The magnificent stretch of white sand known as Jumeirah Beach is overlooked by Dubai's historic Jumeirah district, a desirable residential area popular with large numbers of expatriates. Today, Dubai is one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities, and features many of the world's most exclusive hotels. The city is also revered for its world-class shopping facilities, and even features an indoor ski resort, the Ski Dubai complex, which is 3,000m² in size.
The beach is linked to the rest of Dubai via the Palm Jumeirah Monorail, which opened in 2009 and features 'driverless' trains. Next to the beach is the Jumeirah Beach Residence, a luxury waterfront community that has been described as the world's largest residential development. This site can accommodate up to 15,000 residents and hotel guests, and features five hotels and more than 6,900 apartments. The Jumeirah Beach Residence complex is also adjacent to a 1.7 kilometre promenade known as The Walk, where you can find an extensive range of elegant boutiques, restaurants and high-end hotels near Jumeirah Beach.
The rest of Dubai
One of the most recognisable sights in Dubai is the Burj Al Arab, which has often been nicknamed a 'seven-star' hotel and is also very close to Jumeirah beach. The building, which was completed in 1999, features a magnificent aquatic-themed restaurant, and was the setting for a famous leisurely tennis match between Roger Federer and Andre Agassi in 2005.
See the towering Burj Khalifa, which is an astonishing 830m in height and well over twice the size of The Shard building in London. Many people also visit Dubai to visit its spectacular Desert Rock Festival, International Film Festival, and Food Festival. Although the city is home to plenty of restaurants serving delicious authentic Arabic food, you can find food from virtually every cuisine imaginable, from Chinese and Indian to Italian and Mexican.
Today, no visit to Dubai would be complete without seeing the enchanting Dubai Fountain, which opened in 2009 and is illuminated by 6,600 lights at night-time. The water shoots more than 150m into the air, and the fountain system was designed by the same company that created the majestic Bellagio Hotel fountains in Las Vegas.
Hotels in the area
The most famous hotel near Jumeirah Beach is the Jumeirah Beach Hotel itself, which, as the name would suggest, is right to next to the beach and has its own 33,800 m² private section. This venue replaced an older hotel in the 1990s and is next to the renowned Wild Wadi Water Park, which hotel guests can enjoy unlimited access to. Other deluxe venues nearby include the chic four-star Rose Rayhaan by Rotana and the five-star Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach.
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