6 Most Popular Dubai Beaches

Written by Arpan Ghosh

We are heading for prime beach weather in Dubai as we slowly march into winter. The city has its share of luxurious beachfront destinations, from the private beaches that villa owners get to enjoy on Palm Jumeirah to the city’s various upscale and dynamic beach clubs. But if you’re just looking for a pleasant day out with the family or with friends, there are several open beaches you can take advantage of. These are the most popular beaches to visit in Dubai.

The Beach, JBR

One of the most frequented beaches in Dubai, The Beach at JBR offers you a variety of leisure options. You can take to the water with parasailing, snorkeling, wakeboarding or jetskiing. Or perhaps you would prefer to take a camel ride on the sand. There are cabanas and beach beds available for rent for a more relaxed afternoon, or if you’re feeling active you can take a run along the 600 m running track or spend some time in the outdoor gym. The Beach is complemented by The Walk, an extensive boardwalk with shopping boutiques, a diverse selection of restaurants, beach hotels and resorts, and a boutique cinema.

Kite Beach

Best known for its wind sports, including - as the name suggests - kite flying, Kite Beach is located a short distance away from the famous Burj Al Arab. You will also find plenty of kitesurfers here, along with paddleboarders and kayakers (it is one of the go-to places in the city for these activities). There is also a skate park, a running track and a playground area. If all that activity makes you hungry, then you’re in for quite a treat - Kite Beach hosts several food trucks serving up unique and mouthwatering fare. You have all the ingredients for a perfect day out.

Al Sufouh Beach

Are you looking for a getaway that just involves sun, sea, sand and nothing else? Then you should check out the beach at Al Sufouh, more commonly referred to as Black Palace Beach because of its proximity to the private palace of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Prime Minister & Vice President of the UAE. It is also known as the ‘secret beach’ as it is quite secluded and easy to miss if you’re not paying attention. There are no cabanas, food trucks, activities, or even outdoor showers here. It is a slice of pristine natural beauty, letting you bask in the outdoors without any distractions.

Jumeirah Open Beach

Sadly, Jumeirah Open Beach is not quite the hotspot that it used to be, in part because of projects that have popped up around it. Where once you could enjoy unbroken vistas of the sea receding into the horizon, you now have Jumeirah Bay Island rising in the distance. Still, that has not in any way diminished the relaxed ambiance of this particular beach, which also has beanbags and tables for you to lounge on. It even has a library, so you can borrow a book or two to browse as you’re catching some sun.

La Mer

To call La Mer a beach wouldn’t quite be accurate - it is a leisure and entertainment destination that includes a beach as well. At La Mer, you will find an expansive boardwalk with a wide selection of restaurants and cafes with al fresco dining, along with food trucks, art installations, green spaces and shopping kiosks. There is a separate pier area that juts into the sea and has its own dining promenade featuring restaurants and dessert parlors, and provides access to the Laguna Waterpark. La Mer also has a boutique cinema, a trampoline park, a wave rider machine, and will soon have a boutique hotel to add to the mix. But putting all that side, you are looking at a magnificent stretch of shoreline that is just perfect for a fun family outing.

Sunset Beach

Also known as Umm Suqeim Beach, Sunset Beach enjoys a picture perfect (or indeed, Instagram perfect) location alongside the stunning Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel. It is also one of the few beaches that actually gets any waves - albeit moderate-sized ones - which makes it popular amongst surfers. In terms of facilities, Sunset Beach keeps it basic: you have showers and changing rooms, plus adjoining lawn areas and some seating. The most unique feature here is the Smart Palm, a solar powered ‘palm tree’ that provides free wi-fi service, making it that much easier to open Instagram as you line up your phone for that perfect sunset selfie.