Community Guide: Jumeirah Islands

Written by Arpan Ghosh

Along the western stretch of Dubai, you will find some of its most popular waterfront areas. This part of the city is perhaps best known for its towering skyscrapers, especially with neighbourhoods such as Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Beach Residence and Jumeirah Lake Towers clustered here. You get direct access to a stunning yacht marina, the beach and a series of man-made lakes, respectively, surrounded by an ambiance that has a buzz similar to the heart of New York City or Los Angeles. But look a bit beyond these districts, and you will find a calm oasis known as Jumeirah Islands.

Bordering Jumeirah Lake Towers, Jumeirah Islands is a beautiful residential community that is spread over a connected network of 50 islands, known as clusters, surrounded by beautiful lakes and lush greenery.

The Homes

Of the 50 clusters that make up Jumeirah Islands, 46 are residential. It is primarily a villa community, featuring 736 homes in four and five-bedroom layouts - 16 villas per cluster - plus an enclave of 31 luxury mansions and a collection of 84 modern townhouses. The villas are divided into six architectural styles with three distinct interior layouts and have an average size of between 5,200 to 7,200 sq ft.

The Styles

European

These homes take their architectural inspiration from French and Italian houses in the 17th and 18th centuries, with some modern touches and spacious interiors.

Islamic

Paying homage to traditional architectural styles such as Moroccan, Ottoman and that of the Abbasid dynasty, these homes harken back to an aesthetically rich period of Middle Eastern history.

Mediterranean

These homes are inspired by the French Riviera and Spain’s famous Costa del Sol, infusing large modern spaces with bright, sunny colours.

Oasis

These homes take their inspiration from the desert, with architecture that draws from Mexico, Egypt and the traditional homes of Dubai.

Tropical & Contemporary

These are much rarer than the other 4 styles, with Tropical embodying a refreshing island vibe and Contemporary sporting a sleek, minimalist look.

Mansion

Larger than the standard villa, the mansions have built-up area in excess of 8,000 sq ft and feature majestic mid-century architectural design.

The Layouts

Each of the villas in Jumeirah Islands has one of three distinct interior layouts - Entertainment Foyer, Garden Hall and Master Views.

The Entertainment Foyer layout features a foyer/lobby space on each level of the home, while the highlight of the Garden Hall layout is a vast double-height living room/lounge. The Master View layout is larger than the other two, with open plan living and floor-to-ceiling windows throughout.

The Townhouses

A newer development that occupies the northeastern corner of the community, Jumeirah Islands Townhouses comprises 84 lovely contemporary homes. Each townhouse spans two levels and features four bedrooms, and has a rooftop terrace.

The Lifestyle

Jumeirah Islands offers a unique waterfront lifestyle just a stone’s throw away from one of the city’s most vibrant commercial districts. The clusters are situated around a series of man-made saltwater lakes, and there is plenty of greenery all over, with walking trails, playgrounds, and benches for you to relax and take in the scenery. With plots that span an area of between 8,500 and 14,000 sq ft, each villa benefits from a very spacious garden and plenty of yard space.

The main social hub of Jumeirah Islands is the Pavilion, a community centre with a selection of retail outlets, supermarkets and restaurants. Essential services such as laundries, barber shops, salons and pharmacies are also located within the complex. A jogging track measuring 1.1 km runs alongside the Pavilion and around one of the community’s lakes, making for a picturesque exercise spot.

Another major amenity is the Jumeirah Islands Club, which is like a mini resort within the community. The clubhouse features a fitness centre, health club, an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, and a beautiful casual dining restaurant known as The Glasshouse that has an extensive outdoor seating area bordering another one of the community’s lakes. If you are looking for a home that offers plenty of gorgeous photo opportunities, Jumeirah Islands does not disappoint.

Connectivity

As a community that is geared towards family life, Jumeirah Islands provides easy access to many of the best schools and hospitals in Dubai. There is Dubai British School in the neighbouring community of Jumeirah Park, Emirates International School at The Meadows, Arcadia School, Al Furjan British School, and many others, plus a large number of nurseries within a small radius. In terms of healthcare, you have Mediclinic, Medicentres, HMS Clinic, Aster Clinic, among others.

Jumeirah Lakes Towers, another waterfront community with parks, outdoor gyms and a varied selection of restaurants, is located right next to Jumeirah Islands. This community also enjoys easy access to Sheikh Zayed Road and to Mohammed bin Zayed Road, two major highways of the city, which in turn allows for easy commutes to other major districts. Dubai Marina, one of the city’s most famous leisure and entertainment destinations, is only a 10-minute drive away, and the beach is just a little bit further than that. Two championship golf clubs - Emirates Golf Club and the Address Montgomerie - are only 15 minutes away, and other key destinations such as Downtown Dubai and two international airports are less than half an hour away.