Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE

Set across its own private beach and inspired by an ancient Arab citadel, this resort is a tribute to Dubai's Arabian heritage. It is an authentic recreation of ancient Arabia, capturing the natural beauty of the region.

Madinat Jumeirah, which means "City of Jumeirah", features two grand boutique hotels, Jumeirah Al Qasr and Jumeirah Mina A' Salam, 29 traditional summer houses in Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf, 7 Jumeirah Malakiya Villas, over 40 restaurants and bars, conference and banqueting facilities including two grand ballrooms, a 1000-seat amphitheater and the region's only dedicated entertainment center and multi-purpose venue, Madinat Arena. The facilities are interconnected by 3 kilometers of waterways which can be explored on traditional abras (wooden water taxis), giving you the chance to appreciate the serene water, landscaped gardens, and architecture of the wind towers and forts.

The resort also provides extensive leisure and health facilities including Talise Spa and Talise Fitness, as well as Souq Madinat Jumeirah, a traditional retail and dining experience showcasing the best of Arabia.

Located 25 minutes away from Dubai International Airport, Madinat Jumeirah is situated conveniently for access to Dubai Media City, Dubai Internet City, the Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina. It is also adjacent to Burj Al-Arab, Wild Wadi Waterpark and Jumeirah Beach Hotel, and 10 minutes by car to the nearest shopping mall. A complimentary shuttle bus service is available to all guests to the mall and metro station.

Souq Madinat Jumeirah

Souq Madinat Jumeirah is an authentic re-creation of an ancient marketplace with traditional Middle Eastern style and ambience, located in the heart of Madinat Jumeirah The Arabian Resort, Dubai. Visitors enter a world reminiscent of ancient Arabia through sight, smell and sound as sunlight peeks in through the wood carved archways showcasing intricate Arabic architectural design.

Guests can explore a myriad of winding streets in this traditional bazaar-like atmosphere that hosts waterfront cafes, restaurants and bars and boutique-style open-shuttered shops and intimate galleries. Through these meandering pathways, visitors can purchase goods from barrows and shops spilling out into the streets selling a variety of wares including traditional items as well as designers such as Lulu Guinness and Vilebrequin with their Middle East flagship stores, along with boutiques, homewares and gifts from Italy, France and the USA.

With retail open from 10:00 to 23:00 seven days a week and some restaurants and coffee shops starting from 08:00, it's the perfect spot for an early coffee or late night revelry. Pacha Ibiza Dubai lets you dance into the early hours, Frioul Bistro de Luxe with its "Jazz dining" music club, the Amphitheatre hosting an array of events and Madinat Theatre with shows for all tastes and ages – there is something for everyone from visitors to the region to those who are lucky enough to live in Dubai.

With such a vibrant ambience created by street artists, the exotic and tantalizing aroma of food and beverage outlets wafting through the walkways and the sound of craftsmen at work and musicians and artists at play promise every visit to Souq Madinat Jumeirah will be full of enchanting discoveries.

Jumeirah Beach Hotel

With its striking wave-like design, Jumeirah Beach Hotel is one of Dubai's most instantly recognizable structures. Happily for its guests, it is equally famed for its amazing value and sheer wealth of options to enjoying their stay.

All the hotel's 618 rooms, suites and villas are luxuriously furnished and provide spectacular views of the Arab Gulf. And once you've finished taking in the view, you can choose from the widest array of leisure facilities around one of the best family hotels in Dubai, including Pavilion Dive Centre, six swimming pools, Sinbad's Kids Club and complimentary, unlimited access to Wild Wadi Waterpark.