Finding a really nice beach in Dubai can be quite tricky as most of them are all commercially owned by large hotel chains or parks. In this list we will be looking at both free beaches and beaches that you may have to pay a small fee to use. Please Note: Although Dubai’s seas look very calm they can be very dangerous due to the strong rip tides and currents. Even strong swimmers have been swept off Dubai’s shores and in to the Deep Gulf Sea.
Also as the UAE is a Muslim country please wear clothing if walking to the beach and then once you arrive at the beach undress in to your beach wear.
Jebel Ali Beach (Free)
. . . . . . . . Jebel Ali beach is a long stretch of beach located next to the Jebel Ali Beach Resort. This area has changed a lot over the years and has become much smaller due to beach front construction. Jebel Ali Beach is also popular with people who enjoy water sports and you may find a lot of jet skiers and kite surfers along the sea front of the beach. Jebel Ali Beach also used to be a great place to go camping but now you need permission from Dubai Municipality to be allowed to camp on the beach. Also there are no facilities on this beach so make sure you bring all of the essentials with you.
JBR Beach (Free)
. . . . . . . . JBR Beach is a free beach and is located next to the Jumeirah Beach Resort and is a popular destination for both xpats and tourists. There are no facilities like toilets or showers at JBR Beach but cafe’s, street stores and toilets are only a short walk away.In this area Jumeirah Beach Park can also be found just a short distance away.
Kite Beach (Free)
. . . . . . . . If you enjoy either watching or taking part in the activity kite surfing, then the Kite Beach would be our recommendation. The beach is also known by many as the Wollongong Beach as it is located directly behind the University of Wollongong. The beach has no facilities so make sure you bring food, water and any other essentials. In the past you where able to drive on to the beach and have a barbecue, but this is no longer allowed. Also this beach has great views of the Burj Al Arab and is a great place to go for a good long walk along the beach.
Russian Beach (Free)
. . . . . . . . Russian Beach also known as Jumeirah Open Beach is a free beach and is located just after the Palm Strip Mall at the lower end of Beach Road. Facilities at this beach are near to none but there are still a few toilets and shower areas dotted along the beach. Also if you need refreshments, shops and cafe’s are close enough to walk to. There is also a jogging track along this beach which can be used if you are looking to have a run along the beach front. But it is recommended that if you are interested in going for a jog along the Russian Beach that you go either early in the morning or late in the afternoon to miss Dubai’s midday heat. You are also allowed to go walking, cycling, skate boarding and roller-skating along the Jogging Track.
Nasimi Beach (Pay)
. . . . . . . . Nasimi Beach….what to say? It’s like picking up your bed and putting it on the beach. Nasimi Beach is not a beach club but it sure feels like one with sun loungers, cushy day beds and even private cabins. If you head down to Nasimi Beach on a Saturday you can listen to various DJ’s play some soothing tunes while you, friends and family dig in to a gorgeous free barbecue lunch. Also available at Nasimi Beach is a volleyball area which can be used on request.
Facilities: Bar, restaurant, shopping boutique, volleyball net, toilets & changing rooms. Availability of Sun Loungers: Sun Loungers & Day Beds are usually always available. If looking to have your own Private Cabin then you best book in advance as availability is usually short. Best For: Families & Young Couples. Contact Details: Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Club Joumana (Pay)
. . . . . . . . Club Joumana is located at the Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa and is a very long stretch of beach which means it is never too crowded or noisy. Club Joumana also has its very own private beach meaning that only visitors and guests at the hotel can use the beach and its facilities.
Facilities: Bar, restaurant, three pools, paddle boarding sessions, a water sports area, toilets & changing rooms. Availability of Sun Loungers: There are enough for everyone. Best For: Families Contact Details: Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa (04 814 5555).
Club Mina (Pay)
. . . . . . . . Club Mina is a massive beach and is a haven for most tourists and Dubai residents wanting to get a suntan and have some fun at the same time. The best thing about this beach is because it is so big you can rest assured that whether you’re going to Club Mina to party or chill, there will always be a place on the beach that is just right for you.
Facilities: 500 metres of beach front, three bars, five pools, water sports, basketball, volleyball, a gym, tennis courts, a kids area, toilets & changing rooms. Availability of Sun Loungers: There are enough for everyone. Best For: Families, couples, teenagers, kids and toddlers. Contact Details: Le Méridien at Mina Seyahi (04 399 3333).
Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa (Pay)
. . . . . . . . Dubai Marina Beach Resort & Spa is located in Jumeirah 1 and is a prime location for retired couples and families. At this beach you will find a kids pool and 2 bars stocked to the brim with all types of refreshments. This beach is rather thin as there is not a huge distance between the top of the beach and sea, but the length of the beach makes up for this. One of the best things about Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa is that it is part of a huge complex that has plenty of restaurants and bars.
Facilities: Three Pools, poolside bars, kids play area, tennis courts, a gym, spa & table tennis area. Availability of Sun Loungers: There are enough for everyone. Best For: People who live in Jumeirah & Satwa. Contact Details: Jumeirah (04 346 1111).
RIVA Beach Club (Pay)
. . . . . . . . Riva Beach Club is said to be Dubai’s first stand alone beach club (e.g. not part of a hotel). The Beach club plays chilled out music all day long and has sun loungers and day beds scattered around the pool. After sundown the beach gets lighten up with candles and becomes one of the most romantic spots on The Palm.
Facilities: A large pool and kid’s pool, outdoor bar and an outdoor restaurant. Availability of sun loungers: There are enough for everyone. Best for: Couples. Contact Details: Palm Jumeirah (04 430 9466).
One & Only Royal Mirage (Pay)
. . . . . . . . One & Only Royal Mirage beach club is a 1km long private beach and is usually hard to get access to as it is so popular. But if you are lucky enough to get access to this beach you can enjoy the pools which are provided along with free drinking water and towels. The beach is also close to a beach bar and grill.
Facilities: water sports, speed boat rides, water skiing, sun lounges & toilets. Please note that there are no changing facilities for beach visitors, only for people staying at the hotel. Availability of Sun Loungers: If it’s a busy day you may struggle to get sun lounges. Best For: Families, couples & teenagers. Contact Details: One & Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh Road (04 399 9999).