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Dubai is home to some of the best beaches in the UAE!
Many beaches are affiliated with hotels, and accessible only to their guests or visitors prepared to pay a hefty fee. However, some beaches can be enjoyed at no cost or for a minimal charge. Lifeguards, clean sand, showers and changing rooms are ever-present. Jumeirah Beach and Al Mamzar Park have been awarded 'Blue Flag beach' status.
Swimmers should note that Dubai beaches may look calm but are notorious for strong currents. So, please be vigilant and cautious 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 (Sunset Beach) is an attractive, bustling sandy expanse known for its stunning views of the Burj Al Arab due to its proximity. This beach provides shade from the heat, changing rooms and shower facilities, wifi and plenty of lifeguards. It is very popular with Jumeirah residents and Western expatriates. It is a free public beach open 24 hours a day. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes surrounding it as well as some barbeque areas, so we recommend bringing your snacks and drinks to have a little picnic or family-style barbeque. The beach gets crowded during the weekends, so it is best visited early in the morning.The beach is 10 miles (16 kilometres) 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, including vast 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 daily from 8.00am to 11.00pm except for Thursdays and Fridays. Mondays and Wednesdays are exclusively for women and children.
One of the newer beaches in Dubai, La Mer is known for its seaside restaurants, cafés, ice cream parlours and other eateries. There are beach bars located on ends, featuring al fresco dining and drinks with magnificent views from outdoor terraces. The beautiful shoreline is lined with brightly painted beach cabanas and the waters are open for swimming from sunrise to sunset. While it is forbidden to take a dip in the dark, you can still sit on the beach and listen to the sound of waves after the sun sets.
Kite Beach (Wollongong Beach) is located just behind the University of Wollongong. This beach attracts kite surfers, kayakers, and soccer and volleyball players who flock here to enjoy the warm waters. It is teeming with people enjoying other activities like skating, mini bungee jumping and the beach stretch even has a running track.
This open stretch of beach is pristine and great for enjoying some relaxed sunbathing, but alas it has no facilities. So make sure to bring your hats & mats, towels, sunblock 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.
Look for Al Sufouh Beach (Secret Beach) located between the Burj Al Arab Hotel and The Palm Jumeirah - it's easy to miss this hidden gem! Amidst the 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 offers beautiful panoramic views of Palm Jumeirah and the Burj Al Arab.
Marina Beach is situated in the Dubai Marina, which is constructed along the Persian Gulf shoreline. The development includes residential waterfront places, luxury resorts and other attractions. The beach is near the Jumeirah Beach Residence, spread over 1.7 km (1 mile). Many tourists flock to the beach since it is clean and offers a great ambience and few restaurants. The beach is great for a long walk or swimming in crystal clear water.