Jumeirah is a coastal residential area of Dubai, United Arab Emirates mainly comprising low rise private dwellings. It is administratively divided into three neighborhoods named "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.
Historically, Emirati people living in the Jumeirah were fishermen, pearl divers and traders. In modern times (1960 onwards) Jumeirah was the principal area for western expatriate residences.
The beachfront area was previously called Chicago Beach, 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 tankers 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 until Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced the new name - Burj Al Arab.
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