Beat the Heat at One of Our Favorite (Free) Beaches in Dubai

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It’s summer, so vamos a la playa, la plage, the beach.  Dubai isn’t all tall towers and world records. We are also home to some of the most beautiful stretches of beach in the UAE. Sure, you could go to a beach club and have all of the bells and whistles, or you could bring a towel and some sunblock and have your toes in the sand and your skin soaking up all the Vitamin Sea you can handle for absolutely nothing at all. (By the way, have we told you how great the salt water is for your skin?)

Don’t know where to go? Allow us to help you. Here are our favorite, public (free) beaches in Dubai.

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Kite Beach

Is it Dubai’s most famous beach? We aren’t sure. But we do love it. Kite Beach is in the north part of Umm Suqeim and is known for its wide, windy, exposed stretch of sand, making it an ideal spot for not only kitesurfing, but kite flying as well. There are activities all along the beach path for the young and the old alike, like giant bouncy castles for the littles and an aero-flyer for the bigs, as well as restaurants and food trucks which serve up some delicious food with incredible views of the open water.

For the skaters among you, X Park skate park is just across the street, and behind that is a little animal haven called X Park Junior where parents can sip a cup of coffee while their kids climb treehouse, have water play, and engage with all kinds of animals like turtles, rabbits, ducks, chickens, ponies, and goats.

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Umm Suqeim Beach

If crowds are not your thing, further south is Umm Suqeim Beach. It’s sand and sea, a few lifeguards, and not much else. There is a playground and a green patch or two, an excellent, up-close-and-personal view of the Burj Al Arab, a little beach library for you to pick a book for some beachside reading, and even a small Arabian Tea House right on the sand. As Umm Suqeim Beach is one of the only surf breaks in Dubai, you will see some surfers catching waves (okay, mini waves) if you get up early enough for a morning walk. But basically, this beach is a great place to bring your own tent and enjoy the open water. No fuss, no frills, just fun.

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Secret Beach

Of course, if that still sounds too like too much, Dubai’s not-so-secret, ‘Secret’ beach – otherwise known as Black Palace Beach – is located in Al Sufouh and sits between two royal palaces. Obviously, the royals have their own private beaches, but Secret beach is pretty great nonetheless. Parking is free and right up on the sand. No lifeguards. No beach clubs. No obstructions to your view. It’s literally just a beach — that’s it, and we love it. Don’t be surprised if you see a few RVs set up in the sand, because if you are going to camp on the beach, this is the place to do it.

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La Mer

La Mer is a cute little beach tucked into a bay in Jumeirah. The water is super gentle because of the bay, so it’s a great place for water sports if you prefer not to brave the waves. It also has premium dining and shopping destinations in the open-air mall, which honestly stretches farther down the coast than the sand does – meaning you won’t be short of options for entertainment or food. There are a few beach clubs on the sand where you can rent some sun beds and an umbrella, and there are bathrooms/showers/changing facilities available – and while the lines are pretty long, at least they’re clean. There are also lifeguards on duty at La Mer, Laguna Waterpark, and golden hour on La Mer is perfection.

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Jumeirah Beach

Jumeirah Beach, also known as Open Beach, is close to La Mer and popular with the locals. It takes advantage of the gorgeous Jumeirah shoreline, but doesn’t get all the tourists, attractions, or foot traffic that La Mer gets. It does have decent changing facilities though, and it’s a great spot to picnic and watch the sunset.

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