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The Madinat Jumeirah complex is nearby the famous Burj Al Arab hotel and is one of the largest and most popular hotel complexes in Dubai. Situated directly by the sea, the complex consists of several hotels and the beautiful Madinat Jumeirah souk, built around waterways. In fact, Madinat Jumeirah is a small city entirely built in Arabian architecture. Here, you’ll find not only hotels but also luxury apartments and villas available for rent at thousands of dollars per day, unique shops, and many restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy delightful dining experiences, especially in the evenings.

In total, Madinat Jumeirah spans an impressive 48 hectares, and the entire complex is built around a sort of lagoon. Madinat Jumeirah features a network of waterways, allowing visitors to navigate the entire complex via traditional abras. As a hotel guest, you can enjoy complimentary use of these water taxis, while non-guests can take a paid tour around Madinat Jumeirah.

Thanks to its unique Arabian architecture with characteristic water towers, extensive waterways, and beautiful decoration, the complex exudes a unique atmosphere, making it a popular destination for holidaymakers and day trippers. The complex offers stunning views of the Burj al Arab.

Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai

The Madinat Jumeirah Complex boat tour

While you can explore Madinat Jumeirah on foot, the best way to experience the grandeur of the complex is through a tour aboard a traditional abra boat. The abra tour lasts a total of 20 minutes, during which you’ll cruise through the complex’s many canals, marveling at the size and beauty of Madinat Jumeirah.

As you sail through Madinat Jumeirah, the abra boat captain will share interesting facts about the complex and its various super-luxury hotels. Along the route, you’ll pass by the luxurious five-star Al Qasr hotel and catch a glimpse of the luxury villas with private pools where celebrities like Tom Cruise stayed during the filming of the movie Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol.

The Madinat Jumeirah complex in Dubai

Hoe much does the Madinat Jumeirah Abra tour cost?

The abras that navigate Madinat Jumeirah can carry a maximum of 10 people at a time and operate daily from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. during the winter months and from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. during the summer months. The boats depart every 20 minutes from the central abra station opposite the Italian restaurant Toscane. The station is also marked on numerous signs throughout the complex.

Ticket prices are AED 100 for adults and AED 50 for children. Tickets can be purchased at the Souk Abra station in Madinat Jumeirah, located next to the abra station. More information about the abra tour through Madinat Jumeirah is available on the website.


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