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Jumeirah Overview

The name means ‘Beautiful’ and this is the oldest residential district on Dubai’s coast. Before Dubai began its modernisation programme in the 1960s Jumeirah was the favourite place for western expatriates to live and as a consequence many of the houses here - there are no high rise buildings - are large and well spaced apart. In the land of glass and steel traditional houses command high prices, which is why Jumeirah is the most expensive place to live and has become known as the Beverley Hills of the Middle East.

Most of the property in Jumeirah is villas, some very large with their own pools and some located on small compounds with shared recreational facilities. Foreigners are not allowed to buy property in Jumeirah and rent is amongst the highest in Dubai. Nowadays there is a good mix of nationalities, including many Emiratis.

Besides the Mercato shopping mall there is a good variety of independent stores, boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants, as well as two post offices, several bank branches, two hospitals and a variety of medical and dental clinics.

There are plenty of nursery schools and many British and American system schools, some new and some well established.

With so many of these places accessible on foot there is a real neighbourhood feel to Jumeirah.

  • From Jumeirah it takes roughly 11 minutes to drive to Dubai Mall, 19 minutes to Palm Jumeirah, 17 minutes to Burj Al Arab and 22 minutes to The Walk JBR.
  • Dubai International Airport (DXB) is roughly 20 minutes' drive and the new Al Maktoum International Airport is roughly 45 minutes' drive. All durations are calculated by Google Maps and assume the fastest route in typical traffic conditions.

Jumeirah Amenities

Jumeirah's 9km long beach is the best in Dubai, which, together with the district's prime location between the Old and New Dubais, puts it in the premiere league of places to live.

Out to sea is the remarkable collection of man-made islands, The World, and along the coast is the famous sail-shaped Burj al-Arab hotel. Directly inland is the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, and the biggest shopping mall on the planet.

Jumeirah Beach Park is one of two welcome green spaces for walks, picnics and games. The other, Safa Park in the adjacent district of Al Safa, has a boating lake and fairground rides.

The Mercato shopping mall is designed to resemble an Italian renaissance, er, shopping mall. Even if you don’t want to buy a Porsche or a diamond bracelet at least you can escape the heat in this airy, fairy retail palace, or even take in a movie at the cinema.

The elaborately decorated Jumeirah Mosque welcomes non-Muslims for guided tours as does the traditional Emirati-style Majlis Ghorfat Umm Al Sheif, once the summer residence of Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, father of the present ruler of Dubai.

Proximity to landmarks
Palm Jumeirah
19 mins drive
Al Maktoum International Airport
45 mins drive
La Mer
7 mins drive
Mall of the Emirates
14 mins drive
Dubai Mall
11 mins drive
Burj Al Arab
17 mins drive
Ibn Battuta Mall
23 mins drive
The Walk JBR
22 mins drive
Dubai International Airport
20 mins drive

Jumeirah in the News

Road Access

Sheikh Zayed Road is the main arterial highway (E11) in Dubai and passes alongside Jumeirah at a discreet distance, so driving anywhere in the Emirate is easy.

Public Transport

The metro runs alongside the highway so it's possible to reach the key districts by train from Noor Bank, Business Bay or Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall stations.

Jumeirah Reviews

See what the residents have to say by reading 8 user reviews courtesy of flatreviews.com


Jumeirah receives an overall rating of 4 based on 8 reviews. Users were asked to consider many factors including the view, finishing, layout, noise levels, traffic, public transportation, parking, security, swimming pool, gym, and maintenance.

