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Dubai Walking Guide: Foodie fun in Jumeirah

Take a bite out of the Jumeirah Corniche and Palm Jumeirah
From the far end of Dubai’s beachside Jumeirah Corniche, to the tip of the Palm Jumeirah ‘floating’ crescent, there’s plenty to see, do, and most importantly, eat, along this seaside walking tour. Local fishermen flaunting their fresh catches vie with tantalisingly hip food trucks cooking up the city’s next must-try foodie trend.
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Coastal charm

Beachside hotspots

Coastal charm

Beachside hotspots

Time: Four to six hours

Experience the picture perfect side of Dubai on this walking tour, which offers the best beachside views and food from Jumeirah to Palm Jumeirah.


Start point: Kite Beach at Jumeirah 3
End point: Atlantis, The Palm at Palm Jumeirah
Directions to starting point: The easiest way to get to Kite Beach is by taxi. Hail one from any roadside or book one by calling +971 4 208 0808
Best time to walk: Morning and early evening
Major landmarks: Kite Beach, Umm Suqeim Fishing Harbour, Jumeirah Public Beach, Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, The Boardwalk at Palm Jumeirah, Atlantis, The Palm



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Top tips:

  • Bring a bottle of water and beach essentials. Don’t forget your camera
  • Kite Beach is a hive of activity at all hours of the day. To find out what’s on during your tour, call +971 800 637227 (800 MERAAS)

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Beach bites

Kite Beach

Beach bites

Kite Beach

Sand, sports and sweet potato fries

Jumeirah Corniche connects some of Dubai’s most popular beaches along the Arabian Gulf coastline. You’ll start your walking tour about mid-way, at Kite Beach. You’ll start your walking tour a little further west, at Kite Beach.

True to its moniker, Kite Beach is a popular spot for kite flying – both competitive and leisurely – and watersports, with stand-up paddleboarders and kite surfers dotting the depths offshore. But the beach is also known for its development into a foodie destination, with new casual dining concepts popping up within an open-air courtyard. Here, you’ll be able to order meals and snacks including Wanna Banana’s healthy fruit-based soft-serve, Dallmayr’s freshly-ground gourmet coffee, Smart Brat’s sauerkraut-loaded German bratwursts and Kaakunada’s traditional Lebanese sesame-baked stuffed breads, or sit down in the Hamptons-inspired Park House for excellent coffee and salads.

The award winning beach canteen Salt is a home-grown burger concept that’s so popular that it’s not uncommon to spot joggers diverging from their paths to join the queue for one of their signature Lotus cookie milkshakes and a Cheetos-stuffed crispy chicken burger.

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Kite Beach, Street 2D, Jumeirah 3

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Fish frenzy

Umm Suqeim Fishing Harbour

Fish frenzy

Umm Suqeim Fishing Harbour

Seek out the Gulf’s freshest seafood

Continue along the shoreline in a westerly direction – the looming Burj Al Arab will serve as your guiding star here – for a 2.5km walk along the beach promenade. It should take you roughly 25 minutes, which is just enough time to work up an appetite for your next stop, the Umm Suqeim Fishing Harbour.

Every day, the local fisherman pile their stalls high with the day’s catch, with everything from Dubai’s versatile hammour fish to Omani lobster at bargain prices. The clean and air-conditioned space was launched in 2014, due to demand from both the vendors and their customers, with the markets doing brisk business until mid-day, and then in the early evening.

After casting your eyes over the still-salty catches, pull up a seat at Bu Qtair for a little spice. Meaning ‘sweet water’ in Arabic, this humble cafeteria has been around since the 1980s. Pick your prawns, fish or squid from the counter’s daily menu, complement your meal with Indian-Emirati curry sauce, dahl and warm and flaky paratha bread, and enjoy it all in the cafe's outdoor dining area.
Contact Details
Umm Suqeim Fishing Harbour, Bu Qtair
   +971 55 705 2130
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Azure views

Public beach

Azure views

Public beach

Cooling refreshments with stunning scenery

Continue around the curve of the harbour to reach the stretch of public beach, a short jaunt of a few minutes. This family-friendly beach is usually a hive of activity on weekends, with locals and visitors alike enjoying the clean sands and calm waters.

Stroll to the far end, and you’ll find Cove Beach at Jumeirah Beach Hotel. This chic beach spot attracts a stylish crowd for healthy sharing plates, and fruity iced coolers. Settle down next to the pool to take in one of the best views of the Burj Al Arab rising from the waters of the Arabian Gulf as you enjoy a ‘Lavandou’ – a blend of fresh apple, passionfruit and lime juices, topped off with a lavender syrup.
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Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Beach, Umm Suqeim
   +971 800 2683

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On the boardwalk

Palm Jumeirah food trucks

On the boardwalk

Palm Jumeirah food trucks

Follow the food trucks on the Palm

From Cove Beach, hail a taxi at the handy Jumeirah Beach Hotel valet, and direct the driver to take you to Crescent Road on Palm Jumeirah, a ride that will take you under ten minutes. Get dropped off next to the Palm Boardwalk, across the street from the Atlantis, The Palm hotel.

A recent addition to the Palm development, the six-metres-wide decked pathway is built over the rocks of the manmade island’s breakwater, and runs for an unbroken 11km along the Crescent’s outer edge. With an amazing view of the ocean and the Dubai city itself, it’s no wonder that the Boardwalk was the ideal location for a permanent food-truck convoy, with 30 pop-ups planned for the site. With cuisine options as varied as a ‘unicorn shake’ from GoNuts, Italian pastas by Mia Strada, and heat-beating ice-cream cones from Atomic, there’s an option to suit every craving, plus satisfying views.
Contact Details
Crescent Road, Palm Jumeirah
   +971 4 426 2000
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Five-star foodies

Atlantis, The Palm

Five-star foodies

Atlantis, The Palm

Finish off with an underwater gastro-feast

Do a quick 180 turn from the ocean, and you’ll find yourself facing the famous Atlantis, The Palm hotel (and in the perfect position for a quick selfie). Resembling a seashell-pink sandcastle, the five-star hotel is known for its stunning suites and sharp service, as well as its incredible dining options. There’s 18 restaurants and lounges on the hotel grounds, each with its own vibe.

While the British fare at Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen and the delicate dumplings at Yuan prove popular, it’s the one-of-a-kind restaurant, Ossiano, that takes the crown. Book your table before arrival, and enjoy an exquisite seafood dinner surrounded by the giant aquarium’s fish schools, sharks and sting-rays. After enjoying this fine-dining experience, you won’t be surprised to hear that this romantic spot is the Atlantis’ top location for marriage proposals.
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Crescent Road, Palm Jumeirah

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