If you've ever been to Dubai or if you've lived here long enough, you'll know there is no way to avoid making at least one visit to one of Dubai's most luxurious areas - Madinat Jumeirah.
The high end district that is Madinat Jumeirah features a host of fine dining restaurants, 5-star hotels, and activities for you and the entire family. If you're limited on time, or just looking for something different to do this weekend, we've come up with a complete guide to Madinat Jumeirah.
Read on to find out more.
Madinat Jumeirah Restaurants
One of the most appealing aspects of Madinat Jumeirah is the endless dining options the area presents. With options ranging from romantic fine dining to terrace lounges, Madinat Jumeirah should be on your list this weekend.
Read on to see some of the best spots Madinat Jumeirah has to offer.
Soak in the Views
360°, situated at the end of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s Marina pier, has earned its reputation as one of the trendiest venues in Dubai. Located 1km out at sea, the views of the sunset are some of the best Dubai has to offer. Enjoy some of the tastiest Asian cuisine while listening to the funkiest beats provided by their in house DJ. The perfect spot to unwind as the hours fly by.
Serving Californian fusion cuisine, Scape Restaurant located at the Burj Al Arab is a chic addition to the dining options of the hotel. Nestled on the hotel terrace with views of the sea, Scape offers guests unparalleled views of the ocean with a delicious selection of food. Whether it be for lunch or afternoon drinks, Scape will definitely leave you feeling refreshed.
Everything alpine can be found at Publique, the new kid of the block at the Madinat, Dubai. Warm wood interiors and red leather seating, complete with a gondola accessory, will make you want to book your flights for the Alps. Casual and novel, this bar is cosy and makes you forget you’re in Dubai.
Situated 200 meters above sea level on the 27th floor of the iconic Burj Al Arab, is Skyview Bar, a modern bar featuring unique cocktails from their in-house mixologist. The space is ideal for intimate outings with friends and family in an upscale setting, and dining here allows you to relish in the beautiful views from the towering hotel.
Unstuffy and relaxed, Folly at the Madinat Dubai offers innovative cuisine that wows in its simplicity. With views of the waterways and the Burj Al Arab from its four terraces, the ambience is world-class. Uncomplicated food that impresses in its ability to leave a lasting imprint on memory, you’ll want to come back for more.
Ultra Romantic Dining
Sitting in one of the best locations in Dubai, on Madinat Jumeirah's private beach, Shimmers offers unparalleled views of Burj Al Arab and the sea. Perfect for those looking for delicious Greek cuisine in a casual chic setting paired with refreshing drinks and cocktails. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and head to the beach for your next meal, where you can enjoy shisha in their lounge section or endless dish options at their restaurant.
Perched at the end of the Qasr Hotel's pier in Madinat Jumeirah is Pierchic, a high-end Mediterranean and seafood restaurant. With stunning views of the Burj Al Arab, your over the water dining experience will be taken to new heights. Guests will be able to feast on some of the finest a la carte seafood in Dubai, while dining in an intimate setting.
With a location that is hard to find in Dubai, Villa Beach is located directly adjacent to the world famous Burj Al Arab. Guests can enjoy re-imagined British cuisine while relishing in the magnificent view. Due to its direct beach access and gorgeous views, the restaurant is a popular spot for romantic dinners and even engagements.
From award-winning seafood Chef Nathan Outlaw, comes Al Mahara at the luxurious Burj Al Arab Hotel. With a focus on simplicity, each and every dish is a meticulously crafted work of art for your taste buds. Enjoy your dinner while surrounded by a live aquarium display that will captivate you throughout the night and be sure to take your dining experience to an elevated level.
Al Hambra, located at the Al Qasr Hotel in Jumeirah, is an authentic Spanish restaurants serving up a large selection of Tapas and rustic Spanish cuisine. With an outdoor terrace, the restaurant is perfect for soaking up the beautiful views of Dubai with friends and family. Al Hambra is most known for their gazpacho and chorizo frito, as well as their calamari, king prawns, and their famous chicken and rabbit paella.
Located on the 25th floor of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel Dubai, La Parrilla offers views out over the Arabian Gulf and the Burj Al Arab. This is a South American themed restaurant, so the menu is interactive with a number of small tapas style dishes and hot stones for cooking meat at your table. Throughout the month there is entertainment from singers and dancers to make your meal more enjoyable.
If you're looking for a unique dining experience in Dubai, Pai Thai at the Al Qasr Hotel is the spot for you. Accessible only by Abra ride from Madinat Jumeirah, the restaurant will awaken your senses with authentic Thai cuisine. The combination of breathtaking views and flavorful dishes will be sure to take your evening to the next level.
Bringing a much-needed modern twist to the Dubai food scene is The Hide, a restaurant inspired by some of the biggest food capitals in the world. Boasting a rustic look, The Hide is a beautifully vintage eatery perfect for any time of the day. The cuisine at Hide is predominately American but modernized with elements of a classic meatery.
With a name inspired by 15th century nautical explorers, Zheng He's has made its mark on the Dubai food scene with its innovative yet authentic Chinese cuisine. Located in the Mina A'salam hotel, the restaurant is ideally located in the most illustrious areas of Dubai, perfectly suiting its chic interiors. Guests can enjoy an extensive selection of Chinese dishes while overlooking a beautiful view.
Looking for an authentic Mexican experience? Tortuga brings the delicious flavors of Mexico to Dubai. The vibrant restaurant located at Jumeirah Mina A’Salam is headed by their masterful team of Mexican chefs. Guests can enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine with live Latin music that'll take you on a culinary journey through Mexico and will be sure to make your night worthwhile.
