Jumeirah 2 is facing the full force of Dubai redevelopment. And it is ugly.
The area was home to Jumeirah Beach Park, one of Dubai's most loved (and therefore busiest) beach parks, with the main Jumeirah Beach Road is dotted with health spas, small cafes and retail outlets.
Today it is home to the outlet for the Dubai Canal, and its coastline very much under construction. There is no doubt (parts of) it will be amazing, but at the moment is is very much Paradise lost. Off the coast line a number of artificial islands are being built - most notably the impressive - in terms of size - Daria or Jumeirah Bay Island which means even if you do find a quiet spot the chances are you'll be looking across not the vast ocean's expanse, but onto another mass of construction.
On the positive side, the canal walk itself is already amazing, and as the project moves towards completion, it promises to be one of the biggest draws in the emirate.
The area is also home to the Jumeirah Archaeological site (dating back to the 6th century AD when the settlement was a caravan stop on a route linking Iraq and Oman).
There are few schools actually in Jumeirah 2 (Al Shorouq and the Children's Garden), but the surrounding areas contain many, most notably in Al Safa.
As well as Jumeirah Beach Park, Jumeirah 2 is also adjacent to Safa Park, which was one of Dubai's largest green areas, but cut dramatically in size with the Canal project. That said, it continues to exist, even if its BBQ areas, tennis and basketball courts, have been lost.
Jumeirah 2 is one step closer to new Dubai than Jumeirah 1, and can be a struggle in the morning and evening getting to and from areas you are likely to be working in. Traffic around Al Wasl road near Safa park can be horrendous with too many cars trying to get on and off Sheikh Zayed road. The journey through Jumeirah 1 and onto Al Diyafah Street is no better.
In between Al Wasl and Jumeirah Beach Road, is an oasis of calm - save when schools open and close. The compounds, especially the older ones that are more established, can be very green, and usually make great micro communities with kids playing around a central swimming pool. There are many independent villas, but far fewer affordable single story ones that are more affordable. They do exist however, and if you find one they can be quite "reasonable" (certainly compared to Jumeirah 1) for rent (130,000 plus annually) for a three bedroom.