Sailing Through Madinat Jumeirah

When Mezba and Haleem wrote about their recent adventures in Italy – particularly the Gondola ride in Venice – I thought, “Hey, we have that here in Dubai!”  Of course it’s not like Venice, but it’s a unique and beautiful experience, nevertheless.  Credit to the following gorgeous pictures goes to my husband, who rarely holds the camera.  But when he does, he takes better pictures than me.

Nadia Masood

Madinat Jumeirah - which translates into the 'City of Jumeirah' - is one of the most beautiful resorts in Dubai.

Nadia Masood

The abra ride costs 50 dirhams, and takes you around Madinat Jumeirah, a ride that takes about 20 minutes.

Nadia Masood

Dining here is highly recommended, but very expensive.

Nadia Masood

When you check into the hotel, you get complimentary fresh fruit, cold towels and ice lollies - to help you cool down.

Nadia Masood

I love how they recreated the entire resort!

Nadia Masood

There is also a souk - or traditional market - nearby. But pictures of that will be on another post.

Nadia Masood

Oh, and of course, you get to see the Burj al Arab up close.

That's my world!

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25 Responses to Sailing Through Madinat Jumeirah

  1. Mark Kreider says:

    I had no idea that anything like this existed in Dubai! The waterway is beautiful and the grounds are so nicely manicured. Lovely!

  2. Mezba says:

    Thanks for the mention.

    I went to this market last time I was there – it’s very nice, especially at night, and the Burj all lit up. Didn’t do the abra ride though – at that time there was no one to do it with! 🙂

    I actually tried the expensive food and guess what, you can get the same fare in Karama, only much cheaper! 🙂

    so 20 minutes is 50 Dirhams that’s like $14 CAD.

    In Venice a 40 minute ride can cost upto 100 Euros which is $150 or AED 520!! Wow, when you convert like that Asia is a bargain.

    LOL – well yes, there are indeed lots of decent restaurants in Karama that serve excellent food at very reasonable rates.

    100 Euros for a gondola ride! Wow!

  3. Amir says:

    wow, that’s very cool. As I’ve said before, inshallah one day 🙂


  4. ewok1993 says:

    Oh what a lovely post. I wonder if the ride is more popular at nighttime when the temps are more tolerable.

    Thanks for this wonderful post.

    During summer, the ride is more popular at night time, but during the “cooler” season, there are more people during the day – mostly to take pictures.

  5. What a lovely tour of Dubai! And what a beautiful waterway! Marvelous captures!

    Thanks for sharing,

  6. foto CHIP says:

    Amazing! When was this built – it wasn’t there in the 80th.
    Is Galadari Galleria still there with the Hyatt Regency? We stayed there when working in UAE in 1982.
    Lovely to see photos from UAE 🙂
    Have a nice week!

    Madinat Jumeirah was built sometime in 2003 or 2004, so it’s still pretty new. The Hyatt Regency is definitely there, but I’m not sure about the Galadari Galleria.

  7. babooshka says:

    I know another blogger who is always saying that Dubai is the place they love the most. It always looks so fresh clean and very modern

  8. Indrani says:

    I would love to have a Gondola ride too.
    Nice shots!

  9. Sally in WA says:

    Wonderful post and pictures! Thanks for the lovely tour.

  10. Nisa AK says:

    Dubai indeed is a beautiful place.
    I love the first shot, everything looks so serene and calm.

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  12. Shahrazad says:

    Beautiful…. now that Nikon is THE McCoy!

    I’ve been there in Jumeira last month, the place was FAB but certainly not the weather. We went in the afternoon and it was darn HOT! despite that, I couldn’t resist the beauty of the place and kept capturing all the way!

    We didn’t go on the Abra though, again because of the heat. I’ve meant to put up the pictures in my blog since then, but what a procrastinator I am!

    I love the colours of the water in your pictures, gradually fading from blue to green. Love it!

    These pictures weren’t taken by the Nikon, Shahrazad. These were taken a few months ago – during the cooler season – with a point and shoot camera. I can’t imagine going anywhere outside before November (unless extremely necessary, like traveling to go to work or grocery shopping). You are very brave 😀

  13. Arija says:

    In Dubai no expense has been spared to have everything to the highest standard. Very beautiful post to see how the rich live.

  14. Mashallah those pictures look amazing! It looks like such a beautiful place.

  15. Umm Travis says:

    Ohhhhhhhhhhh nice! Ma shaa Allah!

  16. Reader Wil says:

    Excellent photos indeed! Thank you for showing us around!

  17. uneekmuslimah says:

    Masha Allah! dats just soooooo beautiful … This makes me want to visit Dubai soooooon 😀

  18. Geogypsy says:

    What an amazingly beautiful place. I want a gondola ride. Looks a little pricey, yet surely worth it. Great captures. Thanks for the tour.

  19. Abid says:

    We went there last time but didn’t actually go on the boat tour 🙂

    Next time, iA!

    P.S. Nice pictures 🙂 Hats off to Masood bhai!

  20. Sumera says:

    I stayed at that hotel when I visited Dubai years ago. And it really is beautiful inside as it is outside.

  21. masood says:

    Thanks for posting it :). It’s really wonderful place, I will take you there on Eid, inshaAllah:)

    Yay, a date! InshaAllah … definitely looking forward to it 🙂

  22. Niyaz says:

    Wow such a wonderful place near by me , thanks for the exploration!

  23. Kate says:

    I’m going to Dubai next week. The gondola ride you went on looks amazing. Do you have to be a hotel guest to experience it?

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