Named for the off-road vehicles that tend to pull up on the edge of the sand, this is one of the city’s most basic beaches. There are no facilities, but for catching a sunset, car-side picnics or just pulling over and listening to the gentle waves for a while, it's a free option that ticks the right boxes.
From Jumeirah Beach Road, turn right after Al Athar Street into a huge sand car park.
If Audrey Hepburn were to work on her suntan it would be at a club like the Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s Cove. Set aside from the family-focused, activities-packed alternative in the same hotel, this is a venue for adults – particularly chic adults, at that – where the emphasis is on relaxation, conversation and enjoying a stylish South of France-style vibe.
Sun-Thu: Beach mattress: Dhs100; single sunbed: Dhs150; double sunbed: Dhs350; Fri-Sat: Beach mattress: Dhs200; single sunbed: Dhs300; double sunbed: Dhs700; Sun-Thu: half-price. Cove Beach, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Road (800 2683).
Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa
The tiny beach has plenty of charm in its 60 metres of sands. The cove feels almost like a secret Mediterranean discovery; it's a fine alternative to some of the gigantic offerings around the city. There are swimming pools and a compact kids’ corner, but a visit here is all about just chilling.
Sun-Thu: Dhs100 (adults), Dhs40 (kids); Fri-Sat: Dhs150 (adults), Dhs60 (kids). Jumeirah Beach Road (04 346 1111).
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).
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).
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).
The Ritz-Carlton Dubai
With free beaches just minutes away, the steep price you’ll pay here is justified only by the wonderful Ritz-Carlton service. So as you sit in the luxurious loungers and cabanas expect a regular supply of ice lollies, fruit slices and drinks to come your way. The beach is large enough to have areas dedicated to families and an opposite end of the beach more attuned to couples and groups. As well as the beach, which is elevated above the public area alongside, access is granted to the excellent hotel swim-up bars and pretty gardens. For an extra Dhs200 on a Friday, stuff your face silly at the Rotisserie Brunch.
Daily Dhs500 (adults), Dhs750 (couples), Dhs300 (kids). Ritz-Carlton Dubai, The Walk, JBR, www.ritzcarlton.com (04 399 4000).
Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
An ideal beach club for watersports enthusiasts, the club offers paddleboarding, kayaking, pedalo rental and many more activities at an extra charge. There’s even a Thai longtail boat to take you to and from the resort’s East Crescent location. All very impressive but, truth be told, we’re happy to come and just chill. One of the quieter resorts (in a good way) the Asian architecture and over-water villas are something of a rarity in Dubai and sitting out on the comfy loungers and sauntering away for a dip in one of the large lagoon pools is just fine by us.
Daily Dhs250 (adults), Dhs100 (kids). Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort, Palm Jumeirah, www.dubai-palm.anantara.com (04 567 8888).
One&Only The Palm
We consider the beach club at the Palm Jumeirah’s Western Crescent’s outermost tip to be one of the most romantic locations in Dubai. We’ve seen enough Dubai hotels not to be easily wowed but slip into the enormous 850 square metre pool surrounded by palm trees and it is hard not to be ever so slightly blown away. Choosing between this and the still waters is going to be your hardest decision if you allow yourself the luxury of visiting here. For total seclusion and to pretend you are on a honeymoon, this is the beach club of choice. Especially if you arrive by water taxi from the facing One&Only Royal Mirage.
Sun-Thu: Dhs350 (adults), Dhs250 (kids); Fri-Sat: Dhs500 (adults); Dhs350 (kids). One&OnlyThe Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 440 1010).
Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
Finding a beach club that offers something unique is tough, with most falling into either Ibiza-style or activity-packed categories. This falls into the latter but does have something no other beach club can boast. The eco-golf driving range is an area where you can drive up to 100 balls of fish food into the sea beyond. Other activities include scuba diving, water-skiing, water polo, windsurfing and more of the usual aquatic activities. The service is excellent (cooling fruit slices and drinks are dished out) making the sand feel somehow softer on the 500m stretch of beach.
Sun-Thu Dhs250, Fri-Sat Dhs300. Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort, Palm Jumeirah (04 455 6677).
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