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Jumeirah, Jumeira, Dubai

Jumeirah usually refers to either the Jumeirah district or suburb of Dubai, or the Jumeirah Group, a company which owns hotels and other hospitality related activities. Jumeirah district includes part of the Dubai coast and has several public beaches. Landmarks and sights include Jumeirah Mosque, Union House, Burj Al Arab Hotel, Jumeirah Janes, Safa Park, Mercato shopping mall, Beach Road, Jumeirah Beach Park, Dubai Canal, Jumeirah Corniche.

Jumeira Rd, Beach Rd, and Jumeirah Beach Rd all refer to the same road (it's rarely called Jumeirah Street by residents). Officially the name is Jumeira Road (at least that's what most of the road signs say).

Jumeirah Beach Residences (JBR) - not part of Jumeirah district, is in Dubai Marina area, further towards Abu Dhabi from Jumeirah. But also has nice beaches.

Jumeirah Group

Jumeirah company - see separate page. Note that the company is now called just Jumeirah, no longer Jumeirah Group. Sometimes referred to as Jumeirah International.

Jumeirah district Dubai

There are two Jumeirah areas in Dubai.

  1. Jumeirah District, the larger area, which includes the suburbs of Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, Al Wasl, Al Safa 1 and 2, Al Manara (Al Manarah), Umm Al Sheif (Um Sheif).
  2. Jumeirah communities (sub-district, suburb) 1, 2, and 3 can also be considered as Jumeirah but an official description of that area category doesn't really exist. Jumeirah Communities is probably the closest. Jumeirah District would be used to describe the greater Jumeirah area.
Communities in Jumeirah Notes Notes
Al Badaa (Al Bada'a)    
Al Manara    
Al Safa 1    
Al Safa 2    
Al Wasl    
Jumeirah 1    
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Jumeirah 2    
Jumeirah 3    
Satwa (Al Satwa)    
Trade Center 1    
Umm Suqeim 1    
Umm Suqeim 2    
Umm Suqeim 3    

Top 10 landmarks and sights in Jumeirah

Jumeirah Beach tourist attractions include

  1. Beaches - most of the coast is publicly accessible and open to the public, with great beaches. Jumeirah Beach Park (when open) is open to the public but for a small entry fee. Open Beach is at the flagpole end of Beach Rd (closed from 2014-2016), Umm Suqeim Beach (or Sunset Beach) is at the Burj Al Arab end, very busy in weekends. In between it's easy to find a less hectic place to swim and sunbath. Kite Beach (Wollongong Beach) is about halfway between the two and quite busy, has good facilities (sports, canteens and cafes), is where kitesurfers hang out.
  2. Umm Suqeim Beach (also called Sunset Beach) - last public beach before the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, tour buses will usually stop here so you can take a beach photo with the Burj Al Arab behind you. Or come very early in the morning yourself when there are no crowds and the light is better (0500-0600 in summer, 0700-0800 in winter). Sun shines on you and Burj in the mornings. Evenings are good for sun setting on the ocean horizon photos but not for Burj Al Arab photos with you in them. Beach is packed on Fridays, very busy on Saturdays, plenty of space rest of the week except public holidays.
  3. Jumeirah Corniche - new (in 2014) walking and jogging track along most of the beach front (private property and fishing harbours create some obstacles). No, cycling is not allowed even though they said it was originally.
  4. [Update] Madinat Jumeirah (see below).
  5. [Update cycle hire locations] Cycling - a cycle track along the Beach Road although is a bit of an obstacle course with cars, bus stop shelters, lamp posts, parked in the middle of it. Especially bad at either end. Cycle hire (24 hrs, need credit card) is available at a couple of places along the path. A pleasant enough thing to do in the winter months especially because it's almost flat everywhere. Don't cycle on the Beach Rd. Cycling on the inner community roads should be ok but watch out for car doors opening and cars reversing out of parking. Car drivers are generally less tolerant towards cyclists than in Holland or Denmark. Don't cycle daytime in summer, it's too hot.
  6. Fishing harbours and villages - three with new (in 2014) shops, restaurants, and cafes in a souk style area. Upgrades in Umm Suqeim 2, and Umm Suqeim 3. Another small harbour in Jumeira 2.
  7. Jumeirah Mosque - popular and has guided tours, but we think the Al Farooq Mosque in Umm Suqeim looks more impressive. Yes, non-Muslims can visit both mosques, men and women, adult and children, but dress appropriately. Women will probably be provided with an abaya anyway.
  8. Burj Al Arab Hotel - that famous 7 star hotel that's not really a 7 star hotel (official rating is 5 stars). No public entry you have a room or restaurant reservation.
  9. Safa Park - large public park, cheap to enter, jogging track around the outside, large lake, BBQ areas. Reduced in size in 2014 to make way for the Dubai Canal or Creek Extension project.
  10. Wild Wadi Water Park - in Umm Suqeim 3 along Beach Rd, between Burj Al Arab Hotel and Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
  11. Mercato Shopping Mall - Italian themed mall with a Venetian bridge to stand on and take photos. Cinema, small food court, Spinneys supermarket.
  12. Jumeirah Beach Road - has a cycle path (with obstacles), a few small shopping centers in Jumeirah 1, plenty of restaurants, cafes, fast food places. Every night after midnight it becomes the Dubai dragstrip and race track. No entry fee for spectators or participants.
  13. Four Seasons Hotel and Resort - new (in 2015) hotel on Jumeirah Beach Rd, Jumeirah 2.
  14. Jumeirah Janes - elusive ladies in the suburbs. Everyone wants one. Well, not really, but it sounds catchy.
  15. [Closed 2014-2016] Jumeirah Beach Park
  16. [Under construction 2014-2016] Dubai Canal
  17. [Under renovation 2014-????] Union House and flag pole - at the end of 2nd December St. The giant flagpole you can see from most of Dubai.

Other Jumeirah or Jumeira areas in Dubai

There are several areas and developments in Dubai which include Jumeirah in the name but are not within the Jumeirah district, nor are they part of Jumeirah Group. Many, but not all, of them are Nakheel Properties projects.


Other headings and notes

[Check, exact translation?] Jumeirah in Arabic means beauty or beautiful in English?

Jumeirah Jane

Grid pattern of Jumeirah communities

Vertical lines represented by main roads dividing community areas. From left to right:

Coast, beach            
Umm Suqeim 3 Umm Suqeim 2 Umm Suqeim 1 Jumeirah 3 Jumeirah 2 Jumeirah 1 Jumeirah 1
Beach Rd            
Umm Suqeim 3 Umm Suqeim 2 Umm Suqeim 1 Jumeirah 3 Jumeirah 2 Jumeirah 1 Jumeirah 1
Al Wasl Rd            
Umm Al Sheif Al Manara Al Safa 2 Al Safa 1 Al Wasl Al Wasl, Al Badaa Al Badaa
Umm Al Sheif Al Manara Al Safa 2 Al Safa 1 Al Wasl Al Wasl, Satwa Satwa
308 Rd, Al Albaany St            
Umm Al Sheif Al Manara Al Safa 2 Al Safa 1 Al Wasl Al Wasl, Trade Center 1 Trade Center 1
Sheikh Zayed Rd            
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