() literally means "beautiful." It is a coastal residential area in Dubai
, United Arab Emirates
mainly comprising low rise private dwellings. It is administratively divided into three neighborhoods titled "Jumeirah 1," Jumeirah 2" and "Jumeirah 3." It has both expensive and large detached properties as well as more modest town houses built in a variety of architectural styles. The area is popular with expatriates
working in the emirate
and is familiar to many tourists visiting Dubai.
living in the Jumeirah were fishermen
, pearl divers
. In modern times (1960 onwards) Jumeirah was the principal area for western expatriate residences.
The beachfront area was previously called Chicago Beach
Krane, Jim City of Gold: Dubai and the Dream of Capitalism
, page 103, St. Martin's Press (September 15, 2009), as the site of the former Chicago Beach Hotel
. The locale's peculiar name had its origins in the Chicago Bridge & Iron Company
which at one time welded giant floating oil storage tanker
on the site.
The old name persisted for a time after the old Hotel was demolished in 1997. Dubai Chicago Beach Hotel
was the Public Project Name for the construction phase of the Burj Al Arab Hotel