"The city state of Dubai, in the last decade, and in its pursuit to play a role in the global cities network has embarked in an unremarkable development effort transforming its urban fabric into a series of newly master planned communities for financial, educational, commercial, leisure, entertainment and residential purposes.Newly conceived residential gated communities have been designed according to imported western design and planning concepts housing high ends dwelling units, lavish landscaping schemes and state of the arts infrastructures and community services. These planned residential communities are in clear contrast with the surrounding climatic conditions as well as traditional cultural atmosphere. They have been designed to project an image of affluence, luxury, security, exclusiveness, seclusion and quality of life in isolation from the rest of the city. These new gated residential projects are mainly designed and marketed to attract an international clientele and to convince an upper income population to relocate and reside in Dubai as it develops to become one of the major financial and business centers of the world. The peculiar composition of Dubai's inhabitants, where expatriates constitute more than eighty five percent of the residents has been considered an example of cultural integration within a highly cosmopolitan society in sharp contrast with the traditional local cultural and religious background.The proposed paper investigates the values, perception and sense of community among the residents of several of the new gated housing communities in Dubai. The research methodology included site visits and examination of the physical design and attributes of the different communities, a survey using a standardized questionnaire format delivered randomly to occupied dwellings in each project and a statistical analysis of the respondents filled and returned questionnaires. The research 's findings should illustrate the significant design characteristics and social organization that residents find imperative for their satisfaction with their residential environment. In addition the findings should define peoples’ perception and appreciation of the "sense of community" concept and its effect on their psychological well being. The conclusions of the study should be informative for decision makers, architects and planners of the urban landscape in the newly re-structured global cities contexts."