My Jumeirah Carl de Vil­liers, owner of Fahren­heit Beach­sports, loves his sea­side ‘hood

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“My days in Dubai start and end out on the wa­ter, and that’s why I re­ally love Jumeirah – it’s lit­er­ally in line with the beach! I like to get in some early morn­ing fish­ing from my stand up pad­dle­board (01) be­fore the day prop­erly be­gins. I en­joy the soli­tude and the pur­suit of hunt­ing fish out on the bay. I also love the peace and quiet. Once the sun is up, I’ll take out our guests for a wakesurf ses­sion from Fahren­heit’s HQ at the Dubai Ma­rine Beach Re­sort (02), or if I’m not work­ing I’ll join a surf­ing ses­sion with Surf School Ara­bia (03). There are a few re­ally nice spots in Jumeirah to catch a break. Dubai is one of the world’s best places to take part in the ac­tion. The wa­ter­sports com­mu­nity (04) in the Emi­rates grows big­ger ev­ery year. Away from the ocean, the re­cently de­vel­oped Box­park area has helped make this neigh­bour­hood spe­cial – I'm a big fan of the new Roxy cin­e­mas (05) there. They've got retro leather arm­chairs. Food­wise, I reckon Jumeirah has some of the most au­then­tic and rea­son­ably priced restau­rants in all of Dubai. There are so many hid­den gems. My ab­so­lute favourite place is Al Ijaza Café (06) on Beach Road. It’s awe­some, cheap and au­then­tic Mid­dle East­ern Cui­sine. You can eas­ily spot it; it's the one with a mas­sive line of cars out­side. They also do epic fruits juice mixes (07). At sun­set, I’m usu­ally back out on the wa­ter for one last wake­board­ing ses­sion. It’s great to see how happy peo­ple are once they’ve waked. I try to jam in a ses­sion my­self to get the same feel­ing. As I al­ways say, life is bet­ter on wa­ter.”

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