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Dubai is widely acclaimed for its veritable hive of high-toned buildings and there are many localities here that are a glaring statement of its love for high-rises. Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) is one of them. JLT is a heady mix of convenient living and scenic beauty.
“While man-made lakes add to the aesthetic factor in the neighbourhood, the beauty of the buildings especially at night adds a surreal charm to the area,” say Randeep Singh and Stuti Saxena, residents of Cluster J for over two years now.
Randeep, a banker by profession, Stuti, a full-time homemaker, and son Ranvir are in awe of their tenth-floor, three-bedroom apartment which is endowed with stunning lake views complemented with lovely morning breeze in the winter and the sweet chirping of birds.
Happy to be living amongst a cosmopolitan crowd on the swankier side of Dubai, Stuti says she appreciates that JLT’s layout is well-planned. “The fact that the four-kilometre stretch is a little bit far from the main Shaikh Zayed Road (SZR) adds to the safety factor. Another advantage of staying in this area is that the place is relatively free from traffic chaos, giving residents a smooth ride. Moreover, buildings in JLT offer abundant parking — both surface and underground — for residents and even visitors.”
JLT is an eclectic mix of commercial and residential towers equipped with great facilities like swimming pools and gymnasiums. The community is littered with restaurants, cafes and outdoor leisure activities.
Located next to the communities of Jumeirah Islands, Dubai Marina and Emirates Hills, it features an international flavour lifestyle. It is also amongst the most sought-after addresses in the city.
JLT’s outdoor cinema is a major draw amongst its residents, with movies for all age groups on week-ends. The Organic Farmers’ Market, now held every in Cluster U, transforms into a local bazaar for the farmers from Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Sharjah who bring in their fresh organic produce. The bazaar not only features vegetables and fruits, but also baked goods, cosmetics, handmade jewellery, clothes, food tasting, children’s storytelling and an expert gardener’s advice.
The HDS Mini Golf, a fun facility for those who fancy a day out putting and chipping, is another addition to the neighbourhood’s family entertainment scene.
In addition to the Metro that services the area very well, JLT also has easy access to other areas in Dubai and even the other emirates. The footbridge connecting JLT to Dubai Marina gives residents easy access to the Dubai Marina Mall, the Dubai Marina Yacht Club, and the restaurants and boutiques at the Marina Walk and Jumeirah Beach Residence’s (JBR) The Walk.
On the flip side, Stuti rues the lack of parks and play areas in and around Cluster J. “In the absence of a park, the kids have no choice but to play in the concrete area by the lake.”
She adds, “The ongoing construction puts safety under question. A few pet peeves notwithstanding, the community is more or less self-sufficient. It is smattered with minimarts, beauty salons and dining options. The nearby Ibn Battuta Mall serves as a great entertainment destination for the entire family. Overall, a nice place to reside!”
• Pet-friendly community
• Availability of fitness facilities
• Plenty of cafes, restaurants, supermarkets, salons and pharmacies
• Presence of a nursery and school
• Well connected to the Metro and major roads
• Abundant parking areas
• No traffic chaos
• Lack of park and play areas around Cluster J
• Ongoing construction
Source: Bandana Jain, Special to freehold