A 560 hectare, Nakheel masterplanned residential development, Al Furjan is located between Sheikh Zayed Road and Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, and is adjacent to Discovery Gardens. The community is made up of four villages; North, South, East and West - which share a network of pathways and amenities. Al Furjan will also benefit from linked cycle routes running through Discovery Gardens, Garden View Villas and Al Furjan - which will result in a 40km cycle track.
Al Furjan is Arabic for a ‘collection of homes’ or ‘small village’ and the sales pitch is a connected, friendly, community environment with houses built in small clusters connected by a series of walkways and parks. According to the plan, grocery stores, restaurants, park areas, sports facilities and a cycling track will be within walking distance of each residence.
That said, where there are complaints about Al Furjan they centre on the upkeep of common areas and buildings. Walkways and parks are fine if they are kept up well, but not if they are going to be allowed to go into disrepair.
Al Furjan also includes a central complex, Masakin Al Furjan, which includes apartments, a convenience store, café and leisure club with pool and gym. Membership of the latter is open (at a cost) to everyone living the community.
Al Furjan Pavilion, which opened in December 2016, houses a Spinneys supermarket, 10 food and beverage outlets, 24 shops, a Medicentre clinic and a car park for more than 300 vehicles. The complex also has a sports and recreation hub with a restaurant, swimming pool, sports court and gym.
Along with the current clusters of villas, two additional serviced apartment buildings by Azizi Developments, Roy Mediterranean and Montrell, will have been delivered by the time this is published. A further five apartment buildings, Azizi Star, Samia, Farishta and Shaista, plus Plaza Hotel, all by the same developer, are due to arrive by June 2018.
The project will eventually account for over 4,000 apartments, houses, hotels and commercial space. It will also be home to the sustainability focused Arbor School, one of the most interesting new school developments in Dubai. Other schools are located relatively nearby in adjacent communities which are relatively easy to get to with current levels of traffic. Congestion is however likely to pick up considerably in 2019, and further in 2020 as the community matures..
If you are interested in Al Furjan, and this will be an increasingly central location, do your homework on the building you are interested in, and its environment. Not all buildings and sub communities are said to be equal...