Dubai - Jumeirah Beach, United Arab Emirates
At a Glance
Part of the Madinat Jumeirah complex
Made up of a series of waterways taking guests to all areas of Madinat Jumeirah
Guests can enjoy complimentary access to the Wild Wadi Waterpark
Excellent facilities and a wide range of restaurants
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
The best time to visit the UAE is between October and November and then February and March, when temperatures hang around the mid-20s and the humidity is under control. While December and January are generally considered the best months to go, the weather over the last couple of ‘winters’ has been unpredictable with occasional cloud and rain.
The month of Ramadan means hotel rates are heavily discounted, but while outside the resort, Ramadan is strictly adhered to, within the resorts you will notice very little difference.
High summer (July and August) means heavy discounted hotels it’s a great option for a cheap getaway but it will be very very hot and very very humid!
The Mina A'Salam translates as 'harbor of peace', a colorful, yet informal Arabic themed hotel and the gateway to the Madinat Jumeirah complex.
The Mina A'Salam, completely refurbished in 2015, is a boutique style hotel comprising 292 spacious guest rooms, each tastefully furnished with a private balcony overlooking the Arabian Gulf. With 5 restaurants in the hotel, and 45 restaurants in the Madinat Jumeirah complex, there are ample opportunities to meet any culinary desire.
Within Madinat Jumeirah there is a huge choice of facilities available including an excellent kid’s club, a wonderful spa, the air conditioned souk with boutique fashion, antiques, perfumes and jewelry and a choice of over 40 world-class restaurants bars and lounges offering cuisines from around the world. The health club features a fully equipped gym over looking the indoor lap pool, squash courts, steam rooms, saunas and a healthy cafe.
All this is spread out amongst stunning landscaped gardens and a private beach. A quirky addition is the 3.7km of waterways with traditional boats to transfer guests from place to place.
Mina A'Salam has an excellent Kid’s Club, Sinbad's, at the neighboring Al Qasr hotel, which offers a wide range of organized activities and a kid's pool supervised by highly trained lifeguards.
Sinbad's is open daily from 8am to 7pm and accepts children from 4 to 12 years old. Children aged 2 to 3 years can be left at Sinbad's between 8am - 12pm, after which they must be collected or accompanied by a parent or babysitter. A babysitting service is available on request at an additional charge.
The Mina A'Salam is located within the Madinat Jumeirah complex and enjoys access to the unrivalled range of leisure facilities available across the three hotels. With a choice of swimming pools, the award-winning Talise Spa and Talise fitness center, Sinbad's Kids Club, souk Madinat Jumeirah with 75 boutique shops, over 50 world class restaurants, bars and nightlife venues and the adjacent Wild Wadi Waterpark with free access for guests, there is something to suit every individual need.
The activities on offer at the Mina A'Salam are extensive thanks to its membership of the Madinat Jumeirah complex of hotels.
Active guests can enjoy access to Talise Fitness - the resort's modern, fully equipped gym offering world class personal training as well as a swim school, a High Altitude Suite to achieve quick results and a state-of-the-art, 6.4 meter-high rock climbing wall. The resort has 2 squash courts and 5 floodlit tennis courts. The on-site Peter Burwash International Tennis Programme provides keen players with quality instruction.
The resort enjoys a two kilometer stretch of private pristine beach and water sports enthusiasts have plenty of options to choose from including windsurfing, sailing, waterskiing, kayaking and wakeboarding. The Pavilion Dive Center offers scuba diving for all levels.
If shopping is your reason to visit Dubai, the Souk Madinat Jumeirah offers 75 boutique shops selling everything from fashion, jewelry, antiques, and perfumes. It also has a vast range of food outlets offering cuisines from across the globe. For entertainment, there is a theater with regular live musicals, comedy acts, ballets and plays and numerous nightlife venues including a karaoke lounge bar.
Clare Monro (Staff)
Mina A'Salam is part of the Madinat Jumeirah and offers really good value. Like Dar Al Masyaf and Al Qasr, you have access to 44 restaurant on site which is amazing, and there is plenty to do. The Madinat itself has a 2km stretch of beach, the longest hotel beach in the country. You also get complimentary access to the Wild Wadi water park so won't be stuck for activities!
Elizabeth Bray (Staff)
Jumeirah Madinat is a large complex split into three separate hotels and linked by waterways. There are 44 restaurants to try should you have the time, as well as a large beach, souk area (Arabian market) and various pools to choose from.
1. Mina A'Salam is the hotel option for guests with a slightly more modest budget. It has an old Arabic style, grand lobby with a huge pond of rose petals and the rooms feature dark woods and give a subdued luxury feel. I would recommend the Arabian Sea View Deluxe rooms or suites as they allow two children under 12 to share your room, which is great for smaller families or couples looking to access the Jumeirah complex at a lower budget.
2. Dar al Masyaf is the most exclusive section of the complex and the most popular with Scott Dunn guests. It is made up of a collection of summerhouses spread all around the complex and joined by waterways. Each house has around 9 rooms and a suite. The houses are split into two categories: Arabian and Gulf. The Gulf houses offer either sea view or garden view rooms, Arabian offering garden view rooms only, and there is one suite in each house. All rooms interconnect so they are great for families. The Dar Al Masyaf feels like a boutique hotel despite being part of such a large resort. This hotel also has the best access to the beach, children's club and majority of restaurants.
3. Al Qasr is the more luxurious of the two main hotels and more suitable for couples than Mina A'Salam. I would say Al Qasr is more glitzy and better located due to its proximity to the beach; the kid's club and the souk area are also located here with many shops and restaurants, perfect for families. Rooms have either Arabian (garden) views or Gulf (sea) views. Connecting rooms can be requested but are unfortunately not guaranteed.
I highly recommend their new Mexican Restaurant called Tortuga, which is great to pop into for a casual yet yummy meal in the Mina al Salam, the Pulled Beef Burrito is excellent as is the Borrrego Mexican Tacos which is oven roasted Lamb in avocado leaves with green tomatillo sauce.
Brunch in Dubai
If in Dubai on a Friday, why not partake in the favorite past time of the local expat community and enjoy an ever-so-social Friday brunch. Take your time and enjoy free-flowing champagne and cocktails accompanied by a mouth-watering feast for the palate.
Visit the Burj Khalifa
Venture to the top of the tallest structure in the world and enjoy the incredible unobstructed 360 degree views over Dubai from the open observation deck 'At the Top'.
Wild Wadi Waterpark
The perfect place to cool off from the Dubai sunshine, Wild Wadi Waterpark is located in front of the stunning Burj Al Arab and offers 30 rides and attractions for all the family, all designed around Arabian folklore.