When the Madinat Jumeirah first opened its doors Time Out was there to bring you the facts.
Time Out Dubai staff
1. In the heart of the Madinat lies a massive souk area, packed with 75 boutique stores. Enjoy a browse at Un Jour Un Sac and Gallery One before strolling down the waterside to pop in to Crew Clothing. Street performers will stalk through the alleyways laying on entertainment as you shop.
2. Hungry visitors can pick from 42 restaurants and bars within Al Qasr, Mina A’Salam and the Souk. They range from Moroccan to Tuscan and from Californian to Chinese, and 22 of them sit directly on the waterfront. There’s a cigar bar, a tapas bar, a wine bar and a massive triple-decker club, set to open its doors in September.
3. The English National Ballet are set to perform at the Madinat on October 7-8. Expect to see Perpetuum Mobile, Sideshow, Raymonda and the pas de deux from Swan Lake Act ll, Don Quixote and le Corsaire.
4. Madinat has just secured a deal to bring over The Rat Pack musical on September 28-29. It’s a fabulous all-singing West End production which celebrates the talent of Sinatra, Sammy Davis Junior and Dean Martin.
5. The Madinat’s Six Senses Spa is the only pamper pad in the region to offer Watsu underwater massage. This treatment involves stretching movements which ‘return the skeletal system to a natural balance’, as you lie fully submerged. Nice.
6. The chef at the Al Hambra Spanish eatery has been flown in from El Bulli, a three Michelin-starred restaurant generally viewed as Spain’s finest, and internationally revered by globe-trotting gourmets.
7. A 424-seat theatre opens at the centre of the souk this month, and is set to become one of the city’s biggest cultural centres. There’s also an amphitheatre, built to fit up to 2,000 people, which will host regular international shows in the cooler months.
8. Madinat has 3.7 kilometres of waterways, giving them one of the biggest canal systems this side of Egypt.
9. The place is run by 3,400 staff, bedecked with 5,000 palm trees and hung with chandeliers by Swarovski. More than 20,000 men and women in 25 countries worked on the design and construction of the hotel, toiling for months on its 240 wind towers.
10. When the whole place is full, Madinat reckon on squeezing in excess of 10,000 oranges a day to fuel demand for fresh juice. They’re already getting through an extraordinary 7,488 litres of camel milk each month.