Jebel Ali Beaches and Hotels
The stark white sands of Jebel Ali beach seem almost luminous beside the azure blue of the Arabian Gulf. This pristine stretch of protected coastline spans just over 15km and seen as the perfect retreat for those searching for a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of busy city life.
This enchanting region of the Dubai Emirate lies just south of Dubai and is approximately a 30 minute drive from the city centre. If your budget allows for it, you can catch a taxi from the Bur Dubai bus station for around 10 pounds ($20). Alternatively it is possible to hire your own transport for the journey, which is economical and advantageous in the sense that you need not worry about organising your return trip.
Jebel Ali is set to be placed on the map in a big way due to the construction of the Palm Jebel Ali which began in early 2005. Currently however, beach aside - there is not all that much to see in the area. The region is home to the world's largest man made port, but unless shipping berths are your thing there's no real point in going anywhere near it. In the event that you are a horse racing enthusiast you may want to pay a visit to the Jebel Ali race track. In accordance with customs, betting at the track is forbidden, but prizes are given for correct predictions.
If you elect to find your own way to Jebel Ali beach, it can be reached with relative ease by following the directions to the Jebel Ali hotel. After taking the exit to the hotel (Sheikh Zayed Road, Exit 13), you can either turn left at the roundabout before the hotel or go past the hotel and follow the sandy path along the shoreline. Both will eventually lead to the beach which is quite obviously located in the direction of the ocean. Many people who head for Jebel Ali elect to take full advantage of the beauty and tranquillity of the area by camping on the beach itself. Amenities are basic but adequate and camping permits can be purchased from the Dubai Municipality.
For those who prefer to do their unwinding amidst the lap of luxury, the Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa is a magnificent, albeit costly, alternative to camping. The ambience within the hotel is as colourful as the peacocks that wonder around freely in its wooded gardens. On site amenities include things like facial and body treatments, the Palm Court Spa and sauna, seawater and freshwater swimming pools, tennis courts, horse riding, clay and laser shooting, water sports, a gymnasium and a shopping arcade. Golfing professionals from around the globe are known to frequent the golf resort which in addition to a 9 hole, 36 par golf course also encompasses a 27 - hole putting green, an indoor driving range and indoor swing analysis room.
Bars and restaurants within the hotel grounds cater for even the most selective of palettes. American, Italian, French, and Mediterranean dishes are all available in addition to tempting traditional Asian cuisine. In the evenings the terrace and gardens of the hotel are transformed into an exotic Arabian wonderland and guests can relax and enjoy live entertainment in the form of traditional belly dancing and camel rides.
Hotel rooms are priced according to size, facilities and whether they have views of the golf course grounds or the hotel's private beach. While weekend golfing specials do occasionally become available, an ordinary room will normally cost in the region of 200 pounds ($400) a night. You are unlikely to get a luxury villa for under 250 pounds ($500) a night. For further information and reservations contact the Jebel Ali Hotel on 08000 883 6000. Alternatively you can visit the hotel website at www.jebelali-international.com .