What’s On has details of Jumeirah Beach Residence neighbourhood in Dubai – part of the What’s On neighbourhood guide – including hidden gems and old favourites.

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Popular with locals, residents and tourists alike, Dubai Marina and JBR is almost old hat. But don’t be fooled – its charming waterfronts are lined with an ever-growing number of top-notch restaurants and some surprising shopping choices.

DINE: Seven Sands

Get a rare taste of the national cuisine at this smart Emirati fusion restaurant new to The Beach opposite JBR. Tuck into traditional Bedouin stews, try an Emirati take on vegetable moussaka or relax with an Arabic coffee.

The Beach, JBR, Dubai, daily 8am to 1am. Tel: (04) 5516652. Taxi: The Walk, JBR. sevensandsrestaurant.com

Seven Sands

SHOP: Sauce On-Sea

This quirky Dubai-born fashion boutique absolutely oozes beachside chic. A concept store from the people at S*auce, browse for cute cover-ups, stylish sunglasses and beautiful bikinis while supporting up-and-coming international and local designers.

The Beach, JBR, Dubai, Sun to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thur to Sat 10am to midnight. Tel: (04) 4304202. Taxi: The Walk, JBR. shopatsauce.com

HIDDEN GEM: Stereo Arcade

This bar-meets-arcadia, soon to open on JBR, is for anyone who misses the pre-Xbox era when Mario Brothers and Sonic The Hedgehog ruled the gaming roost. Stereo Arcade is an inexplicable love triangle between a neighbourhood bar, retro
1980s arcade and trendy

The Doubletree By Hilton Hotel, Dubai, JBR. facebook.com/StereoArcade

DO: Muscle Beach Dubai 

Forget California, Dubai has its own Muscle Beach. This beachside fitness zone is run by the knowledgeable team at The Warehouse Gym. Take a stab at weight-lifting, rope climbs, kettle bells and CrossFit.

The Beach, JBR, Dubai, daily 7am to 6pm, Sun to Thur Dhs60, Fri and Sat Dhs90. Tel: (04) 3232323. Taxi: The Walk, JBR. facebook.com/whgymdubai

Muscle Beach Dubai

DO: Play at Splash Pad

From waterfalls and fountains to water-breathing dragons, this beachside wet play area keeps children (and parents) entertained and cooled off for hours. Fenced in and supervised, it’s great for crawlers to young swimmers.

The Beach, JBR, Dubai, daily 9am to 8pm (Ramadan 2pm to midnight), Dhs60 per hour, Dhs100 per day. Taxi: The Walk, JBR. thebeach.ae