18th Mar, 2015
From Spain
Moved here in 2012
Family with children
Lovely place for families
Beach in walking distance
We moved into this villa when arrived in Dubai 3 years ago and never considered moving elsewhere. Yes we don't have community gym and pool that we would get for the same price in a new community, and the villa isn't brand new either. We had some maintenance issues as more… well and ended up with paying for a yearly contract with a maintenance company. The area can get quite noisy at certain times, but we got used to that very quickly and don't even notice anymore. Most importantly we can easily compromise on all of the above in return for the beach that is only a 10 minutes walk away and an area where you can actually wander around. The recent upgrade to the beach with jogging track, food outlets, etc, adds even more value to the area. And even though it almost feels like you are on a constant holiday, you are still in the middle of the city and can reach Marina just as easy as Downtown. Would highly recommend this place to anyone who prefers a great location over fancy features.Show less
This review is the subjective opinion of a FlatReviews.com user and not of Propsearch LLC
20th Jan, 2015
From United Kingdom
Moved here in 2015
Family with children
A villa with real character
The charm of the area and being able to walk everywhere
The beach is closed for redevelopment at the moment
Originally when I first came to look at this villa on the corner of a busy street in Jumeriah One, I wasn't holding out much hope. The garden was full of rubble and I had to step over lose wires to get through the front door. The villa had more… been previously let to students and was in a terrible state. There was the promise of a complete renovation but so far the only sign of that were a few tools on the floor and a ladder. However something caught my eye about this villa, it may have been the stained glass window on the front door of the amazing light that came into the large spacious living room. Each of the bedrooms were spacious and light, four upstairs and one downstairs making it ideal to be converted into a study. The villa is on a small compound with a little pool in the middle and a small grassed garden around the edges. Instead of brick walls the villas are divided by a white wooden fence, adding to the old style charm. Immediately seeing the potential in the property, I knocked on the door of the newly renovated neighbours' house to have a chat and a look at how their property had been finished. I also wanted to know a little about the other tenants and how well the compound was maintained. Six weeks later we moved in, I'd kept a close eye on things during the renovation process and eventually it all came together. Eighteen months on and we're still here and hoping to stay. We've had so many compliments about the house, it has a real old school charm to it and although the house is quite big it still feels cosy. Jumeriah One is really coming back onto the map, everything you need is within walking distance which is ideal when we have visitors as it means they can go for daily walks, pop to the supermarket, Mercato Mall and any of the little shops in the area. The street we live on is busy as it is one of the interconnecting streets between Al Wasl and the beach road. Despite the traffic that can get a little noisy sometimes, it has a very friendly buzz and feels extremely safe. I like the character and mix of the Jumeriah One area... It proves that things don't need to be new and shiny to be wonderful.Show less
This review is the subjective opinion of a FlatReviews.com user and not of Propsearch LLC
19th Jan, 2015
From Pakistan
Moved here in 2009
Living with spouse
Beach complex jumeirah
Too compact, doesnt have 2 bed rooms
Best location
This review is the subjective opinion of a FlatReviews.com user and not of Propsearch LLC
30th Dec, 2014
From Denmark
Moved here in 2011
Family with children
Jumeira 1 - walking to everything
The area
Maintanance problems
If you like walking and biking this is the area to live in. We are 5 min. walking from the beach, from a long 14 km running and biking track, from Mercato, Beach Centre and lots of small cafes. To us this is the "real" city feeling where you have more… everything close by. Jumeira 1 is to prefer over Jumeira 2 and 3 as they don't have as much city feeling over it and there you have to take the car for a number of things. We love it here and there are tons of smaller compounds where you really get to know the neighbors. Show less
This review is the subjective opinion of a FlatReviews.com user and not of Propsearch LLC
15th Dec, 2014
From France
Moved here in 2014
Family with children
Modern villa in the heart of Jumeirah 1
The standards, facilities and location of the villa
The noise
Very nice location, walking distance to shops, restaurants and 5 minutes drive from the beach. Beautiful and modern finishing, very contemporary style in the heart of Jumeirah1. Fully equipped gym at our doorstep, playground for young children, private garden and swimming pool in a very secure environment - 24h hours security. Full maintenance more… of the garden and the swimming pool twice a week. The downside is the noise from a building next to it but we are hoping it will be sorted out in a month or 2.Show less
This review is the subjective opinion of a FlatReviews.com user and not of Propsearch LLC
11th Nov, 2014
From United States
Moved here in 2013
Living alone
Jumeirah 2 Villa apartment
The area is a good location
Lack of maintenance and privacy
I thought this place would be good since I have a dog but no! Grounds keeper and workers always afraid when I took my dog out and would freak out. Plus noisy neighbors. Always had to jockey to hang my laundry because the neighbors would hog the line more… and not take there clothes off once they were dry. Plus the owner would take days to get things fixed like my toilet and air conditioner in the middle of summer heat! They would never take a check and only wanted cash...so I would have to wait up to two hours monthly for them to come around and collect. Plus they asked way too money for this converted makeshift apartment and the rent deposit was way too much as well...which I never got back because I left angrily at their lack of my comfort.Show less
This review is the subjective opinion of a FlatReviews.com user and not of Propsearch LLC
22nd Jul, 2014
From Hungary
Moved here in 2020
Living with flatmate
Private villas in Jumeirah in general
Very peaceful and safe.
The condition of the villa.
It was a very old villa in 2006 with many bedrooms and poor facilities. Its all happened before the crises. I would only recommend for families as its a local area. Very quiet, close to the beach perfect for kids.
This review is the subjective opinion of a FlatReviews.com user and not of Propsearch LLC
21st Jul, 2014
From Egypt
Moved here in 2020
Family with children
my lovely home
it was big enough, have a very nice view quite & safe & excellent location it was really amazing
This review is the subjective opinion of a FlatReviews.com user and not of Propsearch LLC

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