currency, was first called the Sheikh Rashid Tower, and it was built to introduce trade and commerce in the country. Now, the Dubai World Trade Centre hosts all kinds of global exhibitions, seminars and events which attracts thousands of international businesses and visitors every year.

The First Shopping Mall – Al Ghurair Centre

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Dubai is famous for its many large and grand shopping malls, but the first ever shopping complex was developed by the Al Ghurair Group in the year 1981. Al Ghurair centre was the first mall in the entire gulf region. Located in Al Rigga in Deira, Al Ghurair Centre was the one-stop shop for all international brands, the top restaurants, and different entertainment options for Dubai residents in the 80’s. Nowadays, even with a large variety of malls in the city, Al Ghurair Centre still remains as a fan-favorite Dubai building for residents in Deira and Old Dubai.

A Closer Look At City Walk Dubai

City Walk Dubai was the first kind of outdoor lifestyle destination launched in late 2013, and by this October 2017, this urban district will be four years old. Since it’s inception, Dubai City Walk has two constructed phases, over 150 different outlets, and over 20 residential buildings and stylish City Walk apartments. Developed by Meraas, City Walk is quickly becoming the next biggest social hotspot and one of the main tourist attractions of Dubai. With stylish architecture, a chic layout and a premium location in the heart of Dubai, City Walk Dubai is now the ideal choice to live for Dubai residents.
We took a closer look at City Walk Dubai and everything that it has to offer.

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Currently, Driven Properties works with five buildings and help to provide modern, stylish and sleek City Walk apartments for rent and sale. With so many shopping, dining, recreational options, and more coming soon, City Walk is the ultimate Dubai destination for everyone.


Upcoming Dubai Luxury Off Plan Properties – Part 2

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In part 2 of our upcoming Dubai luxury off plan properties blog series, we looked into other projects by esteemed developers and the reasons we’re anticipating their completion. In this blog, we take a look at the master planned developments and the villa

Dubai Hills Estate, MBR City



Dubai Hills Estate is a master planned project that is developed by Emaar Properties and Meraas Holding. This mega development features several other sub-projects and phases and there are more being introduced. Dubai Hills Estate spans across an area of 11 million sq. ft. and features natural landscapes, green spaces, and a fresh and open environment.


Dubai Hills Estate is located in the ambitious development of Mohammad Bin Rashid City (MBR City) and can easily be accessed via Al Khail Road. With its secluded location, MBR city and Dubai Hills Estate will prove itself as the perfect serene environment away from the hustle and bustle of the Dubai city life.

What’s special?
Dubai Hills Estate features at ambitious subprojects for every kind of residents such as Sidra at Dubai Hills Estate, Park Point, Mulberry, Fairway Vistas, and much more. Apartments, villas, townhouses, garden facing homes,

Completion Date?

The completion date for the sub-projects varies at Dubai Hills Estate with Park Point being completed in February 2019 while Sidra at Dubai Hills Estate is being completed at October 2021


Hajar Stone Villas,  Dubailand


Hajar Stone Villas is a subproject and is located within the master-planned development of Akoya Oxygen, by Damac Properties. This upcoming Dubai luxury off plan property will feature a unique style of housing and amenities that will take full advantage of the natural green landscapes. The Hajar Stone Villas will be a gated and picturesque community that is perfect for the whole family.


Hajar Stone Villas is located within Dubailand and can be seen from the Victoria Cluster in the Damac Akoya Oxygen project. By taking the Jebel Ali road, you can get access to the main master planned area of Damac Properties.

What’s special?

Unlike any other project in Dubai, this development features the incredibly unique concept of villas constructed of stone. Inspired by the era of archaic stone homes, these villas remain cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, which is an essential necessity when it comes to the UAE climate.

Completion Date?
Construction is in the first initial stages and this concept development will be slated for release in the last quarter of 2019


The Nest at Al Barari



The Nest at Al Barari is just one of the sub-projects by Barari developers. The Nest features stylish and modern homes among gorgeous sceneries. It will consist of 55 villas where each villa will have an 11 x 5m private pool and a garden landscape. The Nest at Al Barari is perfect for the modern individual who prefers a chic home in a natural backdrop.


