In October 2015, the futuristic facades of JLT’s towers were filmed to appear in the movie Star Trek Beyond. Luckily, if you’ve got your eye on living in JLT, it won’t be necessary to “Boldly go where no man has gone before.”
You’ll simply have to head to the opposite side of Sheikh Zayed Road to Dubai Marina. Initially, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (or JLT as it’s commonly known) was perceived as a cheaper, albeit less developed, alternative to Dubai Marina. Yet, over the years, the neighbourhood has developed its own distinct personality.
From the excellent live music at Jazz@PizzaExpress to buzzing venues such as Nola (inspired by New Orleans), and Mythos Greek restaurant, JLT is beginning to make serious waves on Dubai’s social circuit. Buildings are a mixture of high-rise apartment blocks, hotels and commercial towers and the architecture, as with Dubai Marina, is imposingly tall.
As the name implies, JLT is also home to vast lakes, with promenades, where you’ll find small businesses, ranging from galleries and salons to stores and cafes. The district’s also great for dog owners with extensive walkways between building clusters and around the lakes, as well as a decent-sized park, providing ample space for exercising your pooch.
Residents Love The ever-expanding array of dining and nightlife options on their doorstep as well as the pedestrian and pet friendly walkways and the large public park with a playground that kids absolutely love.
Residents Dislike The fit, finish and maintenance standards vary between different buildings, with some residents complaining about faulty air-conditioning and dilapidated apartments. Visitor parking is also an issue in certain building clusters.
JLT can be accessed from Dubai’s major highway, Sheikh Zayed Road. Previously the area suffered from nightmarish traffic congestion, but the addition of new bridges and roads has improved the situation significantly.
JLT has a metro station at either end of the neighbourhood - JLT to the south and DAMAC (formally Dubai Marina) to the north. There is also a bus service operating in the area.
Head to JLT’s extensive network of walkways in the evening and it begins to resemble something akin to Venice Beach. Okay, so there may not be much beach but pavements are populated with rollerbladers, joggers, dog walkers, cyclists and walkers. During the cooler months especially, JLT is a pedestrian-friendly haven for outdoor activities.
Also during the winter, JLT hosts events, including a free outdoor cinema in the park and various community fitness initiatives. With all of the outdoor activities on hand, you’re likely to work up an appetite.
Luckily, whether its breakfast, lunch or dinner, the area also boasts an abundance of dining options, covering everything from Italian, tapas and French to Japanese, Indian and Thai.
If you’re a fan of golf, you’ll be pleased to know that you can tee off on the excellent, adjacent, 18- hole Emirates Golf Club. JLT is also a just footbridge over Sheikh Zayed Road from Dubai Marina and JBR, where you’ll find beaches and a wealth of shops and restaurants.