Beaches in Dubai, dackdrop of the Burj Al Arab

Dubai’s most beautiful beaches 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 to enjoy the best of Dubai’s beaches? Or are their great public beaches to be enjoyed in Dubai too? 

There is plenty of beach frontage in Dubai that can be accessed completely free, and some at very small cost delivering amazing beach side facilities for everyone to enjoy.

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

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.

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 just want to do some shopping and grab a bite to eat. The Beach has you covered.

The Beach is home to giant inflatable water park Aqua Fun, and also kids’ water playground The Splash Pad and new installation 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 som iconic camels walking along the bach as the sun sets.

Where to find The Beach: Opposite JBR, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Open Sunday through Wednesday from 10 am to 11 pm and Thursday through Saturday from 10 am to 12 am.

Entry fee: Free entry

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

La Mer

La Mer is one of the newest Dubai public beaches and is a favourite for Instagrammers around the world. It’s also one of the best Dubai beaches to take your kids. It has a trampoline are for children “Hawa Hawa”, and it’s 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!

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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

Al Mamzar Beach Park

Al Mamzar Beach Park is one of the best beaches in Dubai because it’s really 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

There’s plenty for adults to enjoy also. The beach has barbeques, an outdoor gym, a jogging trail, and a bike path. You can also rent an air-conditioned chalet for the day. There are also showers, bathrooms, and changing rooms.

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 Sun to Wed 8:00 am to 10pm and Thu to Sat 8:00 am to 11:00 pm.

Entry fee: 5 AED per person or 30AED 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

Jumeirah Beach

Jumeirah Beach is one of the most popular Dubai beaches. 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 good beach for watersports 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.

Entry fee: Free entry

Black Palace Beach (Al Sufouh)

Black Palace Beach is also known as the Secret Beach, and for good reason. This is the most secretive Dubai beach. It’s significantly less crowded than many of the other beaches on this list, and it can be somewhat difficult to find. You can get there by following a narrow pathway between the royal fortresses of Al Sufouh.

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This beach is fully staffed with lifeguards at all times. Aside from that, it’s a fairly barebones experience. There are no showers, 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

Sunset Beach (Umm Suqeim)

Sunset Beach is one of the most beautiful Dubai beaches, partially due to Burj Al Arab’s presence in the background. That makes it a favorite among Instagrammers. It’s also unique because it’s one of Dubai’s few surfing beaches. The surfing conditions are excellent for beginners. This is definitely the place to go 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.

Where to find Sunset Beach: Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Open every day from sunrise to sunset.

Entry fee: Free entry

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 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. If you love food, then this is something you need to check out. Furthermore, there’s a volleyball net, an outdoor gym, and a jogging track. It even has a library. This beach is also equipped with showers and changing facilities.

A recent addition perfect for kids adjacent to the beach is

This is one of our favourite Dubai beaches for seeing the sunrise.

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

Now you have an idea of what Dubai has to offer when it comes to beaches. Don’t forget, Dubai can get extremely hot during the summer months. If you believe that’ll be an issue, then plan to visit during the cooler months. Also, remember to cover up when you’re 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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Before you go… More important things you should know when planning a trip to Dubai

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