Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai

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    "1001 Nights" got a face lift... MADINAT JUMEIRAH

    by JessH Updated May 24, 2009

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    Complete with artificial Venician canals & fake cobble stones, I must admit: even though it's pretentious beyond all belief - at least the Souk Madinat is a nice area to sit outside & enjoy the sunshine

    This is basically the "up-market Version" of the original Dubai souks. It's like some foreign architect got his hands on the ancient bazaar-concept & forced it go undergo plastic surgery = it's pretty, but it's simply not the "real thing". The Madinat has become extremely popular with Dubai's "ladies that lunch" as well as party animals that enjoy the various bars & clubs.

    To reach various restaurants along the artificial waterway, the hotel offers complimentary boat rides on "Abras" (traditional water taxi). I much prefer the "real thing" on Dubai Creek, click here if you're interested: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/tp/14d9ee.

    For the *least* amount of "Disneyland-feeling" I recommend visiting Souk Madinat after the sun has set: this is when the lights come on, the shadows & reflections distort from what is merely a copy of true Arabian heritage, and the whole architectural brilliance of the area is no longer merely bearable; its mystic beauty really shines under the camouflage of night.

    Paths lead visitors through a bazaar-like atmosphere with 75 open fronted shops.
    TOURIST TRAP WARNING: You'll see plenty of souvenirs, pashmina shawls, posters & drawings, etc. for sale here. DON'T BUY! You can buy the exact same things for about 40% of the price in the Gold & Spice Souk, Textile Souk or Karama Shopping Strip. The ONLY shop that I would recommend for purchases is "Gallery One", a store selling regional art and beautiful black&white photographs of Dubai.
    This place is wonderful for taking memorable photographs & having a meal, but not for shopping.

    Some of the restaurants are licensed (= serve alcoholic beverages) and some are not. For a full list of the various eateries & all the stores, click here.

    I have also reviewed some of the resort's eateries in my "Restaurant Tips".

    Opening Hours: 7 days a week, 10:00am - 11:00pm

    My photo of Souk Madinat roof top, Dubai Burj Al Arab from Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai One of the villas at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai Surreal but pretty - Xmas in Dubai (2006)
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    SOAKING IN THE MADINAT MAGIC

    by Siddha3th Updated Jan 22, 2006

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    With Dubai, bigger and flashier is necessarily equated with being better. So you've got to wade through loads of gimmicky, gaudy stuff before finding something truly precious. Which brings me to Madinat Jumeirah.

    A throw-back to ancient Arabia, Madinat is a gorgeously sensual collection of souks, cafes, shops, bars, clubs, restaurants and hotels. Central to these is Souk Madinat Jumeirah, a shopping avenue enclosed within a charming network of narrow alleyways , beautiful mud walls and towering wooden arches.

    Don't be afraid if you get lost in here, that's the charm of the place. You'll stumble across exotic jewellery, carpets, pashminas, and bizarrely enough, even the latest in electronics!

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    Madinat Jumeirah

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Dec 5, 2009

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    Madinat Jumeirah, or "Jumeirah City" is designed like old Arabia spread across over 40 hectares of landscapes and gardens. It consists of an architecturally interesting shopping mall, two luxurious five-star hotels, and a few residential areas. It is advertised to be the "epitome of Arabian hospitality in Dubai".

    Madinat Jumeirah is located along one kilometre of private beachfront adjacent to Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Burj Al Arab and Wild Wadi Water Park.
    Visitors can wander through Madinat Juneirah to admire the Arabian-inspired architecture or venture to one of the many vantage points for a view of the water.

    You can watch my 4 min 25 sec HD Video Dubai Madinat Jumeirah out of my Youtube channel with Mayssam Nahas - Lamoni.

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    SOAKING IN THE MADINAT MAGIC... (2)

    by Siddha3th Updated Jan 22, 2006

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    The larger Madinat Jumeirah complex comprises of 3 hotels. Al Qasr is quite beautiful, though the lobby is filled with so much bling you'd think you'd accidentally dropped into P. Diddy's pad. This hotel has a very nice collection of restaurants and bars, with the pick of the bunch being Koubba, one of the best al fresco cocktail bars in town.

    The Mina 'a Salam flanks the other end of Madinat Jumeirah. The wonderful thing is, no matter where you're staying, you're linked to the souk by an intricate network of waterways, a la Venice - and you're transported by small boats!

    The views of and from this place are gorgeous. DON'T forget that camera.

    Mesmerizing architecture at Madinat
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    by Rinjani Written Sep 30, 2004

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    Madinat Jumeirah is located in Jumeirah Beach road. Next to Burj Al Arab. And just 5 minute away from Wild Wadi, water park.

    Since Souk Madinat Jumeirah (market) is open, Madinat Jumeirah is no longer cozy hotel with Arabic traditional style architecture, but also a recommended place to visit for shopping lovers with bazaar-like atmosphere.

    A variety of shops, restaurants and cafes are here, also wine bar and nightclub. Shopping in the Souk will more than shopping, since many of visitor can not resist to pose for the pictures or capture architecture detail. Outside the Souk, visitor can enjoy breathtaking scenery of Madinat Jumeirah. Dhow cruise in the back side of hotel (sorry, the cruise only for the hotel guest), hang out in the cafes or….just walk around.

    From outside, you will be able to see the contrast of traditional Arabic style architecture of Madinat Jumeirah and modern futuristic of Burj Al Arab.

    The best time to visit Madinat Jumeirah is in the afternoon (before sunset) and evening time to see the dime light and light effect reflected by Burj Al Arab.

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    SOAKING IN THE MADINAT MAGIC... (3)

    by Siddha3th Updated Jan 22, 2006

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    I guess I'm in love with this place because it's so different for Dubai. The flavours and smells wafting through Madinat's complex corridors are literally like a breath of fresh air... warm, rustic, unforgettable.

