Located roughly 25 minutes by car from the center of Dubai City, the Jumeirah Beach Walk is a destination that features some of the best white sand beaches in the region, as well as panoramic views, waves, pools, parks, picnic spots and shower facilities. It is also a good place to take children, as the main swimming areas are carefully monitored by lifeguards.
At one time, the majority of residents in Jumeirah were fishermen, pearl divers and traders. Since the discovery of oil in 1966, the emirate of Dubai has experienced a population explosion of more than 300% and an increase in wealth and power that is truly astonishing. Nowhere is this more evident than “The Walk” located at the base of the Jumeirah Beach Residence complex.
Completed in 2007, this one mile strip is home to more than 300 vendors selling virtually anything you can imagine, as well as restaurants, music venues featuring world famous bands and acts, street painting, recycled art displays, comedy shows, sand sculptures, photography, boutiques, department stores, cafes and gyms, and booths selling fashion accessories, arts and crafts. If you’re prone to shopping sprees, this may be a very dangerous place to visit indeed.
Make sure to take a tour of the Jumeirah Mosque, one of the few mosques in the UAE that is open to non-Muslims and is open for tours at 10am daily (with the exception of Fridays).
The Covent Garden Market is a weekly Wednesday-Saturday market designed in an effort to emulate European street and open-air markets. It gives visitors still more opportunities to browse unique items like jewelry, clothes and antiques.