Jumeirah Lake Towers
|This article is outdated. (November 2011)|
|Jumeirah Lakes Towers
ابراج بحيرة الجميرا
|United Arab Emirates community|
Jumeirah Lakes Towers
|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 three artificial lakes (Lake Almas West, Lake Almas East, JLT Lake) as well as the JLT Embankment of 8 tower facing Jumeirah Islands.  Initially JLT had 4 lakes (Lake Almas West, Lake Almas East, Lake Elucio, Lake Allure), in late 2012 developer (DMCC) announced that lake Elucio would be drained and 55,000 meter park would be created instead.  Subsequently Lake Allure has been renamed to JLT Lake. 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 is 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 majority of construction took place in 2008. By April 2011, over 80 percent of the towers in JLT have been completed. While the entire development was pre-completed in 2012.  As of june 2015 there are still 11 towers being either left undone due to the 2009 crisis or still undergoing construction in JLT.
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.
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 three operating hotels at Jumeirah Lake Towers, the first being the Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers, the second being the Oaks Liwa Heights, the third one is the Armada Bluebay that opened its doors on September 2014. 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's construction was delayed for several months.
In addition, there was a smaller fire reported at the reception area of Tamweel Tower in the U cluster. The only reported injury was an infant who was taken to the hospital to be treated for minor smoke inhalation.
The Dubai Police forensic department released its findings on the fire, which burnt half the building in the early hours of November 18th 2012.
According to the report, the fire started at the back of the building on the ground floor, where the waste material was piled by the laborers working on a shop in the building. The waste material contained papers, tapes and woods which fueled the flame.
- Jumeirah Lake Towers Fact Sheet
- Workers die in Dubai tower fire - BBC News - Obtained on January 18, 2007.
- Janice Ponce de Leon (2014-11-16). "Dubai Tamweel Tower still in ashes two years on".
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Jumeirah Lakes Towers.|
- 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