The green abode

DUBAI - The Greens, as the name suggests, is a reflection of serenity and comes across as an image of residential composure. The mid-rise complex that combines tasteful design with convenience has grown from a secluded domain to one of the most happening hotspots for residential pursuits.

By Deepa Narwani

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Published: Sat 25 Dec 2010, 10:28 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 1:58 PM

Launched in June 2002, The Greens was the first freehold project to be completed in the Dubai property market, comprising 36 buildings set over 65 acres. The complex has 3,500 residential units and four office buildings.

What is particularly nice is that unlike many other apartment developments in Dubai, The Greens has no high-rise buildings as none of the apartment blocks have more than seven floors.

The Greens features studios, and one to four bedroom apartments. It is strategically located a few hundred metres from the Sheikh Zayed Road at the heart of new Dubai. The nearby landmarks include Emirates Golf Club, Dubai Marina and Jebel Ali Racecourse.

Every apartment is set in a well-finished building with green streetscapes and lush landscapes set against an open pool. Each complex has a separate entrance lobby, secure underground parking and security systems. Amenities such as swimming pools, party halls, barbeque stands, children’s play area and gymnasiums serve to further enhance the lifestyle experience.

The clustered buildings create a courtyard environment for the residents. And with so much greenery around, it has a feel of being miles away from the dunes of Dubai.

Narina Salonga, Sales Assistant at Fourways Video Trading Video Library located in the community centre, says business was really good for the first three years since the opening of the shop in 2006. “But since 2009 the business has gone down because of recession.” She added that The Greens is a good community as different nationalities live there.

The retail centre in the community is called The Greens Village. Shopping there has a wholesome feel as it includes a Booksplus, Choithram Supermarket, a video library, a photo studio and a pharmacy. In addition to all these facilities, The Regent School and Nuran Hotel Apartments are located in The Greens.

Nandos was the first restaurant that opened up in the community. Thejaka Katugampala, the Assistant Manager of the restaurant, says the response has been really good. “We do at least 50 deliveries per day in The Greens itself. Dining in is also picking up. The location is nice, convenient as well as profitable”.

The Greens is the home to Emaar Business Park, which houses offices and banks. It also has a lot of coffee shops and during the evenings all of them are brimming with customers who want to enjoy their cup of coffee in the beautiful ambience. The most beautiful feature of The Greens is the lake, which is situated opposite The Greens Village. During winters the lake is a great place to hang out as it has a breathtaking charm. You can sit down on the stone steps with a cup of coffee and enjoy the tranquillity the clear water offers. The high-rise buildings that can be seen from the lake, along the Sheikh Zayed Road reminds you of how much Dubai has developed in a short while. The lush gardens planted around the lake result in a beautiful sight for the residents to enjoy.

The Emaar Community Management (ECM) and The Greens Homeowners Representative Committee have been involved in many aspects of the community such as reviewing how community funds are spent to solving traffic problems. Events such as the Best Garden competition and The Greens Market Day take place to keep the residents more involved in the community. Another initiative taken by ECM is that of collecting old clothes. These clothes can be deposited in collection banks kept in the basement of each building.

According to Scott Booth, resident of The Greens for a year, the best thing about the Greens is that it is self-contained with a supermarket, salon, restaurants, pharmacy, etc. all inside the community. “In most other parts of Dubai, you would have to leave the neighbourhood to find similar amenities. We spend too much time driving in this town, and it is refreshing to live in a neighbourhood with the necessities nearby”. The Greens is not merely a residential domain, but a refreshing place where different communities exist and interact.

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