Zip around Palm Jumeirah in a speedboat, jet ski through Dubai Marina, picnic at Al Mamzer Beach Park, or snorkel into the colourful underwater world of the Arabian Gulf. Unlike other coastal destinations, Dubai’s beaches are action-packed hotspots. Full of adrenaline pumping water sports and posh resorts, there’s no shortage of things to do and see. Quite a few of the beaches along the Jumeirah stretch belong to hotels and offer a more luxurious, upscale beach experience. There are also dozens of public beaches. These spots tend to offer a more family-friendly environment and often have parks nearby, ideal for picnicking. To help you find your perfect respite on the Arabian coast, check out our roundup of the best beaches in Dubai and explore the city's top water activities.
Best Beaches in Dubai
1. Jumeirah Beach
Jumeirah Beach is perhaps the most popular slice of Dubai's coast. From water skiing and paragliding to tubing and swimming, the beach offers a plethora of activities, as well as one of the city's most attractive promenades. With incredible views of the Burj Al Arab Hotel, it's the perfect place to take in the stunning sunset.
Location: Located next to the Hilton Beach Club, Jumeirah Beach runs for about one kilometer along the scenic Jumeirah Beach Road.
2. Palm Jumeirah Beaches
Palm Jumeirah is more like a cluster of beaches, rather than a single spot. One of three artificial isles, along with Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira, Palm Jumeirah is part of Dubai’s prestigious man-made archipelago, the Palm Islands. Construction began in 2001 and, by 2009, the island was home to 28 hotels and host to the Middle East’s first monorail, connecting the famous Atlantis Hotel to the Gateway Towers. The island is five kilometers by five kilometers and adds 78 kilometers to the Dubai coastline. Whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend or fun with the family, Palm Jumeirah's beaches are filled with endless activities and eateries. Atlantis The Palm is one of the island's highlights. The resort has a wonderful private beach and is also home to Aquaventure Water Park and The Lost Chambers Aquarium - two of Dubai’s most popular attraction parks.
Location: Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
3. Al Mamzar Beach Park
With acres of lush grass, over 1,600 palm trees, 300 coconut trees and 6,000 various kinds of cultivated green life, Al Mamzar Beach offers a unique beach experience in Dubai. A gorgeous park by the sea, visitors can stroll along the beach, enjoy an array of water sports, picnic, bike and much more. Mamzar Beach Park is equipped with a skate park, field sport facilities, and a children’s play area. There are also swimming pool services with sunbeds available.
Location: Al Mamzar beach is located in Deira, near Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian & Charity Establishment and behind Al Shabab club. The beach can be accessed via Mamzar Beach Road or by Al Nakheel Road through Al Shindagha Tunnel.
4. Kite Beach
Famous for kite surfing, this 2 kilometer stretch of coast is great for those looking to add a little adrenaline to their beach excursion. Paddle boarding, swimming, beach volleyball and more, Kite Beach is a water lover's haven. There's even a great 2-day diving course available, perfect for short term visitors looking to explore Dubai’s underwater sights. Once you've worked up an appetite, head to the side walk and grab lunch from one of the delicious food trucks.
Location: Kite Beach can be reached from the Al Manara Road Junction. It’s located in Umm Suqeim, just off Jumeirah Beach Road, near Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
Things to do:
• Kite Surf
• Swim (beach and pool)
• Jet Ski
• Water Ski
• Banana Boats
5. Burj Beach
Extending out from Kite Beach, the vast and open Burj Beach is one of the best places in Dubai for surfing and swimming. Join the locals and catch the early morning waves, or paddle out just before sunset. With phenomenal views of Burj Al Arab, boat rides at this beach are among the best in the city. Or, amp up the thrill and jump on a jet ski for the day. In addition to amazing photos, this spot of Arabian Gulf gives you that quintessential Dubai beach vibe that both locals and visitors love.
Location: Burj Beach is located in Umm Suqeim, just off Jumeirah Beach Road.
