Dubai’s top independent developers to keep on your watch list!

Dubai’s top independent developers to keep on your watch list!

Tuesday 01 August 2023Wed 16 Feb
Dubai’s top independent developers to keep on your watch list!

While Dubai was built on the backs of some of Dubai’s top developers such as Emaar, Nakheel and Meraas, the city still continues to shine with new boutique developers joining the market.

These fresh new concepts, filled with a vast range of amenities, are perfect appeal to the new generation. If you’ve had plans to move into the city or around the city - here are top independent developers to keep on your watch list.

Their exciting new projects don’t shine too bright in the lime-light but sure are charming, chic and all things ‘fancy’.

So, let us introduce you to the new faces joining Dubai’s development industry!


Zaya is a boutique real estate development founded in 2008, by Nadia Zaal, who’s the daughter of the famous developer Mohammed Zaal. Zaya has recently emerged as a newer player in Dubai's real estate industry with a focus on exclusive high-end properties, and has quickly made its mark in the market.

The company's flagship project, Nurai, is all things luxury and distinction. It’s situated on a private island in the Arabian Gulf, and has a serene and secluded escape just minutes away from Abu Dhabi. This development boasts beachfront estates, water villas, and a lavish hotel, showcasing Zaya's dedication to creating exceptional living experiences.

What sets Zaya apart from others in the market is their capabilities beyond real estate. The organisation excels in business management, strategic planning, accounting and finance, marketing, economics, civil and industrial engineering, as well as having extensive experience in the luxury sector. This diverse range of expertise allows Zaya to create not only visually stunning properties but also deliver exceptional value and customer satisfaction.

Seven Tides

Seven Tides is a private-holding luxury property developer that was established in 2004. The company has a portfolio of upscale residential, commercial and hospitality projects in prime locations across the city, including the iconic Palm Jumeirah and Jumeirah Lake Towers.

One of their most iconic flagship projects is Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, which is a five-star resort hotel situated on the eastern crescent of Palm Jumeirah. The resort boasts 400 luxurious rooms and villas, world-class restaurants, and a private beach.

Apart from Anatara, Seven Tides has created its own bespoke residences called Se7en which is home to fantic amenities and large housing units. This luxury apartment complex located in Jumeirah Lake Towers, features a collection of stylish studios, one and two-bedroom apartments, and duplex penthouses with breathtaking views of the Dubai skyline and surrounding waterways. Nice, right?

In addition to their real estate portfolio, Seven Tides is also involved in a range of other businesses, including investment, trading, and management services. The company's commitment to quality and innovation has earned it a reputation as one of Dubai's leading independent property developers.

Green Yard Properties

Green Yard Properties Development is a real estate development founded in 2016, with a focus on creating sustainable and eco-friendly projects. They are committed to preserving nature and maintaining the eco-balance, by utilising different technologies to create unique and exceptional properties.

Since it was founded, they have been at the front of many sustainable developments and currently hold three properties - the Joya Verde residences in Al Barsha which is complete, Joya Dorado which in the works at Barsha South and lastly, their newest development Joya Balance which is under construction.

What sets Green Yard apart from others in the market is their compelling drive toward sustainability. Their tagline "Nature's Health and Protection," and has swiftly shown their commitment to this ethos. They are currently in the lead for creating sustainable and environmentally friendly projects by using innovative technologies.

The company's approach to luxury living strikes a perfect balance between convenience and social responsibility. Green Yard boasts exceptional attributes such as documentation, operational efficiency, and facility fine-tuning. Although relatively new, the company offers its clients a unique lifestyle experience.

SRG Holding

SRG Holding is a family-owned real estate development company based in the United Arab Emirates. It was established in 1958, and the company has been at the forefront of developing innovative and sustainable solutions for the real estate market in the UAE and beyond.

SRG Holding's real estate arm, SRG Properties, has developed a number of high-profile residential and commercial projects in Dubai and other emirates. The company's portfolio includes luxury villas, apartments, hotels, and mixed-use developments that cater to the diverse needs of the market.

In addition to real estate, SRG Holding also has business interests in several other sectors, including hospitality, healthcare, education, and construction. The company's commitment to sustainability is reflected in its investment in renewable energy, green building practices, and other initiatives aimed at reducing its carbon footprint.

The group’s hospitality division partners with leading hotel operators, including Marriot’s Sheraton Hotels & Resorts. SRG’s notable projects include Burj Al Salam, Sheraton Grand Hotel Dubai, AlSalam Hotel Suites, Marina Heights Tower and AlSalam Grand Hotel & Hotel Apartments. The group operates across the entire real estate value chain, including project development, facilities management, and leasing and sales services.

KOA Developments

KOA is an innovative real estate concept that aims to redefine residential living in the UAE and is set to showcase its new project in Dubai this winter. KOA was created by Mohammed Zaal, the former CEO of Al Barari. KOA is determined to bring in a new era of cultural and urban development in Dubai's real estate industry.

KOA's portfolio will comprise of residential, commercial, and retail spaces that are different in the region, featuring new architecture, exceptional services, and access to culture, nature, and authentic communities. These elements have become increasingly famous amongst Dubai residents and are beginning to manifest themselves in areas such as D3 and Al Serkal. However, until recently, these developments have not been realised in real estate projects. KOA's key strength is creating unique spaces that are centred on enhancing human experiences.

How interesting, right?

If you are keen to know more about these developments or are interested to know more about off-plan properties - take a look at some of our live off-plan listings.

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