Dubai Silicon Oasis - Area Guide

Best for: Young professionals and families looking for less chaotic living that is still convenient and affordable.

Team getthat
December 7, 2017

Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) is a sprawling mixed purpose development in the north Eastern quadrant of Dubai. Formally opening in 2004, the vision behind DSO has been to become an area that adequately services the needs of the growing technology and science sector but at the same time be attractive to families looking to put down roots. This is also what makes Dubai Silicon Oasis so unique because it’s the only freezone where you are allowed to live and work. It makes for an excellent work life balance for anyone who chooses to live and work here. The strong focus on technology is where Silicon Oasis draws its name.

Since opening, it has expanded significantly, seeing a great level of demand in recent years by young professionals and families alike. With many schools and nurseries nearby as well as an ever growing list of dining and shopping outlets, Dubai Silicon Oasis remains highly attractive. The many apartments for rent in DSO are affordable, modern and there’s many new buildings being developed to satisfy the growing demand for quality housing. It’s not all about technology and shiny buildings either as families will enjoy the many parks and green spaces that are dotted throughout Dubai Silicon Oasis – perfect in the cooler months.

When it comes to the properties for rent in DSO, apartments are the dominant property type available and they vary in size and fit out. The area is very family friendly so expect compact yet spacious flats that deliver modern comfort. There are also villas for rent in DSO which may come as a surprise, given the high rises that are beginning to sprout up in the area. Villas here are naturally built for the growing family and although far fewer in number compared to apartments, they offer great value for money in a location that’s hard to beat. Due to being a freezone for business, it’s also a freehold area for residential purposes which means non UAE citizens can buy property for sale in DSO, which further adds to the appeal of living here.

It’s location is also very convenient, situated at the crossroads of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road and Dubai Al Ain Road. It’s close enough to the Dubai International Airport and if you’re working in Sharjah, then this is a great location for a more manageable commute. Whilst there’s no Dubai Metro service in the area at present, the Dubai Bus service adequately looks after the area. There are plans to bring Dubai Metro to the area just in time for Expo 2020 which will be a welcome addition to Dubai Silicon Oasis.

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Residents Love Affordable accommodation, close proximity to family friendly amenities and convenient location near major highways and shopping options.

Residents Dislike The lack of Dubai Metro services, ongoing construction work and the morning rush towards Dubai Al Ain road.

Dining/Nightlife: Pet friendly Family friendly
  • Metro
  • Shopping malls
  • Hospitals
  • Restaurants
  • Nightlife
  • Mosques
  • Schools


At the corner of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road and Dubai Al Ain Road, 20 minutes from Dubai International Airport.

Public Transport

There are extensive bus services in the area to make up for the lack of any metro stations nearby.  

Things to do in Dubai Silicon Oasis

There are many parks in the area which makes for great relaxation and it's certainly fun for the kids and pets. It's also a melting pot of cultures and cuisines so if you wanted to try lots of different foods, the many restaurants and take away joints across the area would satisfy your curiosity and taste buds.  


Academic City is nearby but has a focus on Education so if you're looking for schooling options, it's a great place to check out. Dragon Mart and Dragon Mart 2 are not far North and are excellent shopping and leisure destinations complete with cinemas too!
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