Dubai's most popular public beach
Situated next to Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa is one of Dubai’s most popular
public beaches, the Jumeira Open Beach (also called ‘Russian Beach’). Considered
clean, it draws expats of all nationalities and can get crowded at weekends.
Favoured also for its fine strip of white sand is Umm Suqeim Beach, which lies
not far from Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
popular paying beach club is the Jumeira
Beach Park, which as its name suggests is half-park, half-beach,
with good facilities including parasol and sunlounger hire.
Lying around 500m/yds due east of the Jumeira Beach Park behind a large, fenced
enclosure is the Jumeira
Archaeological Site. It is not yet open to the public although
special permits can be obtained from the Dubai Museum. The remains – just the
foundations of buildings are visible – belie the importance of the site. Once an
important caravan stop on an ancient trade route linking modern-day Oman with
Iraq, artefacts excavated from the site date from the 3rd to 7th centuries AD,
some of which are now displayed in the Dubai Museum.
Lying just over 1km (2/3 mile) to the south of the Jumeira Beach Park around
100m/yds east of Jumeira Road is the Majlis
Ghorfat Um Al Sheef. Its main interest – besides its rarity value
as one of the very few remaining historical buildings in the area – is as a
traditional two-storey building, constructed (in 1955) of coral rock, gypsum and
palm fronds (forming the roof). The architect of modern Dubai, Sheikh Rashid bin
Saeed Al Maktoum, spent summers here. Inside, the traditional majlis is worth a
look, and outside the gardens have been laid out to demonstrate the traditional
Arabian falaj irrigation method in which well water is conducted around a grid