Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah Beach Residence & Dubai Marina Holidays
Originally just a beach, Jumeirah today refers to the entire coastal area west of Dubai Creek towards Jebel Ali and stretches over several sub-districts including the nine mile spread of sands and its array of iconic hotels, Jumeirah Beach Residence (known as JBR to the locals) and the Dubai Marina area.
Comprised of a long stretch of coastline that runs parallel to Sheikh Zayed Road, Jumeirah Beach is the address of a number of the city's landmarks and hotels, including the Burj Al Arab, one of Dubai's architectural icons. The scenic landscape is mainly made up of low rise buildings, of different and quirky styles, that slope down to the beach. Jumeirah's large resort hotels offer high-quality restaurants, exciting nightlife and private beach clubs that have excellent sports facilities, both on and off the water. The area also has residential districts along with a range of smaller malls, independent spas, boutiques and restaurants, not forgetting Wild Wadi Water Park, part of the Jumeirah Beach complex, which offers 30 rides and attractions for all the family. After dark, the Madinat Jumeirah resort and entertainment complex with its attached souk is a popular place to shop, dine or simply wander and soak up the relaxed ambience.
Jumeirah Beach Residence is primarily a group of 40 buttercream-yellow towers offering hotel rooms, studios, penthouses and apartments that are set back from the inviting sands of Jumeirah Beach. Between JBR and the beach lies the pedestrianised area called The Walk, a fashionable stretch of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars (located within the hotels) which has fast become one of the city's most popular places to socialise.
Dubai Marina, which is set one road back from JBR, is one of the city's newest quarters. Its man-made marina is surrounded by towering residential and apartment blocks, that look particularly impressive when illuminated at night. The area has lots of walkways, making it an ideal place for an afternoon stroll or moonlight walk after dinner in one of the many restaurants and cafes found here, including many alfresco options. The Marina's latest project, Pier 7, is fantastic for foodies: the tower that rises from the pedestrian walk has seven very different, but equally delicious, restaurants on each level.
When it comes to serious shopping, the Mall of the Emirates is also a short taxi or metro ride away. Home to over 550 stores, a 24 screen cinema, community theatre and Ski Dubai, the ideal place to cool down and escape the heat!