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Dubai is home to some of the best beaches in the UAE!
Many of the beaches are affiliated with hotels, and accessible only to their guests or visitors prepared to pay a fee. However, there are beaches that can be enjoyed at no cost whatsoever or for a minimal charge. Lifeguards, clean sand, showers and changing rooms are ever present. Jumeirah Beach and Al Mamzar Park have just been awarded blue flag beach status.
Swimmers should note that Dubai beaches may look calm, but are notorious for strong currents. So, please take care and caution when swimming.
Jumeirah Beach Park is one of the most popular beaches in Dubai which is awarded the Blue Flag certification for adhering to strict international standards. The beach park is an ideal picnic spot for families offering desert garden, children’s playground, cafes, barbecue areas, round-the-clock lifeguard service and sports facilities. The park also has a soft, stretch of golden sand, palm trees and grassy areas, making it one of the most desirable beaches in Dubai.
Note: The beach section of the Jumeirah Beach Park is closed for renovation due to the Dubai Canal project. The park will reopen fully revamped by the end of 2016.
Umm Suqeim Beach is an attractive sandy expanse known for its stunning views of the Burj Al Arab. It is a very popular destination with kitesurfers.
This beach provides shelters, changing huts and shower facilities and is very popular with Jumeirah residents and Western expatriates. It is a free public beach open 24 hours a day. Since there are no cafés or restaurants on the beach, it is recommended you bring your own snacks and drinks. During the weekdays, the park is only open to women and children. The beach gets crowded during the weekends, so it is best visited early in the morning.
Umm Suqeim Beach is 10 miles (16 kilometers) from the downtown area and easily accessible by car or public transport. The nearest metro station is First Gulf Bank on the Red Line.
Al Mamzar Beach Park covers an area of 106 hectares which includes huge expanses of grassed picnic areas, an amphitheatre, swimming pools, kid’s play areas, barbecue & food spots, lagoons and sheltered beach coves.
One of the main characteristics of the park is that it offers five outstretched beaches with lifeguards, watchtowers, changing rooms and shades for sunbathers. The park can be reached from many entrances, although gates are specified for individuals and cars. Recently, the beach park was awarded the Blue Flag certification for adhering to strict international standards.
The Al Mamzar Beach Park is open from 8.00am to 11.00pm daily except Thursdays and Fridays. Mondays and Wednesdays are exclusively for women and children.
The original public beach in Dubai, JBR Open Beach was formally known as Russian Beach, because of its popularity among the Russian tourists.
Its open stretchy coast of white sand has been smartened up in recent years with a 1.8km running track, showers and public toilets and 24-hour stores for everything you could possibly need in food and drinks. Along with sunbathers and swimmers, you’ll also see a lot of pedestrians, roller-skaters and cyclists. The beach gets crowded during the weekends, so it is best visited on weekdays.
The beach is situated just past Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Palm Strip Mal.
This beach is a favorite with kite surfers, kayakers, soccer and volleyball players, who flock here to enjoy the warm waters. It is also known as Wollongong Beach as it is located just behind the University of Wollongong.
This open stretch of beach is pristine and great to enjoy some relaxed sunbathing but alas it has no facilities. So make sure to bring your own hats & mats, towels, sun block and all other beach necessities. When the tide is down, take a nice long walk on the beach to enjoy stunning views of the Burj Al Arab.
Kite Beach is found opposite the Al Manara Road junction or just after the World Project Office.
Look for the Al Sufouh ('Black Palace') Beach located between the Burj Al Arab Hotel and The Palm Jumeirah - it's easy to miss this hidden gem! Amidst thick cover of 5-star hotels, the Black Palace is a quiet and private beach for all those looking for pure relaxation. Free of action packed dwellers, this white beach offer beautiful panoramic views of Palm Jumeirah and the Burj Al Arab.
This is not a free beach, but for around 500 dirhams, you get to visit the first beach of Dubai's exemplary World Islands development. Located on the island of Lebanon, you are pampered with a choice of two beaches, a swimming pool, along with an onsite beach volleyball court. You’ll be ferried to the island from pre-decided pick-up points.