Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT)
Often referred to as ‘JLT,’ the Jumeirah Lake Towers is divided into clusters of individually designed towers, all framed by palm-dotted walkways, gardens, and shopping and dining hubs. Visitors come here to drink in the skyline, stroll by the lakes, and enjoy the 500-plus shops and 300 or so restaurants. The lakeshores are also home to kids’ playgrounds and a jogging track.
JLT makes an impressive sight after dark, its floodlit high-rises shining against the night sky. Travelers can admire the scene on Dubai evening bus tours that follow Sheikh Zayed Road and serve up unobstructed views over the illuminated towers.
Things to Know Before You Go
Jumeirah Lake Towers is a great destination for families, walkers, shoppers, and admirers of Dubai’s 21st-century architecture.
Wear a sunhat and sunscreen for lakeside walks—the palms provide the only shade.
Gym benches and other equipment dot the running track, if you’d like a light holiday workout.
Many of the playgrounds are shaded from the sun to protect the little ones.
How to Get There
The Jumeirah Lake Towers lies across Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road from Dubai Marina, the Jumeirah Beach Residence, and Palm Jumeirah. Most visitors arrive by road, but travelers without cars can get here easily by cab or via Dubai’s metro system. Take the red metro route to either the DAMAC or DMCC stop, both just a 5-minute walk from the development.
When to Get There
The Jumeirah Lake Towers is open to all, day and night, every day. Early mornings draw joggers and walkers, but later on weekday mornings is a good time for quieter lakefront walks and time at the shops and restaurants. The area gets busier in the evenings, when locals and tourists arrive to stroll, shop, and eat as the sun sets over the lakes.
Extend your visit at the Jumeirah Lakes Towers to take in nearby Dubai Marina. Head for the DMCC metro station, follow the overpass over Sheikh Zayed Road, and then walk to Dubai Marina Mall, the marina’s centerpiece. Browse the shops here, and finish with an amble along the waterside Marina Walk to admire the skyscrapers and yachts.
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