Top public beaches in Dubai

No, Dubai is not all desert and camels. It is not all skyscrapers and artificial islands either. Comfortably nestled on the gateway to the Persian Gulf, Dubai boasts of long stretches of sugary golden sand beaches that are easily accessible to those who adore the sun, sand, and sea.

Check out these popular public beaches in this thriving emirate. Some are free while some require minimal entrance fees compared to beaches in hotel resorts. Most of these public beaches charge only 5 dirhams per person or 20-30 dirhams per vehicle. Don’t forget your sunscreen, and be careful of the strong rip tides and currents.

Al Mamzar Beach Park
Located in the northern part of the city near Hamriya Port, this sprawling park has five beach coves, open spaces, and plenty of grassy areas and mini palm trees that make it popular among tourists and residents. It is a certified Blue Flag beach, an international eco-label attesting that the beach is safe and healthy. There are changing rooms and showers available; and you can cook barbecue in their rental chalets. The park is also equipped with two large swimming pools if you want time away from the salty seawater.

Jumeirah Open Beach
South of the Dubai Creek are kilometers of sandy beaches along the Beach Road. Located near one end of this road, the Jumeirah Open Beach is open for free. There are a few showers and toilets dotting the area; and it is very close to small malls where you can buy refreshments for your day out at the beach. Jumeirah and Mamzar are the first beaches to recently offer free floating wheelchairs for the elderly and the disabled who want to splash around and have fun in the waters.

Jumeirah Beach Park

Also a Blue Flag beach, the Jumeirah Beach Park is a favorite among tourists and residents due to its convenient location and comfortable amenities. It has a kilometer-long stretch of golden sand beach as well as landscaped gardens with grasses and palm trees. The park has a children’s play area, picnic tables, barbecue facilities, food kiosks, changing rooms, and showers. Sunbeds, umbrellas, and towels can be rented here so you don’t need to worry about hauling a lot of stuff to the beach. Entrance fee is only Dhs5 per person or Dhs 20 per vehicle.

Kite Beach

Further down the road is the place where kite surfers come together and have great fun surfing to their hearts’ delight. You can watch the colorful display of kites or maybe even have a go at kite surfing yourself. The beach is also known as Woollongong Beach since it is located directly behind the University of Woollongong.

Umm Suqeim Beach

Located right next the world-famous Burj Al Arab, this wide and long stretch of beach could get crowded on most days not just with beachgoers but tourists as well. You can play volleyball or football on the sugary beach; or you can just take pictures with the iconic Burj Al Arab in the background.

JBR Beach
The beach near the Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) at the Dubai Marina is free; and it exudes the easygoing atmosphere of urban seaside living. It has showers, green patches, and benches for people to enjoy a fun day at the beach. A large number of restaurants and cafes facing the sea offer great views of the horizon if you just want to lounge around and grab a bite. This beach can be more dangerous than the other beaches due to an offshore rip current. From the Dubai Marina, you can choose to rent a yacht, and take a cruise or go fishing around the man-made Palm Jumeirah island.

Jebel Ali Beach

Farther down the southern part of Dubai is Jebel Ali Beach, a sandy white beach next to the Jebel Ali Beach Resort. A lot of waterfront constructions over the years have reduced the open beach area, but it still continues to be a popular venue for watersports like jet skiing and kite surfing. With permission from the Dubai Municipality, this beach is a good place for camping. There are no facilities, so it is best to bring all the necessary food and gear with you.

These are just a few of the beaches that Dubai can offer. Most of them are conveniently located in the city, so it wouldn’t be so hard to get to one. You can bring your entire family for a picnic by the beach, play volleyball or football with your friends, take a stroll along the beach with your special someone, or indulge in thrilling watersports like jet skiing, paragliding, and windsurfing. Try catching the Arabian sunset by the beach and you will not regret spending time catching this truly mesmerizing experience.

1 comment:

  1. I have visited the all beach attraction but here I want to talk about the Dubai top and most famous Jumeirah Beach Park. I have visited it after my alexandria bus tours . Landscaped area attracts the visitors to it charming look of palm trees. It is the perfect outdoor natural spot, and usually suit for the entire family. You can also see the cafes around the beach, for the families’ facility there is lawn which is usually used in evening. In the cafes you will find a fast food.