ABOUT JUMEIRAH BEACH RESIDENCE (JBR)
Jumeirah Beach Residence, or JBR as it is fondly called, is one of the most sought-after areas in Dubai. It is home to a few landmark locations including The Walk and The Beach. Conveniently located in the most coveted seafront district of Dubai Marina, JBR Dubai is a vertical community with over 40 residential and hotel towers combined.
As the name suggests, JBR is a beach-side community boasting a 1.7 km shoreline stretched within the larger district of Dubai Marina. The development boasts a unique cluster of sandy-hued buildings. These post-modern residential clusters yet contrast to the gleaming towers seen around the emirate. Also, this happening hotspot in Dubai has much to offer to its residents, from a luxurious sea-side lifestyle to top-notch restaurants and exciting activities throughout the year. There’s truly never a dull moment for residents and tourists visiting the trendy leisure spot (especially during weekends). This area guide explores what it’s like living in one of Dubai’s top waterfront communities.
IN A NUTSHELL
- Waterfront community with six apartment building clusters
- One of the most popular freehold areas in Dubai
- Apartments are ideal for young professionals and small families
- AquaFun, the largest inflatable water park in the world
- Fun and family-oriented community events throughout the year
- Home to Ain Dubai, the world’s largest observation wheel
- Linked to Bluewaters Island, the home of Caesars Palace
A coveted residential address, JBR Dubai is a self-contained community. If you are moving here, you will find buildings that feature hints of Mediterranean and Arabic-inspired architecture giving the neighbourhood a unique vibe. Walking around is a treat for the senses with alfresco cafes and colourful murals around the area. One thing that makes it such a popular choice among residents and tourists is the pristine beachfront. From The Beach JBR, you can use the 265-metre pedestrian bridge to access Bluewaters Islands and its various amenities and attractions.
This urban neighbourhood’s beachfront lifestyle and aesthetic appeal attracts an assorted mix of both tenants and buyers. Those living here will find that the community is home to mixed nationalities. Apart from the elegant appeal of life by the water, many prefer moving to JBR Dubai due to its proximity to business districts like Media City and Dubai Internet City.
PROPERTIES IN JUMEIRAH BEACH RESIDENCE
There are over 40 high-rise towers, 35 of which are residential while the rest are hotels. Most of these offer panoramic views of the city and the beach, fully equipped with top-notch modern facilities. The apartments are quite spacious and range from studios to 4-bedroom flats.
Luxury penthouses and lofts are also available in the area, in 4 and 6-bedroom configurations. JBR apartments offer a lot in terms of the location and amenities. The area is close to many hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions and offers prime connectivity to public transport.
THE UP AND COMING PROPERTIES ON BLUEWATERS ISLAND, JBR DUBAI
A new waterfront residential address in JBR Dubai is Bluewaters Island. Built by Meraas, the island features 10 residential apartment buildings, 4 penthouses and 17 townhouses. There are 698 rental apartments in Bluewaters Residences, with configurations ranging from 1 to 4-bedrooms.
The limited number of penthouses in Bluewaters Island are spacious duplex properties with luxurious amenities such as 9,000+ sq. ft. of living space, private pools, expansive terraces, rooms for the house help and uninterrupted 360° views of Dubai Marina, the Arabian Gulf and Ain Dubai. There are only 17 townhouses on Bluewaters Island, rare and deluxe properties in the area. They offer a minimum built-up area of 6,000 sq. ft., a maid’s room and a private pool and not to mention the waterfront lifestyle. 4-bed townhouses for sale are priced between AED 11.8M to AED 15.3M.
RENTAL TRENDS IN JUMEIRAH BEACH RESIDENCE
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Rents for studios in JBR start at AED 43k, whereas 1-bedroom flats cost around AED 50k at the minimum. The covered area for these apartments ranges from 500 sq. ft. to 750 sq. ft. A typical studio in one of the top buildings for renting studios in JBR, say Rimal, features a spacious living room, sea-facing balcony and built-in wardrobes. Those looking for a larger property can rent a 3-bedroom apartment in JBR spanning around 2,500 sq. ft. with prices ranging anywhere between AED 77k to AED 475k, annually.
