Popular beach closed in Dubai

Dubai residents have been saddened by the closure of one of the city’s favourite beaches, Sufouh Beach, also known as the ‘secret’ beach or the beach at the Black Palace.

A sign at the entrance welcoming disappointed bathers states that the beach is closed temporarily. This stretch of beach, located between the Burj Al Arab Hotel and Palm Jumeirah Island, is known for its stunning sunset views.

Unlike other beaches, it is unlit, but guests can be spotted on it even in the early morning hours. Despite its “secret” status, it has been a very popular destination for beach lovers – residents and tourists alike.

Around 15 million dirhams (US$ 4 million) is spent daily on maintaining the city’s beaches. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said earlier that the emirate’s coastline will increase by 400 per cent by 2040.

If today in Dubai the length of public beaches is 21 kilometres, within 20 years it will grow to 105 kilometres. Accordingly, the number of restaurants, shops, playgrounds and areas for water sports will increase by 300 per cent.

New urban projects will support the development of tourism infrastructure in the coming years. “Dubai will continue to compete with itself and become an ideal destination for tourists and residents,” Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said.

He said the government’s aim is to consolidate Dubai’s leading position as one of the world’s most beautiful and developed cities, and to maintain its uniqueness, which is associated with success and phenomenal achievements.

Source: Khaleej Times

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