Dubai doesn’t do things by halves. So when the Dubai government-owned property developer, Meraas Holding, decided to create a beachside promenade opposite Jumeirah Beach Residence, they did so with the usual aplomb.
The Beach opened in 2014 as an outdoor lifestyle destination spanning over 320,000 square feet. Not only can you can rent sun loungers and soak up the rays, you can also do watersports, play sports, and jump on massive trampolines. Plus you’ll find a jogging track, a lush one-kilometre mall, an open-air cinema, cafes and restaurants, retail shops, a shisha lounge and plenty of places to sit and watch the world go by (or watch the construction of the world’s largest ferris wheel).
There’s truly something for everyone, whether you want to relax, be active, ride on a camel, or simply have a bite to eat.
Foodies will delight in the massive selection of eateries – over 45 different outlets offering 20 different cuisines from American, Turkish, Indian, French, Italian, Asian, Latin American, North African, and even Emirati.
You’ll find well-known chains like The Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang’s; high-end cafés like Cavalli Caffè; Italian restaurants such as Fratelli la Bufala, Sapori di Bice, and Obica Mozzarella Bar; bakeries such as Ladurée, Magnolia Bakery, and PappaRoti; and gelaterias and fro-yo shops like Menchie’s, Morelli’s Gelato and Dri Dri. You’ll even find the gorgeous Seven Sands, an Emirati-inspired restaurant that serves authentic Emirati food and desserts. The list goes on and on.
I was invited to partake in a foodie tour of The Beach which covered 11 restaurants, but there are many, many more to explore. Look out for my posts coming soon about What’s Cooking at the Beach to see what takes your fancy, then do yourself a favour and go (hungry) to The Beach.
Opposite JBR The Walk between the Hilton and the Sheraton hotels