Holidays to Jumeirah zero in on Dubai’s glamorous, seaside suburb, where you can move from mega malls to long, sandy beaches.
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.
Dubai’s main beach strip unfolds for roughly 11 miles – and the majority of it’s found in Jumeirah. While many of the city’s stretches are reserved by hotels, Jumeirah’s got a handful of free-for-all patches – including the longest public beach in Dubai. This one’s accompanied by a modern promenade with tracks for walking, jogging and cycling.
Ancient and avant-garde
Jumeirah’s a shopper’s paradise. You can get your retail therapy fix at the Renaissance-themed Mercato Mall or BoxPark – a funky strip of boutiques housed in shipping containers. It’s not all high-end, though. The neighbourhood’s got its fair share of indie fashion stores, coffee shops and health-conscious eateries. Culture-wise, you can see the remains of a 9th-century AD settlement at the Jumeirah Archaeological Site, or step inside the Jumeirah Mosque – one of only a few in the city open to non-Muslims.
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Where we go in Jumeirah (Dubai)