In terms of renting, the starting prices for 1-bed flats in Bluewaters Island is AED 145k. 2-bed apartments in Bluewaters Island can be rented from AED 160k annually, while 3 BHK flats demand a starting rent of AED 220k. Similarly, rental prices of 4-bed apartments in Bluewaters Island range from AED 310k to AED 330k, per annum.
The luxury flats for rent in JBR are often serviced or furnished apartments. These will also include amenities such as a private pool, spacious living spaces, uninterrupted sea views and more.
SALES TRENDS IN JBR DUBAI
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Those looking to invest will find the properties are priced competitively. You can choose from a wide range in Sadaf, Bahar, Rimal and other top buildings to buy apartments in JBR from studios to luxurious 4-bedroom units. Freehold studios will cost around AED 887k on average. The starting sale prices for 1-bedroom apartments in JBR is AED 900k, while 2-bedroom flats range from AED 1.1M to AED 6.5M. The larger 3 and 4-bedroom apartments in JBR have starting prices of AED 1.7M and AED 2M, respectively.
Those looking to invest in Bluewaters Island can expect prices to range from AED 2.1M to AED 2.9M for 1-bed flats. The starting price for 2 BHK apartments for sale is AED 2.7M. Moreover, 3-bed flats in Bluewaters Island can be purchased for an average price of AED 4.5M and the sales prices for 4-bed flats ranges from AED 5M to AED 7M.
As the community is known for its waterfront lifestyle, the freehold sea view flats are popular among investors. Interested buyers can also choose from the new apartments for sale in JBR and the unique duplex units. The duplex units for sale are often found in 2 and 3-bed configurations and are priced between AED 1.2M to AED 8.6M.
ROI IN JBR
Interested investors can buy studios in JBR, expected to generate the highest ROI of 6.4% Most apartments can reap a minimum ROI of 4% in JBR Dubai. This includes 1, 2 and 3-bedroom units. Offered at market competitive rates, a 2-bedroom flat in JBR goes for an average rent of AED 87k, promising lucrative returns on investment around 4.4%
Similarly, if you buy 3-bed JBR apartments, these units may generate a 4.4% rental yield. 1-bedroom flats also follow with 4% ROI, while 4 and 5-bedroom apartments are expected to offer a 3.1% and 2.1% return on investment, respectively.
MOST POPULAR BUILDINGS IN JUMEIRAH BEACH RESIDENCE
Residential buildings fall into 6 main blocks in JBR Dubai: Shams, Amwaj, Rimal, Bahar, Sadaf and Murjan. The numerous towers give tenants plenty of options with apartments of varying sizes and rent brackets. Take a look at the most popular towers to make your choice.
Based on searches conducted by users on Bayut.com over the past 12 months
Of the six clusters in Jumeirah Beach Residence, Sadaf fared as the most popular location based on our 2020 market research. Comprised of eight buildings and luxurious amenities, it is a sought-after residential project. Tenants can have their pick from a wide range of rental apartments in Sadaf from studios to 4-bedroom units and lofts. The annual rent for 1-bed apartments starts from AED 65k while 2-bedroom flats are priced around AED 85k. Moreover, investors can find that the apartments for sale in Sadaf range from 1-bed to 4-bed units. Prices start from AED 1.1M for a 1-bed flat, 1.29M for 2-bed flats, 1.35M for a 3 BHK and 1.75M for a 4-bedroom apartment.
Next, Rimal is 6-tower complex offering similar kinds of units. Starting from AED 71k, there is a wide range of 1-bed flats in Rimal. In fact, the project is counted among the best buildings in JBR to rent 1-bed flats.
MOST POPULAR CLUSTERS FOR RENTAL APARTMENTS IN JBR
Another complex of 6 residential towers in JBR Dubai is Murjan, located closer to the central Dubai Marina and a 4-minute drive from the beach. Bahar comes in the fourth place featuring 7 residential buildings. These two are the best projects in JBR if you are looking to rent 2-bed flats. Rounding up, we have Shams. Last on the list, but not the least, this project is getting populated at a quick pace. Interested tenants can also consider Shams when searching for the best buildings in JBR to rent apartments.
NEW PROJECTS IN JUMEIRAH BEACH RESIDENCE
When speaking of new developments, 1 JBR deserves a mention. Though it was completed in 2019, the project is thriving with a range of 2-bedroom to 4-bedroom apartments. If you are looking to move-in quick, you will find some fully furnished apartments here and prices would vary.
