Jumeirah Beach Residence is the most vibrant community of new Dubai. It is a part of Dubai Marina and the two together create a modern city of its own. Yet living there is quite different then living in the Marina. Famous "JBR Walk" offers unparalleled number of shopping and food outlets that cater not only to residents but numerous tourists and Dubai residents from other neighborhoods.
It also has one the best beaches in UAE, wide in its size with golden sand and breathtaking views of Palm Jumeirah.
It’s a trendy place, one to be seen on, as well as, to see others. It's not difficult to spot parading Lamborghini and Bentleys cursing The Walk late in the evenings on weekends. The Walk is also a venue to various cultural and sporting events. But Jumeirah Beach Residence is also a residential community with more the 40 towers developed by Dubai Properties featuring studios, 1-4 bedroom apartments, duplex villas, lofts, and penthouses. Often criticized for it’s uniform look, sand-like colors, small windows in second bedrooms and tiny balconies, JBR remains one of the most desirable living places in the city.
Buildings are arranged in six clusters: Murjan (Ritz Carlton end), Sadaf, Bahar (Hilton area), Rimal, Amwaj and Shams (Sheraton end).
There is a limited number of studios(most of them in Murjan and Bahar) and one bedroom apartments varying in sizes from 700 square foot to around 1,200 in the largest units. The most popular are 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, respectively, 1,200-1,400, and 1,750 to nearly 2,000. All 3 and 4 bedrooms feature a maid’s room and a second entrance. Closed kitchens are always close to the entrance, they have a sizable window opening into the living room and larger units also have a separate storage area/room. Even thought it is a beach-front community only some units offer sea or marina views. Floor plans offering stunning views of the sea can be found in Sadaf 4 and 5, Murjan 3 (side facing Palm Jumeirah), and all of Rimal towers except Rimal 1. Some selected units in Amwaj and Shams also have good sea views. Most of other apartments have general view of community(other buildings). And the prices of renting or buying reflect that difference.
Above photo shows Murjan and Sadaf as seen from the beach, with Al Fattan Towers(also called Oasis Towers). Below is a typical living room of average JBR apartment.
Notably, there are a limited number of apartments in JBR which were finished with certain upgrades and they have very different floor plans. They offer marble counter tops and floors, large and nicely tiled bathrooms and wooden floors in bedrooms. These include the whole tower of Murjan 3, duplexes with private gardens located at the base of some buildings(Sadaf and Rimal mostly), and the penthouses.
Some towers also feature lofts, which were originally handed over as core and shell, thus, these come as custom designed living spaces, often very spacious and airy. They are probably the most unique apartments one can find for rent or to buy in Dubai Marina.
Above is a video of a penthouse in Sadaf. Below is a video of Al Fattan Towers(Oasis Towers) located between Sadaf and Bahar clusters.
JBR Forum is an excellent online venue where residents discuss various community issues.
- kitchen (note they do not come with appliances)
- Upgraded kitchen
- studio in Bahar with marina view
- large living room windows in a full sea view apartment in Shams
- towers of Amwaj sector
- typical bathroom
- another JBR bathroom with original tiles and a large bathtub
Typical JBR kitchen(Sadaf cluster)
Upgraded kitchen in Murjan JBR.
View from one bedroom apartment in Bahar.
Apartment with a sea view.
Typical guest bathroom.
By Witold Motak