Living in... Dubai's Jumeirah and Umm Suqeim

Spread along the city’s sprawling coastline, these beachside neighbourhoods are ever in demand

Living in...

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Low-rise and leafy, Umm Suqeim and Jumeirah represent residential living in Dubai at its best. These established beachside neighbourhoods have sprawling villas with large gardens and private swimming pools, plus a smattering of palaces shaded by towering palm trees.

They are not Dubai’s most affordable areas, but the budget-conscious could consider a flat or one of the cheaper compound communities, which have smaller gardens and shared facilities.

Transport links - how well connected is Jumeirah?

The area straddles Jumeirah Beach Road, a slow-moving six-lane highway lined with unlicensed restaurants. Some of Dubai’s most creative coffee shops and burger joints have set up shop here, along with beauty salons offering blow-outs and manicures to the mostly moneyed community.

The outside lane of traffic frequently draws to a halt, as motorists queue for takeaway shisha and shawarma, and on Friday nights the thoroughfare is popular with young men looking to show off their latest supercars.

Access to this area is almost entirely by private car or taxi. There are buses running along Jumeirah Beach Road and the parallel Al Wasl Road, but Al Safa metro station is right on the edge of the Umm Suqeim 2, near Sheikh Zayed Road.

Water taxis are a limited option for J