Adding to the gorgeous skyline of Dubai, JBR is home to The Address Residences Jumeirah Resort and Spa. A 77-storey tall luxury project by the leading real estate developer, Emaar Properties. It is a unique twin-tower complex connected at the top featuring branded serviced apartments, a rooftop infinity pool with café and spa.
JBR FLOOR PLANS
Those looking for JBR floor plans can browse through the floor plans available for popular communities/buildings.
HOTELS IN JBR DUBAI
Jumeirah Beach Residence is a bustling neighbourhood and one of Dubai’s best tourist destinations. It is home to one of the best beaches and beach clubs in Dubai, multiple hotels, restaurants and nightlife destinations. Some of the top hotels in JBR include:
- Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach Hotel
- Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach
- JA Ocean View Hotel
- Caesars Bluewaters Dubai
There are many choices for visitors and tourists at The Walk alone, including a few of the exclusive chain of hotels like Rotana Hotels in Dubai. Amwaj Rotana is a 5-star hotel beside JBR Walk, a short drive away from the pristine beaches and in proximity to the landmark location, Bluewaters Island. If you prefer staying at the Address Hotels in Dubai, you will not run out of options. The Address Beach Resort is preferred by most families and individuals flocking in for business meetings.
The Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach Hotel is also right on The Walk JBR, offering direct access to JBR Beach and The Beach outdoor mall. It is a 5-star hotel with over 400 sea view rooms and suites. Moreover, Double Tree by Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Beach is one among the signature Hilton Hotels in Dubai.
Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach is located at the entrance of JBR Dubai. Guests of the hotel can choose between 297 rooms, all of which have balconies offering beach views. Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach is known for the buffet restaurant The Talk and New York themed eatery Soul. Another popular place to plan your stay would be Delta Hotels by Marriott Juemirah Beach. Located in Bahar 7, it is one of the top Marriott Hotels in Dubai.
JA Ocean View is a 5-star hotel located near JBR Dubai Tram Station 2. It is a breathtaking hotel with 342 sea view rooms. Tribeca Kitchen & Bar and Girders are popular nightlife destinations in the hotel.
Caesars Bluewaters Dubai comprises Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai, Caesars Resort Bluewaters Dubai and The Residences at Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai. With 194 luxury suites, private beach access, six dining outlets and the Qua Spa Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai redefines luxury.
Caesars Resort Bluewaters Dubai has 301 luxury rooms, ROAM which is an entertainment club for teens, six dining options and event space for up to 400 guests. The Residences at Caesars Palace features 1, 2, 3 and 4-bedroom serviced apartments for short or long stays. Guests at The Residences at Caesars Palace can access all the amenities mentioned at the two previously mentioned hotels.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING IN JUMEIRAH BEACH RESIDENCE
Most residential towers have dedicated parking spaces for tenants and owners. Visitors may have to drive around for a bit to find parking spaces in JBR Dubai since public parking spots fill up fast. Some residential towers and The Beach mall offer visitor parking for a fee.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IN JBR DUBAI
The community is the best choice for those who don’t drive. The area is well-connected within Dubai with two metro stations nearby, Dubai Marina Meto Station and DMCC Metro Station. Both are located close by and provide a faster alternative to braving peak-hour traffic.
JBR Dubai also has two of its own tram stations at both ends of the community, these are connected to the above-mentioned metro stations. Jumeirah Beach Walk, also known as The Walk is also pedestrian-friendly. You can rent bikes at The Walk to get around the neighbourhood.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
SUPERMARKETS IN JBR
Numerous supermarkets cater to the residents’ day-to-day grocery needs. These include Al Maya Supermarket, All Day JBR and Zoom. Along with these grocery stores and supermarkets in JBR, Waitrose Supermarket in Dubai Marina Mall is conveniently accessible via Dubai Tram.
CHURCHES, TEMPLES AND MOSQUES IN JBR
There are quite a few mosques in JBR located at convenient intervals. Each apartment cluster is home to at least one mosque. Apart from those options, residents can visit Musabeh Al Fattan Mosque and Al-Rahim Mosque, nearby.
