Jumeirah Mina A’ Salam is one of four hotels within Madinat Jumeirah Resort, on a 2.5 kilometre private beach overlooking the Arabian Gulf and alongside the Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel. In celebration of its 15th anniversary, here’s a list of 15 fascinating things to discover about this grand boutique hotel offering an authentic Arabian heritage experience with family-friendly services.
1. Inspired by Dubai Creek
The opening of Jumeirah Mina A’ Salam in September 2003 marked the debut of Madinat Jumeirah as it was the first of the Resort’s properties to open. Developer and architect, Mirage Mille, took 36 months to complete the hotel, with the vision of recreating life in ‘old Dubai’ in a luxury setting, complete with waterways, lagoons, abra boats and a souk.
2. ‘The Harbour of Peace’
Mina A’ Salam translates to ‘The Harbour of Peace’ in Arabic and the hotel’s sand-coloured wind towers, lagoons and waterways, pay homage to ancient Arabic fishing and sailing traditions. In the hotel’s opulent marble-clad lobby, seek the centrally located, petal-strewn water feature surrounding the Jumeirah ‘beacon’ (the logo of the Jumeirah Group of hotels and resorts) and don’t forget to look up to spot the ceiling mural of an ancient mariner’s map. At sunset, drift over to the hotel’s Al Samar Lounge adjacent to the lobby and savour a cup of Arabic coffee, accompanied by traditional dates, while watching the glorious spectacle of the sun slowly sinking into the horizon of the Arabian Gulf.
Staying in Jumeirah Mina A’ Salam means being in the centre of the pulsating heart of Madinat Jumeirah, with the entire Resort at your feet. Explore in comfort and culturally connected style via abra – traditional wooden boats sailing along the resort’swaterways.
3. Join The Club and Be Happy
Club access at Jumeirah Mina A’ Salam brings an exclusive world of privileges. Business travelers will appreciate the Club Executive Lounge, for guests 18 years old and above, designed for luxury, efficiency and productivity. Families can enjoy the Premium Leisure Club with exclusive check-in, reception and lounge, while youngsters can avail of a playroom and computer room. Both club lounges provide daily complimentary breakfasts, all-day beverages and afternoon teas from 3pm to 4:30pm. From 6pm to 8pm at the club lounges, drop by for ‘Happy Hour’ and fuel up for the evening ahead with a selection of pre-dinner drinks and canapes.
4. Stroll the Souk
All the attractions of Madinat Jumeirah, which include more than 50 restaurants and bars in its hotels, as well as the Madinat Theatre and the outdoor amphitheatre in the interconnected Souk, are best explored leisurely. Take the time to stroll around designer boutiques, art galleries and handicraft shops in the Souk, and get immersed in a traditional shopping experience
Jumeirah Mina A’ Salam’s beachfront restaurant, Shimmers on the Beach, could not be more appropriately named. Sink your toes into the glistening, golden sands of Dubai’s best and longest stretch of private beach, punctuated by breathtaking views of Burj Al Arab, and enjoy a leisurely, casual-chic Greek lunch or dinner. This is THE destination in Dubai to up your Instagram game.
6. Family First
Did you know that staying at Jumeirah Mina A’ Salam means that kids actually have complimentary access to the Sinbad Kids’ Clubs in Jumeirah Al Qasr and Jumeirah Al Naseem? This means thrilling access to over 1,000 square metres of kiddie pools, play areas, and supervised games and activities. If that’s not enough – the entire family can have the adventure of a lifetime with complimentary access to nearby Wild Wadi Waterpark.
7. Fit, Fierce and Fabulous
Jumeirah Mina A’ Salam helps you to keep track of your fitness goals, even while on holiday, with one of Dubai’s biggest and impressively equipped luxury hotel gyms – Talise Fitness – on-site. With facilities for cardio, weights and a diverse programme of exercise classes, a 25-metre indoor swimming pool, two squash courts, five tennis courts, an outdoor functional training zone, a 6.4-metre climbing wall, even a high-altitude (low oxygen) suite, Talise Fitness takes away the pain (well, maybe a little bit…) out of the need to train. Soothe those sore muscles in the sauna or better yet, hop onto an abra or a Resort buggy to nearby Talise Spa for a spot of well-deserved pampering and emerge feeling fabulous!
8. The Asian Taste
In keeping with Jumeirah Mina A’ Salam’s nod to ancient mariner heritage, Zheng He’s pays tribute to the historical Chinese explorer. Keep it light with bite-sized dim sum delights or feast on Chinese classics such as roast Peking duck or seafood specialties.
9. A Holiday Fiesta
Keep up the festive mood on holidays with a visit to Tortuga Mexican Kitchen and feel right at home, with warm Latin hospitality, authentic flavours and traditional mariachi music.
10. The Posh Nosh
Friday brunching in Dubai is the high point of Dubai’s weekly social calendar and Hanaaya at Jumeirah Mina A’ Salam offers an irresistible spread of great food from around the world, cocktails and mocktails, live band performance and picturesque lagoon views. It’s not just for mums and dads; even kids get their own buffet and entertainment.
11. Sunset Drinks at Bahri Bar
Arguably the best sunset view in all of Dubai, Bahri is a hidden treasure and well known for their after brunch parties. One to tick off the bucket-list during a stay in the hotel.
12. Get sun kissed on 2km of beach
Situated steps away from Dubai’s best and longest stretch of 2 kilometre private beach. The pristine golden beach is literally on your doorstep.
13. Splash and cool down in the swimming pools
While you have the Arabian Sea on your doorstep you can also plunge into the hotel’s pool on the second floor next to the beach and overlooking Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.
14. Go the distance on a buggy
Cruise to your destination of choice around the Resort on a specially designed buggy, which allow you to venture to Jumeirah Beach Hotel or Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.
15. Wild Wadi Waterpark
Splash and slide at Wild Wadi Waterpark, with benefits for every guest of Jumeirah Mina A’Salam receiving complimentary access throughout their stay.
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