Time for a new look at Souk Madinat Jumeirah.
Over the next three months, access to the popular beachfront souk will improve. Roads around the attraction are being improved. There’s going to be a dedicated entrance and queuing space for taxis, plus a place for tourist buses to park. Nice.
Inside, the souk’s winding lanes will also be renovated, along with the main entrance and entrance to the nearby conference halls. The project won’t affect getting in and out of the surrounding hotels – the Burj Al Arab, Mina A’ Salam, Al Qasr and the new Al Naseem – or upcoming events, like Art Dubai.
Built 15 years ago, the Arabian-inspired shopping centre in Madinat Jumeirah Resort recreates a traditional marketplace, complete with wind towers and barrows selling crafts and perfume. It has 25 restaurants and cafés, many with views over the souk’s three kilometres of waterways and pretty landscaped gardens. For a romantic occasion, we rate Italian restaurant Segreto.
Developer Dubai Holding says the refurb project will “relieve congestion and provide a quick and smooth entry and exit…and create a more convenient and seamless visitor experience.”
Madinat Jumeirah is about to host the celebration of culture that is Art Dubai, a three-day event that brings together works from 41 countries, across four galleries. Tickets are on sale on and there’s a free day just for ladies.
Art Dubai. 21st-23rd March. Online day tickets from AED 60, three-day pass from AED 100. Under 18s and students go free. Fort Island, Souk Madinat Jumeirah. For timings and to buy tickets, go to www.artdubai.ae