Palm trees on Mamzar Beach

10 Best Public Beaches in Dubai Uncovered

by Dubai Travel Planner

There’s no denying one of the major drawcards for visitors to Dubai is the miles of beautiful beachfront to the Arabian Gulf.

But do you need to stay at a fancy beach resort or pay for a day at a beach club to enjoy the best of Dubai’s beaches? Or are there great public beaches to be enjoyed in Dubai, too? 

There is plenty of beachfrontage in Dubai facing the Arabian Gulf (Persian Gulf) that can be accessed entirely free, and some at minimal cost, delivering exceptional beachside facilities for everyone to enjoy.

Here are all of our 10 favourite beaches in Dubai and precisely what you can expect to find there.

1. The Beach

When a beach is simply known as The Beach, you know it has to be awesome. This free beach in JBR, Dubai, has just about everything a person could ask for. It’s so much more than just your usual sun and sand if you like a city beach with a buzzing atmosphere.

For example, have you ever wanted to ride across the beach on a camel? You can do that here. Do you want to go jogging or practice yoga? You can do that, too. Maybe you want to do some shopping and grab a bite to eat. The Beach has you covered; its palm tree-lined promenade oozes beach vacation vibes!

Whilst anyone can pull up a towel on the beachfront in JBR and take a splash in the shallow waters, if you want to take advantage of the comfortable loungers at Sea Breeze, there’s a daily fee; or try the sensational new beach club area Bla Bla for day into evening beachfront partygoers.

For families, The Beach is also home to a giant inflatable water park Aqua Fun, and kids’ water playgrounds, The Splash Pad and a new inflatable installation by Splash n Party.

On top of all that, The Beach and adjacent The Walk are brilliant places for photography. Capture the street art or capture some iconic camels walking along the beach as the sun sets.

  • Where to find The Beach: Opposite JBR, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • Sea Breeze sunloungers are open 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, while the retail area is open daily from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm (2:00 AM on Friday & Saturday nights)
  • Entry fee: Free access to the water – use of sun loungers and shower facilities with a fee – see latest prices here

Read our complete review of what to expect at The Walk & The Beach here

2. Al Mamzar Beach Park

Al Mamzar Beach Park is one of Dubai’s best beaches because it’s actually five beaches in one! On the Deira side of the city, all of these beaches are staffed with lifeguards. This is another great beach for children, with a playground, two pools, and a little train that crosses the entire park.

One of the children’s playgrounds on the beach at Al Mamzar Beach Park

There’s plenty for adults to enjoy, too, at Al Mamzar Park. Beneath the palm trees, there are barbeques, multiple picnic areas, an outdoor gym, a jogging trail, and a bike path. You can even rent an air-conditioned chalet for the day! There are also showers, bathrooms, and changing rooms for beachgoers.

Keep in mind that Mondays and Wednesdays are Ladies’ Days – which means no boys or men over the age of six.

  • Where to find Mamzar Beach Park: Al Mamzar Beach Street
  • Open Mon to Wed 8:00 am to 10:00 pm and Fri to Sat 8:00 am to 11:00 pm.
  • Entry fee: 5 AED per person or 30 AED per car. Free for people of determination and children under two. Chalet prices from 150 AED to 200 AED per day.

Read our complete review of what to expect at Al Mamzar Beach Park here

3. Jumeirah Beach

Jumeirah Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Dubai. That’s partially because it’s right next to Dubai’s downtown area. As a result, it’s very close to some of the city’s most important restaurants and hotels. Along with being an incredibly beautiful beach in its own right, it offers an excellent view of the legendary Burj Al Arab.

This beach also has lifeguards, showers, changing stations, and a jogging track. There’s even a library that allows you to borrow books. This is also a great beach for water sports, such as jet skiing and paddle boarding.

Please be aware that Mondays are for women and children only.

