Ever wanted your face in chocolate? Look no further – this confectionery store specialises in transferring images onto cocoa goodies great and small. So forget the birthday cake – surprise a friend with their face on a selection of individual milk chocolates (Dhs5 each, minimum 30 pieces).
La Plage, opposite Jumeirah Beach Park, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 385 4264).
Jumeirah Fishing Harbour
Eat by the water in this relatively new district, home to Lebanese eatery Bait Misk (04 343 7332), Indian restaurant Mint Leaf (not to be confused with the also new Mint Leaf of London, Dubai), Omnia Gourmet (04 343 7181), quaint Thai spot Charm (04 344 8895) and Boteko Brasil (04 385 6668). Though the area is unlicensed, there are some beautiful sea views to be enjoyed.
Off Jumeirah Beach Road, near Al Urouba Street.
Knightsbridge of London and Masgouf
This single complex is home to both Knightsbridge of London and Masgouf restaurants – each serving their own cuisine. Tuck into breakfasts, salads, sandwiches and fancy cakes at the former, and classic Arabic fare such as ouzi and fish stew at the latter. Weather permitting, we recommend
taking a seat on the pleasant outdoor patio.
Jumeirah Beach Road (04 342 0999).
Tuck into tagines galore at this North African eatery in La Plage, opposite Jumeirah Beach Park, serving up beef and plum, beef, almond and egg, leg of veal, tripe, liver, and even brain takes on the classic baked dish. If you prefer to eat a little lighter, there are also salads, soups and sardines to sample, alongside fresh Moroccan pastries and breads.
La Plage, opposite Jumeirah Beach Park, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 385 5480).
Pancake & Waffle House
Adjacent to Fairouz Restaurant, this carbalicious café devotes itself to serving breakfast-worthy dishes at all hours of the day. Try the sinful-sounding cheesecake pancakes, waffles with blueberries and ice cream, French toast, or one of several interesting varieties of omelette, including halloumi and green olives, and steak and onions.
Opposite Jumeirah Beach Park, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 344 3024).
Beach Park Plaza
Directly opposite Jumeirah Beach Park, this large mall-type complex is less about shopping and more about eating and pampering. It’s home to a series of health, grooming and wellbeing outlets including Beats and Cuts barbershop, renowned women’s hairdressing spot Salon Ink, Thai Elite Spa and MegaSun Lounge. There are also a handful of dining options including Arabic restaurant Burj Al Hamam, Circle Café (currently under renovation) and anime-themed Manga Sushi.
Opposite Jumeirah Beach Park, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 342 8060).
Grooming and wellbeing
Beautiful on the outside, this clinic’s exterior proves it knows the importance of appearance. Cosmetic procedures available include Botox, rhinoplasty, ear surgery (to reshape, position or size), fat grafting, facial peels, ‘intimate surgery’ and many more.
Jumeirah Beach Road (04 342 8383).
Al Taie Center for Laparoscopic & Obesity Surgery
If diet and exercise have failed you, this clinic specialises in solutions to help battle the bulge and restore you to health. A team of surgeons offer gastric balloon, gastric banding, gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy operations alongside cosmetic procedures such as facelifts and hair transplants, and general surgery.
Opposite Jumeirah Beach Park, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 342 1999).
This skincare centre offers everything from fillers and hair loss procedures to peels and lasering. There are also slimming and body contouring technologies to try.
Opposite Jumeirah Beach Park, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 344 0008).
Leisure and sport
Dubai Ladies Club
As the name suggests, this centre is an exclusive women-only facility offering fitness and exercise classes, watersports, scuba diving programmes, a spa, salon, kids club, regular art events and more.
Next to Jumeirah Beach Park, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 349 9922).
Jumeirah Beach Park
With shaded, grassy areas and an expansive, clean beach, this park is one of the most pleasant in the city. Lifeguards keep an eye on the crowds, a kiosk serves up hot and cold refreshments and on Sundays and Wednesdays, the entire place is open only to the fairer gender. Entry is Dhs5 per person and Dhs20 per car.
Jumeirah Beach Road (04 221 5555).