Meaning ‘burning embers’ in Arabic, Jumeriah is a coastal residential area in Dubai whose early residents included fishermen, pearl divers and traders. Since the 1960s it has been inhabited by a wealth of expatriates as well as fancy hotels and luxurious residential centres.
The beachfront area, which now boasts the opulent Burj Al Arab Hotel, was initially called Chicago Beach, as it was the site of the former Chicago Beach Hotel, a popular tourist destination from the 1970s to the 1990s. After the hotel was demolished in 1997, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum announced the Burj Al Arab as the name of the new hotel that would take its place. ‘Jumeirah’ is now generally used for this location of prestige, luxury and breathtaking beaches and can be related to the title which the ruling family have called their upmarket hotel chain Jumeirah.
The vicinity boasts a number of Jumeirah luxury hotels lining the beachfront. These include the world famous Burj Al Arab which is located offshore on a manmade island and includes such coveted culinary destinations as Muntaha, located 200 metres above sea level where you can enjoy delicious seafood specialities. Sahn Eddar, the hotel’s spot for afternoon tea and signature desserts such as caramelized pecan chocolate cake and macadamia nuts dipped in 24-carat gold leaf. At the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, enjoy such esteemed restaurants as La Parilla featuring Argentinean cuisine and live Tango dancers coupled with mesmerizing scenic views of the Arabian Gulf. After relishing your meal, hit 360°, a stylish rooftop lounge offering catchy DJ tunes and one of Dubai’s all-time favourite nightspots, or try Mahiki, its recently opened Polynesian-themed club.
Also located at Jumeirah Beach Hotel is the revered sports centre The Pavilion Marina and Sports Club offering tailor-made programmes to clients of different fitness levels, spa treatments and exhilarating water sports. On the beachfront is the Madinat Jumeirah consisting of three luxurious 5-star hotels: Mina A’Salam, Al Qasr, home to the renowned spa and wellness centre Talise Spa; Dar Al-Masyaf, also known as Souk Madinat Jumeirah, which includes residences, a shopping area created in the manner of a traditional Arabic souk, and a pier which extends out into the Arabian Gulf boasting such restaurants of calibre as Pier Chic, known for its seafood.
In Dubai’s warmer months you can spend some time at Wild Wadi Water Park. Themed around the Arabic folklore characters of Juha and Sinbad, families can enjoy 30 adrenaline-charged rides and five children-friendly restaurants.
For a cultural excursion, visit the Jumeirah Mosque. One of Dubai’s major landmarks, the mosque was built in the medieval Fatimid style and features a stone structure made of modern materials in a tribute to Islamic architecture. Known as one of the most beautiful mosques in Dubai, the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding organizes regular visits to the Jumeirah Mosque for non-Muslims. It is a place of history, Islamic tradition and cultural exchange.
While you can easily spend countless days perusing the vicinity of Jumeirah Beach and its glamorous hotels and restaurants, watching the sunset on the beach is equally as luxurious and special, letting you relish the beauty of this marvellous area.
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