Dubai Neighborhoods: “The Beach”

Dubai has such a simple (but large) way to hide their ever prevalent construction projects. Just take the drive between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and you’ll find the hugely tall walls going up to disguise Expo2020 building – they go on for miles. You can imagine my surprise and delight when some of those walls came down in JBR, just across the marina from our apartment, only to reveal the infamous, impressive The Beach. The walls had be assembled since we moved in (and well before that, I’m sure), with the only clues to what they beyond being the mock up paintings of the development around JBR and the clatter of construction tools. All was revealed a few weeks ago – voila!

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JBR is already a bustling area of Dubai, and The Beach only enhances this vibe – just now with a bit of a facelift. Developed by Meraas Holding, The Beach is comprised of a series of plazas, housing shops, restaurants, family-fun areas, a running/walking track, and what many believe will be the big draw: an open-air movie theater.

Where: The Beach can be located here, right on the water, just to the left of the Palm – approximately at letters N, O, and F. Just adjacent to the Dubai Marina and on JBR.

The iconic JBR buildings as seen from The Beach

The iconic JBR buildings as seen from The Beach

The iconic JBR buildings as seen from The Beach

The iconic JBR buildings as seen from The Beach

What: A number of retail and eatery options (only a handful of which are open as of yet – the rest are slated to open later this summer) right on the beach. And the beach itself is a great public beach option. The aforementioned open-air theater has seating right on the beach, as well as an indoor cinema (fabulous for movie buffs like we Blantons). Plenty of hotels, too! Be warned, however: the road to The Beach is a busy, one way street, but there is a 1,200 car parking lot as well as valet parking available – further, they are constructing a public transportation tram that should (?) be completed soon.

Gorgeous beach

Gorgeous beach

Menchie's...a favorite from Charlotte, NC!

Menchie’s…a favorite from Charlotte, NC!

Highlights:

  • The open-air movie theater by Reel Cinemas – check it out before it gets too warm here in Dubai!
  • The amazing sand sculptures (see below)
  • If you have children, I would think this would be an ideal place to bring them! The area absolutely caters to little ones with spots to ride bikes, a mini water park, as well as playgrounds (and of course the sea)
The sand Dubai skyline

The sand Dubai skyline

A tranquil little spot within one of the plazas

A tranquil little spot within one of the plazas

A ton (for Dubai) of green space

A ton (for Dubai) of green space

Check out The Beach in JBR to mix up your week – I’m looking forward to more shops opening and checking out a movie there one of these days. Until next time…

 

 

5 responses to “Dubai Neighborhoods: “The Beach”

  1. Julie Griffin

    Hey Abby,
    I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog! Guessing I’ll never make it to Dubai but I’m visiting vicariously through all your adventures!! Love all the pictures, too. Keep ’em coming! Hugs to you and Barr.
    Love,
    Julie

  2. Hi Abby, very comprehensive post, do you know how much it costs to park at the North Beach Car Park!
    http://doindubai.com/2014/04/06/new-beach-at-jbr-north-beach/

    Alot for Dubai standards but apparently refundable if you eat at one of the restaurants. BTW what is Menchies all about?

    Kindest regards, Monica from http://www.doindubai.com

    • Ive heard about the hassle regarding parking!! Luckily, we live within walking distance, but I always cringe when I see the one way, one lane road leading down JBR to the mall. And Menchies! It’s a frozen yogurt, self serve wonder – tons of flavors and toppings, and then you pay by how much it weighs (dangerous…) Hopefully they open up that tramway soon to alleviate some of the driving and parking woes!

      • Thanks for solving that mystery ! I heard you can get your ticket stamped for free parking if you pay Dhs 75 at any of the eateries,

        Best regards, Monica.