Uptown Motorcity: A great place for families and furry pals

Gulati FamilyTarun and Prerna Gulati with their children Sanya and Kabir, and pet Joe, at the terrace of their Uptown MotorCity home

The Gulatis were one of the first few families to shift to Uptown MotorCity (UMC) way back in 2009, and have seen the community grow and evolve into the wonderful community that it is today.

The family, consisting of Tarun, who works with IBM as a client executive, and Prerna, a homemaker, their kids Sanya and Kabir ,and their pet dog, 2-year-old Joe, haven’t been happier before.

Having lived in Oud Metha before moving to their residence at Fox Hill 8, the open, welcoming spaces and the lush, beautiful setting of Uptown MotorCíty brought in a wave of lifestyle change for the entire family.

Before shifting to UMC (located off Exit 39 of Mohammed Bin Zayed Road next to the Arabian Ranches), Prerna was a bit hesitant in moving out of the heart of the city because of the host of conveniences that Bur Dubai offered. But then, staying in a high-rise building with very little balcony space and constrained kitchen space was not so convenient as well.

There was no place for the children to play or cycle, and they always needed someone to accompany them each time they went down the building.

Explaining their choice of residence, Tarun remarks, “We opted for a property constructed by the developer. This decision came after seeing the quality of houses in Uptown Mirdiff. The space in the apartments were the largest in the city, and living in Fox Hill is like living in an apartment with the feel of a villa because of the spaciousness of the units. Just what we needed for our kids and Joe.”

Prerna leads a much more relaxed lifestyle at Motor-City and is absolutely in awe of her residential locality, “Our lifestyle has changed tremendously after moving to this community. There is a relaxed feeling about this place as we live in a low-rise building on the first floor in a secure, gated community with adequate space for the kids to play, swim or cycle just adjacent to the building. The kids can go down by themselves without supervision, and find lots of kids for company. Ours is a spacious three-bedroom apartment with 700 sq.ft. of terrace space alone, which gives one the feel of a yard. And there’s plenty of space to enjoy with family and friends.”

The fact that MotorCity is a pet-friendly community has attracted hordes of people from Dubai Marina (including JBR) who have pets as they can stay in the community with their beloved feline and canine friends without the fear of being harassed. There are also a couple of pet stores and a veterinarian supporting pet needs.

Prerna particularly enjoys morning walks with Joe, and the large spaces allow Joe the chance to run and frolic around in the garden.

UMC is a secure community with lots of security guards to help with traffic, parking and building security. The CCTV central control room monitors the community along with a centralized helpdesk for maintenance requests.

The weekend motor noise is probably the only damper on this otherwise fascinating residential community. Prerna reckons that the Autodrome attracts race bikes and cars that start early on Fridays and can cause a lot of disturbance and noise. But then, that’s what MotorCity is all about!

Yet another challenge that the Gulatis face in the community are the high Emicool air-conditioning charges. “The landscaping can be improved, too, especially the drip irrigation pipes, and the infusion of greenery in sandy patches,” suggests Prerna.

• Uptown Motorcity community is surrounded by numerous sports facilities
• Pet-friendly
• Parks, pools and gym; pharmacy, clinic, grocery, coffee shops, restaurants, book stores, florists and nurseries nearby
• Safe and secure
• Gems Metropole School (opening September’14)

• High air-conditioning charges
• Landscaping needs some improvement
• Noise from the autodrome

Source: Bandana Jain, Special to Freehold

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