ABOUT JUMEIRAH BEACH RESIDENCE (JBR)
Jumeirah Beach Residence, or JBR as it is fondly called, is one of the most popular areas for tourists, locals and residents alike according to the 2017 Dubai Real Estate Market Report on Bayut.com. A happening spot to visit (especially during weekends), this area guide explores living in the chic waterfront community that is an address on every Dubai resident’s wish list.
JBR is a beach-side community boasting 1.7 kilometres of shoreline within the larger Dubai Marina district. Those living in JBR enjoy the chic community which boasts distinct sandy-hued residential buildings that are modern and yet provide a bit of a contrast to the gleaming towers seen around Dubai. This happening hotspot has much to offer to its residents, from a luxurious sea-side lifestyle to top-notch restaurants and even exciting activities throughout the year. There’s truly never a dull moment for residents and tourists visiting the area.
IN A NUTSHELL
- Waterfront community with six main clusters of apartment buildings
- Apartments are perfect for young professionals and small families
- Home to the largest inflatable water park
- Fun and family-oriented community events throughout the year
- Perfect for watersports enthusiasts
- Soon-to-be home of the world’s largest Ferris wheel on Bluewater Island
As one of the most sought-after communities in Dubai, JBR is a self-contained community. The locality has all the conveniences and amenities to lead the idyllic Dubai life, whether you’re a high-flying professional or a young family moving to this vibrant city. If you are considering moving to JBR, you will find distinct buildings that feature hints of the Mediterranean and Arabic-inspired architecture which give the neighbourhood its own unique vibe. Walking around the area is a treat for the senses, with its al fresco cafes and colourful murals seen around the area. The one thing that makes it such a popular choice among residents and tourists is, of course, the pristine beach behind the residential area.
Properties in Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR)
There are over 40 high-rise towers in JBR, 35 of which are residential while 5 are hotels. Most of these offer great views of the city and the beach, they are also fully equipped with top-notch modern facilities. Predominantly there are apartment buildings in JBR, with spacious flats ranging from studios to 3-bedroom apartments. Luxury penthouses and lofts are also available in the area, in 4 and 6-bedroom configurations. Rents for studios in JBR start at AED 70k, whereas 1-bedroom flats start at AED 83k. For families needing extra space can rent a 3-bedroom apartment in JBR, prices range from anywhere between AED 130k to AED 325k annually.
Those looking to buy property in JBR will find the properties to be priced competitively. Freehold studios in JBR will cost around AED 900k. Starting prices for 1-bedroom apartments for sale is AED 1.1M, while 2-bedroom flats range from AED 1.4M to AED 5.5M. The larger 3 and 4-bedroom apartments in JBR are priced from AED 1.7M and AED 2.3M, respectively.
This urban neighbourhood’s beachfront lifestyle and aesthetic appeal attracts an assorted mix of both tenants and buyers. Those living in JBR will find the community made up of mixed nationalities, with Western expats as the majority. Apart from the elegant appeal of life by the water, high-flying professionals, couples and young families prefer moving to JBR due to its close proximity to business districts like Dubai Media City and Dubai Internet City.
Transportation and Parking Spaces in Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR)
Most residential towers in JBR have dedicated parking spaces for tenants and owners. Visitors may have to drive around for a bit to find parking in JBR since public parking spots fill up fast. Some residential tower and JBR’s The Beach mall offer visitor parking for a fee.
JBR is the best area choice for those who don’t drive. The area is well-connected within Dubai with two Metro stations located nearby, those are the Damac Properties and DMCC metro stations. Both are located close by and provide a faster alternative to braving peak-hour traffic. In addition, JBR also has two of its own tram stations at both ends of the community, these are connected to the above-mentioned metro stations.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
Supermarkets in JBR
Numerous supermarkets in JBR cater to the residents’ day-to-day grocery needs. These include Al Maya Supermarket, All Day JBR and Zoom. Along with these groceries and supermarkets in JBR, Dubai Marina Mall’s Waitrose Supermarket is also just a stone’s throw away for residents to get their weekly/monthly grocery shopping done.
Churches, temples and mosques in JBR
There are quite a few mosques in JBR located at convenient intervals. Those living in towers around mosques can expect to hear the Islamic call to prayer five times a day. Those looking for churches near JBR can find the United Christian Church of Dubai, which is about 12 minutes away, while the Hindu temple is located about 25 minutes away.
