For someone who has always lived in Dubai Marina, places like Town Square scare me. Town where? Al Qudra? People live there? Isn’t it just a cycle track?
Then you see photos of these massive parks and amazing facilities and you’re thinking – hah, no wonder so many people have decided to move out there. One of these families is Gulten – together with her husband and 3-year old Roni.
The following piece is written by Gulten – she shares why they love staying in this part of Dubai, and what facilities it has to offer for families. If you’re considering moving here, definitely have a read 🙂
Why we chose Town Square
Town square is described as being on the outskirts of Dubai but it is actually about a 25 to 30 minutes drive to the city. We get the feel of actually being in Dubai and out of the touristy areas.
There are few reasons why we chose to move here.
We’ve been in Dubai for the last 4 years and lived in Mirdif and Dubai Festival City during our first two years. While we were at Festival City it happened that I needed to pick something up from Town Square and that’s when I become aware of this place.
The moment I entered Town Square I fell in love with the atmosphere. There were children cycling, running around and cheering together in the same neighborhood. The place seemed very cozy, family-friendly – it was a brand new place. There was a lot to be developed at the time. My first impression had a huge impact on our decision to move here and after some research, we made the move.
This was the best decision we made as family at the time. Ronî was about 10 months old and he will be turning 3 soon. There are so many activities for him to take part in, which is great as it means that we can make use of the facilities available in this neighbourhood.
In a nutshell, here’s a snapshot of Town Square and why we love it :
1. Parks & facilities
Central Park is the main park which is huge and is located in the center of Town Square. There is a lot of grass space, kid’s water fountain, playground with slides, climbing obstacles, swings and many other equipment.
Besides all that is a carousel, a train and splash park. Residence benefits from all the facilities with a discount.
What we particular love and enjoy about the Central Park is a nice picnic under the lighting with a nice breeze in a evening.
There is more, as you drive into Town Square – the recreation park is straight ahead.
Within this area there is a skate park, next to that a basketball and football court as well as a trampoline park. All children gather in the park and they spend a good few hours.
On the other side, there are two take away restaurants, a wave rider, a small sandy park with swings and slide, sitting area and a huge outdoor cinema. It’s a perfect spot for a lazy day or night out.
The community is expanding. We have a huge Spinneys hypermarket where you can find everything you need. There is a barber shop opposite and recently Lime Tree restaurant, and a dessert shop which just joined the community. One of my recently opened favourite spot is the ladies hairdresser – Flawless. I actually don’t have to drive anywhere to pamper myself anymore.
I am not an athletic person but since moving to Town Square I was inspired and got myself a city bike. Always wanted one of these and here it is 🙂
Although I am not able to cycle during summer, I managed to cycle all throughout the winter. Taking a stroll in the neighborhood is great.
There are few tennis courts around the community and studios. The residence are able to book them and there are now individuals exercise classes taking place for adults and kids.
Last year we spent New Year’s in Town Square as I didn’t want to hassle ourselves in getting stuck in the traffic going elsewhere. The atmosphere was great in Town Square. There were many activities for kids which took part at the Central Park – life shows on stage, countdown and fireworks.
Christmas is my favourite time of the year. There were so many decorations, lighting and it truly felt magical in Town Square. There were decorations during Easter and Halloween as well, which takes place every year. It really is a fabulous place for families!
A little introduction about myself. I am Kurdish and born in Turkey.
I was raised in many different parts of Europe but my last settled destination was UK prior moving to Dubai. I did my secondary, college and university in UK so spent most of my life there and class as my second home.
I am a full time mum to a little cute boy and trying to make as much as memories until he decides to move on :), well more until he starts school.
I am a very sociable person, love meeting people from all around the world. I enjoy learning and overcoming new challenges.
You can find us on instagram – Ronionthemove.
This is one of a series of posts which forms “Is Dubai suitable for families?“