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Sunday 25 December 2016

UAE 2016 Day 03: JBR Beach

Set against the fresh blue waters of the Arabian Gulf, JBR Beach does embody urban living at its sunny best. With the latest entertainment, all kinds of delicious cuisine, all manner of watersports and even a six hundred metre running track a visit to JBR Beach can take you a whole day.

The waters are fairly calm here and popular with bathers, and it is by far one of the most fun, family friendly beaches that we’ve ever been to. The skyscrapers nearby provide a spectacular backdrop too. The number of bikini-clad sun bathers almost made us forget that we were in a Middle Eastern country, to be honest.

beachfront cafe

spectacular backdrop

posh eateries everywhere

luxury living

Peering into the distance we caught a glimpse of new development in an area called the Blue Water Islands. Apparently it’s a man-made mixed use island located off the coast of Jumeirah Beach Residence. There are even plans to build a pedestrian bridge that will link the island to the JBR beachfront.

a new development  in the distance

Walking along the beach we found the white sands simply dazzling, and Cat remarked that she should have brought her sunglasses along. We then came upon some stalls selling t-shirts and other souvenirs.

Brendan lost in the landscape again

dazzling white sands

street carts

we love the caption!

The highlight of our walk was experiencing dondurma, a Turkish ice cream sold from a street vendor's cart. During this occasion, as is always the case the vendor would tease the customer by serving the ice cream cone on a stick, and then taking away the dondurma with the stick by rotating it around, before finally giving it to the customer. Cat shrieked and squealed with surprise and delight each time the vendor performed his trick.

alley oop

camera conscious vendor

here you go (finally)

Cat was squealing and shrieking so much

that she garnered an audience

capturing the moment

It was high noon and the sun was right above our heads so we decided to make our way back to the comforts of Nuran.

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