Life in Jumeirah Beach Residence
You might have found that I am very excited about the sea. So, I am. I live in Jumeirah Beach Residence with my wife. This is a very lovely place for a family.
Jumeirah Beach Residence
My wife does not work, so I ought to give her a good home while she's bored being alone. She can go swimming every day (except for the boiling summer months of course). The beach is in a 5 minutes walk, it is a bit overcrowded on Fridays but almost empty on week days. People from all over the city come here; there are also lots of cars with Abu Dhabi license plates. Car entrance to the beach was closed a couple of weeks ago. Before that, there were a lot of 4x4's coming just next to the people lying on sand, turning music on too loud and so on. I hated that, but now that is impossible due to big concrete blocks on the way to the sand.
The sea there is nothing special but it is great anyway. Although it lacks beauty of Mediterranean or the Red Sea, it is so close! You can never underestimate the importance of something unavailable at home, being just next door here. Before moving to Dubai I have been to the sea only twice in my life. Now I can go swimming whenever I would like to :)
Beach at JBR
The area comprises of a few condominiums, 6-7 towers each. Every condominium has got its own name like Sadaf, Bahar, Rimal, Amwaj and others. Every building has got a basement parking of 2-3 floors, so the Plaza level is actually located about 10 meters above the ground where all the cars and visitors are. That makes the area very quiet.
JBR Plaza Level
In every residential condominium there are at least two pools. There are also pools in the buildings themselves in some towers. Pools are nice and quite chilling even in summer. We used to swim there when it was really hot. Given that it gets dark very early here you will find out that you come home at night even though it is just around 6.30 PM. It will not be a good idea to swim in the sea, so the pools are a solution.
Jumeirah Beach Residence - Pools
There is no gym in JBR. It is annoying, especially because we were told that it had almost been finished. It annoys everyone but there is nothing we can do about it.
There is a shopping street called The Walk. It is located right next to the buildings, there are lots of good restaurants, fast foods, shops, fountains, etc. So, you won't be bored there. There are always lots of people and cars around. You will see many beautiful & custom cars like Bentleys, Corvettes, Ferraris, Lambos, Porsches and many others having custom painting, huge wheels, airkits, etc. Guess what. They are moving slowly, turning loud music on. They are watching at people gazing at them :) They are so proud of owning a car like that, so it looks like a custom cars show every night on a weekend. People often take pictures of the cars and the cars' owners are proud of that and do not hesitate to go around once again :)
The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence
The Walk Parking - Atlantis the Palm Jumeirah on the background
Custom Ford Mustang with lambo doors
Another thing I really enjoy is that there are restaurants, coffee shops and cafes located on the Plaza level, way too far from The Walk, so that visitors and tourists just do not know about them. You can have a quiet breakfast with your family without being disturbed by visitors hanging around.
In Bahar section there is a supermarket called Almaya. It is a bit expensive for its quality and does not offer big variety of stuff but it is very close and that makes it very handy sometimes when you want to make a mojito and realize that you don't have a lime :). Waitrose and Spinney's supermarkets are located in Dubai Marina, just 5 minutes to drive. Normally I go there to buy fresh stuff. There are also spa's and hairdressers for both men and women.
Actually, Jumeirah Beach Residence is a kind of city in the city. You don't really need to go out if you don't want to. You've got everything you need right in house.
I work in Dubai Airport Free Zone area, which is just the opposite side of the city and is 45 km from my home, and it takes me 45 minutes to get to and from work by car if I avoid Salik (toll road gates). It takes about 35 minutes if I pay a Salik charge. The thing is that I go against daily traffic from Sharjah towards Jebel Ali and all the 45 minutes I just drive. And it also works the other way around – traffic to Sharjah is somewhat terrible but I am on the other side of the road.
So, basically I am really enjoying living there and JBR is the area I would recommend everyone who needs an apartment in a lovely place next to the sea.