Located in the Al Barari district, The Nest is an upcoming Dubai luxury off plan property that features a variety of amenities in a secluded area that is away from the heart of the city. Residents and visitors can find themselves in the Al Barari district by taking the Mohammed Bin Zayed Road.

What’s special?

The entire Al Barari district is perfect for individuals who want to invest in a stylish home and be close to nature at the same time. The Al Barari district features two other incredible sub-communities, Seventh Heaven and Ashjar. These sub-communities are all located within walking distance and each phase features a unique style of villas and townhouses.

Completion Date?

The Nest at Al Barari is in the middle of its construction phase and will be ready for handover in Q4 of 2017

La Quinta at Villanova



La Quinta is a project at Villanova developed by Dubai Properties. This exquisite development features luxury villas and townhouses. This will be an exclusive villa community which is perfect for large families and individuals who prefer the quiet and serene life. La Quinta at Villanova features three, four and five bedroom villas that start from AED 2.19 million

La Quinta is located in Dubailand within the master development of Villanova. Routes such as Emirates Road and Mohammed Sheikh Zayed Road can provide easy access to this stylish villa community.

What’s special?

La Quinta will feature beautiful villas that are inspired by Mediterranean and Portuguese architecture. Furthermore, La Quinta at Villanova will feature world class amenities and state-of-the-art facilities that will suit all kinds of families and cultures.

Completion Date?

 La Quinta at Villanova will be completed and ready for handover by the last quarter of 2019.

Next week, we’ll be covering the remaining on the third and last part of our upcoming Dubai luxury off plan properties blog series.

Upcoming Dubai Luxury Off Plan Properties – Part 1

As we get closer to the World Expo 2020, Dubai developers are announcing several luxury off Plan projects that are attracting all kinds of investors and end users. Some projects are more anticipated than others and we have counted some of our personal favorite Dubai luxury off plan projects, and the reasons why we look forward to their completion.

IL Primo, Downtown Dubai

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Developed by the renowned Emaar Properties, IL Primo Dubai is a high-end development that will be considered the epitome of upscale living, with its fully furnished units, fashionable fittings, spacious balconies and state-of-the-art appliances in every apartment.


Located in the stylish Opera District of Dubai, each apartment will have unobstructed views of the entire Downtown Dubai including the Burj Khalifa, Emaar Boulevard, the Opera House and also full views of the Dubai Fountains.

What’s special?

Not only will it feature incredible views, but the 4 and 5 bedrooms in IL Primo Dubai will have massive layouts. The 4 bedrooms will range between 5,253 square feet to 5,383 square feet while the 5 bedroom options will be a surprising 11,550 square feet.

Completion date?

Slated for around September 2020, this project will be one of the highlighted property projects gearing up to the Expo 2020.

Bluewaters Island, JBR

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From renowned Dubai luxury off plan Developers City Walk, Box Park and JBR Beach, comes Bluewaters Island, an artificial island created by Meraas. It is more than just a simple off plan development, Bluewaters Island aims to be one of the biggest tourist spots in the city by offering residential options, a shopping complex, two deluxe hotels, a beach club, and several other world class amenities.


This project will be located off the coast of Jumeirah Beach Residence, on the shores of Dubai. It will offer fantastic views of JBR Beach, and the different residential complexes in that area.

What’s so special?

This will be Meraas’s first artificial island development, which is also set to become the city’s biggest tourist spot. This development will consist of a special attraction, the Dubai Ain, which is the largest observation Ferris wheel in the world ranging up to 210 meters in length, and overlooking all of Dubai.

Completion Date?

The construction for Bluewaters Island is well on its way, and it’s set to be complete during Q3 of 2018.

The Heart of Europe Dubai, The World Islands

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The Heart of Europe Dubai is a cluster of six islands in the World Islands Dubai. It is based on destinations across Europe, named after the countries of St. Petersburg, Switzerland, Sweden, Monaco, Germany and Main Europe. Each Island has its own unique design and captures a different European country’s ambiance, culture and character.


