Jumeirah, Dubai, is the original western expat neighbourhood (it can also be written Jumeira and Jumaira). Jumeirah adjoins approximately 10km of beachfront close to central Dubai. Property in Jumeirah
It comprises mainly villas, some very large with their own pools and some located on small compounds with shared recreational facilities.
Foreigners are not allowed to buy property in Jumeirah and rent is amongst the highest in Dubai. Nowadays there is a good mix of nationalities, including many Emiratis.
Although the quiet side streets of Jumeirah are well known for their greenery, bougainvillea and birdsong, newcomers should be aware that there is also quite a lot of redevelopment taking place and more scheduled in selected areas due to the recently announced redevelopment of neighbouring Satwa. Unfortunately it seems construction cannot be avoided anywhere in Dubai!
Shopping & Cafes in Jumeirah
The area is well served with shopping, located primarily along Jumeirah (Beach) Road. The largest shopping mall, Mercato, offers a multi-screen cinema, many well known brands and is also home to one of ExpatWoman’s weekly coffee mornings. However the nicest feature of shopping in Jumeirah is the number and variety of independent stores and boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants, which provide a welcome change from typical mall offerings.
There are also 2 postal stations, several bank branches, 2 hospitals and a huge variety of medical and dental clinics, as well as large selection of beauty and hair salons, laundries and dry cleaners.
Children in Jumeirah
If you have children then Jumeirah offers a great selection of nursery schools, as well as easy access to many new and established British and American system schools.
There are three major parks – large and leafy Safa Park with its popular 3.4km running/walking track, Jumeirah Beach Park and Jumeirah Open Beach – all offering children’s play equipment, picnic and barbeque areas.
Fitness in Jumeirah
Those looking for formal fitness training will find classes in everything from Pilates to belly dancing on offer in a variety of small clubs and facilities, as well as art, pottery and language classes if you’d rather tone your mind than your body!
Sightseeing in Jumeirah
Every visitor should see the Jumeirah Grand Mosque, the only mosque open to non-muslims in Dubai. Guided tours with question and answer sessions are offered 4 days a week through the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding.
One of the best things about living in Jumeirah is that many things are accessible on foot, depending on where you live. I can do my grocery shopping, get my hair cut, visit the doctor and meet friends for coffee or dinner all without using a car. A walk along the beach or visit to a park is only a few minutes away.
There is a real neighbourhood feel to Jumeirah and a sense that life runs a little slower than in many other parts of Dubai.
Things only a resident knows . . .
Best place to people watch: Gerard Café at the Magrudy’s Centre on Jumeirah Beach Road. Sit under the huge bougainvillea outside this small coffee shop and sip Arabic coffee with local Emirati businessmen.
Little-known historic sites: Majilis Ghorfat in Jumeirah 3 - the former summer resort of the late Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum and the archaeological dig in Jumeirah 2.
Tip for beach goers: Visit Jumeirah Beach Park and the Open Beach on week days when it’s quiet. At the weekends, when they’re packed, explore the “undiscovered” beaches accessed via the residential streets between these two parks.