JBR, short for Jumeirah Beach Residence, is the beach-facing development instantly recognisable for its sandy-hued towers. The area is part of Dubai Marina and sits between the central, water-lining part of the development and the seashore. JBR is claimed to be the biggest residential quarter in the world. The complex runs the entire 1.7km length of The Walk, Dubai’s most popular beachside boulevard with its restaurants, cafes and smart shops. At podium level, the apartments have their own walkways, gardens, shared pools, shops and convenience stores.
There is no doubt that this place ranks high on the list of desirable residential addresses with spacious apartments of varying styles and affordable prices located right next to the sea and the Walk and a stone’s throw from the Marina.
Living here allows residents to pride themselves on a Palm Jumeirah view, and depending on what tower you’re in, the Burj Al Arab, too!
One of the key components to the area is the Walk, an uninterrupted parade of restaurants, cafés and hotels featuring more of the same. All along this cobbled-effect promenade, you’ll find an endless row of casual American-style diners, and cafés and restaurants serving up all manner of different cuisines. Popular with locals, residents and tourists alike, JBR is almost old hat. But don’t be fooled – its charming waterfronts are lined with an ever-growing number of top-notch restaurants and some surprising shopping choices.
If you imagine luxurious waterfront apartments, all envisioned and developed in the Mediterranean and Arabic architectural styles in one of the largest cities in the world, then that is what JBR is like. Filled with beachside apartments surrounded by every convenience, this area of the Emirate is created with modern design and aesthetic beauty as its primary goals.
Like its neighbouring Dubai Marina, you don’t have to own a car if you live at JBR. Two metro stations are each just a short walk across one of the bridges over the Marina and the new tram system connects with the metro stations and has helped to ease traffic congestion around JBR enabling local residents to get about swiftly and easily.
Traffic woes have blighted the area for the past few years, creating frustration for residents and visitors alike, but it doesn’t stop the crowds from coming for a family-friendly night out. Some parts of the development in JBR are still construction zones. Despite the road system upgrades, it is hard to see how the sheer volume of people expected to move to such a concentrated area will move about. There also seems to be a proliferation of American-style food chains, and luxury shops stocking fur coats – rather than corner shops selling milk. Shopping is another thing you’ll struggle with if you live in the area -there are no malls grouping retailers together, just the odd art or beachwear shop dotted around the development.
JBR properties in total showcase about 36 magnificent Arab and Mediterranean designed apartments and it also includes four deluxe hotels which are very close to the business centres of Dubai and it also offers a perfect view of the ocean. It is located on the North side of the beautiful and exclusive Dubai Marina and was created to give the residents a superb experience of the beach-side living.
However, as the area is almost 100% completed, the residential buildings are old; characteristic visible also when it comes to the amenities they offer and their appearance. JBR, as part of the Marina, appears to have a stable real estate market.
Because there are so many outdoor cafés and restaurants, there is a lively vibe at night and it’s remarkably pleasant to take a stroll down pedestrian strip The Walk, or along the beach – another very big draw. Wild animals and sea creatures have taken over one side of JBR. Some of the most celebrated street artists in the world were seen at the strip, with some still putting the final touches into their works.