Developed by Klendienst Group a prominent luxury off plan projects developer, The Heart of Europe Dubai will be spanning over six islands and it will all be located within the ambitious World Islands district. The Heart of Europe will feature more than residential units, it will consist of luxury 6 & 7-star hotels, an underwater heritage museum, a vacation resort, and other world-class amenities.

What’s special?

The Heart of Europe Dubai features some of the most advanced and innovative homes with their exquisite design and incredible layout. Residents will be able to live in gorgeous homes that will overlook private beaches. The Heart of Europe Dubai also guarantees an 8% ROI per year for 10 years. In addition, investors don’t have to pay management fees, service fees or even DEWA fees.

Completion date?

This anticipated project is set to be completed by late 2017 to early 2018.

XXII CARAT at Palm Jumeirah



XXII CARAT is a residential Dubai off plan project developed by Forum Group. It is a unique collection of beachfront villas.


XXII CARAT Palm Jumeirah offers exclusive 22 high-end villas, and private mansions in one of the world’s most sought out destinations. On the spectacular crescent of the iconic Palm Jumeirah, this Dubai project features luxurious beachfront living with outstanding amenities.

What’s special?

XXII CARAT at Palm Jumeirah will be regarded as one of the most upscale and high-end projects being developed at the Palm Jumeirah. With smart automation systems, private beaches, exclusive services and close proximity to some hotels like The One & Only The Palm, The Waldrof Astoria, Fairmont the Palm, and Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, residents investing in this area will be living in one of the richest areas of Dubai.

Completion date?

This Dubai luxury off plan project will be scheduled for handover by the end quarter of 2017.

Why invest in Dubai off plan?

Nowadays, we happen to hear the words ‘off plan property’ a lot, but what does it actually mean? How is it different from a normal real estate development and why should investors and first-time buyers take an interest in it?


Off-plan property means a property that can be purchased before the construction has even been completed. After the announcement of the World Expo, Dubai developers released several off plan projects that are expected to be completed by the year 2020. Buying a property that hasn’t been developed sounds like a risky investment, but the advantages outweigh the cons. Here are some reasons why you should invest in Dubai off plan.

The Price Difference:


With attractive offers and feasible payment plans, the overall price of a Dubai off plan property becomes a lot lower than a constructed development. Investors, and especially first-time buyers can take advantage of such ambitious projects being offered at lower prices. With the abundance of ambitious projects being announced every month, property developers provide competitive payment plans that even go beyond 40% post-handover, which is a major advantage to the investors of these properties.

RERA Laws:


RERA or the Real Estate Regulation Authority and the Dubai Land Department (DLD) have implemented strict laws to safeguard the rights of the investors from scam and fraudulent cases. According to latest laws, no developer can advertise any project without owning 100% of the land. Any payments made to the developer will be protected under an ESCROW account held by Dubai Land Department (DLD), of which only 5% can be used by the developer for marketing purposes. The developers will only get further payments after the DLD certifies that the development has reached the required construction percentage. If a developer fails to follow any of the above requirements then the investor can file an arbitration case against the developers and get a full refund with interest.

The Variety of Projects:


There are several types of projects that can leave an investor spoilt for choice. Whether they choose to buy a property within the central city or purchase real estate in Dubai’s outskirt communities, today’s Dubai property developers have something for everyone. Buyers can even choose to purchase a high-end project, or to invest in affordable housing.

Capital Gains


One of the biggest advantages for buyers who invested in off plan property is that once the project is completed and ready for handover, its market value shoots up. Those who invested during the off plan stage will be able to enjoy the capital gains and a high return on investment (ROI) that will surpass the original investors’ payment.

With the rise of success and stability in the market, developers and property agencies encourage first-time buyers to invest in Dubai off plan properties. Leading real estate brokers, Driven Properties is one such agency that has special off plan consultants who can assist and guide all prospective buyers in attaining an ideal investment that suits their specific needs.

What Makes A Dubai Property Valuable?