Sahn Eddar, located at the Burj Al Arab Hotel, is the perfect spot to unwind in the morning with a cup of coffee or to indulge in a delicious afternoon tea. The international menu at Sahn Eddar aims to spoil guests for choice and provide the best afternoon tea experience possible. Enjoy the beautiful interiors of Burj Al Arab while partaking in their delectable treats.
Soak up the views of Madinat Jumeirah while being transported by Abra to Khaymat Al Bahar, a truly authentic Lebanese experience. With a large selection of traditional dishes, the restaurant is perfect for those with a penchant for Lebanese cuisine. Guests can also enjoy daily live entertainment every evening that is sure to complete their dining experience in style.
Il Borro is a high-class Tuscan bistro. The restaurant has a simple crisp design with cream walls and bright décor, drawing the focus to the classic menu. The cuisine is authentic and the dishes are made with ingredients imported from the region. Located in the heart of Dubai, this is a stunning Italian eatery with a large wooden terrace overlooking the water, perfect for the cooler months.
The Meat Co., located at the Souk Madinat Jumeriah in Umm Suqeim, is one of the most well known fine-dining steak houses in Dubai, offering a global selection of premium cuts of meats and South African-inspired dishes. The venue features a sprawling outdoor terrace with a panoramic view of the Burj Al Arab and the waterways, while inside the vibe is dark, bustling and masculine.
Madinat Jumeirah Activities
Madinat Jumeirah isn't just a destination for some of the best restaurants in Dubai, but rather a host of activities perfect to enjoy with friends and family.
Check out some of the must-try activities around Madinat Jumeirah.
Situated in the heart of Madinat Jumeirah is one of Dubai's most popular water parks, Wild Wadi. With stunning views of the Burj Al Arab and the convenience of being located in one of the most luxurious areas of Dubai, Wild Wadi features an astonishing 30 rides and attractions fit for the entire family. The story of Wild Wadi is built around the tale of Juha, a popular Arabic folklore character.
Thrill-seekers must try out the "Jumeirah Sceirah, an adrenaline pumping water slide 32m off the ground with views of the entire park.
Souk Madinat is the combination of Middle Eastern shopping and a high end luxury destination. With a number of traditional stands, barrows, and stalls the mall incorporates a large selection of boutique shops and souvenir shops to provide visitors with a well rounded shopping experience. The souq is also home to over 24 restaurants offering dishes from all over the world with beautiful views of Madinat Jumeirah.
In terms of entertainment, visitors can expect a number of live performances going on weekly at the Madinat Theater, or a happening party taking place at one of the many nightlife venues. The souk also features a network of Abra's available to guests that can be used as a mode of transportation between hotels and restaurants, or just to get a tour of the Madinat Jumeirah waterways.
Turtle Rehabilitation Center
An interesting humanitarian effort in Dubai is "The Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project" located at the Burj Al Arab hotel in collaboration with Dubai's Wildlife Protection Office. Established in 2004, the venture has since seen the release of well over 560 rescued and rehabilitated turtles into the water's of Dubai.
Every Wednesday at 11am, visitors are able to take part in the weekly Turtle feeding sessions held at the Jumeirah Al Naseem Hotel. This is a perfect opportunity to bring your little ones to learn about the importance of these Sea Turtles on the Dubai marine life as well involving them in something bigger than all of us.
Dubai is home to a number of beaches, but the ones along Jumeirah road stand out most in the region. With beaches like "Kite Beach" adding more and more for guests to do while lounging on the sand, this summer activity is becoming a more desirable one. Madinat Jumeirah is also host to one public beach that remains relatively quiet and still has striking views of the Burj Al Arab Hotel and the Gulf.
Check out the map below for the exact location.
Madinat Jumeirah Hotels
Dubai is no stranger to luxurious hotels, with the likes of the Armani Hotel at the Burj Khalifa, and the opulent St. Regis on Sheikh Zayed Road its no surprise that we've grown accustomed to seeing 5-star hotels at every turn.
Madinat Jumeirah is no exception, its astonishing how they managed to fit so many high-end hotels within such a small area, but boy are we glad they did. As if Burj Al Arab wasn't enough, Madinat Jumeirah also includes the iconic Jumeirah Beach Hotel and the classically Arabian Al Qasr Hotel. Read on to see some of the must visit hotels in the area.
Burj Al Arab
With its iconic sail design and luxurious interiors, The Burj Al Arab Hotel has managed to gain worldwide acclaim as one of the only '7 Star' hotels in the world. The hotel offers suite-only accommodation, and discreet check-in within the comfort of your suite. The venue is also host to a private reception on every floor, a number of personal butlers, a sky deck complete with tennis court, and a beautiful pool.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Jumeirah Beach Hotel, perfectly designed to reflect the oceans of Dubai through its wavelike design, is a family oriented 5 star hotel aimed to redefine the holiday experience in the region. With over 600 rooms and stunning views of the Gulf, this hotel is perfect for those looking to see Dubai in a different light. Hotel stays also come with complimentary unlimited access to Wild Wadi.
Nestled in the heart of Madinat Jumeirah, Jumeirah Mina A'Salam is a high-end boutique style hotel that exudes personality. After being completely refurbished in 2015, the beautiful rooms now overlook the beautiful sea and Madinat Jumeirah lagoons - picturesque and luxurious.
Jumeirah Al Naseem
The most recent Jumeirah hotel to join the list in Madinat Jumeirah and arguably the most luxurious is the Jumeirah Al Naseem Hotel. The selection of restaurants alone should be enough to convince you to visit this beautiful work of architecture.
Jumeirah Al Qasr
From the main entrance it's obvious this hotel is unlike anything else in Dubai. With a golden horse statue fountain and a plethora of horse sculptures out front, this hotel drips opulence. The classically designed hotel is a world of luxury behind its external walls, and is perfect for anyone looking for something a little more high-end than a typical day in Dubai.