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Community Guide: Jumeirah Golf Estates

Written by Arpan Ghosh

Dubai played a significant role in bringing golf to the Middle East with the establishment of the very first grass golf course at the Emirates Golf Club in 1988. The sport's popularity in the region, and indeed in the city, has grown tremendously since those early days, with the development of golf communities that blend luxury and leisure in one beautiful package. Among the most well-known of Dubai's golf communities is Jumeirah Golf Estates, located in the central district of Dubailand and spread over an incredible 120 million square feet, of which roughly 75% features mature greenery while only a quarter is given over to residential development.

Jumeirah Golf Estate

World-Class Golf

Jumeirah Golf Estates is defined by its two 18-hole golf courses, named Fire and Earth and designed by champion Australian golfer Greg Norman. Each course features a distinctive aesthetic that reflects its name, with Earth using contrasts of green and brown while Fire incorporates bright golden colors. the playing experience on each is unique, with a different topographical layout to provide a distinctive challenge for players.

The Earth Course, which has a design inspired by Norman's favourite golf courses across Europe and North America, is perhaps the more well-known of the two, as it hosts the DP World Tour Championship every winter. The championship is part of the last leg of the European Tour and is a highlight of Dubai's sporting calendar, drawing in more than 65,000 spectators. It is essentially a weekend-long golf festival, complementing the action on the greens with live music, food and a variety of entertainment options. The Fire Course, which has a more desert-inspied look to it, hosts local tournaments and also features a links-style course that is ideal for seasoned players.

World-Class Golf at JGE

The Neighbourhoods

Jumeirah Golf Estates is divided in half, with the Fire Course on one side, the Earth Course on the other and a beautiful clubhouse sitting right at the center. The community comprises sixteen distinct neighbourhoods that are spread out around the courses such as Wildflower, Hillside, Olive Point Villas, and Sanctuary Falls Villas. Check the list below:

Earth Course

Fire Course


Unit Type


Unit Type

Wildflower 4 to 6 - Bedroom Villas Al Andalus 1 to 4 - Bedroom Apartments
2 to 3 - Bedroom Townhouses
Hillside 6 - Bedroom Villas Orange Lake 5 - Bedroom Villas
Olive Point 5 & 6 - Bedroom Villas Redwood Avenue 4 to 6 - Bedroom Villas
Sanctuary Falls 5 to 6 - Bedroom Villas Redwood Park 3 & 4 - Bedroom Townhouses
Lime Tree Valley 4 to 6 - Bedroom Villas Sienna Lake 5 & 6 - Bedroom Villas
The Sundials 4 & 5 - Bedroom Villas Sienna Views 5 & 6 - Bedroom Villas
Whispering Pines 4 - Bedroom or 3 - Bedroom plus study villas Jumeirah Luxury Living 3 to 5 - Bedroom Townhouses
    Flame Tree Ridge 5 - Bedroom Villas

There are three main architectural styles that you will find in Jumeirah Golf Estates. Most of the homes take their design cue from country houses in the Tuscan countryside. Hillside and Jumeirah Luxury Villas, two of the newer neighborhoods in the community, feature a sleek contemporary aesthetic, and Al Andalus is inspired by the traditional architecture of the Spanish coastal region.

Key Facts

For the most part, homes at Jumeirah Golf Estates are sold unfurnished, though there might be the occasional resale unit that comes with furniture. You also have a few ‘shell and core’ villas and some land plots if you are looking to customize your home.

JGE is considered among the finest residential communities in Dubai and is known for its exceptional value, with a very high level of finishing and incredible amounts of space for the price you pay. It is primarily geared towards end users and especially families. However, three of the newer projects in the community - Orange Lake, Al Andalus, and Jumeirah Luxury Living - are ideal for investment in terms of rental villas in Jumeirah Golf Estates, with units that are very well-priced too


Life at Jumeirah Golf Estates

It goes without saying that golf is an integral part of the lifestyle here. Aside from the courses, which can be seen clearly from the backyards of most of the homes, you also have the magnificent JGE clubhouse. Rightly considered to be the heart of the community, the clubhouse was expanded in 2016 to include a greater selection of facilities in a space covering roughly 130,782 sq ft. This encompasses fitness facilities, a pool, lap pool, a tennis academy, a kid’s center for after-school activities, a pool table and table tennis for kids, and three restaurants including the recently opened Nassau, helmed by celebrity chef Silvena Rowe. There is also a separate community centre known as Fairways, which includes boutique retail, casual dining and a supermarket.

Another key feature of Jumeirah Golf Estates is the Peter Cowen Golf Academy, which is designed to cater to players of all skill levels, from novices to the most experienced golfers. With indoor and outdoor studios and the latest in sports technology, the academy creates a personalised learning experience that is led by PGA-certified instructors.

More than 16 km of walking, jogging and cycling trails criss cross the community, letting you bask in the tranquil greenery as you enjoy vistas of the gorgeous environment. There are over 4,000 trees, 342 bird species and 16 lakes spread out around the area, so you can enjoy the beauty of nature no matter which part you live in. Children’s play facilities have been set up in some parts of the community, and a few of the neighbourhoods have community pools as well. On the whole, if you have a love of the outdoors, Jumeirah Golf Estates has much to offer you.


Another aspect of Jumeirah Golf Estates that residents love is how well-connected it is to the rest of the city. The community borders several major highways, including Mohammed Bin Zayed Road and Al Khail Road. With this road network, you can very easily access reputed schools such as Victory Heights Primary School, Sunmarke School and Bradenton Prep Academy.