Madinat Jumeirah

Disney-esque beach resort and mini-city

6 Al Sufouh Road Dubai

(971) 4-366-8888

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At a Glance

One of Jumeirah’s older properties, Madinat still holds up as a top choice for anyone wanting to experience an Arabian-style beach resort with an impressive range of facilities.

Indagare Loves

  • Well-manicured and sprawling grounds and picturesque canals
  • Dizzying selection of excellent dining choices including PierChic and Pai Thai
  • Shopping at Souk Madinat, where stalls sell fabulous wares from around the region (haggling is still welcome, even with the fancier, indoor setting)


Located on two miles of beach alongside the Burj Al Arab is Madinat Jumeirah, a resort complex that includes luxury hotels Mina A’Salam and Al Qasr and a group of courtyard homes, rooms and suites, called Dar Al Masyaf. For better or worse, the grounds’ almost-too-perfect, sprawling gardens, Bedouin-style buildings and shimmering faux canals (replete with water taxis—“abras”—that take guests from one end of the resort to another) look straight out of an Arabian-themed pavilion at Epcot Center. A long list of resort facilities include a fitness center with a low-oxygen chamber to train for high-altitude sports, a live-music theater, an enormous kids’ club, multiple swimming pools, and Wild Wadi Waterpark, to name a few. Non-hotel guests can access much of the complex, as many popular restaurants line the Madinat’s canals between hotels. Souk Madinat attracts both locals and tourists looking for something other than chain boutiques found in Dubai’s malls.

Who Should Stay

Families, especially with young children, will appreciate the plethora of activities, as well as dining and shopping options contained within this little city. For layover travelers, this works as a one-stop shop to experience an Arabian-style resort with a beach, a “souk,” and great views of the Burj al Arab.

Written by Janine Yu

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