This article will look at the top beaches in Dubai. From their pure white sands to their both beautiful and breathtaking scenery and crystal clear waters, read on to find your little slice of secluded natural paradise.
Al Burj beach - the best and only nudist beach in town
Al Burj beach Dubai is located on the West Coast of Musheireb Island in Umm Suqeim Municipality and has one of the best beaches in Dubai. All year round temperatures are a balmy 29°C and the waters are clean and safe for swimming. The beach is ideal for windsurfing, kite surfing and paddleboarding with crystal clear waters that stretch as far as the eye can see.
For those of you with a more ‘laissez-faire’ approach to life, Al Burj beach is one of the few beaches in Dubai with a thriving nudist population (though clothing is optional). It may also be wise to keep in mind that, as well as being a nudist beach, it is also a hotspot for extreme water activities such as parasailing, jet skiing and water skiing with prices starting at AED 199 for a 2-hour ride... It might be wise to keep this in mind when considering whether a trip to this beach is right for you. Though judging by the locals, it certainly looks enjoyable...
There are several restaurants located at the beach including ‘Reef’ by Jimmy Buffet which offers oceanfront dining with views across Al Burj beach and its sister islands in the Persian Gulf.
There is also an amusement park nearby known as ‘Ocean World’ which includes a water park, amusement park and zoo for those days you want to escape the sun or just do something different. Further to this point, the beach is also close to the Dubai Mall (the largest shopping centre in the world), only 10 minutes away by car, making it easy to find all the necessary shopping and amenities you could ever need. It’s also close to a number of hotels and apartments such as the popular Jumeirah Beach Residence and The Palm Jumeirah Hotel, making it the obvious choice for those staying in the area.
Al Burj Beach offers free wi-fi in select areas and parking for AED 12 per hour or AED 24 for the whole day.
Sunset Beach - a surfers' paradise
The most popular surf spot in Dubai is Sunset Beach. Located just minutes away from Jumeirah Beach Residence and The Palm Jumeirah Hotel, Sunset Beach has a wide range of activities on offer including sunbathing, swimming, cliff diving, along with it’s biggest attraction, surfing. To catch the biggest swell head down to Sunset Beach during peak surf season which lies between November and April.
In addition to the range of water sports on offer, there is also a game zone that includes an arcade, playground and several mini-golf courses. And if that’s not enough fun for you, there is also a water park located next to the beach which offers rides such as bumper boats and waves runners if you want to spend some time away from the sand.
There are several restaurants located at the beach and can be enjoyed either in-store or under one of the beachside parasols that line the shore. Sunset Beach also offers free wi-fi in select areas. Parking is available for AED 12 per hour or AED 24 for the whole day.
Dubai Marina Beach - a millionaires’ paradise
Dubai Marina Beach is located in the heart of Dubai Marina. This beach provides stunning views of the Lagoons and Tennis Courts on several of the man-made islands. It's a great spot to enjoy sunbathing, swimming or just to relax in one of the many cafes and restaurants that dot the beach.
Dubai Marina Beach is one of the busiest areas in Dubai and it offers plenty to do for all ages including a huge shopping mall, several hotels, an amusement park and even a water theme park. The beach is divided into two sections - the Upper Beach and the Lower Beach. The Upper Beach offers a great spot to watch dolphins or sunbath. Those in the mood for some water sports can head over to the Lower Beach where there are plenty of waves for surfing, bodyboarding and kayaking. There's also a children’s area with several playgrounds and an outdoor pool for adults.
If you need to grab a bite, there are plenty of restaurants and cafes close by including a Sushi Bar & Bistro, you will also find the ‘The Beach Club’ restaurant and Starbucks should you get peckish. There's also a range of shops selling everything from souvenirs to sun loungers.
There are several docking ports and moorings available for those who want to rent out a boat and explore the bay for the day. If you need someplace to store all of your belongings, free storage is available located close by, as well as a free Wi-Fi zone near the information centre, offering unlimited internet usage. Please note that there are no sunshades and parasols available at this beach, so make sure to bring your own.
