Jumeirah Beach Residence is a collection of 40 sandy coloured towers stretching along 1.7 kilometres of coast in Dubai Marina. It was built by the developer Dubai Properties Group in one phase between 2002 and 2007, making it the largest single phase residential development in the world.
What’s it like?
Luxury supercars cruise down the one-way seafront strip known as The Walk in front of the buildings. Crowds gather every evening either to admire the luxury motors or to visit the 305 shops and eateries. The apartments have all been revamped with modern amenities and many offer spacious balconies. Some will also boast views of a new Ferris wheel – the world’s largest – being built off the coast.
The developer Meraas is just opening a 1km beachfront mall and an outdoor cinema. The developer is behind the two-phase Bluewater Island project. The first phase will include the Dubai Eye, as well as retail, residential, hospitality and entertainment zones, and will be ready in two years. Phase two is expected to be completed 12 months later.
What’s the downside?
The area has long been known for traffic congestion and parking can be tricky. On the upside, it is lively and busy. Many community events – such as craft markets – take place and residents like to sit outside the numerous cafes and restaurants.
A strategy aimed at allowing people to use smartphones for every day services in Dubai was launched on Wednesday.
UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum tweeted: “Today we launched a three-year strategy to transform Dubai into a ‘Smart City’. It has 100 initiatives and 1,000 smart government services.
“We want all services and facilities in Dubai to be accessible through smartphones. We want to improve quality of life for everyone.”
Sheikh Mohammed’s tweets followed a ceremony to launch the ‘Transforming Dubai into a Smart City’ strategy. The plan features six key pillars: transport, communications, infrastructure, electricity, economic services and urban planning.
Sheikh Mohammed said: “Smart shopping will begin before we leave our homes. Smart tourism will get to know travellers the moment they board a plane to the UAE. Smart transport systems will make people’s lives easier.” He added: “Our goal is to create a better reality, build a new model of development, and achieve a happier life for our people.”
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