One of Dubai’s greatest allures is its beaches. The Persian Gulf’s crystal clear waters are always a focal point when visiting the emirate. Although many of the coast’s beaches are private, it also boasts excellent public options, you just need to know where they are.
Here’s a list of the best beaches in Dubai to enjoy the sunny days any way you like. Water sports and activities, a day of family fun, the best sunset in the city, the new trendy area or the peace and quiet of an unspoilt beach. It’s all possible in Dubai.
Al Mamzar Beach Park
For a small entrance fee per person, this large park and beach area with barbecue areas, beautiful playgrounds, lagoons and a sheltered beach are perfect for a fun-filled family day out. For an extra charge, you can rent a sun lounger, use any of the three swimming pools and even book a private beach bungalow with air conditioning.
Opened in 1994, Al Mamzar Park’s green vegetation covers more than 100 hectares with numerous recreational areas and protects a beautiful white sandy beach with calm waters. The only drawback is that it’s further away from Dubai, especially if you are staying south of Downtown Dubai.
Jumeirah Open Beach
Jumeirah Open Beach is the largest public beach in Dubai with a lively boulevard full of skaters, cyclists and joggers. It also has showers, toilets, sun loungers, parasols are available to rent, and it has a few places to grab snacks, drinks and ice cream.
Umm Suqeim Beach (Sunset Beach)
The appeal of this quiet, secluded beach is clear from its nickname, Sunset Beach. It’s the best place in Dubai to watch the sun set on the horizon behind one of the city’s most emblematic buildings that resembles the sail of a ship. In terms of facilities, the beach only has a volleyball net and the Surf House Dubai surf school, so remember to bring your own sun lounger, parasol, towel and a good book.
The Beach, JBR
The Beach at JBR is a fun, family-friendly area with plenty to do, with the Marsa Dubai skyscrapers providing a spectacular backdrop. Just a short stroll from The Walk’s cafe area, The Beach is an open-air complex full of shops, cafes, restaurants and public facilities right on the beach of the Jumeirah Beach Residence, also known as JBR. Many of the cafes and restaurants have outdoor terraces overlooking the beach. The huge outdoor cinema screen in front of the beach also adds a special touch to the complex. There’s a children’s park and playground, running track, outdoor gym, green areas, and of course, the JBR public beach with changing rooms and toilets.
This small beach is located on the left side of JBR when facing the ocean. If you walk south along The Walk, you’ll find the Secret Beach hidden away from the hubbub of the city. The perfect spot to dock your boat and take a quick dip or sail away from the crowds.
As its name implies, this is Dubai’s sportiest beach and hugely popular with kitesurfers. And there’s more. If you like beach sports like beach volleyball, standup paddleboarding or kayaking, you’re sure to have a ball at Kite Beach. It also has many other recreational options away from the water including the newly opened skating rink, an outdoor trampoline, a playground for young children and many beach bars.
Black Palace Beach
Al Sufouh Beach (“Black Palace”), located next to Dubai’s royal fortresses, offers serene, shallow waters and one of the most impressive sunsets overlooking Palm Jumeirah. The white beach overlooking the palm islands is usually quiet as it’s easy to miss. A pathway takes you from Al Sufouh Road, near the Dubai College bus stop, to the beach, where you can park in the sand. This is an unspoilt, virgin beach so don’t expect to find anything more than sea and sand.
La Mer, Dubai’s newest seafront district
La Mer is the newest beach destination in Dubai and a great addition to the city’s excellent reputation for urban beaches. This inspiring destination has transformed the suburban neighbourhood of Jumeirah 1 with its spacious spaces, palm-lined boulevards, artistic graffiti murals and the charming low-key beachfront. Le Mer is surrounded by almost 2.5km of beaches and located close to some of the city’s modern icons such as the Etihad Museum and the Dubai Waterway.
Built by the Meraas holding company, the company behind Dubai’s famous City Walk and The Beach, La Mer offers a harmonious fusion of contemporary and minimalist design, inspired by the way the sea drags wood, rusted metal and barrels to the shore. The marine theme is reflected throughout the district.
La Mer offers a beachfront paradise that’s perfect for families, with four different areas: the beach, a leisure and entertainment centre, the North Island and the South Island are home to 130 shops, restaurants and water sports and activities on the beach.