Al Qasr Madinat Jumeirah

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Al Qasr Madinat Jumeirah Dubai Reviews

TravelBug24 TravelBu…
30 reviews
New World Dubai with the Old World Charm!!! Jan 07, 2011
A TOTAL TOURIST SPOT!!!!! But nonetheless a beautiful one..

Souk Madinat is located right next to the Burj Al Arab. It is built along the Al Qasr Hotel, Mina A'Salam Hotel as well as Royal Summer Villas. There are dozens of high end shops, fancy restaurants bars located inside a traditional Arabian Souk.

It is amazing to just wander thru the narrow streets and winding waterways to explore the magic. You must go both in the day and in the night as the experiences are totally different. Eat alongside the waterway and watch the Abra go by while you enjoy traditional Arabic fare. Or, try eating some delicious French food while taking pictures of the colorfully lit 7Star Burj Al Arab.

Wind down your night by heading to Trilogy nightclub's terrace and smoking a shisha and if you have any energy left in you after all the shopping, eating, and picture-taking, you can head on down to the lower floors of Trilogy and dance the night away!

A great place to be.. a beautiful surprise in Dubai =)
a view of the Burj al Arab
the Souk
Walking in the alleys
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sarahsan sarahsan
403 reviews
A new complex in traditional Arabic style architecture Nov 17, 2010
Souk Madinat Jumeriah is located on the beach next to the world famous Burj Al Arab hotel. It´s a new complex imitating a real Arabian souk. With its 75 shops, 23 waterfront cafes, bars and restaurants and a theatre it’s a quite colourful and vibrant market. The restaurants serve cuisine from Lebanon, India, Morocco, South East Asia, Italy, French Polynesia and Persia. In the shops you can find very nice things and beautiful antiques, but prices are high.

Paths lead visitors through a bazaar-like atmosphere with open fronted shops. Even though it is well made, it lacks the feeling of a real souk. It lacks the smells, the dust and the dirt of a real one. And when you see places like Starbucks and Cinnabons in the old stalls it definitely ruins the feeling.

Of all the stalls in Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Desert Magic most be one of the most popular once. Carefully shaping numbers, letters, animals and landscape with sand, Barbar Ali attracts a curious crowd with his craft. Barbar adds different hued sands to a glass bottle before using a rod to shape the grains. From a milky white to deep terracotta, all the sand used comes from the desert of the United Arab Emirates. Using sand he creates sand dunes, camels and sunsets, before packing it in hard by hitting the bottle with a stone and sealing the end with superglue. Prices range from 80 Dhs to 2000 Dhs. It was fascinating watching him do this so effortlessly.

With its water canals and promenades Souk Madinat Jumeirah reminded me of Venice in Las Vegas. From the Abra station you can take a 25 minute Abra tour through the resorts waterways. It depart every 20 minutes and cost 50 Dhs pr person. The tour are available from 11 am to 11 pm.

Madinat Jumeirah is a fascinating resort with the souk at its heart. Go and explore it, but don´t expect to get the real Arabian feeling.

Opening times are 10 am to 11 pm, seven days a week.
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Packed2manyShoes Packed2m…
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Gorgeous and luxurious "old" Dubai in New Dubai Nov 28, 2010
You MUST go and see Madinat Jumeirah - but see it both by day and night! It is a completely different experience from day to night. Eat at one of the outdoor restaurants, take photos, and enjoy the incredible views of the Burj Al Arab, the world's only 7 star hotel!

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