Schools in JBR
Young families with children have plenty of nursery options to choose from. Popular nurseries in JBR include Kidville Nursery, Toddler Town British Nursery and the well-known British Orchard Nursery. For those with children who are well past their nursery years, Dubai British School in Jumeirah Park is located nearby. It follows the British system but it is only until Year 10. There is also the GEMS Wellington International School in Al Sufouh which follows both the UK/IB system from pre-primary to the final Year 13.
Clinics and hospitals in Jbr
To take care of you and your family’s health, Medcare Medical Centre in JBR is centrally located. Dubai Marina’s Emirates Hospital Clinic is also nearby. Other hospitals in JBR include Al Zahra Hospital, which is conveniently located about 15 minutes away. Several pharmacies including Aster, Life, and Boots Pharmacy are also at convenient intervals around the neighbourhood.
TOP 5 BUILDINGS IN JUMEIRAH BEACH RESIDENCE (JBR)
Residential buildings fall into six main blocks in JBR: Shams, Amwaj, Rimal, Bahar, Sadaf and Murjan. The numerous towers located in JBR give tenants plenty of options with apartments of varying sizes and rent brackets. Take a look at the most popular towers in JBR to make your choice.
Of the six residential clusters in JBR, Rimal fared as the most popular location based on our 2017 data. The Rimal cluster comprises of 6 apartment buildings in JBR offering world-class amenities and close proximity to the beach. Tenants can have their pick from studios to 4-bedroom apartments and lofts in Rimal, making it ideal for singles, couples and small families alike. Annual rent for studio apartments in Rimal starts from AED 70k while 2-bedroom flats are priced from AED 110k upwards.
Sadaf was a close second among the most popular locations in JBR. The cluster has 8 residential towers boasting luxury apartments, lofts and penthouses similar to Rimal. Al Murjan, Bahar and The Walk round up our list.
JBR is surrounded by some of the most popular areas in Dubai. This community is extremely close to the waterfront destination of Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Lake Towers. Both of these locations are bustling districts filled with funky eateries and nightlife attractions. JBR is also close to the arterial Sheikh Zayed Road, making it easily accessible from around the city.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
MALLS IN JBR
Like most elements in the chic neighbourhood, JBR's resident mall is also refreshingly different from the rest of Dubai. Appropriately named The Beach, this quirky mall is located by the sea and offers visitors a vibrant outdoorsy experience of shopping, dining, watersports and even just chilling on the beach. Roxy Cinemas at The Beach is also a favourite among UAE residents.
While not technically a mall, The Walk at JBR which practically stretches along the entire length of the neighbourhood also caters to occasional bouts of retail cravings. The lively boulevard is lined with luxury boutiques, speciality stores and al fresco cafés and restaurants.
JBR does have quite a few international brands for residents to get their shopping fix but for serious shopaholics looking for a wider selection, the nearby Dubai Marina Mall will do the trick. The massive mall has over 140 retail outlets offering pretty much everything, from luxury fashion brands to consumer electronics.
Restaurants in JBR
The cafes restaurants in JBR are undeniably the best highlights of the area. With a number of eateries, the hugely-popular chic locality is a haven for food-lovers and draws people from all over the city. The Walk at JBR is lined with American food chains, coffee shops, juice bars, gelato counters and a variety of casual and fine dining options that serve up delectable cuisines from all over the world.
Those looking to enjoy the nightlife in JBR have a plethora of options. The area is home to 5-star hotels which boast a premium mix of dining options along with happening bars and pubs. Lock, Stock and Barrel in Rixos Premium Dubai, Girders in JA Ocean View Hotel and McGettigan’s in Hilton are some of the local favourites.
