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Love the beach? While there are a number of hotels offering beach access with your staycations, you can soak in the sun without spending a dirham if you visit these free beaches in Dubai.

Black Palace Beach (Al Sufouh Beach)


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Also known as Secret Beach, Black Palace Beach is one of Dubai’s hidden gems when it comes to free beaches in the city. It’s not the easiest to access – you get to it via an almost impossible-to-find pathway, but once you’re there, it’s well worth it. There’s not much else around – no amenities, no showers, no food trucks – and that’s why we enjoy it so much.

Black Palace Beach, Al Sufouh.

Jumeirah Open Beach

You’ll find this huge stretch of golden beach running from the Dubai Marine Beach Resort to the Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach. As well as being a brilliant spot for sun-seekers, it attracts runners, rollerbladers, cyclists, water sports enthusiasts and more.

Kite Beach


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You’ll find the busy Kite Beach under the sail of the Burj Al Arab. From yoga to volleyball and plenty of kite surfing, there’s plenty to do. But it’s not just about water sports – there’s also a beach library, shopping and plenty of food outlets to get your midday snacks.

Kite Beach, Umm Suqeim 1.

La Mer


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La Mer is a beachfront shopping and dining destination in Jumeirah 1. The beach is a pristine stretch of sand scattered with brightly coloured beach huts, loungers and even some in-water hammocks. While you’re there, take a stroll and visit some of the shops, restaurants and cafes all along the beachfront. La Mer has recently undergone some construction, but if all beachgoers stay to the south of the beach, there is still plentry of prisitne shoreline and restaurants to enjoy.

La Mer, Jumeirah 1.

Sunset Beach


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Known as one of Dubai’s best surfing beaches, Sunset Beach is just along the sand from Kite Beach, opposite Sunset Mall on Jumeirah Beach Road. It’s not as well known as Kite Beach, so if you head down early for a morning stroll, you’ll almost have the beach all to yourself. It’s the closest you can get to the Burj Al Arab on a public beach though, so during the day expect to find tourists heading down to get their next ‘Gram snap. And as the name suggests, the sunsets are particularly epic.

Sunset Beach, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 3.

The Beach JBR


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One of Dubai’s most popular beaches among residents and tourists, this is the closest public beach to Dubai Marina. It’s dotted with sunbeds and cabanas for seaside lounging, and the promenade is filled with shops, restaurants, an outdoor market and even a mini games arcade. It’s got some pretty special sunsets and has lovely views of Ain Dubai.

The Beach Dubai, JBR.

Nessnass Beach


Away from some of the more popular strips such as Kite Beach, Nessnass beach is a small sanctuary. This peaceful beach is also home to many kite surfers and kiosks to get drinks and snacks. With the backdrop of many older villas and the skyline of downtown Dubai, this Beach is a perfect place to lounge for an afternoon. With the beach running track passing Nessnass, runners can enjoy this calm beach on their daily runs.

Nessnass beach, Jumeriah, Dubai 

For Dhs5… Al Mamzar Beach


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What it may lack in stunning backdrops and glamorous seaside cafes, Al Mamzar easily makes up for in relaxing vistas. Its location on the northern fringe of Dubai ensures relative quiet. The beach blurs into a 99-hectare park, which comes with large manicured lawns, swimming pools and bicycle paths. There’s also a host of barbecue areas and a skatepark.

Al Mamzar Park, Al Khaleej Street, Sun to Wed 8am to 10pm, Thu to Sat 8am to 11pm, Mon and Wed for women and children. Dhs5 per person, Dhs30 per car (payable via Nol card). 

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