Squeezed in between the sea and Jumeirah Road near the suburb’s southern end, Jumeirah Beach Park was easily the nicest park and public beach in Dubai, with a spacious white-sand beach equipped with loungers and parasols and a pleasant strip of wooded parkland behind. It’s currently shut due to work on the massive new Dubai Canal project and is scheduled to reopen with new and improved facilities in late 2016, in the (admittedly rather unlikely) event that everything runs to schedule.

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