Sea and Sand

Some of the Dubai public beaches are totally free to access and some have a small entrance fee.

Many shoreline hotels give access to their private beaches for a fee from 150 to 700 AED. For a wide variety of paid luxurious beaches go to Palm Jumeirah island.

The best time to visit Dubai is October through April, when it is not too hot.

Al Mamzar Beach

This beach, surrounded by a lush park, has been awarded the blue flag status (which is a big deal for a beach). You can rent a sun-lounge, a chalet with a barbeque area, or even a private, air-conditioned beach bungalow. Or you can simply escape the heat in the shade of the trees.

An alternative to breaking the waves is getting into one of the 3 giant swimming pools.

Mondays and Wednesdays are only for women with kids (boys up to 6 years only).

Entrance fee: 5 AED (40 AED if you drive in).

Deira, Dubai

A clean and well-kept beach with a sporty active vibe. People come here to play beach volleyball and football, for kayaking and naturally for kitesurfing. You can rent equipment and hire an instructor to try your hand at kitesurfing (or you can at least take some beautiful photos of colorful kites with Burj-Khalifa in the background).

There are lots of food trucks and cafes around.

Free entrance.

Umm Suqeim 1 - 356, Dubai

One of the biggest and the most popular beaches in Dubai stretches along The Walk, a promenade lined with boutiques and cafes. The beach has splendid water play areas for kids, a free outdoor gym, and a running track.

Free entrance.

Jumeirah, Dubai

This beach is a home to the local surfers’ community (you can rent a board to become part of it). The best view over Burj Al Arab.

Free entrance.

Umm Suqeim 3 - 366, Dubai

Usually described as “the secret beach” and unknown even to some locals, this stretch of sand is nestled between the royal summer residences and the boat station housing the flock of super yachts. Black Palace or Sufouh beach is usually quite solitary.

Free entrance.

Al Sufouh 1 - 372, Dubai