Jumeirah Lakes Towers (Dubai)
Jumeirah Lakes Towers – or JLT to locals – is the latest addition to so-called New Dubai, joining the likes of Jumeirah Beach Residence and Al Barsha. Its lofty skyscrapers are clustered around three, manmade lakes and a 13-acre park. Plus, swanky Dubai Marina’s just across the highway.
Jumeirah Beach Residence (Dubai)
The translation of this place gives you some idea of what’s in store. It means ‘beautiful beach’, and its one-mile strip of cream-coloured sand is a textbook example. The area has cemented itself as one of the most exclusive spots in Dubai, with luxury hotels and restaurants lining the waterfront. Plus, it shares a border with swanky Dubai Marina.
With luxe villas, designer shops and fine-dining restaurants, Jumeirah’s gained a reputation as the Beverly Hills of Dubai. But it’s got something the swanky American city doesn’t have – beaches. This suburb’s got a collection of shout-about stretches – they’re a vision of pearly sands, washed by gentle, gin-clear waters.
Marjan Island (Ras Al Khaimah)
Stretching out into the Arabian Gulf, this futuristic-looking resort spans 2.7 million square metres. Its four islands are home to luxury hotels, private beaches and top-class dining. For the most part, the focus is on the surrounding see-through waters, but a promenade connects Marjan Island to the mainland.
Trade Centre District (Dubai)
The Trade Centre District shares a boundary line with Dubai’s old and new side. It’s a vision of concrete, glass and steel, sandwiched between Downtown Dubai and Bur Dubai – the oldest part of the city. You can easily spend the day at The Dubai Mall or at the top of the Burj Khalifa, which are both under 10 minutes’ drive away.
There’s more to Dubai than seven-star hotels, glitzy malls and soaring skyscrapers. And you’ll find it in Deira. Sitting to the east of Dubai Creek, this district missed the boat to the 21st century. The streets are thronging with bazaars, shisha cafés and curry houses. Plus, you just need to cross the creek to reach Dubai’s cutting-edge attractions, like the Burj Khalifa.
Al Hamra (Ras Al Khaimah)
Dubai’s locals cottoned on to Al Hamra’s oasis-like charms years ago. Its palm groves, unblemished beaches and traditional vibes make it the go-to retreat. The area’s got a handful of luxury hotels, but it’s a far cry from neon-lit Dubai – an hour’s drive through the desert.
Business Bay (Dubai)
Business Bay’s one of the city’s newer districts – circa late-Noughties. As such, it’s even more glistening than the Dubai norm. The area’s made up of a collection of skyscrapers, and the main tenants are top businesses and posh hotels. It’s got some high-profile neighbours, too – you’ll see the Burj Khalifa piercing the sky wherever you look.
Dubai Marina (Dubai)
Dubai Marina, like the rest of the City of Gold, is a rags to riches story. Not so long ago, it was little more than a building-free patch of sand. These days, it’s one of the world’s largest manmade marinas, with hundreds of modern towers helping it earn the nickname ‘New Dubai’. The every-shaped buildings range from high-end apartments to supersized shopping malls, and the canal-like channel below meets the Persian Gulf at either end.
Palm Jumeirah (Dubai)
Dubbed the eighth wonder of the world, there’s nowhere quite like Palm Jumeirah. Nearly 100 million cubic metres of sand were used to craft this palm tree-shaped archipelago, with its thick trunk, 16 mile-long fronds and a crescent shaped island as a breakwater. It doubles Dubai’s coastline and is four times the size of London’s Hyde Park – so big it can be seen from space.