    Of course, it doesn't hurt that Madinat's got probably the best bars and restaurants in town, alongwith Wafi. You could get your fix of jazz, satisfy your craving for vodka, sate those taste buds - all within about a square mile of each other.

    Bar Zar, JamBase, The Agency, and for all you clubbers out there, Trilogy with its open-air terrace... more than enough reasons for you to come soak in the magic of Madinat.

    That rustic feeling at Madinat
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    Souq Madinat

    by chizz Updated Feb 8, 2010

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    Visit the Souq Madinat to have a nice meal in one of the many restaurants and watch the old water taxis or abras cruise by or browse through the maze of shops to find that perfect souvenir. Get a nice view of the Burj Al Arab, especially at night. There are:
    * 75 boutique shops
    * 23 waterfront cafes, bars and restaurants
    * Open plazas
    * Air conditioned walkways
    * 442 seat Madinat Theatre

    Sand souvenir stall - Souq Madinat

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    Al Qasr Hotel

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Dec 5, 2009

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    The resort of Madinat Jumeirah has two boutique hotels (Al Qasr and Mina A'Salam) and a courtyard of summer houses called Dar Al Masyaf.
    The building of Al Qasr, which literally translates to ‘the Palace’, reminds a windcatcher. It is a traditional Persian and Arabic architectural device used for many centuries to create natural ventilation in buildings. It is not known who first invented the windcatcher. Windcatchers come in various designs, such as the uni-directional, bi-directional, and multi-directional.

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    Madinat Jumeirah

    by solopes Updated Dec 27, 2013

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    This luxurious complex tries to compose the traditional look in studied harmony. Each door, each window, open to a perfect sight, where not a single detail was neglected.

    Beach, hotels, shopping mall, pools, bars, lakes, everything is accessible and available to make you feel in a 1001 nights place. For a price... of course.

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    Madinat Jumeirah

    by MM212 Updated Oct 31, 2008

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    Many might point out that Madinat Jumeirah is completely artificial, but most would agree that it is extremely beautiful and very well done. Madinat Jumeirah is a luxury resort complex of three hotels, shops, restaurants, bars, and conference halls, all of which were built in the traditional Emirati architectural style around a manmade lagoon by the beaches of the Gulf. The whole complex has a relaxing atmosphere with unobstructed views of Burj al-Arab. The shopping area is designed to look like a traditional Middle Eastern souk and contains shops that are focused on eastern arts and crafts. Madinat Jumeirah is well worth a visit especially at night when the lighting is fantastic. Go there to shop, to have dinner or a drink, or if you can afford the luxury stay at one of its three luxury hotels.

    Entrance to Madinat Jumeira Transportation on the man made lagoon The manmade lagoon
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    Madinat Jumeirah

    by xty Updated Apr 16, 2005

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    This is definitely one of the most beautiful place in Dubai. It consists of shopping market for local arts/crafts (Souk Madinat Jumeirah), restaurants/cafés, amphitheatre, pools, fountains, and some resorts/hotels. All are built with local Arabian architecture and beautiful landscapes.

    So if you want to look around for local arts/crafts, or indulge yourself at nice restaurants/cafés, or just want to relax while seeing the views including the infamous Burj Al Arab from near distance, then this place must be your first choice.

    Free entrance to the complex. However some areas like beach side are restricted for hotel guests though.

    Madinat Jumeirah promenade
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    Jumeirah Madinat Souq

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jun 23, 2012

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    The Jumeirah Madinat Souq is a beautiful shopping mall that makes up part of a luxurious resort consisting of the souq, two luxury hotels and a beach. The theme of the resort is traditional Arabic architecture built on the banks of several man-made canals. As well as admiring the beautiful architecture, there are lots of shops and restaurants here. It is also possible to go on a boat trip around the canals for 60AED.

    There are excellent views of the Burj Al Arab Hotel from here.

    To get here you can take the number 8 bus from Ibn Battuta Mall, Gold Souq bus station, or Al Ghubiba Bus Station. The Jumeirah Madinat Souq is next to the Wild Wadi Water Park.

    View of the Burj Al Arab from Jumeirah Madinat. Traditional architecture and traditional dhow shisha jumeirah madinat souq Cuddly camels at the souq traditional architecture
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    A typical Arab town reconstructed

    by uglyscot Written Jan 11, 2006

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    Medinat Jumaira is a resort with restaurants, a suq , lagoon and hotel accomodation. It is built in traditional Arab style , with a covered market, abras taking resident guests on the lagoon, a variety of restaurants [Italian, Iranian, Meat etc] and all buildings built in typical style with wind towers, mashrabiya covered balconoes etc.

    typical arab architecture towers beside the lagoon beside the lagoon ceiling of indoor market wind towers
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  • Trully good

    by Pneuma Written Dec 6, 2005

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    If you are in dubai and you haven't been to jumeira medina, your trully missing something.Ive been all over the world but never seen anything like this.JUST GO THERE...That place is so cool, so much culture,what ambience and what good food.Its trully worth visiting and yeah once is not enough.They call it the venice in dubai.

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    Madinat Jumeirah

    by zuyao Written Apr 8, 2007

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    The Venice of Dubai - the Souq Madinat Jumeirah is a recreation of traditional Arabian souqs set in a Venice-like atmosphere. It is a bit pretentious but the atmosphere is great and the place is beautiful. Against the backdrop of the meandering canals and bazaars, you can have a nice view of Burj al-Arab - the 7-star hotel. This place is great for photo-snapping!

    There are a number of food outlets for dining as well as shops selling all sorts of items like souvenirs, carpets, textiles, antiques etc. Nice ambience but expensive to shop.

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