When a client buys a new home or sells their old one, the first thing they need to understand is the probable value of which the particular Dubai property stands at. It isn’t possible to deduct an accurate amount with the constantly changing market trends; however, there are several aspects that help determine how much a property is worth. We found out the four essential factors that make a property valuable.

1- Location


“Location, location, location…” This saying holds especially true when dealing with Dubai real estate. The location of a property can make a large difference in its market value. An apartment in Sharjah will cost approximately 30% lesser compared to the cost of an apartment in Dubai. An average two-bedroom apartment cost in an expensive area of Sharjah amounts up to AED 4,188 per month, whereas an average two-bedroom apartment cost in an expensive area of Dubai will be approximately AED 7,738 per month. Furthermore, an area that has grand city views, a nearby beach, or an apartment in an urban district will have a high demand and a high price.

2- Size of the Dubai Property


The overall size is the second most important factor for figuring the net worth of a Dubai property. This includes the number of rooms and the total size area of the unit. More clients will want a home that is large in size with spacious interiors than an apartment that feels cramped and has limited space. Naturally, a 1000 square feet, two bedroom apartment will have a higher value than a one bedroom apartment with a total area size of 750 square feet.

3- Amenities

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Does the property of interest have a maid’s room, 24-hour security, a gym or a pool? These added amenities can increase the rate of the property. Most of the time customers may find the perfect apartment in a good location, but not having the necessary amenities such as proper car parking or built in wardrobes, and kitchen appliances can affect their decision of buying or renting that property.

4- Community

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Many developments and residential districts in Dubai feature their own educational institutions, healthcare facilities, fitness & sports centers, and social hotspots. This can have a high impact on property value because residents don’t have to travel long distances to avail these services. Distinguished areas such as Arabian Ranches, Dubai Investment Park (DIP), Dubai Sports City, etc. have their own schools, clinics, and training centers within the community.

Other than the above-mentioned factors there are other elements that can affect Dubai property prices such as the general economic market trend, age and condition of the property, and the popularity of an area.

Among our various services, Driven Properties also offer a comparative market analysis service which is completely free of cost to clients who want to have an approximate evaluation of how much a particular property is worth.

2016 – A Record Year for Driven


2016 ended as a success for Driven Properties. We decided to reflect upon the previous year, so we sat down with our managing director, Abdullah Alajaji and talked about what Driven Properties has accomplished and what we look forward to in 2017

2016 was another record year for Driven Properties. Not only because we surpassed every target we have set at the beginning of the year, but also because of the growth the firm achieved in all fronts. Driven’s revenue nearly doubled year-over-year, and the company reached 129 employees as of Dec.31st, 2016. We marked the year by significantly expanding our property management and exclusive sales portfolio by receiving several mandates in landmark areas of Dubai.

In the previous year, Driven Properties established itself as the market authority in City Walk, controlling over 400 units in the area, and we also became the agency of choice for many end-users seeking luxury living in the Jumeirah area.

Our agency won the mandates to sell 483 units in Hera Tower, Dubai, an affordable residential project located in the much sought-after Dubai Sports City, with an unmatched location within the community – this project defines urban lifestyle living at affordable rates.


Our company also received exclusivity in the newly developed area in Meydan, with Polo Residences, Dubai, where the company is engaged in the sales and property management of three prominent buildings in the community.


We also received the rights to building 1 in City Walk, or also known as Quartz Residence, which will be the most highly anticipated high-end residential services that Dubai has to offer. screen-shot-2017-01-05-at-10-57-58-am

Finally, we ended the year with the birth of four new and very important departments to our growing team: The Projects Division, Corporate Development & Strategy, The Commercial and Retail Team, and The Off Plan Sales Team.

Our hard work and efforts were awarded as well as Driven Properties was recognized by Dubai’s top property portals for our exceptional services. We were acknowledged as the Top Authentic Agency and we came in 3rd place as the Best Brokerage Services in the city.


We continue to believe that we are in this position because of our people. Investing in human capital has been key to our success and will continue to be at the forefront of our philosophy.

