The Jumeirah Beach Residences (JBR) offers residents luxury living in high-rise apartments, minutes from the beach. Its sandy-hued towers are instantly recognisable (now being a decade old) and attract several non-residents and tourists. The reason JBR is so popular with day visitors is twofold- The Walk and The Beach.
JBR is packed with some of Dubai’s best hotels, bars and restaurants, and is one of the region’s premier tourist destinations. The development stretches 1.7 km along the Arabian Gulf and is truly a sight to behold. While it has been plagued by traffic woes as of late, a location (conveniently located off the Sheikh Zayed Road and in close proximity to Dubai Internet City) and good access to public transit such as the metro and the trams make it easy to get to.
Things to do
You can’t talk about JBR without mentioning the beach. One of the perks of living in JBR is that residents can enjoy a day in the sun anytime by heading over to the open beach which is a short walk from most residential towers in the neighbourhood. The long beach is why most tourists and visitors flock to JBR as well. The sandy stretch is constantly buzzing with activities like yoga sessions, beach sports and even camel rides. There are also several water sports one can partake in, including parasailing, jet-skiing, and wakeboarding.
JBR is the perfect weekend getaway. If relaxing by the beach isn’t quite enough for you, there are tonnes of exciting activities in JBR. Sea Breeze at The Beach is the designated beach sports venue in the area where you can play a game of tennis and volleyball on the beach. If you’re looking for something a little more out there (literally), opt for deep-sea fishing and scenic boat cruises, usually around Dubai Marina and Palm Jumeirah.
If it’s breakfast you’re hankering for, head to Eggspectation. The Canadian import serves up a huge range of egg-based breakfast, lunches and dinners, as well as intriguing-sounding extras such as s’mores French toast. Then there’s the Saladicious Deli, which has a huge range of healthy salads and enormous, fresh sandwiches. Kosebasi offers delicious Turkish breakfast cuisine, and spicy sausage and eggs offering (complete with fresh bread) can brighten anyone’s day.
Shop and stroll by the sea along the The Walk, a chic waterfront strip that is almost completely outdoors.
Along this beachside boulevard, you’ll find plenty of opportunity to satisfy your retail cravings with an array of fashion, home and handicraft shops and boutiques. The Walk also features shopping attractions such as Sauce-on-sea, a boutique featuring local and regional designers, plus a host of international retailers.
But perhaps the most attractive offerings at the Walk are the outdoor pop-up markets, where you’ll find stalls offering jewellery, food treats and homewares, all the while being serenaded and entertained by street performers. And don’t miss the brand new shopping area called The Beach, and the magnificent open-air cinema.
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