Over the past month, you’ve joined us on own very own summer extravaganza. From nail art trends, to accessories, to this season’s must haves and release of new collections, we’ve covered it all. But now it’s time to bring it all together and hit the beach. We’re travelling across our region’s diverse landscape, starting in Tunisia, stopping off in Beirut, before finally landing in Dubai. We’ve enlisted the help of three local female creatives to help us discover their go-to beach recommendations. Who are they and where are we going? We’re about to find out!
Amina Kaabi is a Tunisian-American writer and editor based in Tunis. Currently working as the Global Copywriter at RIMOWA, Kaabi began her career as a founding member of MILLE World, a digital platform and 360-degree creative agency celebrating youth culture in the Middle East and North Africa. Alongside her work as Deputy Editor at MILLE, Kaabi has lent her voice to titles that include The Face, Brownbook, Mr Porter, Arab News and Sole.Digital.
“It’s about 60 kilometers away from Tunis, so it’s close enough for a day-trip. The sand is white, the sea is always very blue and very clear. My favorite thing about it is that it’s relatively unknown to tourists and is typically only visited by locals or their families who visit from abroad during the summer. Restaurants serve fish and seafood on plastic tables covered by thatch umbrellas that are posted up on the beach every day, so all you need to do is bring your fouta with you and you’re sorted.”
Cynthia Jreige is a Lebanese-Belgian-Italian third culture kid born and raised in Luxembourg. Jreige is a multidisciplinary creative and her areas of work span journalism, styling and art direction; however, most importantly, Jreige founded JDEED Magazine, where she currently holds the position of Editor-In-Chief.
“If you’re on the lookout for a chill spot to hang out with your friends, a great gin basil or some juices, yummy food and a relaxed atmosphere, Blue Bay is the place to go. Even though I love the beaches in the South, and especially Lazy B, the views and beaches of Northern Lebanon truly have my heart – I might be biased since I’m from the North.”
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Leen Ramini is a Jordanian-Palestinian creative consultant currently based in Dubai. Ramini started her career in London as a stylist, before making the move to Dubai in 2020 and she now helps regional and international brands shape their image through various creative mediums.
Surf Club at West Palm Beach
“If you’re anything like me and you seek a spot by the beach to enjoy the sea and sun while dancing to good house and techno music, then Surf Club is a beach spot that you should explore in Dubai. Located in the one of the weekend’s busiest districts, this beach club is an ode to Hamptons glamour with a cool, Californian energy. In my opinion, it’s a little piece of Ibiza in Dubai – it typically features a lineup of international DJ’s every weekend with a beautiful international crowd that loves a good party. There’s something to look at in every corner, whether it be the crowd dancing or the sea front that affords a view of some of Dubai’s prettiest sky lines, with Ain Dubai at the forefront. I would recommend going on a Saturday.”