8 Beaches You Must Visit While in Dubai
Dubai is usually known for its five-star luxury, magnificent skyscrapers, and huge shopping malls. However, that’s not everything the city has to offer, this sunny UAE destination is also a beachgoer’s paradise. With miles of coastline and idyllic weather from October to May, Dubai’s sunny beaches have become one of its major attractions.
However, a lot of Dubai visitors and residents don’t know where to go for a swim and some fun under the sun, in this post we review the 8 most beautiful beaches that you must visit while in Dubai, so grab your swimsuit and beach gear and let’s roll!
The Beach, JBR
Located between the Arabian Gulf and Dubai Marina in the south, The Beach at JBR is one of the most popular destinations for locals and tourists alike. The beach is very clean with all facilities included. It has sunbeds, umbrellas, toilets, showers and changing rooms.
There are many high class restaurants as well as small food stalls to suit everyone. For movie buffs there is a cinema multiplex, and if you’re into shopping there are boutique shops as well as small stalls.
If you’re looking for something more serene, you can lay your towel on the smooth sand, hire a sun lounger or cabana, or stake your claim to a patch of lawn at the southern end of the strip.
For instagram-able Dubai photography, head down at sunset to snap camels against a backdrop of skyscrapers and the Ain Dubai observation wheel.
Just next to the the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab, Sunset Beach is the perfect spot to relax with the sun, sand and serene blue water.
Sunset Beach is a great spot for morning jogs and strolls and watching the sunset across the Arabian Gulf, or take a dip in the blue water.
The beach is also a popular destination for fishing, as well as spotting the kitesurfers perform their stunts at the nearby Kite Beach.
This pristine white-sand beach is a popular spot for families—and a must for selfies as the sun goes down.
The beach is serviced by washrooms, showers and changing cubicles, plus Smart Palms that supply free Wi-Fi to beachgoers. For the adventurous souls looking to catch a wave, it’s also Dubai’s only real surfing beach, with small to medium swells that are ideal for beginners.
The calm beach allows you to catch a snooze or do a bit of reading. You can also run along the running track or take a dip in the blue water.
You can also hop over to Jumeirah Beach Hotel located conveniently next to the beach to experience some of Dubai's luxury lifestyle.
Kite Beach is only a five minute drive to the north of Dubai , named for the flocks of kitesurfers who take to the sea and the sky. This is the prime Dubai beach for watersports, with wakeboarding, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding also available.
You can play beach tennis or volleyball on the soft sands, or just kick back and relax under the sun. The beach is also equipped with washrooms and changing facilities, and once you’ve worked up an appetite there’s a fleet of food trucks serving different types of cuisine and drinks .
Further north, in the heart of Old Dubai you’ll find the city’s newest beach development, La Mer. This lively dining, shopping, and entertainment precinct promise the perfect day by the sea, with scores of eateries, colorful cabanas for hire, Instagram-worthy art installations, a trampoline playground for the kids, and the brand new Laguna Waterpark, which boasts five waterslides, a Lazy River ride and a surf machine. Don’t miss the chance to recline in one of the in-water hammocks, slung just off the shore.
Black Palace Beach
One of Dubai’s best-kept gems, the Black Palace Beach is located between Palm Jumeirah and Burj Al Arab in Al Sufouh. This low-key beach is a favorite among seasoned locals and expats.
You won’t find many facilities here, so no changing rooms, sunbeds or kiosks to speak of—but that’s all part of the charm. It’s no wonder it also goes by the name “Secret Beach.” Keep an eye out for Sheikh Mohammed’s luxury yacht, frequently moored just offshore.
Al Mamzar Beach Park
Located near the Dubai-Sharjah border, Al Mamzar Beach Park lets you pick between five sandy beaches, a swimming pool, playgrounds and 260 acres of gardens. This family-friendly leisure hub also offers picnic areas equipped with barbecues, so you can grill up lunch or dinner once you’ve worked up an appetite on the water, jogging track or bike path (you can hire bicycles).
Kids will love the scenic train that journeys through the park, while families can enjoy their time in a beach cabin or air-conditioned chalet for the day. Just remember that Mondays and Wednesdays are Ladies Days, so males over 4 years old aren’t permitted on those days.
Riva Beach Club
If you’re ok with shelling out a few extra dirhams, you can enjoy a day of luxury at one of Dubai’s private beach clubs. While most of the beaches on the Palm Jumeirah are reserved for hotel guests, Riva Beach Club offers affordable day passes, which would typically include free drinks and other perks.
There are many options to enjoy your time here, you can take a dip in the warm blue water, slip into the cool pool (it’s chilled during the height of summer), or simply relax on a sunbed, with a tropical cocktail in hand. Also there is a mediterranean restaurant, gazebo bar, and resident DJs, which all adds to the relaxed Balearic vibe.
With spectacular outposts all around the world, from Miami to Marbella, Nikki Beach Dubai is the place to see and be seen. Situated on the far side of Pearl Jumeira, this upscale beach resort is home to a stretch of palm-fringed beach, blinding-white décor, and a turquoise pool complete with swim-up bar. This showstopper is purely for adults, though, with under 21s not permitted.
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