Jumeirah The Meydan is part of the vast Meydan City horseracing complex. It’s in an area called Nad Al Sheba, about 20 minutes drive from the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall. The nearest beach is around a 30-35 minute drive away, as is the airport.
Thankfully, while pretty much everything to do with the hotel and its surrounding area is all to do with horses, the equestrian theme stops in the bedrooms (aside from the views of the racetrack, of course). The basic Grand Deluxe Rooms (if you could call them ‘basic’) are spacious and offer a slight Arabian feel, with hand-crafted carpets and muted tones of light brown and beige, plus less traditional additions such as surround sound stereo system and Plasma TV. For the true racing addict, the bathrooms have been designed so that you can view the racetrack from the bathtub (with full privacy, thankfully). There are also nice additions such as free WiFi throughout and complimentary soft drinks from the minibar.
As you might imagine, the lobby area and corridors are filled with horsey imagery, mingled in with rather regal Arabian themes.
Eating and drinking
Of the five restaurants with the hotel, the steakhouse, Prime, stands out, with plush, almost chintzy armchairs laid out in a somewhat luxurious and opulent setting. There’s also a Japanese restaurant, Shiba. Up by the pool, there’s the Equus Bar, which offers excellent views of the racetrack should you not want to leave the water.
The impressive rooftop infinity pool provides some stunning views of the racetrack should you want to watch the horses from the water. There’s also a decent-sized spa, plus well-stocked fitness centre.
With the hotel extremely new and residency levels some way from capacity, the service is excellent and attentive throughout.
Who stays there
It's still very new, so it's difficult to judge. But, seeing as it's by an enormous racetrack and little else, the hotel is mainly aimed at equestrian types from around the world, especially during the huge race meets that take place throughout the year.
Prices for the basic Grand Deluxe with Balcony are for two adults, inclusive of all taxes and charges. The basic price doesn't include breakfast, but does include free access to Wild Wadi Water Park and the Jumeirah Madinat Beach, plus complimentary shuttle services to each.
- Sporty types
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Near racetrack
- Far from city