Eat, drink and shop
There are lots of restaurants in Emirates Living, featuring two main fine food venues. The Lakes has the Reform Social & Grill, an informal gastro pub that serves quality British food (gastro food...Britain? Yes, really), with an al fresco BBQ section and play area for children. Then there’s Monty’s, Links and Nineteen, a trio of restaurants around Montgomery Dubai golf club serving international cuisine, each with views across the greens. With the exception of Emirates Hills, each development has a mall at its heart, containing life’s essentials: optician, pharmacist, bank machines, coffee shops, cafes and a supermarket (Choithrams supermarket in The Lakes, with a large Spinneys in Springs Town Centre and a much smaller one in the Meadows shopping centre — “Minneys” perhaps?). For those with a deep-rooted respect for fast food, it’s a common sight to see delivery bikes buzzing to and from the ENOC fuel station near Meadows Town Centre, speedily dispatching pizzas, burgers and other eat-on- the-go offerings to hungry residents. There’s a Mediclinic nearby too, which is handy for people who use these services too often.
Location. Location. Location.
Covering large parts of the land between The Greens and Jumeriah Park, the four Emirates Living developments are loosely linked by a series of elongated lakes running from Jebel Ali Race Course to Montgomery Dubai golf club. The area’s central location is handy for Sheikh Zayed Road, with Dubai Marina, Media City, Mall of the Emirates and many other places just a short drive away.
Out and about
Fitness first has the gym monopoly in this area, with branches in The Lakes, The Meadows and The Springs offering exercise classes, gym facilities and swimming classes. The network of lakes that dominates the area is popular with walkers, joggers and cyclists. And for golfers, the Montgomery (Emirates Hills golf club) is one of the Middle East’s must-play destinations, with 265 acres of man-made lakes, gardens and bunkers. Emirates Living provides communal swimming pools for residents, with the exception of Emirates Hills where most houses have at least one pool in the grounds. Other facilities include tennis courts, basketball courts and BBQ pits, set in mature parkland that’s ideal for picnics. Without a car, Emirates Living transport can be an issue. The nearest Metro station is at Nakheel and the F31 bus runs regularly to and from Dubai Internet City Metro station (via The Greens) with a vast number of stops along the way, including Springs Town Centre.
Primary to secondary
There are nursery, primary and secondary schools in Emirates Living. Dubai British School (DBS) near Springs 3 has pre-school, foundation, primary and secondary places. Emirates International School in Meadows 4 provides international education from early years through to year 13, and The Lakes is home to Raffles International School Nursery.