Things to do:
• Jet Ski
• Swim (beach and pool)
• Beach Volleyball
• Enjoy a meal at the Burj Al Arab Hotel
6. Royal Island Beach
The Royal Island Beach Club hosts an array of beach and water activities. Spread across almost 40,000 sq/m, the resort is full of 5-star international restaurants, posh bars, luxurious swimming pools and unparalleled views of the Dubai skyline. There is an admission fee of AED 250 to enter this beach, but the environment is well worth the cost for those who enjoy a more exclusive atmosphere.
Location: The Royal Beach Club is one of two private beaches located in The Island, one of Dubai’s World Island developments.
Things to do:
- Swim (beach and pool)
- Beach Volleyball
7. Jumeirah Beach Residence / JBR
Situated in the Dubai Marina, JBR is a prime waterfront establishment. It’s a great place to indulge in some pleasure and unwind after a busy week. From world class boutiques to extravagant skyscraping properties, the beach environment blends enticingly well with the stylish city vibes. There’s a beautiful open beach with plenty to do, whether that be sunbathing on the sand, relaxing on a dhow cruise or partaking in an adrenaline pumping water sport.
Location: Jumeirah Beach Residence is located against the Persian Gulf in Dubai Marina.
8. Sunset Beach
Busy with sunbathers, families and picnickers, Sunset Beach is a tranquil escape from the busy city. With gorgeous views of Burj Al Arab and a colourful sky of kites from the neighbouring Kite Beach, it’s a photographer’s dream beach. One of the calmer spots along the coast, it's also a favorite beach for lovely morning runs and romantic evening strolls.
Location: Sunset Beach is located behind Sunset Mall in Jumeirah.
Top Activities and Things To Do at Dubai's Beaches
Scuba Dive in Dubai
Located on northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, Dubai offers a little slice of marine heaven for scuba divers. The gulf's popularity with snorkelers and scuba divers stems from regional pearl-diving traditions and folk tales that go back thousands of years.
Snorkeling in Dubai
Snorkel into gorgeous, turquoise waters and explore the colourful world beneath the waves. Swim with thousands of fish, friendly black-tip sharks, eels, rays and more. For those who aren’t quite ready to dive, this activity is an incredible alternate way to experience marine life.
For those who aren't willing to enter the ocean, snorkelling in the Ambassador Lagoon in Atlantis is the perfect place for you. Not only do you get to see a wider range of aquatic animals, you are also within a controlled environment where you can swim the fishes with ease, without having to worry about anything else. The snorkel masks, wetsuits, and towels are included in the experience. All you need to do is book your tickets and make your way to the Aquaventure water park.
Jet Ski in Dubai
Looking to add a little speed to your beach day? Ride the waves aboard a jet ski and whiz across Dubai's coast. It's the most thrilling way to take in the city's iconic landmarks! Start your journey in Dubai Marina and zip around Jumeirah Beach before touring Palm Island. Or, base yourself in the Marina and soak up beautiful views of the skyline.
Boat Tours in Dubai
Experience Dubai from the water on one of the city's stunning boat tours. Sightsee on a Yellow Boat tour and enjoy incredible photo opportunities. Spend the day on Lebanon Island, part of the World Islands, and soak up majestic views of the Dubai skyline. Or, turn things up a notch on a high-speed tour around Dubai Marina. With plenty of options, there's a boat tour to satisfy every sea lover's desire.
Cruises in Dubai
Set sail on a traditional dhow boat and cruise around Dubai Marina. Enjoy gorgeous sights and delicious food as you watch the sun set on a dinner cruise. Or, opt for the day sightseeing cruise and listen to exquisite Arabian music as you take in phenomenal views of iconic landmarks and lavish hotels.
Tube Rides in Dubai
What better way to cool off than with an exhilarating tube ride. Dubai's beaches offer solo rides or group tube rides for up to three people. Glide over waves as you take in the magnificent sights along the shoreline and enjoy the thrill of the sea.
Atlantis The Palm
Atlantis is much more than just a resort. Dive into the Ambassador Lagoon in the Lost Chambers Aquarium and explore the ruins of Atlantis Island. In this colourful adventure, you'll also get to see numerous sea animals along your way. For some water park fun, head to Aquaventure and ride down the world's largest water slide, the Aquaconda. For an unforgettable experience, take a dip in Dolphin Bay and enjoy the once in a life time opportunity to interact with these incredible mammals.
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