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13 luxury beachfront fine dining and club experiences at J1 Beach in Dubai

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J1 Beach, the eagerly anticipated urban Riviera by Merex Investment, is set to debut 13 luxurious beachfront fine dining and club experiences for the first time in the UAE in the first quarter of 2024. Situated in the heart of Jumeirah, Dubai, this iconic destination promises a unique culinary journey with concepts catering to diners worldwide. It aims to redefine Dubai’s dining scene with breathtaking sea views and a selection of both international and homegrown restaurants, providing unforgettable culinary adventures.

The venues opening at J1 Beach include:

African Queen

A unique culinary destination in the South of France since 1969, blending French and African flavours led by Chef Thierry Paludetto.

Almayass by the Sea

Originated in Beirut, Almayass by the Sea offers unique Lebanese-Armenian fusion cuisine and has earned the Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand award.


Experience the lush jungle-inspired ambiance of Bâoli, a destination offering contemporary Japanese cuisine with delicate new Asian flavours.


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An exclusive beach house member’s club inspired by French delights, Chouchou offers a relaxing pool lounge, a restaurant with upscale French cuisine, and a contemporary feel.

Gigi Rigolatto

Bringing the allure of the Italian way of life to Dubai’s shores with a curated menu and intricate design set in an extraordinary sanctuary.


Born in the Mexican jungle, Gitano now spans Tulum, Miami, Miami and NYC, offering immersive dining and dancing experiences with mezcal cocktails and a modern Mexican menu.


Meaning ‘spirit of the ocean’ in Polynesian culture, Kaimana offers a 360° immersive dining experience with Asian-Polynesian flavours.

La Baia

Hailing from Manhattan, New York, La Baia is a refined Italian restaurant inspired by the captivating Amalfi Coast and its charming seaside towns.


An immersive luxury journey where Spanish-Mediterranean cuisine meets culinary excellence.


Blending Asian refinement with fantasy, the authentic oriental beach-garden setting of Mūn Dubai offers a menu of shared dishes and Asian-inspired drinks.


Gastronomy becomes an art as local and Far Eastern products combine with Mediterranean and Asian recipes, creating a new style called MediterrAsian cuisine.


Offering a laid-back coastal experience in Dubai, Sirene is being developed by industry experts, Evgeny Kuzin and Chef Izu Ani.

The 13th and final restaurant concept is set to be unveiled shortly, adding to the excitement surrounding J1 Beach’s culinary offerings.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. You can travel the culinary world in Dubai. American, French, Polynesian, Spanish – the world’s your oyster.

  2. I was in Dubai on business in the mid 1990s and the city was a fraction of the size it is today. I still find the rate of growth absolutely outstanding. Back then I would have never imagined that there would be a beach around with this much choice.

  3. There are times when you can almost have too much choice if you are a visitor. Great for those lucky enough to live there.

  4. Always end on a cliffhanger. Now I’m dying to know what the 13th place will be. Hopefully we’re get a reveal on A Luxury Travel Blog soon?

  5. J1 beach is going to be a real draw. Foodies will love the fact that they can indulge in a different cuisine for 13 successive nights. And then if you are staying for 2 weeks you can go to your favourite for the last night.

  6. Dubai really is the place where you can get almost everything – if it isn’t there already.

    When these 13 eateries open up that’s going to be very true of the food scene in Dubai.

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