In the middle of it all at Jumeirah Park

December 23rd, 2013

Although apartments remain the preferred choice for a majority of home buyers, families, the likes of travel agency General  Manager  Maheelf Mohammed, businessman husband Rais Khan, children Qais and Mahreen,  their housekeeper, and their Maltese Terrier Chanel, often opt for villas as it means bigger space and a garden, elements so elusive  in apartment living.

The “family of six” moved from villa to villa, but being able to finally settle in Jumeirah Park last August was a dream come true for Maheen. “The Jumeirah Park villa was bought by Rais some moons ago as a birthday present for me so there was no question of not moving; it has been my dream come true. Till date, Rais says that was the only time he voluntarily woke up at Sam to stand in a queue,” Maheen recalls. That birthday gift is a three-bedroom villa with a maid’s room.

Prior to Jumeirah Park, the family called Shaikh Zayed Road and The Gardens home. “We lived in The Gardens in Jebel Ali until August 2013. Our villa near Al Safa Park was demolished to make way for new villas, and we moved to The Gardens in 2006, supposed to be a stop-gap arrangement as we had already purchased  the Jumeirah  Park villa which  was to be delivered in 2008. But we were not destined to be here till 2013,”  she explains.

Why a villa in Jumeirah Park? Maheen says, “Our reasons for buying a villa were manifold. Our family was used to having a garden which was home to many other creatures. When we moved in 2006, we had to give all our pets way as the ‘No Pets’ policy of The Gardens did not allow us to bring along our menagerie. We waited patiently, and here we are today with Chanel. Being used to living on Shaikh Zayed Road, we wanted to be in this part of  town, away yet not too far away from anything. We did, at one stage, consider moving to The Villa in Dubailand, but as Mahreen’s school is on this side, we did not want her on the highway for 45minutes to and from school.”

Located in the Emirates Living District, Jumeirah Park is a villa community that has just recently joined the block. Infusing greenery, jogging/cycling paths, retail shops, children’s play areas, and many more is part of the grand plan.

Currently, the development is still “a work in progress,” but they had no qualms about the mess that comes with it. “The phase that our villa is in was delivered to us in August, and we were the first to move in there. Amidst all the constrction, dust, noise and commotion, we felt at home right from day one. There were so many things being done all at once. Chaos is the only word to describe our move. We did not have Internet for the first two months, and we all went through withdrawal symptoms (even though it meant that the kids spent more time with us rather than on Facebook),” states Maheen.

And how do their children feel about  living in  Jumeirah Park? “The villa comes with a swimming pool (when the kids were smaller, we were sure that it would be a good thing for them); nevertheless, the birds around make the most of it now.

My daughter is quite indifferent about living here as she rarely leaves.her room. She studies in DIA (an IB school), and  the workload keeps her cooped up in her bedroom,” she reckons.

Being a relatively new community, it is understandable that things are just starting to take shape. “The entire area is yet to be developed so it is a ‘wait and watch’ period for all of us. To describe the address to people is like giving them a mystery to solve. The streets are still not numbered, and with  no landmarks around, it can be quite comical at times when trying to guide someone home. The pizza delivery guy usually arrives quite late, delivering a string of complaints along with our dinner,” Maheen quips.

Despite all the downsides, Maheen describes life in Jumeirah Park as convenient. She says, “Location is the crowning glory as we are in the middle of everything. New Dubai is not too far, nor is Downtown, and driving to Deira takes 30 minutes or so. We have three roads to choose from. We have great upcoming facilities, and I think the kids are grateful for all the space (our dog definitely is).”


+ Spacious units

+ Planned facilities will make community self-contained

+ Ideal for families with pets

+ Strategically located, with excellent access to key areas in Dubai


– Ongoing construction work includes dust and noise

– Streets are not yet numbered, and there are no landmarks to help visitors find their way around the place

Prices (per annum)


Starting from Dh175, 000


Starting from 200,000

4BR: Starting from Dh 285,000

5BR: Starting from Dh 350,000  (Neg).

Sales Prices


Starting from Dh3,590,000


Starting from Dh4,500,000

4BR: Starting from Dh6.400,000

5BR: Starting from Dh7,500,000


4BR: O.P. Dh3.200.000 onwards+

18% (onwards) premium

4BR LEGACY NOVA: O.P. Dh3,888,888 +11% (onwards) premium

5BR: O.P. Dh4,700.000 + 34% (onwards) premium

Source : Gulf News.


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Dubai’s Mega structures to watch out for the Expo 2020

December 16th, 2013

Dubai developers are set to inaugurate work on several mega projects by the start of 2014 in order to complete and deliver them earlier than 2020.

“The Expo 2020 win for Dubai is a significant milestone, and this will definitely translate into exponential growth across a wide array of sectors, namely hospitality, tourism, trade, shipping and logistics as well as real estate,” Khalid Bin Kalban, CEO, Dubai Investments, told Emirates 24|7.

He cited: “This overall optimism will translate into investors eyeing long-term investments and growth in all sectors in Dubai. We expect an acceleration in some iconic real estate projects as there will be a spurt in the overall demand from local and international investors. We foresee expectations increase dramatically across the entire spectrum of real estate.”

Dubai had started laying the foundation for building mega projects even before winning the bid to host the Expo 2020, and here are the following mega developments:

Mohammad Bin Rashid City


A multi-billion-dollar Mohammad Bin Rashid (MBR) City. The new city will focus on family tourism, retail, arts and entrepreneurship.

The new city will be located between Emirates Road, Al Khail Road and Sheikh Zayed Road, and will include Mohammed bin Rashid Gardens Project. It will be connected to Downtown Dubai and Business Bay through a crossing that will be named the “Cultural Crossing” which will include art galleries and create the largest area for arts in the region.


Bluewaters Island


The Dh6 billion Bluewaters Island located in Jumeirah Beach Road.  It is set to be one of the largest tourist hotspots in the world that will feature the world’s largest Ferris Wheel called the Dubai Eye. Emirates 24|7 reported earlier that the reclamation work has already started.


Dubai Water Canal


A Dh7.34 billion Dubai Water Canal is expected attract 20 to 22 million visitors per annum.

The channel stretching 3 kilometers in length and width ranging from 80 – 120 meters will connect the Business Bay with the Arabian Gulf passing through the center of Dubai.

From Sheikh Zayed Road, as the entrance of the project, an iconic Trade Centre will be constructed comprising four levels, including one underground level and 3 elevated levels linking the Business Bay with the project district in a total area of more than 50,000 square meters.

All construction works of this project is set for completion in 2017.

MBR District One


Mohammed Bin Rashid CityDistrict One, with a market value of Dh21 billion will have almost 1,500 luxury villas and a 350,000 square meter water park, the largest crystal lagoon in the world.

The project, which will be delivered in four phases, will be completed by year 2018. Work has already commenced on the project, under the joint venture between Medyan and Sobha Group.


Dubai Adventure Studios



A development worth Dh10-billion, by Meraas Holdings, is a destination that focuses on delivering a multi-faceted leisure and entertainment experience to residents and tourists. The project is located in Jebel Ali, will feature five distinct theme parks based on movies, animals and fun characters. Dubai Adventure Studios, the first phase of the development plans is expected to be completed by 2014.

Source: Emirates 24|7

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