Jumeirah Beach Residence

Places to Visit and Things to Do

On/In/By The Water


A great water park with death drops into a shark tank. The largest and possibly the most exciting waterpark in the Middle East - think Disney! Forty two acres of fun with a speedslide, rivers, rapids, lush tropical landscapes, Splashers, children's play areas and access to a private beach. At the famous Atlantis on The Palm and open from 10am to sunset.

Arabian Dhow Creek Cruise

There are many dhows along the Creek offering cruises for a (negotiable) fee. If you’ve a Big Bus tour ticket you’re entitled to a free one hour Creek Cruise on their own dhow. It’s a perfect and very relaxing way to experience the stimulating combination of old-meets-new that so characterises this city. 

Bateaux Dubai

Cruise, in elegance and air-conditioned luxury aboard the glass enclosed Bateaux Dubai, with panoramic views of both the modern landmarks and the historic sights of Dubai Creek. The vessel has modern decor, live entertainment, and personalised service. Freshly prepared 4-course gourmet cuisine and licensed beverages will make this a Dubai highlight. Cruises every night from 8.30pm to 11pm for dinner, with boarding from 7.45pm. May be chartered for private events. Enquire about hotel pick-ups. Ring 399 4994 or visit www.bateauxdubai.com or email mail@bateauxdubai.com for more info.

Creekside Park

Adjacent to the Creek on Riyadh Road on the Bur Dubai side but further inland. Includes children’s play areas. Has a cable car ride that gives you good views of the city and Dubai Creek Golf Club. Ideal for two or three hours - rent a cycle, admire the themed gardens or use the provided BBQ pits.

Dhow Dinner Cruise

Lasting about 2 to 2.5 hours, your traditional wooden dhow sails in the Creek whilst you have an International Evening Dinner aboard. The organisers are likely to be willing to pick you up from your hotel.


Whether you're a complete beginner or a veteran diver there's no shortage of sub-aqua activities to choose from in and around Dubai. With more than 80 wrecks, scuba divers are well catered for. Have a look at, amongst many others, www.scubauae.com, www.desertsportsdivingclub.net, www.scubatravel.co.ukwww.deltaadventures.ae or www.freestyledivers.com.

Dolphin Bay

Wade into crystal clear waters and enjoy a 90 minute Atlantis Dolphin Encounter or Atlantis Dolphin Adventure. Get up close and personal – an adventure of a lifetime which is exciting, entertaining and educational. At Atlantis on The Palm. Open 10am to sunset. Need to pre-book on 426 1030. See www.atlantisthepalm.com.

Dubai Dolphinarium

An amazing place where you're guaranteed to meet some of the most beautiful animals that inhabit our oceans and have lots of fun with them. In Creek Park - to get there ask the taxi driver to take you to Gate 1, Creek Park. More info at www.dubaidolphinarium.ae or tel. +971 4 336 9773.

Dubai Marina

Located out of Dubai past the Palm going towards Jebel Ali. Built along a two-mile stretch of waterfront, this man-made marina has created a complete waterfront community with apartment towers and villas set against a watery backdrop. The development itself is as big as a medium sized UK/US town accommodating more than 120,000 people. With public walkways, loads of great restaurants and cafés, plus yachting, fishing and a beach on the doorstep, coupled with a vibrant nightlife, it's a great environment that can be split into two specific areas:

  • JBR Walk, a recently opened area by the sea with plenty of shops and great places to eat. It’s right next to the beach so you can wander across from the beach at lunch time. Lovely and busy with good vibes in the evening.
  • Marina Walk - the promenade area right in the marina itself which is surrounded by tower blocks. It’s an amazing, almost futuristic and surreal place especially at night when everything is lit up – again loads of shops and restaurants, and only 300 yards from the Marina Metro station.

Musandam Trip

For a fun day out, a weekend getaway or a week-long holiday within a holiday go the Musandam Peninsula in nearby Oman (take your passport) with www.sheesabeach.com where you can enjoy a relaxing dhow cruise with snorkelling, fishing, swimming and scuba diving. The Musandam is a stunning remote location, ideal for a relaxing break or an adventurous escape. Take a two-day dhow cruise (groups of up to 18 people welcome) and it'll likely turn into a 48-hour party. Alternatively have a new Dive experience or try remote camping on a secluded beach. It's all possible with Sheesabeach. Tel: 02 638 6551

The Lost Chambers

Walk through the chambers which contain over 20 fresh and seawater marine exhibits including sharks, rays, piranha, giant arapaima, giant grouper, lionfish and much more.A journey through the Lost Chambers will fire the imagination, with underwater insights into how the citizens of Atlantis may have lived. Live out your own Atlantean adventure in this maze of underwater halls and tunnels. At Atlantis on The Palm and open 10am to 11pm.

Wild Wadi*

A five acre water park complex occupying a prime position at the entrance of the Burj Al Arab island on Jumeirah Beach Road, with 30 adrenaline-pumping rides and slides for adults and children, and superlative landscapes. One of Dubai's foremost tourist attractions the Wild Wadi waterpark is designed around a tale from Arabian Folklore featuring Juha and his seafaring friend, Sinbad. Try the Jumeirah Sceirah with a terrifying 32 meter, 50 mph drop, the biggest waterslide (120 metres) outside North America. Or what about the Whitewater Wadi which connects to 13 water slides or the rough and tumble Flood River Flyer, which has 6 slides and is recommended for strong swimmers only. A hidden gem is Breakers Bay where you can surf in continuous waves, and let's not forget Tantrum Alley and Burj Surj. The park has two entrances, the main one being by the Burj Al Arab Causeway, the other is for Jumeirah resort guests only. Pick up free body boards and rent your towels at a special counter. Lockers can also be rented. See www.wildwadi.com. Tel : 348 4444

* This attraction is at or near a stop on a Big Bus Tour.

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