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We live in a ground-floor, two-bedroom plus maid’s room apartment in Shoreline Apartments, the Palm Jumeirah. We knew our plans were to stay in Dubai for some time, so to us it made more sense to buy rather than stay in company-provided accommodation. We bought the property almost three years ago and it’s given us more stability. We think it’s been a more prudent decision for us financially in the long run.
Why this property?
We chose our particular property because it’s on the ground floor and has a large balcony, which leads to a garden area. We love the closeness to nature; we can always hear the birds outside and when the gardeners are mowing the lawns the smell of cut grass drifts through the apartment. And, of course, from a safety perspective, now that we have a young child we much prefer living on the ground floor.
Perks of a homeowner
Because we bought rather than rented, we’ve been able to personalise our property slightly more, with interior decor and suchlike. We haven’t really had to consider what will happen when we move out.
Of the Palm Jumeirah
As a small family with a young daughter, the Palm Jumeirah offers everything we need. It has a real familyfriendly feel to it and there’s plenty to keep children occupied. We have access to parks and beach clubs and plenty of lovely walks, and there are always other families out and about so our little girl always has someone to play with. There are also baby and children’s facilities such as nurseries right here as well, so you don’t have to go far to find what you need.
Local amenities are easily accessible. We have lots of supermarkets and essential services and we’ve just had the Golden Mile Galleria mall open up, which has various shops, cafés and icecream stores. If there’s something we need that we can’t get locally, we’re about 10-15 minutes at most from Mall of the Emirates, and plenty of other major malls are within short driving distance too.
How’s the accessibility?
We have plenty of leisure and dining options within walking distance, and a number of hotels are a short taxi ride away on the Palm itself and in surrounding areas such as Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR). Taxis are easy to get, and we can also use the Monorail if we want to go further up to the Crescent. We have clear access to main roads in Dubai, and the Palm’s central location means we can get to most places within 15-20 minutes by car.
What are the drawbacks?
If I had to find negatives, I’d say the traffic, especially on public holidays and special occasions such as New Year’s Eve, since the Palm is a tourist attraction and events are held further up on the Crescent. And the fact we’re living in an apartment block as opposed to a villa, every now and then we hear the odd dog barking or noisy child. But other than those two factors, I can’t think of anything we dislike about living here.
Other places considered
When we were househunting, we also considered JBR but now we’re happy with our choice. Three years of living on the Palm has made us glad we had an offer for a JBR property rejected! I’m now approaching my 14th year living in Dubai and have
lived in many places all over town, but the Palm Jumeirah ticks all the boxes for us. It’s by far my favourite place I’ve lived, especially since we now have our little girl.
Source: Property Weekly