We’ve compiled a list of our 5 favourite public beaches in Dubai for when you’re looking for a chill / cheap day of enjoying the sun, sand and water.
Kite Beach is one of the many newly built projects in Dubai. This place offers the full beach experience with modern facilities, from sunbed/umbrella rentals, to little stands that sell coconuts/fruits/boutique items to various restaurants that serve the best fast foods like tacos, burgers & fries, pizza, and great ice creams! This beach is extremely popular with kite surfers (if you haven’t guessed from the name) due to it being the perfect windy environment. If you love being active, then this beach is perfect for you as they have tons of water sports available!
The Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) has been a popular hang out for tourists and residents alike for years. Back in 2015 the area went through a massive upgrade and renovation, including the addition of The Beach project. Being a prime location, there’s tons of shops, a cinema, restaurants, changing facilities, water sports, and a play area for kids. Come down here for the day to have a swim, enjoy the sun, watch the sunset and then walk on the boardwalk, get something to eat, maybe smoke some shisha or watch a movie. Sounds like the perfect plan!
La Mer is the newest beach development in Dubai, located in the suburban area of Jumeirah 1. This place oozes that laid back surfer feeling one experiences at the beaches in Bali, Australia, LA or Hawaii. Palm trees and street art line the beach and there’s the Hawa Hawa inflatable playground created just for the little ones. It’s also close to the Dubai Water Canal, another man-made creation just recently opened in the city.
Jumeirah Beach has been around for a long time and has pretty much become ingrained as the standard “Dubai Beach”. There’s one side of the sandy stretch that’s dedicated to the open public, and another side which is the private area for the famous seven-star hotel Burj Al Arab. If you’re not looking to spend lots, then the best part is that you get to use the public side of the beach which is very well taken care of and you get the view of the hotel (makes the perfect backdrop for pictures).
Al Mamzar Beach Park
To get here you might have to drive a little more than the other beaches, as it’s located just on the Dubai-Sharjah border (be advised – you should get up early to avoid traffic jams that happen on the weekend days). You do have to pay for entry, but the cost is very low and you get to enjoy tons of facilities such as pools, play areas for the kids, water sports, barbecue/picnic spots and tons of beautiful palm trees that will keep you protected from that strong Dubai sun!