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The Jumeirah Lake Towers (Arabic: ابراج بحيرة الجميرا) is a huge development in Dubai, United Arab Emirates which consists of a 79 towers being constructed along the edges of four artificial lakes (Lake Almas West, Lake Almas East, Lake Elucio, and Lake Allure) as well as the JLT Embankment of 8 tower facing Jumeirah Islands. The lakes (which are about 3 metres (9.8 ft) deep) will be completely filled by end of 2009. The total area covered by the lakes, waterways and landscaping will be 730,000-square-metre (7,900,000 sq ft). The towers will range from having 35 floors to having 45, except for the centerpiece, which is 66 floors. The tallest tower and the centerpiece of the entire complex is Almas Tower which will be situated on its own island between Lake Almas West and Lake Almas East. All residential towers will be placed in clusters of three. This therefore makes the areas easier to navigate when mail is distributed.
The completion of Saba Tower in December 2006 marked the first tower to be completed in Jumeirah Lake Towers. The final tower is expected to be completed in 2011. The majority of construction will take place in 2008. By April 2011, over 80 per cent of the towers in JLT have been completed. While the entire development is expected to be completed in 2012.Clusters
The towers in JLT proper are organised in 26 clusters of three named from A to Z, each cluster has its own parking structure and a retail waterfront. The towers are officially numbered 1, 2 and 3 but also have official names. The clusters are not named.Hotels
Four hotels are to be constructed in the Project, the Mövenpick Hotel on plot A2, the Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers on plot J3, and unspecified hotels on plots T3 and Z2; there will also be a few serviced apartment buildings.Al Mas and the Jewellery Business
The centerpiece is Al Mas building (Arabic for "the Diamond") comprises floors and houses the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) head office as well as Dubai Diamond Exchange. All office owners and tenants of the tower are Jewellery traders and manufacturers. The basement of the tower houses the main diamond vault.
Another two DMCC owned buildings, the Au and Ag, will house the Gold and Silver exchanges respectively and will also only be occupied by DMCC members.Population and Facilities
The project is estimated to have a resident population of around 60,000 and a working population of another 120,000; it will include 5 children playgrounds, 3 mosques, a police station, a civil defense station and other facilities.
There will be two stops for the Dubai Light Rail project along the site and a shuttle bus from the clusters to the Light Rail stops is planned.Fire
On January 18, 2007, two workers were killed and at least 40 injured (four seriously) when a fire broke out in the under construction Fortune Tower. The Fortune Tower was delayed for several months, but is expected to be completed by the end of 2007.