An oasis in the desert, Dubai is blessed with beautiful shorelines. They are in fact so popular, that more are being built. The Palm complex was made from reclaimed land in the sea with the purpose of increasing the number of Dubai beaches. Artificial land aside, these are our top picks for beaches in the Middle East metropolis.
In case you didn’t guess, this is where the kite surfers congregate! It’s also popular for volleyball, stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking too. There are beach canteens along the shoreline too so you can quench your thirst and hunger after all of those water sports.
Lined with an array of juice bars, gelato counters, cafes and restaurants, not to mention fashion boutiques and flashy cars, this is the beach to go to in Dubai to see and be seen. In the heart of the Jumneriah district, certain hotels along the strip, including the Burj Al Arab have private stretches of sand, while the Jumeirah Beach Park is the public portion of the beach.
More of a landscaped garden than your standard beach, this park is accessible for a small fee. It’s worth it though, with lagoons, a protected swimming beach, barbecue areas, restaurants and more. For an extra cost you can rent a sun lounge, use a private pool or air-conditioned beach bungalow.
As the name suggests, this is a very popular spot at sunset, mostly because of the vantage point it provides of the Burj Al Arab. In fact tourists love to post for a ‘holding up the Burj Al Arab’ photo a la leaning tower of pisa. During the winter, this is a popular surf spot too, as it’s the only beach in Dubai to get decent waves.
Otherwise known as Al Sufouh Beach, this beach is something of a hidden gem next to the royal fortresses. Offering calm waters for swimming and beautiful sunsets, it’s perfect for escaping the crowds. This beach also offers views of Palm Jumeirah and the Burj Al Arab.