United Arab Emirates
Coordinates: 25.081040, 55.133702
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.
|posh eateries everywhere|
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|
|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.
|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.