 So what do we see for the coming year?

It’s safe to say that the game has changed for the realty market in Dubai, and savvy investors now have several choices as the supply and demand dynamic changes.The sentiment remains strong, and the Dubai market changes going forward will be driven by new investors entering the Dubai market scene. We have witnessed a trend of high demand from China and the GCC for Dubai property in the past year, and we expect this trend to continue throughout 2017. Expats and South Asian communities will continue to fuel the market going forward.

Properties with quality waterfront views, and units in Downtown Dubai, as well as its surroundings, will continue to attract urban lifestyle lovers as the City expands.

We believe that there will be a rise in the quality of projects in the coming months, and end-users, as well as property investors, will be more careful in selecting the properties they live in, or the developers they invest with. Our view is that 2017 will be a stable year for the market with no volatility in the sales or the leasing side, simply because much of the inventory is scheduled to be handed over in 2017. The Expo 2020 and the positive sentiment surrounding it will drive demand in the years to follow.

Dubai is unpredictable, yet always full of great surprises, and we are excited to see what 2017 has in store for us.








The Driven Experts: Our favorite Dubai commercial property areas


It’s no surprise that over the years, Dubai has quickly grown into one of the leading international hubs for all kinds of businesses. According to the National, just in the year 2015, Dubai’s top commercial property areas held over 22,000 SME’s. Every day Dubai establishes several types of new foreign and local companies, enterprises, corporations and startups in this vibrant growing business center

The location is one of the key elements when it comes to setting up any kind of business in Dubai. We sat down with our director of retail and office specialist agent, Saad Bin Zain, to talk about his top 4 favorite commercial property areas that are perfect to start a business.

 1. Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC):                                                                                                


Established for over 12 years, DIFC has achieved its vision of being the financial capital of the UAE. Currently, DIFC has over 1500 businesses with the Gate District alone occupying around 95% of retail and office space. DIFC is also introducing a new project that will deal exclusively with retail and residential areas. The Gate Avenue will be connecting the Gate District to the Burj Khalifa, with an estimated of 660,000 sq. ft. of buildup area (BUA) for at least 150 retail outlets, residential units, and other community features. Saad predicts that with the completion of the Gate Avenue, DIFC will become the hottest commercial property in the market.

2. Dubai Design District (D3):

pic20283_lwWith its inception in 2013, by his highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Makhtoum, and its official launch in April 2015, Dubai Design District has become the ultimate space for the concept artist, the visual genius, and the designing guru. “D3 offers an edge higher than an average business district,” states Saad Bin Zain when talking about this innovative and dynamic sector. D3 was created for the sole purpose of promoting local and international industries of art, fashion, and design, which makes this the perfect environment for Dubai’s creative community. With the first phase already running, D3’s vision is to complete all three of their phases before Expo 2020. Major corporations, SME’s and startups would take full advantage of this unique and artistic part of Dubai real estate market.


3. Dubai World Trade Central (DWTC):dubai-world-trade-centre-landscape

In the year 1979, Dubai built the very first major business tower where they would establish international trade and commerce. This gave birth to Dubai’s oldest business sector, Dubai World Trade Centre – one of the first Dubai commercial property areas. DWTC is the symbol of reliability and the resilience when it comes to the business market. Today DWTC provides worldwide events and exhibitions on some of the best upcoming businesses, industries and enterprises on a global scale.



4. Downtown Dubai:

stannlewiss-twitterTermed as ‘The Centre of Now’ and being the ultimate tourist center with the Dubai Mall, the Burj Khalifa and several luxury hotels, world famous brands and top restaurants and retail stores all within one location. “This area is perfect for new businesses and upcoming Dubai properties” suggests Saad Bin Zain. Downtown has a wonderful mixture of residential and commercial property units which offers a unique blend of communities, making it ideal for new businesses. With the newest addition of the UAE’s first opera house, Dubai Opera will gain an international audience with world-renowned shows, performances, and theater.


Not only does this serve as being the absolute center of Dubai, Downtown Dubai also provides quick access to all of the above major commercial property areas and other business districts that Dubai has to offer.


