Caption: What Jumeirah Village Circle may one day look like...
Family friendly: 2*
Rents: Medium to Low
If you love living on a construction site, and dust is just another desert delight, then Jumeirah Village Circle is tailor-made for you. While building has stepped up a gear over the last 18 months, the area is likely to have all the hallmarks of a Mad Max movie for several years to come.
A Nakheel development, the 'vision' does look pretty impressive. However, the project was launched in 2004, and has moved incredibly slowly, with the master plan remaining just that - a plan. JVC remains 860 hectares of work in progress.
The development will, eventually, have a population of 300,000 people. While nowhere near that yet, despite the dust, construction, road works and relative lack of facilities, the area is building up a sizable community fairly quickly. This is for one simple reason - price. A quick search on the likes of Dubizzle and you'll find a pretty attractive cost per sq metre. That's both because prices are low, but also as a result of relatively generous apartment sizes. As the city's rents continue to rise, JVC will continue to attract residents unable, or unwilling, to pay more central new Dubai prices.
JVC is also one of the developments that should - if the master plan is developed - benefit from the Expo 2020. While not next door, its close enough to the new Al Maktoum International, and Expo 2020 site to make it more than a viable commute.
As a result of its growing population, there have been a string of stories in local media of how the infrastructure of the area has failed to keep up with its population growth, with a string of accidents arising from a lack of signage.
Speaking to E247, a UAE news site, one resident commented, "There are no speed breakers and no STOP signs anywhere. The roundabouts are too dangerous to cross as everyone comes in at a very high-speed.
"We have seen many bad accidents due to this and I personally complained to the police officer but it didn't bother anyone." (Dec 07, 2013).
Worse, according to an XPRESS report residents believe "a group of unknown motorists are destroying speed-breakers in their community. They say the miscreants remove the temporary bumps made of rubber, partially or completely, just for the sake of speeding."
The area is remarkable well served for schools with Bradenton Academy Dubai (rated Acceptable) just next door, in Dubai Sports City. Highly anticipated new entrant Nord Anglia is also due to open in September 2014 and will be on the community's door step in Al Barsha South. It joins GEMS World Academy (rated Good) and JSS International School (rated Acceptable). A little further away, but still close by, are Dubai British School (rated Good) and Dubai International Academy (also rated Good). (For more, check the map). Schooling is likely to get better still given the push from the city, and its developers, to grow new Dubai further.
Note: Jumeirah Village Circle is the neighbour to Jumeirah Village Triangle, a sister Nakheel development which is closer to being a real community. It already has the majority of landscaping and play areas in place. Jumeirah Village Circle is also very well priced, but consists primarily of smaller villas and town houses as opposed to apartments.
Relatively very affordable
Will one day be very conveniently located
Good schools nearby
Traffic and signage issues