Jenny Hewett reveals her most-wanted list during a quick browse through JBR’s salubrious new seaside venue
At first glance, it may look like de rigueur dining dominates JBR’s posh new development The Beach, but there are some cool, albeit holiday-centric buys to be had, too. From boogie boards to camel head mugs and even somewhere to top up your nail polish for free, there’s everything you’d ever need for a day at the beach and more. And it’s not all shopping and entertainment, either. If you can pry yourself away from the architecturally awesome lavatories lining the shorefront, and walk towards the Sheraton side of the development, you’ll notice some massive art cubes, where local graffiti is set to be a permanent fixture. There’s something very cool about The Beach, it oozes sophistication and it knows it. Here, we share the buys we’d go back for in a jiffy.
Penny skateboard Skate the strip and give Venice Beach a run for its money. Dhs595. Adventure HQ, The Beach, The Walk, JBR (04 430 4419).
White visor Go incognito and make a statement on the sand at the same time. Dhs580. S*uce On-Sea, The Beach, The Walk, JBR (04 344 7270).
Mini water scooter Scare your kids off jet skis for life with this inflatable sea scooter. Dhs1,600. Adventure HQ, The Beach, The Walk, JBR (04 430 4419).
Cricket bat and ball Let the games begin with this beach cricket set. Dhs180. Adventure HQ, The Beach, The Walk, JBR (04 430 4419).
Pastel body products Fashion-forward skin and body care. Apply after sun. From Dhs18. Sephora, The Beach, The Walk, JBR (no number).
Nail Bar/free polish change station Let those feet loose. Touch up your polish for free. Free. Sephora, The Beach, The Walk, JBR (no number).
Bikini Because bold and bright swimwear reigns supreme. Dhs1,345. Mara Hoffman at S*uce On Sea, The Beach, The Walk, JBR (04 430 4202).
Brief Victoria’s Secret No one likes driving home in a wet bikini, after all. Dhs60 each or three for Dhs145. Victoria’s Secret, The Beach, The Walk, JBR (no number).
Towel at Adventure HQ Because you forgot yours. Oops. Dhs235. Billabong at Adventure HQ, The Beach, The Walk, JBR (04 430 4419).
Camel head mug Who drinks water from bottles these days anyway? Dhs45. I HEART Dubai, The Beach, The Walk, JBR (no number). The Beach, JBR The Walk (no number). Paid parking available.