Welcome The Beach – the UAE’s latest shopping complex, and the first to sit, as the name suggests, right next to the sea.

At the time of writing there were just eight outlets open, of a projected 70 in total.

But the low-rise shopping complex was already making waves with news it will host the UAE’s first outdoor cinema – while the distinctive sandcastle models have been setting social media alight.

At the moment two of four plaza areas are open, connected by an esplanade, with a further two set to open before summer hits.

The development was recently visited by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, alongside Hollywood actor Will Smith.

Stretching across 1km of beachfront at the heart of buzzing JBR, it will feature a mix of shops, restaurants and family entertainment.

Meanwhile work on a 240-room beachfront hotel and an amphitheatre at The Walk is also underway.

There will be a 1,200 car park alongside the complex, as well as a valet parking service.

Read below for a list of outlets already open at the time of writing.

Shops:
All Day Minimart
Mothercare
Victoria’s Secret

Food and drink:
Fruteiro Do Brasil
Menchies
Morelli’s
Papparotti
Krispy Kreme

Opening hours:
Week days: From 10am to 10pm
Week end (including Thursdays): 10 am to 12 am (midnight)
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