Bask in the sun while watching the golden sun setting in the horizon and scattering its crimson rays on the blue azure waters. The life in the bustling Dubai never comes to a halt and so are the vibrant beaches of this fast pace city. With a number of public and private beaches in Dubai, the beach lovers can spend some quality moments relaxing on the shores or taking a dip in the waters. The public beaches are buzzing with people and are free to go or charge a little entrance fee. The private beaches would be your pick if you are looking for some quiet and lonely moments but may be a bit costlier affair. So let's just peep into a list of beaches which you would like to go for while holidaying in the city.
With a long stretch of beautiful pearl like shining sand and clear waters, this is a perfect place for the water sport lovers to flock in. Often also referred as Sheikh Hamdan Beach, the place is famous for kite surfing and has many other sports facilities like volleyball nets and shaded areas to relax after a long sun bath. The beach is clean and also has toilets and changing facilities and showers. However, ensure that you carry snacks and water with you, as there are no eateris around. It’s a peaceful stretch, with views of Burj Al Arab, and you can enjoy a good long walk up the beach. The entry to the beach is free and the opening hours are from sunrise till sunset.
Location: 2D St., Umm Suquiem 1
Tel: +971 50 758 6992
Al Mamzar Beach Park
Now this is one can be your pick if you planning a whole day out or picnicking with your family out on a lovely sandy beach. With a huge stretch, the Mamzar Beach Park is one of the most favored and populated beaches in Dubai. Recently, the beach has been awarded the blue flag beach status, and is one of the most desirable beaches to visit. It has five beaches in coves around the coast of the park and is popular among tourists and residents. The beach serves with a number of facilities like showers and changing rooms and you can also take sun loungers and umbrellas on rent for relaxing at the beach. The beach also includes a barbecue area, and two large swimming pools, small cafes and grocery stores. A partial area of the beach is free and a complete access of the beach can be enjoyed with a nominal 5dirhams park fee if you walk-in, and Dh.40 per car if you drive in. Mondays and Wednesday are exclusively women and children days only.
Opening Hours: 9am -9pm (Sun-Wed), 9am-10pm (Thu-Sat)
Location: Al Mamzar Creek, Deira Tel.: +9714 4 296 6201
Jumeirah Beach Park
Located on the Jumeirah road, this lovely beach with a bright and vibrant landscape of lush green garden has a great soothing appeal. After long hours of sun tanning, the cool misty grass and the shady palm trees gives great comfort. This popular public beach park has been awarded the blue flag status. With the lifeguards on duty at the sea shore, the Jumeirah beach park also has barbecues, cafes on either sides, shaded areas and kids play area. The park is temporarily closed for renovation due to Dubai Canal project. The park will be refurbished and open by the end of this year. The park has a nominal entry fee of Dh.5.
Timing: 7am- 11pm (Sat-Wed) and 7am to 11:30pm (Thursdays and Fridays)
Mondays and Wednesday – exclusively for women
Location: Jumeirah Beach Road
Tel.: +9714 4 349 2555
Jebel Ali Beach
Jebel Ali Beach
Now this one is a not so popular open beach situated near the Jebel Ali Beach Resort. But, the beach is a good place to go for kite surfing with a number of kite surfers often clustered together at the place. Being a bit far from the city, it can be fun exploring the beach making the trip a nice adventure expedition. If you are planning an overnight camping, then it is better to take prior permission from the authorities. The beach is considered to be a good camping spot, but you have to get a licence from Dubai Municipality if you wish to stay overnight. With changing rules, it is best to check-out if they permit camping.
Location: Exit No.13, Sheikh Zayed Free Zone, Dubai, Tel: +971 4 8145555
JBR Open Beach
Often also referred as the Russian Beach, the JBR Open Beach is another one of the free to use beach in Dubai. The beach is relatively clean with quite a few facilities like toilets and changing rooms. The beach also has a number of outdoor activities like beach volleyball, cycling and jogging track etc. Being in the close vicinity to various hotels and restaurants, there are a number of food outlets to serve your appetite after a tiring day at the beach.
Location: Al Sufouh Road, Jumeirah Beach Residence
With the panoramic view of the Burj al Arab in the milieu, the Burj Beach is another famous beach having a huge sandy stretch. With a number of volleyball nets and large open area for playing various sports, the beach is very popular amidst sports lovers. Playing football is very popular in this stretch, and the whole of this area is also getting upgraded, and a jogging track would be soon installed, apart from several other facilities and kiosks. So pack your bags and have a relaxing day at the beach with a beautiful setting. The access to the beach is not chargeable.
Location: 3 Jumeirah Road, Dubai , Tel: +971 4 3017777
One and Only Royal Mirage
Now if you want to see the class and luxury personified, there is no better place to step in then One and Only Royal Mirage. With a pristine and crystal clear stretch of 1 km beach line, it clearly epitomizes lavishness and a royal stay. With the sea facing rooms, the resort boasts of abundance of luxuries sprinkled with a imperial touch like hammams, restaurants and spas to name a few. The beautiful line of gardens with a lovely symphony of fountain water flowing are a visual treat to experience.
Location: Al Sufouh Rd., Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, Tel: +9714 4 399 9999
Pack on your bags and head on to the Ghantoot Beach if you want to spend some time away from the city. Located on the outskirts, it is a private beach run by the Golden Tulip Hotel. With a number of volleyball nets, you can have fun around playing while also barbecuing at the long stretch of beach sands. The access to the beach costs around 100Dirhms with a number of pools, bars and cafes also present at the resort. There is also watersports club, offering waterskiing, banana boating, wake boarding and other activities. This could be a great place to enjoy a weekend, as you can consider teaming it with an overnight resort stay.
Location: Ghantoot Exit 399, 2628, Dubai, Telephone: +971 2 5629100
Al Qasr Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah
With majesty of a class redefined, labyrinth of the artificially built canals and lush green garden, this 5 star property is sure to bring a dazzle to your eyes. With a 2km of private beach to boast of, Madinat Jumeirah overlooks the huge span of the great Arabian Gulf. If planning a stay at the hotel, you can get a free access to this huge private beach.
Address: Al Sufouh Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates, Phone:+971 4 366 8888
Facing the awe striking beauty of Burj Al Arab, the Sunset Beach invites you to see the magical waves playing and hitting the shores. Situated next to the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, this beach offers few facilities like changing rooms and a play area to entertain the beach goers, and is Dubai’s last surfing beach. The place is also famous for beach surfing and is free to access.
Location: Umm Suqeim 3, Dubai, UAE, Tel: +971 43307333
Majority of the shoreline hotels have beaches and you may pay and use the beach at a resort in several places, provided they are not full.
Dress code: Ladies can wear full bikini or swimsuit on public beaches. Topless sunbathing is not allowed in Dubai. Wearing of thongs is not recommended. However, beachwear should be worn only on the beach and not while walking to or from the actual beach.
Note: The seas in Dubai are usually calm, but, even strong swimmers have been swept out to sea by strong rip tides and currents. So visitors are cautioned to take care when swimming.