  • Where to find Jumeirah Beach: Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • Open 24 hours, but only available for swimming until sundown (some new exceptions to this shared below!)
  • Entry fee: Free entry

4. Black Palace Beach (Al Sufouh Beach){Temporarily Closed}

Temporarily closed: Barracades went up blocking the beach to the public in December 2023, for what we assumed was something connected to COP28 but it looks like this is a longer term closure – we really hope they don’t ruin the charm of this brilliantly simple beachfront

Black Palace Beach is also known as the Secret Beach, although with its increasing popularity, this name may no longer be appropriate!

It’s significantly less crowded than many of the other beaches on this list, and it can be somewhat challenging to find if you’re not from Dubai. You can get there by following a narrow pathway between the royal fortresses of Al Sufouh.

Black Palace Beach in Dubai looking back to the Burj Al Arab
Al Sofouh Beach Dubai/ Depositphotos SeaRain

This beach is fully staffed with lifeguards at all times. Aside from that, it’s a fairly barebones experience. There are no showers, fancy changing rooms, or bathrooms. It’s just sun, sand, and one of the most spectacular views in all of Dubai. It’s perfect if you’re looking for a no-frills Dubai beach holiday.

  • Where to find Black Palace Beach: Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Open every day from sunrise to sunset.
  • Entry fee: Free entry

5. Sunset Beach (Umm Suqeim Beach)

Sunset Beach is one of the most famous Dubai beaches, partially due to the Burj Al Arab Hotel’s presence in the background. That makes it a great location for Instagrammers (though construction work has blocked the marvellous views of late).

It’s also unique because it’s one of Dubai’s few surfing beaches. The surfing conditions are excellent for beginners, the perfect place to go in Dubai if you want to catch some waves.

Additionally, Sunset Park is just a short walk away from Umm Suqeim Park. It’s a great place to take kids for this reason. This beach has lifeguards, showers, and changing rooms. It even has Smart Palms that offer free Wifi, making it one of the best free public beaches in Dubai.

  • Where to find Sunset Beach: Umm Suqeim, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • Open every day from sunrise to sunset.
  • Entry fee: Free entry

6. Kite Beach

Kite Beach is one of the most aptly named Dubai beaches. This beach is particularly windy and is very popular among kite fliers and kite surfers as a result. But that’s not all. This is also a great spot for watersports, such as kayaking and paddleboarding.

Additionally, this beach is famous for its array of food trucks and cafes – SALT being one of the city’s best burger joints. If you love food, then this is something you need to check out.

Furthermore, there’s beach volleyball, an outdoor gym, and a running track. It even has a free beach library! Kite Beach is equipped with plenty of facilities, including free showers and changing facilities, or for a fee, you can use the sunlounger facilities and beach umbrellas provided by Solemio.

A recent addition perfect for kids adjacent to the beach is Aqua Parks Leisure – a giant water obstacle course.

This is one of our favourite Dubai beaches for seeing the sunrise and sunset. It tends to be less frequented by tourists in a more suburban area of town.

  • Where to find Kite Beach: Kite Beach, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • Open 24 hours every day, but there is no swimming after sundown.
  • Entry fee: Free entry

7. Night Beaches

New in 2023 – beaches that stay open all evening!! You heard right! Special floodlit beaches with lifeguards on duty until midnight make these three designated beaches in Dubai’s Jumeirah 2, Jumerah 3 and Umm Suqeim suburbs the place to be this summer when you want a late-night dip out of the heat of the day.

Where to find the Night Beaches: Just type Night Beach into Google Mpas, and it will pop up the 3 locations along the Persian Gulf coast.

Entry Fee: Free entry

8. Dubai Islands Beach

At last, what pet owners in Dubai have been waiting for; a dog-friendly public beach to bring their pooch to!

The newly opened beach on Dubai Islands (formerly referred to as Deira Islands) has limited other facilities just yet but is a safe, clean beach in Dubai where you can take your dog and enjoy the wide sandy beach and aqua waters of the Gulf.

