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.
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