Jumeirah Open Beach
We can’t wait for the full stretch to be completed. There are free facilities including showers and toilets, as well as snack stalls and vendors. The best thing to do here, however, is walk, rollerblade or jog along the artificial track, and check out the stunning villas built directly on the sands. free Daily.
Turn right into 47a Street from Jumeirah Beach Road, just past Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa.
Al Qasr and Mina A’Salam stand clear as being among the finest luxury hotels in Dubai. Combined, they have a stunning 2km private beach, which looks directly onto the Burj Al Arab and award-winning restaurant Pier Chic. The service and facilities are second-to-none and you’re going to pay for the privilege of lounging on the cabanas and sunbeds here. The princely sum includes food and drink discounts from the excellent beachside restaurants and there are cooling freebies such as fruit slices, lollies, wet towels and drinks to keep you refreshed. There's no DJ or soundtrack, but watersports are offered if you can drag yourself away from relaxing.
Sun-Thu: Dhs450 (adults, including Dhs150 food and drink voucher), Dhs295 (kids, including Dhs100 food and drink voucher), Fri-Sat: Dhs595 (adults, including Dhs150 food and drink voucher), Dhs395 (kids, including Dhs100 food and drink voucher). Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 6821).
Since it's made for strolls rather than sunbathing, there are no facilities here. Instead, the best thing to do upon arrival is just kick off your flip-flops, enjoy the sea breeze and walk along collecting shells while leaving happy footprints.
Daily. Opposite Mercato Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road.
One&Only Royal Mirage
The hotel has more than a kilometre of private beach and more than 250,000 square metres of lush green lawns. For us, it remains one of the more attractive hotels in Dubai, despite being one of the city's older properties. Watersports such as waterskiing, windsurfing and sailing are offered and we’ve found it to be one of the most quiet beach clubs in town.
Daily. Dhs300 (adults), Dhs225 (kids). One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh Road, www.oneandonlyresorts.com (04 315 2105).
Sunset Beach/Umm Suqeim Beach
A free beach with direct views of the Burj Al Arab, this one's a must-visit for those all-important sunset selfies. It's probably the city’s most photographed beach and although only the most basic of facilities are available, it's still one of the busiest with families, sunbathers, picnickers and even surfers.
Daily. Head towards the Madinat Jumeirah on Jumeirah Beach Road in Umm Suqeim 3, take a right just before the Emarat petrol station.
Sunset Mall Beach/ Nessnass Beach
There’s not much to differentiate this from several other small stretches of beach (Mercato, 4x4) on Jumeirah Beach Road. For years we’ve been happy to throw a towel down and read a book or dip toes in the water and not be bothered by the crowds that come with more facilities at more popular beaches. As more cafés and restaurants open on the road behind, it's no longer necessary to bring a picnic as you'll find something if you’re prepared to walk a little.
Daily. Turn right just before Sunset Mall in Jumeirah 3.
Combine the facilities of Le Méridien Mina Seyahi and The Westin Dubai and you get Club Mina, one of Dubai’s largest private beaches. Despite being right alongside the famous Barasti beach bar, this is not a clubbing-style beach, but actually a traditional beach resort with lots of watersports – waterskiing, wakeboarding, banana boating, sailing at an extra cost – loads of sun loungers and plenty of space. Seriously, loads of space. Five hundred metres of well-kept beach means you can always find a good spot.
Sun-Thu: Dhs224 (adults), Dhs125 (kids); Fri-Sat: Dhs350 (adults), Dhs225 (kids). Add a BBQ at the weekend for Dhs425 (adults); Dhs225 (kids). Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Road (04 399 3333).
Al Mamzar Beach Park
On a peninsula on the Dubai-Sharjah border is this enormous beach park. Several coves means there are numerous beaches as well as picnic and barbecue areas, swimming pools, playgrounds, trees and grass to sit on. You will find thatched parasols and clear water and a visit here – even though it remains on the outskirts of Dubai – really does feel like a trip away.
Dhs5. Open daily 8am-11pm. Located on a small peninsula just outside Dubai. Drive north along Jumeirah Beach Road and continue for about 5km north of Al Hamriya Port.
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