Dubai Marina Beach opens at sunrise and closes at sunset. There is no fee to enter the beach, but there are a few places where you might have to pay for parking or food. Please note that free parking is available though it is limited, so it would be wise to expect to prepare to pay up to AED 60 per day.
Jumeirah Beach - the most popular beach in Dubai, and for good reason...
Jumeirah Beach is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Dubai. It offers stunning views and a wide range of water sports such as swimming, windsurfing and snorkelling – amongst others - making it perfect for all kinds of visitors irrespective of their level or experience.
Jumeirah Beach Dubai is one of the longest beaches in Dubai, stretching for about 4 kilometres. The beach opens at sunrise and closes at sunset, but please note that while there is no fee to enter the beach, parking can be expensive, so plan ahead as needed.
The beach is located on the northwest side of the Jumeirah Beach hotel. The beach has fine white sand and crystal clear waters that are perfect for swimming, sunbathing or snorkelling. In addition to its sparkling ocean scenery, this beach also offers several restaurants and cafes with beautiful sunset views over the Arabian Gulf that are scattered along the beach making it easy to find an area to sit down and relax after a long day of swimming or sunbathing. If you need someplace to store all of your belongings, there is a free storage area located close by.
There are several areas at the beach that offer free Wi-Fi, including two designated areas located on either side of the swimming pool of the Jumeirah Beach hotel, located close by to the beach. If you want to stay longer, there is also parking available traditionally for AED 12 per hour or AED 24 for the whole day.
The Beach at Palm Jumeirah - a great family friendly option
While similarly named to the previous beach mentioned on this list, The Beach at Palm Jumeirah is actually a separate beach, located a kilometre or so down from the first of the man-made palm-shaped islands known as Palm Jebel Ali. The beach has a wide expanse of powder white sand that stretches for more than two kilometres, making it the perfect place to enjoy a day of swimming, sunbathing or windsurfing.
There are several restaurants located at the beach including Bob’s Burgers which offers fresh and delicious food that can be enjoyed while taking in the ocean views. There is also a children’s area with more than 20 play areas and an outdoor pool for adults that overlooks palm Jumeirah and the Arabian Gulf. And if you want to stay a little longer, there is also parking available for, you guessed right, AED 12 per hour or AED 24 for the whole day.
There are two designated areas in which you can find free Wi-Fi - one located at the foot of the palm tree, next to Il Pizze, and the other located near Bebe.
Please note that towels, sun loungers and parasols are not provided at either beach but you can rent them from various shops or resorts in the vicinity.
The Palm Jumeirah Beach Dubai is a great place to enjoy the day with friends or family, either swimming, sunbathing or simply relaxing on the white sand beachfront. It also offers a range of water sports such as windsurfing and sailing for visitors who want to get up close and personal with nature.
Umm Suqeim Beach - set out your beach blanket and take in the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf
Umm Suqeim Beach is another beach perfect for lazy day’s with its crystal clear waters and beautiful white-sand beaches. It's located close to the city centre, making it easy to get to no matter where you are in Dubai.
There are plenty of restaurants, cafes and shops close by, as well as a children's play area with swings and a sandpit.
Umm Suqeim Beach is also great for swimming, sunbathing and water sports such as sailing, windsurfing and kayaking. There's even a beach bar where you can order drinks and snacks while you relax on the beach.
There are several restaurants and cafes nearby if you need some refreshments or want to take a break from the sun.
Umm Suqeim Beach is great for all ages, with plenty of activities and places to relax close by. Whether you're looking for a lazy day at the beach or want to explore Dubai’s city centre, Umm Suqeim Beach is the perfect spot.