Those looking for churches near JBR Dubai can find the United Christian Church of Dubai around 12 minutes away. The Hindu temples such as Shiva Temple and ShrinathJi Temple are located about 25 minutes away in the Bur Dubai area.
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.
Options for older children include Dubai British School in Jumeirah Park, it follows the British curriculum 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.
Higher education options can be found in Dubai Knowledge Park (DKP), reachable in 10 minutes via car or tram. Universities located in DKP include Middlesex University Dubai, the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) and more. For higher education, residents will have to head to many universities part of Knowledge Village about 20 – 25 minutes away. Reputable options in Knowledge Village include American University of Dubai, Middlesex University, University of Wollongong Dubai and more.
CLINICS AND HOSPITALS IN JBR
To take care of you and your family’s health, Medcare Medical Centre in JBR Dubai is centrally located. Emirates Hospital Clinic in Dubai Marina is also nearby. Other hospitals nearby include Al Zahra Hospital and Saudi German Hospital, both of these are located 15 minutes away in the Al Barsha community. Several pharmacies including Aster Pharmacy, Life Pharmacy and Boots Pharmacy can be found at convenient intervals around the neighbourhood.
JBR Dubai is surrounded by some of the most popular areas in Dubai. This community lies in proximity to the waterfront destinations of Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Lake Towers. Both of these locations are bustling districts filled with funky eateries and nightlife attractions. The community is also close to the arterial Sheikh Zayed Road, E11 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. The Beach is also home to some of the best restaurants in JBR such as Catch 22 which serves American dishes, the Emirati restaurant Seven Sands, Italian bistro Bianca and more.
THE WALK AT JBR
While not technically a mall, The Walk at JBR or Jumeirah Beach Walk, stretches along the entire length of the neighbourhood. The lively boulevard is lined with luxury boutiques, speciality stores and alfresco cafés and restaurants.
JBR Dubai does have quite a few international brands for residents to get their shopping fix. 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.
The cafes and restaurants in JBR are undeniably the best highlights of the area. With several eateries, the hugely-popular 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.
Those looking to enjoy the nightlife in JBR have a plethora of options. There are many 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 the Hilton Dubai Jumeirah are some of the local favourites.
The development is home to one of the best public beaches in Dubai. One of the perks of living here is that residents can enjoy a day in the sun anytime by heading over to the open beach, a short walk from most towers in the neighbourhood. The long 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.
There is also Cove Beach at Caesars Palace, a private beach with an outdoor pool, Jacuzzis, sunbeds and more. Visitors can also find The Rose Lounge at the beach club which offers drinks and food by the beach.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
Weekends 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 match of tennis and volleyball on the beach. It also offers watersports activities including fly-boarding and jet-skiing. Apart from the usual suspects, residents 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. AquaFun, the world’s largest inflatable water park, is also located opposite The Beach JBR. Roxy Cinema at The Beach is where movie-lovers catch the latest flicks.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
Being largely a beach area, there are no parks. The popular JBR beach has a jogging track, children’s play areas and shower facilities for families to enjoy a fun day out or a light evening jog.
Like all things, 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 Dubai has numerous salons around the neighbourhood. Local favourite, Rami Jabali Salon and Spa is popular for its hairstyling services. The Body Talk spa at Movenpick JBR is perfect for those looking for some weekend self-pampering. There are many other salons and spas in the hotels.
Those considering moving to JBR Dubai will find the area always brimming with activities to mark special occasions. 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 Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year and more.
Numerous hotels in and around the community host Iftars and Suhoors in the holy month of Ramadan. While several restaurants offer special Iftar meals, some also set up Ramadan tents complete with henna artists and traditional live music. The Ritz-Carlton transforms its Mamemo Majlis to an Arabic setting, while The Talk in Movenpick Hotel serves up Iftar meals with live oudh music.
For the little ones, numerous events around the year are scheduled. 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 Dubai.
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. The fireworks at both JBR Dubai and Bluewaters Island are a sight to see.
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.
IS JBR BEACH FREE?
JBR Beach is absolutely free to enter as it is a public beach. There is a jogging track, some outdoor exercise equipment, shower facilities and restrooms open to all. You can even bring your own towels and beach accessories. Paid facilities at The Beach include access to sunbeds and cabanas. Some of the paid activities you can try include water sports and camel rides.