Walk 'The Walk'
The Jumeirah Beach Walk, a 1.7km promenade filled with a host of outdoor dining and shopping opportunities, is a refreshing change from the city’s many air-conditioned shopping malls. One of the best times to visit is late in the afternoon, as you’ll have a spectacular view of the sun setting over the ocean.
Stroll down this palm-tree-lined boulevard and take in the stylish boutiques and chic restaurants. Check out the outdoor stalls at Covent Garden Market, where you can pick up jewellery and handicrafts. There are plenty of outdoor cafes where you can stop for a cold drink or an ice cream too, inviting you to sit back, relax and watch the world go by.
Plenty to do on Jumeirah Beach
Marina beach, located in the neighbourhood, is a great place to catch some rays and go for a dip. But this beach is about more than just sunbathing and swimming. On the right-hand-side of the beach is Aqua Fun, the world’s largest outdoor waterpark. It’s essentially an inflatable obstacle course formed of slides, climbing walls and bridges. Meanwhile, if you walk down to the left-hand-side of the beach you’ll find Sheraton Hotel’s Bliss Lounge; an outdoor bar where you can sip cocktails or drink beer while looking out at the ocean.
In the middle of the beach you’ll find The Beach, a shopping mall, entertainment space and sports park. Outside you’ll find spacious loungers for soaking up the sun, and the Splash Pad – a water-based playground just for kids. Sea Breeze Play, the complex’s latest venue, offers a host of beach and watersports, from outdoor volleyball to jet skiing.
Wining and dining
Jumeirah Beach Residence really comes alive in the evening. Once night falls the high-rise buildings and the marina are illuminated with red and green lights. Take a luxury cruise around Dubai marina, where you’ll have an excellent view of the city at night. When it comes to dinner time, you’ll be spoilt for choice. If you have a craving for a specific cuisine, chances are you can satisfy it here as there are hundreds of restaurants in Jumeirah Beach Residence. The Beach alone houses 38 restaurants, from sushi to middle eastern to seafood. You’ll also find a host of restaurants along The Walk, many with al fresco dining options, not to mention the many JBR hotels offering delicious cuisine.
If you’re looking for something a little more energetic, you’ll find it at one of the area’s many bars and clubs. Stereo Arcade is one of the most popular venues, while Inner City Zoo, the area’s newest club, is also worth checking out.
Once you’ve had your fill of the activities at Jumeirah Beach Residence, there’s plenty of scope to explore the surrounding area. We recommend checking out the Dubai Miracle Garden, a huge circular garden filled with millions of flowers, which grow on 3D sculptures of planes, houses and archways. Another nearby attraction is The Palm Jumeirah, an artificial island shaped like a palm tree, which has its own set of amenities and restaurants.
There is also a metro station opposite the marina, which will take you further afield to explore the rest of the attractions that Dubai has to offer.