The Beach at Jumeirah Resort beach - an amazing beach with all the amenities
The Beach at Jumeirah Resort is perfect for swimming, sunbathing and simply enjoying the views. It's situated right on the coastline of the Dubai Marina, with crystal clear waters and plenty of sand for relaxing on.
There are several restaurants and cafes within walking distance, as well as a children's play area with swings and a sandpit.
You can also engage in watersports such as sailing, windsurfing and kayaking while you're here, offered by many vendors along the beachfront.
The Beach at Jumeirah Resort is also great for romance - simply take your loved one out for an intimate romantic lunch or dinner at one of the restaurants that dot its shores, overlooking the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf.
There are several restaurants and cafes if you need some refreshments or want to take a break from the sun. You'll also be able to find a couple of shopping complexes nearby if you need some new clothes or accessories, or simply want to take a break from the sun.
Emirates Palace Beach - best for those who want a splash of luxury
Emirates Palace Beach is perfect for luxury lovers, with stunning views of the Dubai skyline and an abundance of shops, restaurants and cafes nearby for those who want to take a break from the sun and escape into a world of luxury. It's located next to The Palm Jumeirah Resort & Spas, making it easy to get to no matter where you are in Dubai.
The sand is a brilliant pure-white, the waters an azure-blue, matching the cloudless blue skies - perfect conditions for a day of relaxation. There are several restaurants and cafes close by if you need some food or drink, as well as a playground for the little ones. You can also engage in activities such as sailing, windsurfing and kayaking while you're here.
If you want to take your relaxation further, there's even an exclusive spa area with various massages and treatments to choose from.
If you want to explore the city but don't want to spend a fortune, Emirates Palace Beach is perfect for you. It's located right next to the Dubai Mall, so you can easily visit some of the city's most popular retail stores.
Al Ghubaiba beach - one of the best in Dubai
At Al Ghubaiba Beach Dubai, there is a secluded spot for sunbathing and swimming with crystal clear waters. The white sands provide an idyllic backdrop to the turquoise Arabian Gulf.
The water temperature at Al Ghubaiba Beach Dubai remains a balmy 27°C all year round making it a great option for swimming, sunbathing and taking in the views.
There are plenty of restaurants and cafes nearby if you need to refuel after a busy day sunbathing as well as an outdoor shopping centre where you can purchase all the best souvenirs. You can also find several spas close by if you want to get pampered before returning home.
If you're looking for more than just relaxation, Al Ghubaiba Beach also has plenty of activities on offer. You can rent a pedal boat, go parasailing, or take a ride on the camel train. There's even an amusement park if you want to explore all the family-friendly fun Dubai has to offer.
Al Ghubaiba Beach Dubai is perfect for all ages - children will love swimming and playing while parents can take advantage of the many different amenities on offer, including beach umbrellas, showers and restrooms.
Overall, Al Ghubaiba Beach Dubai is one of the most picturesque beaches in Dubai with crystal-clear azure-waters and pure white sands. It's a perfect day out with friends or family, providing an idyllic environment to relax in whilst enjoying the beautiful scenery of Dubai.
Burj Khalifa Beach - Share a beach with a view of the world’s tallest building
Burj Khalifa Beach is located on the shores of the Dubai Marina and offers stunning views of both Burj Khalifa and The Palm Jumeirah islands from its location. It's a great spot for swimming, sunbathing or simply strolling along the sand. Visitors can also parasail, windsurf or take a lazy walk along the beach. There are several restaurants and bars located in close proximity, making it easy to enjoy a day out without having to spend too much money.
The water temperature at the Burj Khalifa Beach is around 25°C all year round, making it an ideal place for swimming, sunbathing and simply hanging out with friends and family.
There are a number of attractions located just minutes away, including The Dubai Mall and Jebel Ali Port. Burj Khalifa Beach is easily accessible by car or bus and makes for an amazing unique beach experience for all visitors - young and old alike.
There are plenty of other beaches which can be found throughout the city, so if you're looking for a different place to relax this summer then head out and find your perfect spot!