BEACHES IN JBR
One of the perks of living in the area is that residents can enjoy a day in the sun anytime by heading over to the open beach which is a short walk from most residential towers in the neighbourhood. The 1.7-kilometre stretch of JBR beach is always buzzing with activities like yoga sessions, beach sports and camel rides. Visitors can also partake in a range of watersports activities on the popular beach, including parasailing, jet-skiing, and wakeboarding.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
Weekends in JBR are rarely ever boring. Apart from relaxing by the sea, residents can enjoy a bunch of exciting activities in JBR. Sea Breeze at The Beach is the designated beach sports venue in the area where you can play a game of tennis and volleyball on the beach. It also offers watersports activities including fly-boarding and jet-skiing. Apart from the usual suspects, residents of JBR can also opt for deep-sea fishing and scenic boat cruises, usually around Dubai Marina and Palm Jumeirah. Those looking for a more laidback afternoon can work on their tan, chilling on a sun lounger in one of the private cabanas.
Splashpad at The Beach is hugely popular among the little ones. The “water wonderland” is a play area for kids with a giant tipper bucket, water squirters, and climbing frames. The outdoor water splash park has imaginative features like waterfalls and water-spraying dragons that’ll keep the young ones (and grown-ups) entertained all day long. Aqua Fun, the world’s largest inflatable water park, is also located opposite The Beach in JBR.
Roxy Cinema at The Beach is where movie-lovers catch the latest flicks. The cinema is relatively new and has quickly gained popularity among Dubai residents.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
Being largely a beach area, there are no parks in JBR. The popular JBR beach has a jogging track, children's play area and shower facilities for families to enjoy a fun day out or a light evening jog.
Like all things in JBR, fitness is also as fun and exciting as you can imagine. Muscle Beach operated by Dubai’s Warehouse Gym is a 235 square metre outdoor gym with all the necessary equipment to get you fit: six spinning bikes, a rowing machine, multi-fitness rig and a selection of free weights. The Warehouse Gym also holds several group classes and personal training sessions. Free yoga sessions are regularly held on the beach for a relaxing early morning workout.
For the chic and stylish, JBR has numerous salons around the neighbourhood. Local favourite Rami Jabali Salon and Spa is the go-to for flawless hair styling. The Body Talk spa at Movenpick JBR is perfect for those looking for some weekend self-pampering.
JBR is the heart of all things that happen in Dubai. Those considering moving to JBR will find the area always brimming with activities to mark special occasions, highlight the art scene or simply bring the community together. Pop-up street markets, live music, street performances, and numerous attractions spring up in the neighbourhood for various events throughout the year. Most JBR restaurants also launch special menus to celebrate occasions like Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year.
Numerous hotels in and around JBR host Iftars and Suhoors in the holy month of Ramadan. While several restaurants in JBR offer special Iftar meals, some also set up Ramadan tents complete with henna artists and traditional live music. The Ritz-Carlton in JBR transforms its Mamemo Majlis to an Arabic setting, while The Talk in Movenpick Hotel serves up Iftar meals with tranquil live oud music.
For the little ones, JBR hosts numerous events around the year. Every winter, a 10-day Kids Winter Workshop takes place where children can enjoy face painting, gingerbread art and holiday hat making with special appearances by their favourite characters. Ice skating is also part of the winter festivities held at JBR.
Many around the city flock to JBR on the most popular holiday of the year, or rather at the end of the year: New Year’s Eve. The dazzling display of fireworks draws hordes of people from all over Dubai, looking to grab a fancy meal at one of the restaurants and be part of the general excitement in this vibrant neighbourhood.
JBR’s The Beach is also one of the screening venues of the annual Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF). A pop-up cinema that screens some of the top picks of the film festival, along with live performances, all under the stars and by the open sea.
JBR will soon be home to Ain Dubai (eye of Dubai), the world’s largest Ferris wheel. The giant wheel will stand at a staggering height of 210 metres with a diameter of 250 metres and is currently taking shape on Bluewaters Island just off the shore of JBR. A full rotation of the massive Ferris wheel will take 48 minutes.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
JBR is one of the most exclusive addresses in Dubai and promises a luxurious lifestyle with top-notch amenities at your doorstep. Located close to the beach, this neighbourhood is always bustling with activity for the whole family to enjoy. However, if you are looking to move to JBR, do keep in mind the area does tend to get quite congested, especially during rush hour and weekends. Using public transport in JBR is a much more convenient way to get around.
- Dubai International Airport is about 30 minutes away (via Sheikh Zayed Road)
- 13 minutes’ drive to get on to Sheikh Zayed Road (depending on traffic)
- Business hub Dubai Media City is 13 minutes away while DIFC is a 12 minutes’ drive
- Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, is 30 minutes away