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It is a well-known fact that waterfront localities are uber-popular around the world. They attract residents for the amazing lifestyle they offer.
Gaurav Anand, a banker by profession, and Harpreet, a freelance nutritionist and ex-banker, have been living in Jumeirah Beach Residence’s (JBR) Murjan 1 with their daughters Naisha and Haniya, both students of Raffles World Academy.
The Anand family, who moved to JBR six years back, was rather skeptical about shifting from their home in the accessible and convenient Bur Dubai.
Harpreet says, “My daughters’ school was quite far from Bur Dubai and we wanted to stay in an area where there was enough space for kids to play without the fear of being run over by vehicles.”
Today, the family is all smiles for their decision of moving to this part of the city. According to Harpreet, JBR is a safe place with an excellent community feel.
She adds, “With the high-rises being clustered together, the meeting area is common, serving as a pivot point for a homeowner to gel with other residents from different nationalities. The basic amenities (community gym, pools with lifeguards, supermarkets, pharmacies, Medcare clinic, beauty salons, massage centres, apparel shops, coffee shops, nurseries, music centre) are available at the plaza level. Other than these, almost all classes for young kids, be it academics, art, ballet, tennis or self-defence, are within walking distance at the plaza level or at The Walk.”
Harpreet says she has more time at her disposal to pursue her practice while her kids go to a safe area to play, cycle, skate or run. She is also happy that her kids have made a good number of friends in the community.
How does she describe JBR as a residential area?
“JBR is a vibrant place where there is no scope for loneliness. Being away from the home country, it is the perfect home away from home. Going out is never a problem as one is spoilt for choice in terms of entertainment and dining options.
“With The Beach, there are now a number of new restaurants, cinemas and play areas. Upcoming attractions like the Dubai Eye are slated to make the community an even more happening place,” says Harpreet.
Accessibility is another positive attribute of the seaside locality. Harpreet reveals that her kids’ school is around 15 minutes from their place while her husband’s office near Times Square Center is just a 20-minute drive.
JBR is a very well-connected area with various modes of transport including The Dubai Tram which is linked to the Metro. The area has easy access to shopping malls like the Dubai Marina Mall within the vicinity, Ibn Battuta Mall and Mall of the Emirates.
While traffic congestion marred the area’s image in the past, Harpreet admits that they now experience a smoother flow of traffic.
However, due to ongoing construction nearby, the beautiful sea views earlier experienced by the residents of most apartments are now being replaced with views of under-construction buildings. The noise that emanates from the construction site is also a major damper. Another issue is the place getting too noisy on weekends, especially if there are night events.
“But I think these are a little extra price one pays for staying in a vibrant and lively community,” concludes Harpreet.
• Vibrant and happening community
• Easy access to the Dubai Tram and Dubai Metro
• Plenty of dining, leisure and shopping options
• Pet-friendly development
• Beach just a stone’s throw away
• Noise due to ongoing construction
• Too noisy on some weekends
• Blocked sea views
Source: Bandana Jain, Special to Freehold