Jumeirah Lake Towers
|This article is outdated. (November 2011)|
|Jumeirah Lakes Towers
ابراج بحيرة الجميرا
|United Arab Emirates community|
|Country||United Arab Emirates|
|• Total||1 km2 (0.4 sq mi)|
The Jumeirah Lakes Towers (Arabic: ابراج بحيرة الجميرا) is a large development in Dubai, United Arab Emirates which consists of 79 towers being constructed along the edges of four artificial lakes (Lake Almas West, Lake Almas East, Lake Elucio, and Lake Allure) as well as the JLT Embankment of 8 tower facing Jumeirah Islands. The lakes (which are about 3 metres (9.8 ft) deep) will be completely filled by end of 2009. The total area covered by the lakes, waterways and landscaping will be 730,000-square-metre (7,900,000 sq ft). The towers will range from having 35 floors to having 45, except for the centerpiece, which is 66 floors. The tallest tower and the centerpiece of the entire complex is Almas Tower which will be situated on its own island between Lake Almas West and Lake Almas East. All residential towers will be placed in clusters of three. This therefore makes the areas easier to navigate when mail is distributed.
The completion of Saba Tower in December 2006 marked the first tower to be completed in Jumeirah Lakes Towers. The final tower was completed in 2011. The majority of construction took place in 2008. By April 2011, over 80 per cent of the towers in JLT have been completed. While the entire development was completed in 2012.
The towers in JLT proper are organised in 26 clusters of three named from A to Z, each cluster has its own parking structure and a retail waterfront. The towers are officially numbered 1, 2 and 3 but also have official names. The clusters are not named.
JLT parking system means visitors can only park for free for two hours in select areas — mostly the Retail Parking concourse level of DMCC parking garages. Those overshooting the time limit where the barriers are activated can be fined Dh200 in some cases, an earlier notice had said. However, those producing a stamped bill from certain outlets and services can park for four hours, the notice had added. “Cars parked for more than eight hours will be notified to the police and vehicles may be removed. Violators will be suspended from accessing JLT parking resources and retail parking areas,” it read.
But a paid parking system is expected to eventually take over all currently free areas. DMCC has also introduced a Parking Permit option which gives permit holders access to DMCC-retained parking spaces in the garages at a price — Dh4,500 per year, Dh2,500 for six months, and Dh1,500 for three.
You may expect to have a fight with the landlord to get your parking permit.
There are currently two operating hotels at Jumeirah Lake Towers, the first being the Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers and the second being the Oaks Liwa Heights. In 2012 the Movenpick Jumeirah Lakes Towers and Pullman Jumeirah Lakes Towers decided to establish their doors to the JLT community, bringing the number of hotels in JLT to four.
Almas and the Jewellery Business
The centerpiece is Al Mas building (Arabic for "the Diamond") comprises floors and houses the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) head office as well as Dubai Diamond Exchange. All office owners and tenants of the tower are Jewellery traders and manufacturers. The basement of the tower houses the main diamond vault.
Another two DMCC owned buildings, the Au and Ag, will house the Gold and Silver exchanges respectively and will also only be occupied by DMCC members.
There is currently only one University in Jumeirah Lake Towers. It called Synergy University. It offers Bachleor, Masters and MBA programs.
Population and Facilities
The project is estimated to have a resident population of around 60,000 and a working population of another 120,000; it will include 5 children playgrounds, 3 mosques, a police station, a civil defense station and other facilities.
There are two available Dubai metro stations along the site: Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Lakes Towers stations.
On January 18, 2007, two workers were killed and at least 40 injured when a fire broke out in the Fortune Tower, which was under construction at the time. The Fortune Tower was delayed for several months.
In addition to the fire accidents, there was a minuscule fire reported at the reception of Icon Tower-I. Fortunately, there weren't any casualty apart from an infant who had to be taken to the hospital regarding issues with the smoke.
- Jumeirah Lake Towers Fact Sheet
- Workers die in Dubai tower fire - BBC News - Obtained on January 18, 2007.
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- Jumeirah Lakes Towers Official Site
- Jumeirah Lakes Towers Master Plan, Floor Plans and Images
- Concordia Community Management - Jumeirah Lakes Towers
- - Synergy University Dubai Campus @JLT