Water sports are being added, and we expect further vendors to follow – stay tuned for this up-and-coming beach in Dubai!

  • Where to find Dubai Islands Beach: Available on a quick Google search beyond Port Rashid, near Centara Resort.
  • Entry Fee: Entry is FREE

9. Palm West Beach

Another relatively new kid on the block, Palm West Beach, sits on the western ‘trunk’ of Palm Jumeirah. The private beachfront is lined with luxury apartments, hotels, beach clubs and eateries.

Palm West Beach media supplied

The newly opened palm tree-lined boardwalk allows dogs on leashes and is open from sun up to sun down, with everything a beach-lover could want, from sunrise yoga classes to sundowner drinks.

You can hire ebikes here to enjoy along the boardwalk area, or why not pay a little extra to enjoy the beach from a comfortable lounger in one of the popular Dubai beach clubs?

  • Where to Find Palm West Beach: Along the western flank of the Palm Jumeirah
  • Open daily 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM
  • Entry fee: Free (you may have to pay for parking nearby)

La Mer {Temporarily Closed}

In early 2023, La Mer beach partially closed but it looks like the entire site is now being bulldozed for redevelopment as ‘J1 Beach’. Stay tuned for what will replace this colourful and chilled beachfront location.

Dubai Travel Planner Team

La Mer is one of the sleekest Dubai public beaches and a favourite for Instagrammers worldwide. It’s also one of the best places to take your young kids to the beach in Dubai. It has a trampoline area for children, “Hawa Hawa”, and is home to boutique water action at Laguna Waterpark. This waterpark has five waterslides and a lazy river ride.

La Mer has plenty of other conveniences as well. It has a number of showers, changing rooms, and beachfront cabanas for rent. There are also plenty of restaurants and fast food places for when you need something to eat. You can even relax in an in-water hammock!

Where to find La Mer: 2 A Street. Open Sunday through Wednesday from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm and Thursday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 12:00 am.

Entry fee: Free entry

Read our complete review of what to expect at La Mer Beach Dubai

Other FAQs on Dubai Beaches

Does Dubai have good beaches?

Yes, with an expansive coastline – both natural and man-made – there’s plenty of great beach space in Dubai. The water quality is generally quite good, and the beaches are well-kept.

Do Dubai beaches have lifeguards?

Yes, most public beaches have lifeguards on duty, and swimming is permitted during daylight hours. After dark, only the night beaches may be used.

Are Dubai’s public beaches free?

Yes, most of the beaches in Dubai are free. You will find exceptions where a few Dubai Municipacilty-run beaches charge a nominal entry fee for the upkeep of facilities. Resorts and private beach clubs will charge a daily fee (often redeemable on food and beverages – learn more about Dubai’s paid beach clubs here)

How warm is the seawater in Dubai?

This is highly variable between summer and winter. In the coldest months, the seawater temperature drops to around 23°C, but it climbs steadily up to summer peaks of 32-35°C. You’ll find the Gulf waters hold their temperatures in autumn, and you can still have quite a pleasant beach experience right through until December.

We share more on annual temperatures in Dubai and expected weather to help you plan the best time for your visit.

Are dogs allowed on the beach in Dubai?

In most instances, no (on public beaches). However, there is an increasing number of private beachfronts, beach clubs, and newly opened beach areas that understand the needs of residents in Dubai and are now open to pets – learn more about Dubai’s dog beaches here.

More Tips For Visiting The Beach in Dubai

  • Be mindful of just how hot the sand can get underfoot during the day. You may find beach shoes helpful getting you from the car or footpath into the water.
  • Whilst it’s OK to wear your favourite beachwear at a private resort, be really careful what you wear to public beaches in Dubai. Some are stricter than others and will have clearly signposted minimum dress standards. You should always look to respect the local dress code when leaving the beach.

Follow these simple tips, and you’re sure to have a wonderful day of fun and sun in Dubai.

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