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Beaches

Sun, sand and surf at the best beaches in Dubai

Tue, January 18, 2022

Dubai's beaches are buzzing hives of activity accessible all year round. Follow our definitive guide of the best free beaches to eat, play and relax shoreside.

Dubai's beaches are buzzing hives of activity accessible all year round. Follow our definitive guide of the best free beaches to eat, play and relax shoreside.

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Sunset Beach

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Sunset Beach, also known as Umm Suqeim beach, is the perfect spot to relax with the sun, sand and Burj Al Arab in the distant background. One of the quieter beaches along the coast, it is a beautiful area for morning jogs and strolls and watching the sun set across the Arabian Gulf. The calm beach allows you to catch a snooze, or do a bit of reading while enjoying one of the emirate's most beautiful stretches of sand. It's also where that quintessential ‘holding up the Burj Al Arab' photograph you've seen all over Instagram is taken.
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The Beach

Get a taste of an idyllic beachside lifestyle and make your way down to The Beach opposite JBR (Jumeirah Beach Residences) – a relaxed district with restaurants, hotels, lounges and family-friendly entertainment. The bustling cosmopolitan area is like a sunny beach resort with a contemporary Arabian touch. Easily accessible from anywhere in Dubai, visitors can enjoy the beach, sample a range of restaurants and marvel at the many supercars on show.
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Kite Beach

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If the name didn't already give it away, Dubai's sportiest beach is a favourite with kite surfers. Get here for a spot of beach volleyball or try your balance at stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking. There are plenty of non-aqua activities, including a skatepark, an outdoor trampoline and a toddler-friendly area. Post-swim, make your way to one of the many beachside cafes for a bite to eat. We recommend homegrown food-truck-style cafe Salt, which serves up some of the best beef sliders in the city.
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Black Palace Beach

Known as Black Palace Beach thanks to its location next to one of Dubai’s royal residences, this drive-up spot may be hard to find, but it offers the calmest waters and most stunning sunsets in the city. Follow the pathway to discover an untouched shoreline, featuring views of Palm Jumeirah and Burj Al Arab in the distance. While there are no facilities at this beach, it’ s a great place to escape the bustle of the city.

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Al Mamzar Beach Park

Al Mamzar Beach features five pristine beaches for sunbathing or swimming. Before reaching the soft white sand, you'll cross a large section of manicured lawn, with winding foot and bike paths sided by swaying palm trees. Spread over 106 hectares, Al Mamzar includes three stunning pools where families can cool off instead of getting sandy on the shore. For a small fee per person, this expansive park and beach, with lush barbecue areas, landscaped playgrounds, lagoons and a sheltered beach is perfect for a day out. You can also rent a sun lounger or even book a private, air-conditioned beach chalet for a more exclusive experience. 
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La Mer

La Mer is a popular beachfront destination, combining upscale living with exclusive retail, dining and entertainment attractions. With turquoise waters, white sands and funky murals, this beautiful spot brings a splash of colour to the upscale Jumeirah 1 neighbourhood. With over 130 shops, cafes, restaurants, the Rove La Mer Beach hotel, the Laguna Waterpark and seaside activities, La Mer has endless options for entertainment, stays and leisure.
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Palm West Beach

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Sun and sea worshippers will find plenty to do on the shores of Palm Jumeirah at Palm West Beach. With all-day beachfront entertainment, watersports and the best Dubai skyline views on the 1.6km of promenade and beachfront, be prepared to have a fun time with your friends and family – as well as your pets! Get your daily dose of exercise along the walking and running trail, indulge in lazy seaside breakfasts, or build sandcastles against the backdrop of picture-perfect sunsets. 

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