Find your new favourite Dubai beach
Dubai's coastline is packed with beautiful beaches, but no two are the same. Each spot has its own personality and Dubai's diverse beach culture is undoubtedly one of the most unique things about this urban paradise.
For that rush of adrenaline
It's all happening at the buzzing Kite Beach in Jumeirah, where activity-loving families and Dubai's hippest crowds go to cool off. A well-kept strip with plenty of space, the beach is manned by lifeguards and there are a host of sports on offer including kitesurfing, beach football, beach tennis and volleyball, plus a skatepark and kids' play facilities. This is one of those places where it's easy to lose track of time. Suitably, food truck-turned-beach-shack Salt serves up shakes and sliders to bronzed faces within an arm's reach of the sand.
To catch epic waves
Head to Sunset Beach and rent a surfboard or stand-up paddleboard (SUP) from nearby Surf House Dubai to hang ten with the city's top waveriders. Home to Dubai's biggest swell in winter, this surfing beach has one of the city's most spectacular views of the Burj Al Arab, offering plenty of distraction as the waves roll in. A community of passionate boardriders has formed around this patch of sand and Surf House Dubai – owners Scott Chambers and Daniel Van Dooren grew up riding the waves here – is at the centre of it all. With a relaxed set-up offering organic RAW coffee, yoga, workshops, rental boards and even SUP meditation classes, they've succeeded in creating a vibe only before found in the world's most famous beach towns.
For a secluded escape
Black Palace Beach is a stretch of public beach on Al Sufouh Street that is still relatively unknown – hence its nickname, Secret Beach. This pristine stretch of sands is popular with young families and those who shun crowds. Nestled between Media City and the royal summer palaces, the beach faces Palm Jumeirah and its gentle shores are perfect for splashing and paddling in the winter sunshine.
For luxe lounging
Wakeboarding, wakesurfing, waterskiing, tubing and paddleboarding are also part of the Dubai watersports portfolio.
You don’t have to be Tony Hawk on water to enjoy thrills like tubing – a fun and bumpy ride behind a speedy boat. Want something a bit calmer? Then the highly-popular paddleboard might be for you. Head to one of Dubai’s famous beaches, because all you need is a board and paddle to explore the clear waters. You’ll be in control the whole time, whilst getting a good workout and improving your balance if you opt for stand-up paddleboarding.
Want something to get your adrenaline pumping? Some old-school wakeboarding, wakesurfing and waterskiing with SeaWake would be perfect for enjoying the warm waters of the Gulf. Combining the elements of skiing, snowboarding and surfing, you can enjoy the powerful speed of a boat whilst skimming the water on your feet.
For swanky entertainment
Pristine shores meet world-class shopping at JBR’s The Beach. A one-stop-shop for sea, sand, shopping and snacks, it has premium facilities, cafes and play areas for children. As well as beach cabanas for those who don't like to get sandy, there's plenty to entertain, including camel rides and an offshore waterpark shaped to spell ‘Dubai’. The unmissable Ain Dubai – the largest observation wheel in the world – is perched on Bluewaters Island, an extension of JBR’s entertainment precinct.
For urban beach vibes
La Mer is the new beach on the block and has something for everyone – good food, shopping, sand and even waterparks. The Jumeirah hotspot with its distinctive colourful cabanas and art displays has an impressive line-up of shops and restaurants. And with Laguna Waterpark – the first of two waterparks to open onsite – and the futuristic-looking inflatable trampoline park Hawa Hawa, families have much to enjoy. But if it’s simply a relaxing afternoon on the beach you’re after, the sandy shores and turquoise waters of La Mer have got you covered.