Explore Dubai’s Jumeirah district
Soak up the winter sun at Jumeirah Public Beach, a lovely sandy enclave that offers wonderful views of the Burj Al Arab. Make sure to try out one of the private beach cabanas. If you are in the mood for something more action packed, head south and cool down at Wild Wadi Waterpark , one of the Middle East’s largest water parks. Test your nerve on the Jumeirah Sceirah, where a capsule will propel you 120 metres at 80km/ph!
Once you have calmed down, head next door and get your phone ready for the ultimate Instagram shot at The Burj Al Arab . The sunset provides the requisite glowing backdrop, or wait until after dark and capture the light show. If you want to check out the interior, we recommend the afternoon tea at the Sky View Bar.
A few minutes away is Jumeirah Mina A’Salam which combines un-derstated luxury with Arab opulence. We recommend a sundowner at Bahri Bar which offers spectacular sea views and wonderful service. Try the Sugar Queen, which may or may not contain a generous helping of whipped cream.
Located right next to it is Jumeirah Al Naseem – beaches, Burj Al Arab views, landscaped gardens with pools, open-plan rooms. Pop-up restaurant concept Umi Shio is located in Summersalt Beach Club, where chef Cristian Goya fuses the artful craft of Japanese cooking with the utterly distinct flavours of South America setting your palate deliciously alight. Rockfish takes seafood feasting to a whole new level. Hop over to the Turtle Rehabilitation Lagoon to feed and learn about the endergered species. The hotel is part of the Madinat Jumeirah complex, which transformed this part of the city when it opened in 1999.
Wander the Madinat’s souks and pick something up for a loved one at home. We do like Gallery One, which has a range of eye-catching graphic prints. If you start to feel hungry, never fear – Madinat Jumeirah has 25 restaurants. The Noodle House is a perennial favourite.If you are in the mood for a bit of culture, the 442-seat Madinat Theatre hosts everything from classical music to comedy. Book in advance as tickets sell out quickly.
If you want to head next door to Jumeirah Al Qasr , why not take an abra? There are stations dotted around the canals that criss-cross the whole complex, and they’re the most relaxing way to get around. The hotel itself has been designed in the style of a sheikh’s summer palace, and offers as much opulence as you can imagine. Steak lovers rejoice: The Hide offers one of the city’s best.
If you are in the mood for some retail therapy, Mall of the Emirates is renowned for its giant indoor ski slope (and resident penguins!), but it also has a huge range of shops and restaurants. There’s also a world-class cinema, the immense Magic Planet entertainment centre and some of the city’s best coffee shops.
And, if you want to discover the rest of what Dubai has to offer, the Dubai Metro stop is reachable via an air-conditioned walkway. Buy a ticket or a Nol card which you can use to tap on and off at Metro stations and buses across the city.