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.
Free From Jumeirah Beach Road, turn right after Al Athar Street into a huge sand car park.
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.
No prizes for guessing what activity is most popular here, but there are bonus points available for knowing that this is the best spot to play beach volleyball, beach football and beach tennis. Food truck Salt is parked up and there's a strong sense of community with kitesurfers, families and sporty groups.
Free Daily. From Jumeirah Beach Road, turn right at Saga World Mall and park within site of the beach.
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.
Free Daily. Opposite Mercato Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road.
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.
Free 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.
Free Daily. Turn right just before Sunset Mall in Jumeirah 3.
The closest Dubai has to a Venice Beach, this constantly evolving seafront is one of the city’s standout attractions. Body builders flex muscles, bikini-clad sunseakers top up tans, children build sandcastles and diners drift on and off the sand after eating at one of the dozens of well-designed casual restaurants at The Beach. Since the sand area shrunk, it has been busy, but we still consider this to be one of the best free attractions in the city.
Free Daily. Head to JBR’s ground level and find The Beach shopping arcade.
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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