With quiet streets, low-rise villas, beautiful parks, and a coastline dotted with beaches, Jumeirah is a neighborhood with character. Bright murals painted on walls in the area nod to the city's heritage. Whichever district you choose, whether it’s Jumeirah 1, close to the Etihad Museum and old Dubai, or in Jumeirah 3, close to the Burj Al Arab hotel and newer parts of town, the beach is never more than a 7 to 10-minute walk away. A 16-kilometer cycling track runs along Jumeirah Beach and connects to the Dubai Water Canal and other tracks in the city, so it’s easy to get around this neighborhood by bike only.
When you get hungry, delicious sliders, creamy shakes, fun community events, and a beachfront location are all great reasons to visit SALT, a homegrown burger chain and Casual harborside restaurant 3Fils serves some of the best Asian street food and sushi in the city. For date night—or whenever you’re craving Greek food—make a reservation at Taverna Greek Kitchen, located by the canals of Souk Madinat Jumeirah.
Weekends in Jumeirah are best spent at Kite Beach, wildly popular with the city’s beach lovers who you'll see sprawled out on the sandy beach, playing volleyball, stand-up paddle boarding, and kayaking in the Arabian Sea. After working up an appetite, you’ll find food trucks, cafes, and food stalls ready to provide. La Mer Beach in Jumeirah 1, with its quirky murals, waterpark, and choice of restaurants and cafes, is also popular. Health nuts can become regulars at Comptoir 102, which offers a menu full of healthy, plant-based dishes prepared from local and organic ingredients. Or, try plant-based cuisine in the lovely garden space at SEVA Table where a wellness studio, mindfulness workshops, talks, and sessions keep the city’s wellness crowd coming back. Rattan furniture, indoor plants, and neutral colors make the cafe a calm space to work in.
For coworking in a spot with a trendy vibe and unbeatable beach views, head to The Daily at Rove La Mer and choose to work either indoors or on the beach terrace. The coffee is great, the Wi-Fi is fast, and it’s a good place to network with other remote workers. Otherwise head to A4 Space, a free coworking space with a cafe in nearby Alserkal Avenue to work remotely alongside other creatives. On a chill weekend, bring friends or a good book to Safa Park, where you’ll find picnicking families, groups practicing yoga, and pop-up markets. If the weather is nice, you can also go for a jog along the Dubai Water Canal that connects Jumeirah to Business Bay. The Etihad Museum is a striking example of contemporary architecture in Dubai where you can peek into the recent history of the UAE through exhibitions, photo, and screenings. If that piques your interest in the local art scene, make sure to also visit Alserkal Avenue, where you’ll find galleries, studios, boutiques, indie venues, and cafes housed in former warehouses.
Natasha Amar is a travel writer and photographer based in Dubai. She also covers food, culture, hotels, art, lifestyle and personalities for Forbes Travel Guide...
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