Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) is an area of Dubai that promotes advanced technology and commercial innovation. It is a free economic zone, which attracts companies involved in various business fields.
The district was developed by Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority. Construction of the area began in 2004, and by 2016, more than 2,000 companies had moved in. DSO is roughly divided up into four parts: industrial, commercial, educational, and residential. The neighbourhood is home to the Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Campus, the Rochester Institute of Technology – Dubai, and the Dubai Digital Park. In addition to work areas, there are residential developments with facilities suitable for accommodating employees and their families.
Dubai Silicon Oasis is located at the junction of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road and Al Ain – Dubai Road. The emirate’s central attractions and the Dragon Mart shopping complex can be reached within a 20-minute drive of the community. DSO borders International City Phase 2, Nad Al Sheba 4, and Academic City. The latter is home to various universities and schools, which is convenient for those looking to access higher education.
The district covers an area of 79m sq. ft. and includes high-rise residential complexes and a community of villas. Properties include apartments, duplexes, villas, penthouses, offices, and retail outlets. Land for construction and entire buildings can also be purchased in DSO. The community has positioned itself as a ‘city within a city’ and offers residents a well-developed infrastructure. There are landscaped areas for strolling between the buildings, which adds to the environmental appeal of the community.
Dubai Silicon Oasis is home to hotels, shops, supermarkets, schools, government offices, restaurants, and parks. As of now, the area is not connected to the Metro network. However, there are other easy ways for residents to travel throughout the emirate from DSO. Residents can take advantage of Dubai Silicon Oasis Shopping Centre, Starbucks, KFC, Kulfi King Restaurant, Dosa King, and several pharmacy kiosks.
There are several nearby academic institutions, such as GEMS Wellington Academy and the Rochester Institute of Technology. For recreational activities, residents can enjoy Fitness4Life Premier Wellness Centre, GymNation Silicon Oasis, a lake, a tennis court, and a football pitch. Residents with small children can go to British Orchard Nursery.
For groceries and household goods, residents can shop at Choithrams, Spinneys, VIVA Supermarket, and LuLu Hypermarket. DSO is home to many popular hotels, such as Radisson RED Hotel Dubai Silicon and Premier Inn Dubai Silicon Oasis Hotel.
Dubai Silicon Oasis is located within a 10- to 15-minute drive of many well-known facilities, including:
For leisure activities, residents can choose from a selection of attractions situated within a 20- to 25-minute drive of the community, including:
The Dubai coast, Jumeirah Beach, La Mer, and Laguna Waterpark can be reached within a 30-minute drive of the development, and the Dubai International Airport is situated within a 20-minute drive.
Dubai Silicon Oasis provides a convenient place to live for students, couples, and families with children. The area combines both commercial and social facilities, which creates a comfortable living environment. It is also an ideal place to do business, and the purchase of a property can generate a good return rate for foreign investors.
The average return on investment rate for studios and apartments in Dubai Silicon Oasis is 7.7%, and the return rate for villas is 5.9%. The lowest annual rental rates for apartments can be found at Silicon Gates 4, which offers units with annual rates that start at AED 23,000 (USD 6,000). The highest rental rates for apartments can be found at La Vista Residence, which offers properties with annual rates of AED 430,000 (USD 117,000). Three-bedroom villas in the Cedre Villas community can be rented for AED 210,000 (USD 57,000), per annum.
Commercial space in DSO is represented by offices and commercial outlets. Offices have an annual rental rate that ranges from AED 22,000 (USD 6,000) to AED 145,000 (USD 39,000), and restaurants and creative studios have an annual rental rate that ranges from AED 137,000 (USD 37,000) to AED 285,000 (USD 78,000).
Three of the most popular projects located in Dubai Silicon Oasis are Cedre Villas, Silicon Gates, and Axis Residence. The latter two complexes are in the budget segment of the real estate market and are suitable for personal residences, investment purposes, and rental properties.
Cedre Villas is a family-friendly community with three- to five-bedroom villas that range in size from 3,374 sq. ft. to 10,000 sq. ft. Property prices range from AED 3,195,000 (USD 870,000) to AED 7,000,000 (USD 1,906,000).
Silicon Gates consists of three residential buildings. Properties include studios and one- to three-bedroom apartments that range in size from 300 sq. ft. to 1,601 sq. ft. Residents can enjoy a variety of leisure and sports facilities, including swimming pools and state-of-the-art gyms. Property prices range from AED 240,000 (USD 65,000) to AED 1,500,000 (USD 403,000).
Axis Residence is a complex of eight buildings with one-bedroom apartments that are available to buy. Properties range in size from 750 sq. ft. to 1,246 sq. ft., and prices range from AED 350,000 (USD 95,000) to AED 500,000 (USD 136,000).
Dubai Silicon Oasis is located near Dubai Digital Park, a business community that was developed in 2019. The area is surrounded by shops, restaurants, hotels, offices, and residential complexes.
Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority is a large building with a strikingly modern architectural design. It consists of several interconnected buildings that feature travel agencies, bank branches, shops, printing centres, factories, and restaurants, among others.
Dubai Silicon Oasis is home to the Rochester Institute of Technology – Dubai. The campus has a modern design and is one of the area’s most prominent landmarks. Both local and foreign nationals study there and take part in high-level educational training programmes.
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