It was unexpected that another beach-swimming experience awaits me after returning from Abu Dhabi. Now this time it was in Dubai. “Beaching” was not in the plan, not at the time when what I needed was to lie down and take a nap after our tiring last day in Abu Dhabi. I think our visit to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque under a scorching heat of the sun (at around 40 degrees) knocked off my energy. I need to recharge. I should have to go on with my schedule the next day which entails hitting the sack to be prepared. But I was just thankful because such another beach experience was rejuvenating- the spirit perked up. And what is also good about it was meeting people whom I look forward to become friends eventually.
We were actually invited by our friends’ relative to join them for a picnic in Jumeira beach. Hearing the word “beach”, I prodded my friend to go despite it was night time and even if how tired we were. Jumeira beach is a famous white sand beach that stretches along Dubai’s southern coast until the area of Jebel Ali. It is where some of the posh hotels are located, such as the Jumeira Beach Hotel and Dubai’s famous landmark- Burj Al Arab and the Palm Jumeira, the home of Atlantis and Aquaventure. Some portions are public beaches that means open for everyone and free of charge. As it was end of Ramadan and the start of Eid holiday, it was expected that lots of beach-goers flocked the area. Indeed, when we arrived we saw cluster by cluster of people occupying the open spaces near the water sitting on their picnic mats. Others were already dipping on chest-deep water. The night weather was muggy and the beach was calm with small waves rolling slowly. The water was warm. For me it was perfect for night swimming. There was no pensive mood. All you could hear were the the bursts of deep loud hearty laughter from the people around. But a warning for all especially women, some nationalities who shared the beach were disrespectful. They were ogling and seemingly finding a chance to make advances to female beach-goers. There were some men walking along the beach front peeping. They pretend to be taking photos of each other using their mobile phones but actually directed to women. But, we have our own way to assert ourselves, as always Filipinos are inventive.
True to its word, Dubai is one of the most livable cities in the world. It provides services and public amenities that are accessible to all walks of life. And Jumeira open beach is one of them as it offers every visitor and the residents alike fun beach experience in Dubai. While Dubai is doing its best to serve everyone, we have to do our responsibility as well, i.e. to observe its laws. After all, what we want is peaceful and healthy living in a country that others called their second home.