With these areas and a lot more, Dubai offers new opportunities every day, for any individual who would like to start their business or enterprise.

For more information on retail and office space in Dubai’s current or upcoming commercial property projects, you can contact our retail & office director Saad Bin Zain or any other of our Driven’s top agents for all of your Dubai property needs.

5 reasons why Birmingham is the next London

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When you mention the United Kingdom, London is usually the first city that comes to mind. But over the years, the city of Birmingham is quickly becoming the contender for Britain’s next top metropolitan city. Both The New York Times and New York Magazine recommended their readers to visit Birmingham instead of London” and a survey by PwC revealed that Birmingham was among the top 10 European cities for investment. Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousufzai even stated that “Birmingham is the heart of England”. With the United Kingdom’s second largest city in focus, we find out what factors makes Birmingham the next London.


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The midlands city is currently working on redevelopment and regeneration programs in various sectors, most notably the real estate sector that will further boost the city’s already strengthened economy. Birmingham’s ‘Big City’ and development plan are bold expansion projects that will make it the world’s next city center and are due for completion by 2031. The project is set to create better city environment for its 4.3 million workers and residents. Furthermore, the city is also introducing enterprise and economic zones within various parts of the region, which will take advantage of Birmingham’s central location. By the year 2031, the city will be known as the next global, business and financial hub. UK developers SevenCapital, are taking advantage of the rise in Birmingham economy by introducing Albion House, a new phase of St.George’s Urban Village.

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Due to the new development plans and the introduction of business zones within the city, there is a possibility of around 50,000 new jobs for Birmingham residents by 2031. In addition to potential employment openings, Birmingham also created 10,000 more current career options with the headquarters of HSBC, Deutsche Bank, RBS and HS2 relocating to Birmingham. Not only will it create great employment prospects, but also be a short walking distance for most workers and residents living in Birmingham.




3. The City ViewsBirmingham, Alabama, USA downtown skyline.

London definitely has an impressive cityscape, but Birmingham has many features that make it a picturesque city as well. Tourists and visitors can enjoy the city views in various ways. With Birmingham having more canals than Venice, a boat can be one of the many options. In addition, it’s also called the greenest city of UK with over 8,000 acres of parks, green landscapes, and open spaces. So whether it’s just having a quick walk around the city square, or leisurely having a boat ride in their canals, residents will definitely feel more refreshed and rejuvenated living in this charming city.

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Birmingham is no stranger to a diverse and multicultural community, with a third of its population belonging to ethnic minority groups. In addition to being rich in culture, Birmingham also happens to be the youngest city in the UK with 40% of its population being under the age of 25. This is mainly due to the five esteemed universities in the city boasting 73,000 students, with 10,000 of them being from the Middle East alone. Even with 34 million visitors a year, Birmingham residents are glad that they don’t get the same influx of tourists as the UK capital. The low number of tourists makes the city a lot less congested and crowded, while the transportation system and abundant city streets make it easier to move around the city.


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According to BBC, in 2015 around 6,000 residents made the permanent move from London to Birmingham due to high daily expenses in the capital. A 2013 study revealed that the total cost of living in Birmingham is an astonishing 60% lower than living in London. With affordable housing, transportation, and even cheaper grocery and food options, Londoners made the obvious choice of moving to the midland city.



With such outstanding features and incredible factors, it’s no wonder that Birmingham is gaining global recognition, making it the next obvious foreign investment choice for residents and individuals all over the world.


UK developers SevenCapital and Dubai-based agency Driven Properties are presenting a unique opportunity of investing in Birmingham through their latest project, Albion House. This latest installment of St. George’s Urban Village which is located in this city’s most lively and vibrant area, The Jewellery Quarter. This sector is home to jewellery artisans, entrepreneurs and some of Birmingham’s most creative community.With a central location and incredible prices, Albion House proves itself to be the indisputable option for Dubai residents who would like to take advantage of Birmingham’s rising name in the international market.

Contact our international property specialist Daniel Whitlock for more information about Albion House and investing in Birmingham.