Dubai Marina & JBR

Metro: Dubai Marina
The high-rise apartment towers of Marsa Dubai and Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) are a popular choice for expats. The many hotels are home to numerous restaurants and bars, and The Walk at JBR is packed every evening with people socialising and strolling. Roads in and out do get congested due to the construction of the new tram line, which is due to be completed in late 2014. The narrow road running alongside The Walk is where people come to cruise with their expensive cars, resulting in additional traffic at weekends and evenings.

Several new buildings are being constructed on the beach, which means that JBR residents do have to put up with construction noise and excess dust for the foreseeable future.

Much of the neighbourhood is walkable with easy access to amenities. If you have a car check if the property you want comes with a parking space.

SCHOOLS
None, but the Wellington International School and the International School of Choueifat in Al Sufouh are both just five minutes’ drive away. There are a few nurseries in the marina.

​HEALTHCARE
Medcare Hospital near Al Safa Park has the closest emergency room. The Cedars Jebel Ali International Hospital offers 24-hour care. JBR has a medical centre and Al Sufouh and Knowledge Village also house medical and dental clinics.

​SHOPS
Dubai Marina Mall – not huge, but has Waitrose and a number of high-street shops. Marina Walk has a Spinneys supermarket, a pharmacy, a bookshop, a florist and a liquor store, plus numerous ATMs. The Walk along JBR has clothing boutiques and furniture stores and the Mall of the Emirates and Ibn Battuta Mall are a short drive away.

​BARS & RESTAURANTS
The Walk below JBR is teeming with places to eat, many of which are open until the early hours. Marina Walk also has a number of popular restaurants, including The Rupee Room. The hotels along the beach all have bars and restaurants too, including the popular Mai Tai bar and Frankie’s Italian restaurant at Oasis Beach Tower.

​ATTRACTIONS
Open sandy beach and marina. Currently under construction – the world’s largest Ferris wheel and a beachfront shopping mall.

​MARSA DUBAI
Apartments here vary in quality. Most have a pool and amenities in the pedestrianised Marina Walk are a stone’s throw away.
Annual rental prices: One-bedroom from Dhs.70,000.
Three-bedroom from Dhs.140,000

​JBR
JBR consists of several identical towers of around 40 storeys high, with communal pools, grassed areas and amenities. Most buildings are owned by expats.
Annual rental prices: One bedroom from Dhs.70,000.
Three-bedroom from Dhs.135,000

​NEIGHBOURING COMMUNITY: JLT
Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) is comprised of 79 towers across Sheikh Zayed Road from the marina. There are lakes flanked by a promenade with cafes, shops and a park. Access to the area by car can be quite tedious due to the one-way system, but there are two adjacent metro stations. There is still some ongoing construction. Build quality is similar to Marsa Dubai.
Annual rental prices: One bedroom from Dhs.70,000.
Three bedroom from Dhs.96,000.

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