Discover sun, sand and surf in Dubai

14 November 2018

Dubai is renowned for its towering desert metropolis, where you’ll find extravagant hotels, Michelin-star dining, first-class shopping and the world’s tallest building. But, as one of the Middle East’s premier beach destinations, it is also a fantastic place for those wanting sun and sea.

Whether you’re looking for a short break in the sun or a family beach holiday to remember, Dubai’s beaches have you covered. Here’s where to head if you’re looking for sun, sand and surf in the Emirate.

Sunset Beach

Laying in the shadow of the iconic Burj Al Arab, Sunset Beach is a popular evening spot, hence its name. One of the quieter areas of Dubai’s coast, it is great for watching the sun set over the Arabian Gulf, and its relaxing nature lures early morning joggers and book-wielding sunbathers, who can read in peace.

Also known as Umm Suqeim Beach, there are changing facilities and a play area to entertain younger beach-goers. It is also known for its fantastic surfing conditions, with lessons available for beginners and equipment rental for those already experienced enough to Hang Ten.

Kite Beach

If you’re looking for something a little different on the coast, Kite Beach should be your destination. Kitesurfers regularly flock here to test their skills against the emerald waters of the Arabian Gulf, even busting out cool tricks and moves when the wind and waves pick up in the afternoon.

There’s plenty of space to spread out and soak up the sun along the lively stretch of golden sand if you want some rest and relaxation too. Salt – a Kite Beach hotspot that has evolved from a food truck to beachside terrace – will keep you refreshed with its famous pink lemonade and lotus shakes, as well as a casual menu featuring favourites such as sliders and ice cream.

The Beach by JBR

The Beach, opposite The Walk promenade at Jumeirah Beach Residences, weaves a plethora of juice bars and burger joints with fashionable boutiques and the fanciest cars in town. It is the perfect location for shopping and dining by the sea as well as keeping active with its outdoor gym and range of watersports including wakeboarding, kayaking and snorkelling.

If you want something a little more relaxing, try the Sea Breeze beach club where you can rent sunbeds, daybeds and cabanas. In addition to their year-round offerings, The Beach frequently hosts events such as carnivals, freestyle BMX competitions, fitness challenges and live music.

La Mer

Dubai’s newest beachside destination has plenty to offer, from exceptional restaurants and cafés to charming boutique stores and a trampoline park for little ones. You’ll have the choice between North Beach and South Beach, each of which has colourful shower cabins adding to the area’s sea-fresh feel. With wide open spaces, palm tree-lined boulevards, striking street art and a certain laidback charm, La Mer provides the perfect mix of style and substance to an already impressive line-up of coastal hotspots.

Black Palace Beach

Taking its name from its location next to one of Dubai’s royal residences, this drive-up beach may be hard to find, but it offers the calmest waters in the city which is great if you’re travelling with children. Follow the pathway to discover an untouched shoreline, featuring views of Palm Jumeirah and the Burj Al Arab in the distance. While there are few facilities at this place, it is a great place to escape the hectic pace of city life.

“From innovative development projects to super-deluxe hotels that grace the beaches, city and desert, thrilling sports and activities to massive malls of tax-free boutiques, the glittering city of Dubai guarantees you an unforgettable holiday.”

Sarah, Travel Counsellor


If you would like to book your Dubai beach escape, please contact your Travel Counsellor.

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