What’s the area like? Jumeirah and Umm Suqeim are regarded as Dubai’s most coveted neighbourhoods – and it’s easy to see why. The main artery, Beach Road, runs parallel to the shore, so wherever you live, the pretty coastline is never far away. The property choice is also broader than the usual manicured duplication of villas – veering from palaces and compact villas to apartment blocks.
Amenities The popularity of Jumeirah has created a handy set-up where you have a choice of supermarkets, malls, nurseries, schools and cute cafés at your fingertips. The Lime Tree Café is one of the city’s most popular hangouts, Magrudy’s bookstore is a treasure trove of literary gems and at the end of Beach Road you’ll find Souk Madinat which is one of the city’s social centres.
Best for Families and professionals
Pros Not only can you walk to free or cheap public beaches from your home, but you’re smack bang in the middle of Dubai as well. It doesn’t get any better than this.
Cons It also doesn’t get more exclusive than this. With few new properties going up, Jumeirah Janes and Josephs and Umm Suqeim Ursulas (?) are staying put, and wearing their five per cent rent caps with pride (cap-less rents in the area have otherwise risen by around 40 per cent in less than a year). The drive all the way along Jumeirah Beach or Al Wasl melts your brain, especially during rush hour.
On the radar Satwa redevelopment, Jumeirah Garden City, may well outshine ‘Old Jumeirah’ in the end.