Top 10 Dubai Attractions – No.8, Madinat Jumeirah

Gateway to Madinat JumeirahMadinat Jumeirah, Dubai

Madinat Jumeirah Resort describes itself as ‘an authentic recreation of ancient Arabia, capturing the natural beauty of the region’. I’m not sure about the ‘authentic’ part – it’s more like an Arabian themed Disneyland – but the owners, Jumeirah Group, have certainly created an outstanding resort which deserves to be included among Dubai’s top attractions.

Traditional Souq at Madinat JumeirahSyrian inlaid wooden handicrafts at Souq Madinat Jumeirah

The resort comprises two first class hotels, a traditional souq, some 40 restaurants and bars, a mini-waterway complete with abras, a private beach and a number of beachside luxury holiday villas all designed in stunning Arabian style architecture incorporating Dubai’s trademark wind-towers.

Electric powered abra at Madinat Jumeirah with Burj Al Arab behind.

The famous Burj Al Arab hotel overlooks the resort which is also next door to the excellent Wild Wadi Waterpark. If I had money to burn I would probably have chosen to stay in one of their exquisite private villas. Since I don’t, I had to make do with a meal at one of the nice restaurants and watched the world go by.

Terrace at Toscana Italian restaurant, Madinat Jumeirah.

Perhaps the Jumeirah Group would like to invite me and my family back for a complimentary stay in exchange for this extremely flattering write-up!

Turkish glass lamps and hookahs at Madinat Jumeirah.

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