UAE & Oman Trip: Day 8-10 Dubai – Jumeirah Mosque, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab

All these must-see destinations lined up along Jumeirah Road.

 

Jumeirah is a coastal residential area in Dubai, United Arab Emirates mainly comprising low rise private dwellings. It has both expensive and large detached properties as well as more modest town houses built in a variety of architectural styles. The area is popular with expatriates working in the emirate and is familiar to many tourists visiting Dubai.

Historically, Arabs living in the Jumeirah were fishermen, pearl divers and traders. In modern times (1960 onwards) Jumeirah was the principal area for western expatriate residences, but the huge expansion of the emirate since 1995 has seen a growth in housing developments across Dubai. Jumeirah is generally agreed to be one of the most exclusive parts of Dubai and this has led to the use of the Jumeirah name as a brand which signifies exclusivity.

There has been a great deal of hotel and leisure construction along Jumeirah Beach including the world famous Burj Al Arab hotel. Jumeirah has a mosque, the Jumeirah Mosque, which is open to non-Muslims for special tours to give insights into Islam.

Recently, a complex named Madinat Jumeirah, or “Jumeirah City,” opened. It consists of an architecturally interesting shopping mall, two luxurious five-star hotels, and a few residential areas. It is advertised to be the “epitome of Arabian hospitality in Dubai”.

Although there is competition from many new areas, and although many of Jumeirah’s well-to-do have already moved to some of those areas, such as Dubai Marina, the new Palm Islands, The Lakes, The Springs and The Meadows, Jumeirah is still one of the more expensive and exclusive areas in Dubai.

Jumeraih Mosque

Coordinate: 25 14’02.34″N 55 15’55.38″E

Situated on Jumeirah Beach Road, the enchanting Jumeirah Mosque with its huge central dome is the best known mosque in Dubai and is the only place of worship that non-muslims are allowed to enter.

Jumeirah Mosque from parking area near Jumeirah Road
Jumeirah Mosque from parking area near Jumeirah Road

 

Inside Jumeirah Mosque. Though missed the organized tour we're allowed to enter for couple of shots
Inside Jumeirah Mosque. Though missed the organized tour we're allowed to enter for couple of shots

 

There is an organized tour of the mosque every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 10am and the tour may be booked by calling the Seikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding on 04-3536666. The entrance fee is Dhs 10.

Please remember that Jumeirah Mosque is a place of worship and you will be expected to cover shoulders, arms, and legs whilst inside the building.

Jumeirah Mosque
Jumeirah Mosque

Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab from Jumeirah Public Beach
Burj Al Arab from Jumeirah Public Beach

The Burj Al Arab (Arabic: Tower of the Arabs) is a luxury hotel located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. At 321 m (1,050 ft), it is the second tallest building in the world used exclusively as a hotel. However, the structure of the Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang North Korea (unfinished for over 20 years), is 9 m (30 ft) taller than the ‘”Burj Al Arab'”, and the Rose Tower, also in Dubai, topped Burj Al Arab’s height at 333 m (1,090 ft), becoming the world’s tallest hotel. The Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island 280 m (920 ft) out from Jumeirah beach, and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. It is an iconic structure, designed to symbolize Dubai’s urban transformation and to mimic the sail of a boat.

A closer look of the burj from Jumeirah Road
A closer look of the burj from Jumeirah Road

Construction of Burj Al Arab began in 1994. It was built to resemble the sail of a dhow, a type of Arabian vessel. Two “wings” spread in a V to form a vast “mast”, while the space between them is enclosed in a massive atrium. The architect Tom Wright said “The client wanted a building that would become an iconic or symbolic statement for Dubai; this is very similar to Sydney with its Opera House, or Paris with the Eiffel Tower. It needed to be a building that would become synonymous with the name of the country.”

“And now Burj Al Arab becomes the letter D in any Dubai souvenir….”  

The architect and engineering consultant for the project was Atkins, the United Kingdom’s largest multidisciplinary consultancy. The hotel was built by South African construction contractor Murray & Roberts.The hotel cost US$650 million to build.

Several features of the hotel required complex engineering feats to achieve. The hotel rests on an artificial island constructed 280 m (920 ft) offshore. To secure a foundation, the builders drove 230 40 m (130 ft) long concrete piles into the sand. Engineers created a surface layer of large rocks, which is circled with a concrete honeycomb pattern, which serves to protect the foundation from erosion. It took three years to reclaim the land from the sea, but less than three years to construct the building itself. The building contains over 70,000 m3 (2,500,000 cu ft) of concrete and 9,000 tonnes of steel.

Burj Al Arab promotes itself as the world’s only “7-star” property, a designation considered by travel professionals to be hyperbole.

Jumeirah Hotel (left) & Burj Al Arab (right)
Jumeirah Hotel (left) & Burj Al Arab (right)

The hotel is managed by the Jumeirah Group. Despite its size, the Burj Al Arab holds only 28 double-storey floors which accommodate 202 bedroom suites. The smallest suite occupies an area of 169 m2 (1,820 sq ft), the largest covers 780 m2 (8,400 sq ft). It is one of the most expensive hotels in the world. The cost of staying in a suite begins at US$1,000 per night; the Royal Suite is the most expensive, starting at US$28,000 per night. Oh my goodness……

I'm sorry honey for we can't stay back there. A photostop is what I can only afford
I'm sorry honey for we can't stay back there. A photostop is what I can only afford

 Burj Al Arab coordinate: 25 08’28.50″N 55 11’07.96″E

Photostop for Burj Al Arab (in front of Umm Suqeim Park, Jumeirah Beach) coordinate: 25 08’52.83″N 55 11’41.95″E

Souk Madinat Jumeirah

Parking entrance: 25 08′00.26″N 55 11′12.94″E

Quoted from its website:

A unique shopping and dining experience

A colouful and vibrant market or part of a market in an Arabian city. Lively trading culture, animated, interactive.

Meandering paths lead visitors through a bazaar-like atmosphere in which open fronted shops and intimate galleries spill onto the paved walkways.

Souk Madinat Jumeirah features an Arabian architectural structures
Souk Madinat Jumeirah features an Arabian architectural structures

 

Watching sand bottle maker at work is quite entertaining
Watching sand bottle maker at work is quite entertaining

 

.....as is watching this artistic name writing artist
.....as is watching this artistic name writing artist

The sounds of craftsmen and women at work combine with the aroma from street cafes and boutique restaurants. At Souk Madinat Jumeirah, the emphasis is on unique brands, crafted quality and an interactive experience.

  • Unique shopping and dining experience
  • 75 boutique shops
  • 23 waterfront cafes, bars and restaurants
  • Open plazas
  • Air conditioned walkways
  • 442 seat Madinat Theatre 
Among those sold at Souk Madinat Jumeirah is antique item
Among those sold at Souk Madinat Jumeirah is antique item

Whether arriving by car, by walkway from the adjacent hotels or by traditional water taxis, visitors to Souk Madinat Jumeirah are greeted by a vivid combination of authentic Arabian style and richly designed landscapes

 

Waterfront Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Waterfront Souk Madinat Jumeirah

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