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Scores of modern developments have sprouted all over the UAE, particularly Dubai. This has led to the exodus of business establishments from their old Dubai offices of many years, favoring to set up or expand their base in gleaming glass towers. But one area that still hosts a number of commercial establishments is the good old Jumeirah.
Jumeirah was popularly known as the stomping ground of the affluent before New Dubai came to the fore. The long stretch is lined with villas of all shapes and sizes. Because it once enjoyed a status at the top of almost everyone’s residential wish list and because the beach is one of its USPs, businesses naturally chose to set up here. Today, the Jumeirah beach, some parts of which have undergone an impressive facelift, remains a crowd-puller, allowing businesses to continue to thrive in the area.
Home to tourist draws Burj Al Arab, Wild Wadi Waterpark and Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Jumeirah is saturated with beauty salons, spas, and dental and medical clinics on both sides, and a sprinkling of banks and hospitals. Aside from Burj Al Arab, other hotels also teem the locale, including Jumeirah Beach Hotel, considered an institution in the area, and Four Seasons Resort Dubai, the latest to join the roster.
Jumeirah is also a shopping spot, with Mercato expectedly figuring in any shopper’s itinerary. The mall, cozy in size and with a distinct Renaissance architectural design, has several shops carrying popular brands, a cinema and dining outlets. Other shopping venues are Sunset Mall, Town Centre Jumeirah and Palm Strip Mall. The residents’ grocery needs are served by Spinneys, Choithrams and many small grocery stores.
Of course, this still-popular address has a plethora of dining options – from fast food outlets to roadside cafes to casual and high-end restaurants. Here, you can find some of Dubai’s best-kept secrets tucked somewhere near the beach, hidden from plain view.
And no matter the season, businesses in this part of town continue to enjoy brisk business.
• Jumeirah is saturated with commercial and residential villas
• Dental/medical clinics and beauty salons are aplenty in the area
• It is home to Burj Al Arab, Wild Wadi Waterpark and many hotels
Source: Ellen Joyce Soriano, Special to Properties
The writer is freelancer