Metro: Business Bay
The actual area of Jumeira occupies a prime nine-kilometre strip of coastline stretching south-west from the port area, but the name has been hijacked to such an extent that new residential and commercial developments bearing the Jumeira tag are cropping up for miles around. Even The Palm Jumeirah doesn’t connect with Jumeira, but actually extends from the area of Al Sufouh. Jumeira itself is characterised by quiet streets lined with sophisticated villas, golden beaches, and good access to lots of shopping. Traffic and parking on the back streets is never a problem, but Al Wasl Road and Jumeira Road can get clogged during peak hours.

Within the same stretch of land between the beach and Sheikh Zayed Road are the areas of Al Wasl, Al Safa and Umm Suqeim. All these areas contain mostly villas and share the same facilities. Al Wasl and Al Safa are further from the beach, between Al Wasl Road and Sheikh Zayed Road.

According to the ‘official’ spelling used by Dubai Municipality, it’s Jumeira, so that’s what we use when referring to this area. However, many hotels, parks, clubs, schools, and residential developments have added an ‘h’ to the end, so don’t be surprised if you see the two different spellings side by side throughout the book.
There are several schools including Jumeirah English Speaking School, Horizon School, Jumeirah College and GEMS Jumeirah Primary School, as well as an assortment of nurseries that includes Jumeirah International Nursery School and Blossom Village. The proximity to Sheikh Zayed Road makes GEMS Wellington International School a popular choice. The largest secondary school in Umm Suqeim is Emirates International School and the area is home to two Raffles International campuses.

Al Wasl Road and nearby Jumeira Road (Beach Road) have plenty of private medical centres, specialist doctors and dentists. The private Medcare Hospital near Safa Park has an emergency room, and the excellent value Iranian Hospital is just down Al Wasl Road towards Satwa.

Jumeira Road (also known as Beach Road) is home to art and fashion boutiques. For groceries, there are two Spinneys, a Union Co-op, two Choithrams and other supermarkets. There is also the popular Mercato Mall on Jumeira Road, along with several smaller shopping centres. Wasl Square, next to Safa Park, is a new retail hotspot with a variety of shops and eateries.

Jumeira Road hosts several independent restaurants and takeaways, as well as many fast food joints. The Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Madinat Jumeirah are both packed with impressive licensed restaurants and bars and the restaurant-filled hotels that line Sheikh Zayed Road are nearby as well.

The city’s most popular beaches are all within walking distance of Jumeira and Umm Suqeim. Safa Park and Jumeira Beach Park.

Jumeira villas still attract some of the highest rents in the city. There’s a mixture of huge ‘palaces’, independent villas, and villas in compounds with shared facilities. You can pick up a cheaper rental if you are prepared to take care of the maintenance yourself.
Annual rental prices: Three-bedroom villa from Dhs.150,000.

Despite having large sections demolished for the now-on-hold Jumeirah Garden City project, Satwa is still a desirable place to live. The main 2nd December Street buzzes with pedestrians and is home to several of the city’s favourite Arabic restaurants as well as plenty of fast food venues. There are a number of lowrise apartment blocks on 2nd December Street and Al Hudeiba Street (Plant Street), popular with singles looking for a vibrant area. There are also villas on the outskirts of the area, in Al Bada’a that are popular with families. Chelsea Plaza and Jumeirah Rotana have long been nightlife hubs and there are several three-star hotels in the area that are home to intimate licensed restaurants and bars.

Shoppers will be able to find everything they need along 2nd December Street and Plant Street, and supermarkets include two Carrefour Expresses and a Westzone. Traffic can be bad at rush hour and street parking is hard to come by, but it’s an easy neighbourhood to walk around. Residents have easy access to the same facilities in the Jumeira area.
Annual rental prices: Two-bedroom apartment from Dhs.95,000. Three-bedroom villa from Dhs.170,000.

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