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Dubai is home to some of the finest beaches in the UAE!
Many beaches are affiliated with hotels and accessible only to 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 while swimming.
Jumeirah Public Beach, or simply Jumeirah Beach, is one of the most popular beaches in Dubai and has been awarded the 'Blue Flag Beach' certification for adhering to strict international standards. The beach is an ideal family picnic spot, with round-the-clock lifeguard service and sports facilities. There is no entry fee to access the beach. Remember to carry bottled water and sunscreen. The beach has a soft stretch of golden sand, palm trees and grassy areas, making it one of the most beautiful beaches in Dubai. The Jumeirah Beach Park adjacent to the beach spans 12 hectares of parkland. It features a desert garden, children’s playground, cafes, and barbecue areas; however, the park section is closed for renovation due to the Dubai Canal project.
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 a free public beach open 24 hours a day. It is trendy among the locals as well as tourists for surfing. The calm, serene waters and high winds make surfing at sunset a spellbound experience for first-time surfers and seasoned experts at sunset. Plenty of restaurants and cafes surround it, and some barbeque areas, so we recommend bringing snacks and drinks for a little picnic or family-style barbeque. The beach gets crowded on weekends, so visiting early in the morning is best.
The beach is 10 miles (16 km) 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 is spread over 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. The Al Mamzar Beach Park is open daily except for Thursdays and Fridays. Mondays and Wednesdays are exclusively for women and children.
It houses five beaches, each has a unique personality, with lifeguards, watchtowers, changing rooms, and shades for sunbathers. The park has solar-powered smart benches with WiFi and a mobile app to buy tickets and book sports. The beach park was awarded the Blue Flag certification for adhering to strict international standards.
La Mer is known for its seaside restaurants, cafés, ice cream parlours, and other eateries, a destination for all ages. There are beach bars on end, with al fresco dining and drinks with panoramic views from outdoor terraces. The beautiful shoreline is lined with brightly painted beach cabanas, and the water is open for swimming from sunrise to sunset. While it is forbidden to dip in the dark, you can listen to the sound of waves after the sun sets.
Dubai's only approved Kite beach is locally known as Wollongong Beach. Kite Beach is just behind the University of Wollongong. It attracts kite surfers, kayakers, soccer and volleyball players who flock to enjoy the warm waters.
This open stretch of beach is pristine and extraordinary for relaxing, and sunbathing, but it has no facilities. So 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 (also called Secret Beach) 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, one of the best spots to unwind in Dubai. The shallow waters at Al Sufouh Beach also make it an ideal area for children. 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, 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 has a great ambience; it is blessed with some scintillating sceneries and a picturesque backdrop. The calmness in the atmosphere soothes your nerves.