Sure, it can be difficult to attract the frantic waiters’ attention for a refill and the quality of the food rarely matches the Creek-side location, but boy, what a location it is. After journeying Dubai’s Mall network in a hermetically sealed car the size of a Winnebago, the possibility of stretching one’s legs, watching the abras meander across the still water and the gentle cackle of seagulls is a delightful novelty indeed. OK, so it’s not exactly back to nature, but in this town it’s as close as you’re going to get, so suck it up. The burgers and sandwiches are reliable time-fillers. Don’t be tempted by the fancier fare, though: returns diminish as the chef’s aspirations climb. No matter. When it comes to hanging around, The Boardwalk simply can’t be beat.