The best beaches in Dubai

A roundup of the most beautiful beaches in the city

09 Jul 2019, words by Ankita Bhowmick in Neighbourhoods

The best beaches in Dubai

Dubai, being a coastal city has a long coastal line and hosts some of the most beautiful beaches in the region. The view of the pristine beaches and crystal clear water is a treat to the eye. Let's have a look at the best beaches in the city, offering some of the best beachy activities.

1. Kite Beach

The best beaches in Dubai

One of Dubai's favourite community beaches, Kite Beach in Jumeirah is ideal for those who like to kite surf, paddle board, swim and enjoy other exciting adventurous activities. Other activities on offer include mini bungee jumping, high rope courses and a running track. The beach also hosts the human slingshot from XDubai. TIt features a range of eateries in the form of some of the best street food stalls and food trucks that include SALT and Taste of Brazil.

2. Jumeirah Open Beach

The best beaches in Dubai

If you are looking out for a quiet beach to unwind, Jumeirah Open Beach is where you need to head to. This beach is an ideal place for swimming as it offers lifeguards, shower and bathroom facilities. If swimming is something you are not looking out for, you can just have a sunbath, jog around or can simply grab a snack from one of the eateries. For the bookworms out there, Jumeirah Open Beach hosts a library unit from where books can be borrowed for free. Previously, the beach used to offer uninterrupted views of the Arabian Gulf but it has now be obstructed by the construction of the new Jumeirah Bay Island. The beautiful coastal community of Jumeirah is home to some of the most stunning villas in the city.

3. The Beach by JBR

The best beaches in Dubai

Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) is a beachfront community that is located by what is known as The Beach. It is one of Dubai's busiest beaches and is home to an array of eateries and fashionable boutiques. The Beach an ideal place for activities such as jet skiing, flyboarding, swimming, banana boat riding, and camel riding. It features amenities like outdoor showers, changing rooms and washrooms. The Beach also uniquely features the Flying Cup, a ride that takes the guests to a height of a 12-story building offering magnificent panoramic views of The Beach, JBR, Ain Dubai and Palm Jumeirah; Splash Pad, offering safe water activities for children; The Beach Gym and The Wirehouse Gym.

4. La Mer Beach

The best beaches in Dubai

Located in Jumeirah 1, La Mer offers beautiful shoreline featuring brightly painted beach huts. Known for hosting a plethora of restaurants and cafes, La Mer also features an outdoor trampoline park for children as well as a family-friendly water-theme park called the Laguna Waterpark. Other watersports that can be enjoyed on the beach include stand-up paddle boarding, jet skiing, kayaking, water biking, paddle boating, surfing, flyboarding, donut riding, boat cruising, among many more.

5. Al Mamzar Beach Park

The best beaches in Dubai

One of the hidden gems of the city, Al Mamzar Beach Park features family-friendly facilities like barbecue areas, grassy picnic areas and swimming pools. The beach on offer is pristine and is equipped with washrooms and changing rooms. You can also choose to hire one of their private-air conditioned beach bungalows so as to enjoy an exclusive and an all-day long beach experience. 

6. Al Sufouh Beach

One of Dubai's hidden beaches, Al Sufouh Beach is also known as 'the secret beach'. The shoreline of the beach lies between the Burj Al Arab and the Palm Jumeirah. The quiet beach features gorgeous and panoramic views and calm waters. The waters here are shallow and clear, making it an ideal place for children to explore the nature under the water.

7. Nikki Beach

The best beaches in Dubai

The 5-star beachfront resort of Nikki Beach features a beautiful beach where guests can enjoy the blue waters of the Arabian Gulf. The spectacular venue offers a gorgeous beach club that beautifully blends in elements of dining, entertainment, fashion, film and art. Guests can choose to go for a swimming session or just soak the sun on the sunbeds while enjoying the panoramic views of the city.

8. Palm Jumeirah

The best beaches in Dubai

The man-made island of Palm Jumeirah features some of the most beautiful beaches in Dubai. The Pointe, one of the newest waterfront destinations of the island features a vibrant beach where one can just opt to relax on one of the bean bags while admiring views of the iconic Atlantis The Palm or have a nice dining experience at one of the many restaurants that the development has on offer. 

Also, Club Vista Mare, a premium beachfront residential community complements the residents with beach access, besides a beach club that is free its residents and great restaurants overlooking the pristine Arabian Gulf.

Other developments that complement their residents with direct and easy access to the beach include Azure Residences and Shoreline Residences. Palm Island is also home to a number of luxury hotels that enjoy beach access. Also, the island features spectacular beach villas that owners enjoy private beach access.