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Reasons to Stay in Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai

Monday, February 20, 2017
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Travel with TJD kicked off the 7th episode of the digital campaign and this time it was in DUBAI in partnership with Jumeirah Group! We invited 5 travellers who have one thing in common, the love for travel and photography.

Guests from Brazil, Austria, United Kingdom, Spain and Iraq joined me on a 4 night stay in Dubai in January! We spend the first 2 nights in Dar Al Masyaf, where I personally have never stayed before but always wanted to wake up to have the view of the lagoon right outside my patio! January is known in Dubai to have one of the most beautiful weather with highs of 26 degrees celsius and lows of 14 degrees Celcius and that can only mean one thing, sleeping with windows open to enjoy the breeze and the breakfast outdoor.

The next two nights we spent was at the brand new Jumeirah Al Naseem – (Al Naseem in Arabic means breeze)

Here is a little guide on things to do in Madinat Jumeirah wherever you plan on staying!

Take a abra Tour – The Abra is a traditional boat made of wood, used to ferry people across creeks, or in this case, man-made  lagoon. The famous tour across the lagoon and properties will take you to the corners of the hotels that can only be reached by the Abra. This is a great place to also enjoy the serenity of the property and to take wonderful photographs.

Turtle feeding – Jumeirah is proud to have to have The Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project (DTRP) is based at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah and Madinat Jumeirah and is run in collaboration with Dubai’s Wildlife Protection Office, with essential veterinary support provided by the Dubai Falcon Clinic and the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory. Their aim is to rescue, rehabilitate and release back into the wild any sea turtles that are found sick or injured throughout the region and educate local children, citizens and international hotel guests about sea turtle biology and the local and global plight of the sea turtle.

Lunch in Tortuga – An award winning restaurant situated right on the lagoon. The views are incredible and very unique for Dubai. Make sure you sit right by the lagoon outside and for dessert order the cotton candy ice cream! Tortuga is surely a must during your stay in Madinat Jumeirah!

Book a Cabana at The Terrace in Burj Al Arab – The Terrace with an infinity pool opened summer of 2016 and being the first and only elevated infinity pool facing the beach. It costs:

Cabana: 

Sunday to Thursday – AED 2,500 per day. Friday to Saturday – AED 3,000 per day.

Royal Cabana: 

Sunday to Thursday – AED 3,750 per day. Friday to Saturday – AED 4,500 per day.

Guests staying at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah receive a 50% discount on cabana rate

Wander the souks in Souk Madinat Jumeirah –  Where you can find traditional gifts and souvenirs for friends and for your home. There are also a lot of coffees shops and restaurants where you can sit and enjoy the vibe. Definitely one of my favorite places to be in Dubai! You can also enjoy dinner and drinks by the front water canal.

Sunset Yoga –  is one of the most talked about things to do here in Madinat Jumeirah. Offered daily at sunset, make sure you book your space by the beach! Book your place here!

Have drinks, bites or even dinner at the popular and famous Shimmers – Facing the beach and the beautiful Burj Al Arab as your backdrop. It is one of the best places to be during the winter and spring season in Dubai! Shimmers at Jumeirah Mina A’Salam is open daily for lunch from 12 – 5 pm; for dinner from 7 – 11:30pm and the lounge is open from 12 pm – 1:30 am

Dine at The Hide –  an all American Meat bystro that also serves great options for those who prefers chicken or fish. Make sure you order the marshmallows fries, for wine the Albarino!

Book with Platinum Heritage your desert drive! This is not your typical desert drive with 4×4. You are picked up from the hotel with a wonderful guide that will explain everything to you about the UAE’s history and heritage and every landmark you pass by on your way to the conservation area, about an hour drive out from the hotel. Once we reached, we had the option to pick between 50 convertible colourful vintage 4×4 1950 land rovers to drive into the desert. Platinum Heritage also has one of the best informative tour guides in the city!

Book here

Take a Seaplane with Seawings Dubai End your trip with a bird eye’s view of the beautiful city that is Dubai! We booked our 40-minute seaplane ride with SEAWINGS. Seawings Dubai has two options to book from, a 20-minute flight or a 40-minute flight flying over all the landmarks you need to see that includes the world island, the palm, Burj Al Arab, Emirates Hills, Dubai Marina, old town Dubai etc. You can also pay AED 150 extra if you prefer to take the passenger seat right by the pilot although, the back seats are extremely comfortable in the Cessna and you are able to move around easily to get that perfect shot.

Staying in Madinat Jumeirah has many advantages, most of all , it is the longest stretch of beach in Dubai and you can walk across all 5 hotels from Jumeirah Beach, Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Al Nasseem, Mina Salam, Al Qasr and Dar Al Masyaf or ride a buggy from one to another and you have the option of dining in 40 different restaurants! The name Madinat Jumeirah in Arabic means the city in Jumeirah and is exactly it. You also have the option of Wild Wadi for the kids and adults, and sinbad playarea and over 40 restaurants to chose from. It’s a wonderful place fro honeymooners, family travelers and even if you are traveling alone.

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