From long-standing institutions to fresh new hangouts via a handful of hidden gems, we’ve compiled a guide to the places you need to know about in Jumeirah 1, 2 and 3.
While Downtown and Dubai Marina may immediately seem like the city’s swankiest neighbourhoods, it’s Jumeirah that has long held the crown of the most affluent. Sprawling beachfront villas, streets lined with designer boutiques and driveways filled with high-value cars bearing super-low number plates – there’s a reason why Jumeirah Beach Road has been compared to Beverly Hills more than once. But there’s so much more to this older neighbourhood than just swagger – with the opening of new cafés, spas and even a new hotel on the horizon, the area is quietly booming and increasingly worth exploring. How Jumeirah is defined varies from source to source – districts 1, 2 and 3 (running from the Satwa end down towards Dubai Marina) are simple enough, but most people (and indeed Google maps) draw the full length of Jumeirah Beach Road into the mix, right down to Madinat Jumeirah, despite the area’s overlap with Umm Suqeim. To keep things simple, we’ve gone with our good friend Google, and covered the coolest places between the Madinat and Union House. To save you walking the full distance between the two (like we did, over just more than three hours), we’ve highlighted the best and the newest from each neighbourhood. Read on to discover the places you don’t want to miss.