Chill out at the best Dubai beaches

From the bustling shores of Sunset Beach to the iconic Kite Beach, discover the best public beaches to visit on your next trip to Dubai

Home to some of the best beaches in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai offers the perfect place to curb those January blue and enjoy some much-needed sunshine. Whether you're looking for a quiet spot to chill out or want to be right in the hustle and bustle of this cosmopolitan city, there's a range of beaches available to suit everyone.

While many of Dubai's beaches are privately owned - meaning that guests often have to pay a fee to enjoy them, there are a few hidden gems that can be enjoyed at no cost. We've rounded up some of the best public beaches in Dubai which you can enjoy when visiting this beautiful cosmopolitan city.

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Best Dubai Beaches: Sunset Beach

With beautiful stretches of soft white sand and the iconic Burj Al Arab towering in the background, Sunset Beach is probably one of Dubai's most popular hot spots to grab the ultimate holiday selfie. Also known as Umm Suqeim Beach, this public beach offers the perfect place for complete relaxation and tranquility for locals and visitors alike. Whether you want to just kick back and lie in the sunshine or dive right into the crystal blue waters of the Arabian Gulf for a spot of swimming and snorkelling, it's all possible here.

Best Dubai Beaches: Al Mamzar Beach Park

If visiting Dubai with children, then the family friendly Al Mamzar Beach Park is the perfect place for all to enjoy. Offering beautiful beaches and acres of greenery, Al Mamzar Park is one of Dubai's truly hidden gems. Whether you want to stroll along the beach, swim in the pool or have a kick in one of the parks, there's no shortage of activities to do. With so much to do, you'll be sure to work up an appetite! So be sure to pack a picnic and take advantage of dedicated barbecue areas dotted around the park.

Best Dubai Beaches: Kite Beach

If you're serious about water-sports then the aptly named Kite Beach , is the perfect place to challenge yourself. With the wind and waves often picking up in the late afternoon, Kite Beach offers the best spot in Dubai to perfect your kite-surfing skills. Prefer to stay on land? Fear not, there are plenty of other activities available here including beach tennis, beach volleyball and running 14km running track. Once you're out of a busy day exploring this popular hot spot, be sure to take advantage of the many food trucks which line the boardwalks here - offering cuisines and treats from across the globe.

Best Dubai Beaches: Mercato Beach

If you're looking to escape the crowds, then Mercato Beach offers a charming and peaceful haven of tranquility. While the most scenic of Dubai's beaches, it is located in a residential area making it ideal for families looking for a relaxing day out. Enjoy a sunset walk across the shoreline or dip your toes in the water before retreating in to the popular Mercato Mall which sits directly opposite the beach.  

Best Dubai Beaches: Jumeirah Open Beach

One of Dubai's oldest waterfronts, Jumeirah Open Beach is a firm favorite among those who visit - offering all the facilities one could need for the perfect day out. Shallow waters mean that families with young children can kick back and relax, while a dedicated kite-surfing area is available for thrill-seekers looking for a new challenge.

Best Dubai Beaches: JBR Beach

Located just minutes away from the Barcelo Residences Dubai Marina , one of Dubai's most idyllic beaches. This bustling cosmopolitan area offers the perfect place to enjoy a day in the sun, whether visiting alone, with the family or with a love one. From parasailing to wake-boarding there's plenty of activities to keep you busy. Or, for something with a little Arabian touch, enjoy a camel ride along the beach and soak up the breath-taking city landscape.