Dubai’s beaches offer a unique holiday experience

Dubai’s vast coastline is replete with picturesque beaches that have become some of the emirate’s most attractive attractions over the past few decades. The wide variety of beaches in the emirate, each with its own unique scenic charm, offer people the opportunity to bask in the sun, enjoy breathtaking views and discover adventure through water sports.

The emirate’s beaches with clear blue water, golden sands, year-round sunshine, lively seaside cuisine and a variety of beach activities are key attractions highlighted in the #DubaiDestinations initiative launched by Dubai Media Council to showcase the exceptional entertainment and experiences the emirate offers.

One of the most popular Dubai’s beaches is Jumeirah Public Beach. As well as being a destination for sun, sand and sea lovers, the beach offers a range of family attractions and sports facilities, including volleyball courts and a running track for those who like to keep fit. Runners, rollers, cyclists and water sports enthusiasts will find the beach a fun option for exercise. There are plenty of benches on the beach to enjoy the view and a large modern playground for children.

The Beach at Jumeirah Beach Residence is an ideal place for a beach holiday with activities, shops and restaurants. Set in the heart of Dubai’s largest lifestyle destination, with a promenade full of restaurants and retail outlets, The Beach is a great place to eat and shop.The Beach is also the perfect place to see the world’s largest Ferris wheel, Ain Dubai.

In front of the legendary Burj Al Arab is another beach that has been a favourite of residents and visitors alike for decades – Sunset Beach in Umm Sukheim. This beach offers a breathtaking view of the world’s most luxurious hotel, which serves as the perfect backdrop for selfies, and is one of the most picturesque sandy areas in the emirate. Visitors to the beach can enjoy stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking around the hotel’s island and even surf in its waters. The beach is known as one of Dubai’s best surfing beaches and offers beautiful sunsets.

Another beach popular with both the general public and the adventurous is Kite Beach. Named after the many kite surfers and kite flyers who have made this stretch of sand their own. Here you can play beach volleyball or test your skills in stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking. You can rent sun loungers, umbrellas and towels and spend the day on the white sand overlooking the Burj Al Arab. There are also plenty of non-water activities on the beach, including a skate park, outdoor trampoline and a kid’s area.

Among the public Dubai’s beaches Black Palace Beach is truly a hidden gem. This pristine stretch of golden beach, stretching from the Dubai Marine Beach Resort to the Four Seasons Hotel, is a great place for sunbathers and attracts runners, roller skaters, cyclists, water sports enthusiasts and many others.

Another beach destination offering countless activities, especially for families, is Al Mamzar Park. There are five secluded beaches surrounded by lush barbecue areas, landscaped playgrounds, lagoons, swimming pools, manicured lawns and cycling paths. This public beach even has its own amphitheatre. Uniquely, only women and children are allowed on Mondays and Wednesdays. For an extra fee, you can rent a sun lounger or even book a private air-conditioned beach bungalow for a more exclusive holiday. It’s also a great place for jet-skiing.

Many of Dubai’s beaches are attached to resorts, allowing guests to enjoy the sun and sand along Dubai’s coastline while lounging on hotel loungers and enjoying world-class hospitality. Even if you’re not staying at a beach hotel, treating yourself to a day pass to the beach is always a great option. The palatial Bulgari Resort & Residences is located on Dubai’s new ‘treasure island’, Jumeirah Bay, with stunning views of Dubai’s cityscape.

Luxury knows no bounds at The Madinat Jumeirah, a private beach with fantastic views of turquoise waters and the legendary Burj Al Arab. This private beach is accessible from both Jumeirah Al Qasr and Mina A’Salam. Larger than the other private beaches, this magnificent stretch of sand stretches for an impressive two kilometres. Also in the Jumeirah area is One and Only Royal Mirage private beach, a kilometre of pristine sand and serene waters with extraordinary views of Palm Jumeirah.

Recent additions to Dubai’s beach resorts include Caesars Palace Bluewaters Island, with access to the city’s most pristine beach enclave on the new island; W Dubai – The Palm, located right on a fabulous beach overlooking sparkling water and the city skyline; Mandarin Oriental Jumeirah Dubai, Jumeirah Beach, providing direct access to the Persian Gulf; and Emerald Palace Kempinski, The Palm, located on the western crescent of Palm Jumeirah and providing access to a private white sand beach.

Some of these resorts also have water sports centres on their premises. The water sports centre at JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort, Bulgari Hotel, Banan Beach Resort and W Dubai – The Palm offers many activities including surfing, sailing, kayaking and high-adrenaline boat rides on Zapcats. Those looking for a new sea thrill should head to Rixos The Palm Dubai and Kempinski The Palm to enjoy the Seabreacher, a mini-submarine shaped like a shark with a powerful engine. Fairmont The Palm also offers exciting water sports at its dedicated speedboat, kayak, paddleboard, catamaran and sailing centre.

Other picturesque private Dubai’s beaches at The Palm Jumeirah that are open for a fee include White Beach, Atlantis Resort’s upscale beach club, and Riva Beach Club, which sells daily passes. The Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, located atop The Palm, offers guests a wonderful, luxurious experience on its beach. The hotel’s large beach area offers a variety of water sports that can be enjoyed along with beautiful views of Dubai.

Dubai has also redefined the concept of a city beach by creating chic areas such as La Mer, a must-visit city beach destination. Comprising separate areas including the beach and the leisure centre, it is home to countless restaurants, cafes, ice-cream parlours, unique boutiques and luxury retailers, as well as the Laguna water park. With twinkling lights and some of the city’s best street art along the beach promenade, La Mer abounds with unique Instagram backdrops. You can also visit several exhibitions and an outdoor trampoline park for the little ones, or try your hand at various water sports, including wakeboarding, flyboarding and kayaking.

Boat hire is available for sea lovers who want to embark on an expedition on the water. You can also take a catamaran cruise around The World Islands or try your hand at deep-sea fishing. The warm and shallow waters off the coast of Dubai are teeming with fish including barracuda, lucian, kingfish, grouper, long-tailed tuna, giant mackerel, trevally and many more.

When it comes to fun on the water, Dubai really knows how to do it on a grand scale.

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