Hip Beach In Dubai Attracts All Walks Of Life

20 June 2015
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The ribbon of beach nestled along the towering skyscrapers rising from Dubai's man-made marina district is a rare spot in the Middle East, bringing together the conservatively dressed and the bikini-clad in a multiethnic mix of those with means and those still striving for a more comfortable life.

Most of the luxury towers along the beach have been built only in the past decade. Some are homes to foreign professionals working in the Gulf commercial hub, others vacation properties or a place to park some cash for wealthy business people from Russia, Asia and nearby Saudi Arabia.

The beach — which overlooks the city's iconic Palm Jumeirah island — is now more popular than ever after the opening last year of a sleek new shopping and entertainment promenade.

In true glitzy Dubai fashion, actor Will Smith joined Dubai ruler Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum last year for an early peek at the waterfront complex, which boasts an outdoor cinema and high-tech digital signboards that let visitors take selfies and even find out the time of the next Islamic call to prayer.

Associated Press photographer Kamran Jebreili spent a few days documenting life on the beachfront. Here's a gallery of some of his images.

 Children play on the beach, as the sun sets in Dubai. The ribbon of beach nestled along the towering skyscrapers rising from Dubai’s man-made marina district is a rare spot in the Middle East.
 People enjoy the beach in Dubai. The Princess tower is seen at background left. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
 A gym at the beach in Dubai. The beach which overlooks the city’s iconic Palm Jumeirah island, far right, is now more popular than ever after the recent opening of a sleek new shopping and entertainment promenade. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
 A camel keeper takes a child for a camel ride on the beach. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
 People clamber and clamour to get in the picture taken from a camera installed on an advertising board at the entrance of the beach in Dubai. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
 A sand statue depicts famous landmarks of the city at the beach in Dubai. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
 A man uses his mobile phone flashlight to read on the beach. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
 An Emirati man walks on the beach as the sun sets in Dubai. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
 An advertising board with a camera installed in it and daily prayer time schedules. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
 Children play on the beach where most of the luxury towers have been built only in the past decade. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
 People gather to watch a movie at Dubai beach. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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