Eat, drink and shop
The area has plenty of good places to eat, drink and shop, with not a shopping mall in sight; instead cafes and restaurants in Motor City line a central boulevard through town. All of life’s necessities are here: pharmacy, bank, hairdresser, pet store, florist, optician, car rental and more; the area is served by a large Spinneys supermarket and several minimarts. In addition to a trip around the track, the district offers diners a tour of world cuisines. As well as staples like Italian, Indian and Lebanese, there’s the option to turn Japanese at Sumo Sushi & Bento, turn Paleo and beyond (sugar, dairy and gluten-free food) at The Cycle Bistro, or turn around and opt for a huge portion of weight-inducing fast food at 82 American Diner. Finding bars in Motor City is a difficult task, but there are several thirst-quenching venues in and around Arabian Ranches and in neighbouring Sports City.
Location. Location. Location.
Motor City sits at the outskirts of Dubai, between Sports City and Arabian Ranches. It’s well connected to the city and other parts of UAE, being just a short drive (10-15 minutes) from Sheikh Zayed Road and Mall of the Emirates. Positioned between two major highways (E311 Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road and E611 Emirates Road) residents have easy access to Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Sharjah and the Northern Emirates. Travellers can reach Dubai’s main international airport or Al Maktoum International Airport quickly by car, traffic permitting, and Dubai Investment Park is close by.
Out and about
There are lots of attractions in Motor City. As well as the motor sport calendar, Dubai Autodrome opens its doors and turns on the floodlights each Wednesday evening, allowing runners, walkers, cyclists and the occasional in-line skater to take to the track. The Cycle Hub and Revolution Cycles rent bikes and equipment for Autodrome nights or for use at Dubai Cycle Course, a purpose built track that’s just a short drive. Away from the Autodrome, nearby Kartdrome has an outdoor track for adults keen to get behind the wheel, while Dubai Indoor Kartdrome has facilities for beginners to have a go. This is a poplar venue for birthday parties as the complex also houses Laserdrome Dubai. Fitness First offers gym facilities and exercise classes, and there are several spas available, including Kapok Spa and Whiteroom Spa. Motor City isn’t on the Metro line but the F29 bus service links to Mall of the Emirates.
Primary to secondary
Locally there are a couple of pre-school options, including Emirates British Nursery, Building Blocks Nursery and Child Enrichment Centre, and The Wonder Years Nursery. Motor City is also home to the GEMS Metropole School which provides International Education from Foundation 1 all the way through to year 10. JESS Primary and Secondary, Raffles International School, Gems World Academy, American School of Dubai and the new Kings School in Al Barsha are within easy driving distance or accessible by school bus.