High tides and good vibes: these are some of Dubai’s best public beaches

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  • Dubai public beaches are some of the most stunning in the world.
  • Both clean and easily accessible, spots like Kite Beach and JBR Open Beach can be the perfect place to relax or spending a day with the family.
  • Choose from vibrant beach fronts with lots to do, or simply relax and enjoy the peacefulness of the quieter shorelines like Mercato beach or Umm Seqeim.

The beauty of living in Dubai is the fact that the perfect beach day can be 5 minutes away. So, pack the sunblock, bring out the beach hats and take your pick of one of Dubai’s best public beaches.

Dubai is known for its extreme temperatures in the summer months, and the gorgeous winter sun, but that’s the beauty about beaches in the region – it’s more than just sun-tanning and surfing because there’s always something else to do.

Public beach in Dubai

Kite Beach

Day or night, Kite Beach is always buzzing with its own unique vibe – just opposite Al Manara road, this stretch is a favorite for volleyball players, surfers, kayakers and so many more.

With exciting activities, both free and paid for, you can soak up the sun, take a jog on the running path or simply indulge in a delicious meal or delightful drink at one of the many restaurants and cafés along the walk. So pack your towels, swimsuits, and snacks, rent one of the ‘brollies’ (a.k.a. umbrellas) or bring your own and get ready to soak up the rays.

Opening hours:
Beach: 8 A.M.6 P.M.
Most shops and cafés: 10 A.M.12 A.M.

Find your way to Kite Beach:  https://goo.gl/maps/5fkRT1KpcWq

Al Mamzar Beach Park

This incredible 106-hectare park boasts many grassed picnic areas, an amphitheater, kids’ play areas, swimming pools, barbeque & food spots, lagoons as well as sheltered beach coves and sports areas.

What makes Al Mamzar quite unique is the fact that it offers five outstretched beaches with lifeguards, watchtowers, changing rooms and shades for sunbathers, and has been recognized for adhering to strict international standards. And the best time to enjoy a packed picnic with the family or a barbeque with friends at one of the convenient spots? Well, that’s whenever you feel like it.

Opening hours:  24 hours, enjoy a day out or a beautiful night stroll in this iconic beach park.

Find your way to Al Mamzar Beach Park:  https://goo.gl/maps/D46f8xy1abs

JBR Open Beach

The original public beach in Dubai, JBR Open Beach is a beautiful stretch of white sandy coastline, with an incredible backdrop of the Jumeirah Beach Residences. Recently upgraded, this popular family spot has a running track, shower facilities and 24-hour stores for everything one could need. You can always be sure to find runners, families and many events happening here, both during the week and on weekends.

Beach opening hours:
Sat-Wed: 7 A.M.10 P.M. 
Thu-Fri: 7 A.M.12 A.M.

Find your way to JBR Open Beach:  https://goo.gl/maps/zPmDwb2TGNu

Umm Seqeim Park Beach

Who said swimming was just for soaking up the sun?

Just a few moments up from Kite Beach is the equally breath-taking Umm Seqeim open beach, the first beach to offer night swimming. This fully illuminated beach is considered to be the world’s “smartest beach”, with sustainable energy sources, “smart changing rooms” and Smart Palm Wifi Stations.

So, if you’re looking for some downtime away from the hustle and bustle, this is the best place to unwind. With small pop-ups and a quaint café along the road, this beautiful sandy stretch with its stunning views is the perfect place to relax and take in a bit of the ocean breeze. With umbrellas for rent, bring your towels and costumes, day or night, and head down for a one-of-a-kind beach experience.

Beach opening hours:
All week: 7 A.M.12 A.M.

Find your way to Umm Sequim Park Beach:  https://goo.gl/maps/wXiMeZrHcCF2

Mercato Beach

Whilst it may not have all the bells and whistles of JBR, Mercato beach is the perfect spot for a brisk sunrise or sunset stroll. Take a small picnic basket and a favorite book, or simply dip your toes in the warm current under a small umbrella. Open 24 hours, enjoy the relaxing scene away from the crowd, and enjoy the very best of Italian-inspired architecture at the new Mercato Mall nearby.

Beach opening hours: 24 hours

Find your way to Mercato Beach:  https://goo.gl/maps/YeejVVjxCvT2


It’s not every day that one gets to escape the big city life and head down to the coast. But when in Dubai, you can be certain that you can always find the perfect spot to do exactly that.


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