Within the towering skyscrapers of Jumeirah Lake Towers (or JLT as it’s more commonly referred to) are modern apartments with lake views, favored by expats, cool coworking spaces, and a host of restaurants, bars, and fitness centers. This area is also ideal for those who want access to all the benefits of Dubai Marina—namely proximity to the beach and a multicultural crowd, while paying significantly lower rents.
JLT stands just across Sheikh Zayed Road from Dubai Marina and is an easy walk or metro stop away. The metro also offers convenient public transportation to get around Dubai. JBR Beach with its running track, beach volleyball court, outdoor gym, and beachfront restaurants is a 10-minute drive or 30-minute walk away. For a game of golf with friends, good food, and drinks in a relaxed casual setting, visit Topgolf Dubai. For serious golfers or private golf lessons, visit the Montgomerie Golf Club.
A highlight of staying in JLT is the vibrant food scene in the neighborhood. You’ll discover plenty of little hole-in-the-wall places serving everything from Iranian to Sri Lankan fare. For Asian street food, visit Nara Pan Asian and if you’re craving succulent Iranian kebabs, Farsi is a good choice. The many pubs and bars in JLT often host stand-up comedy, jazz, and open-mic nights. Follow the Comedy Kix club page for event announcements.
At Couqley French Bistro and Bar nibble on a cheese platter and sip on quality wines, or try French delicacies such as foie gras and escargot. There’s no better place in JLT for cocktails and dinner than NOLA Eatery and Social House, but the garden terrace is always busy, so make reservations. For good coffee, people-watching, and light healthy meals while you work remotely, head to 1762 JLT Stripped.
Natasha Amar is a travel writer and photographer based in Dubai. She also covers food, culture, hotels, art, lifestyle and personalities for Forbes Travel Guide...
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