Jumeirah Beach Park, Dubai
The easiest way to swim in Dubai is going to this park. Park is nice, has cafes, fast food sort of restaurants, places to change your clothes and showers. Only problem is it is a little crowded and one worries how clean is the sea when there is such a crowd. But sea seemed crystal clear. Only problem is it is so salty and burns your eyes. Bring googles with you. Entrance is for 5 UAE dirhems which is 1-2 US $.
People free, easy to get to and over 1,000 years old. Reputed to be the main trade route in the Abbasid period along the Arabian coast from Meopotamia (Iraq) to Oman. Remains of 6 or 7 buildings are visible via a level walking path. Shade available, secruity people will give you brochure at gate, entry 7.30am till about noon. Free. Directions, from Beach Road, turn right into Al Athar rd towards Safa Park and 2nd left. Frm Al Wasl rd heading to Safa Park turn Right at Petrol station with Subway/Pizza Hut then Left at T junction - its the big dusty looking block of land with a wire fence around it.
This is the famous beach that is now home to many of Dubai's best hotels. The smooth white sand may be lined with modern development, but the waters are clean and clear and there's plenty of space on the beach for Dubai's increasing number of tourist visitors.
You can enjoy windsurfing or sailing in the calm shallows or simply choose to lie on the sands and paddle in the gulf's warm water. Be aware that some parts of the beach are closed to men on Saturdays.
As one of only a few public beaches in Dubai, Jumeirah Beach is a very popular place. Locals and tourists enjoy the clear water in this area of the Persian Gulf. This again is a place to see the different cultural backgrounds. It is not rare to see women in bikinis - and these are not only western tourists - as well as women in full burkah. To women visiting this beach, I can just give the tip to find your own compromise between attracting unwanted male attention and baking in long-sleeved clothes.
Surely, it is not the place to found peace and quietness, but still good to relax, take a sunbath a swim a little. Lifeguards are most times on duty and the swimming area is well separated from the rest of the ocean. Sun beds and sunshades are for hire (10 Dhs and 5 Dhs) for the whole day. Bring your own food/drinks to the beach as shops and vendors are rare sights at some parts of the beach. Although it doesn’t sound like paradise in my description, don’t hesitate to go there, if your Dubai plans include some beach and you can’t afford a 5-star-hotel with a private beach area.
This park has one of the few public beaches in Dubai, since most of the beach area is occupied by private residential areas, Beach Clubs (with hefty membership fees) and hotels.
There is an entry fee of 5 Dirhams per person if you walk in and 20 Dirhams per car if you drive in. Monday is a "Ladies day" so we men are not allowed to enter.
With 350 sunny days per year, Dubai guarantees sunshine throughout the year. Beaches on the calm waters of the Gulf are beautiful and relaxing. The Jumeirah Beach area offers the best beaches and has many different beaches to lay on. The closest to downtown is Jumeirah Beach Park which costs 5 dirhams for the day (about US$1.50)
Beware though, it is too hot from May to September. Definitely wear sun block!
There are miles of stunning beaches in Dubai.
This photo was taken in March 2004 and is a beach that lies less than 10 minutes walk from the Burj al Arab hotel. The weather was hot, the sea was warm and clean and the beach was completely devoid of people!
Subsequent to first writing this tip, I've since been back to Dubai and spent plenty of time on the beach, and feel that I can now extend this tip:
Some beaches are owned by the luxury hotels and are either for the exclusive use of the hotel's guests or charge an entrance fee to non-guests. For the entrance fee you can expect sun loungers, a lifeguard and maybe access to a swimming pool and a snack bar.
Jumeirah Public Beach is free...and consequently it can get crowded. At the time of my last visit (November 2005) there were also a lot of cranes visible nearby. This is also the closest beach to the city centre (it is practically parallel to Sheikh Zayed Road).
Jumeirah Beach Park charges 5 Dhs for entry. I have heard good reports of this beach, but have never been there myself. Some days are "ladies day", so blokes won't be allowed in.
My beach of choice is the public beach next to Jumeirah Beach Hotel. It is less busy than Jumeirah Public Beach (it is about 6km further from the city centre) and you can get a great view of the Burj al Arab hotel from here.
Not a recommended one..This is a stretch of beach that runs paralel to the road and it looks like sunbathing.... at the side of a road !!
Some people love it though. The views if you get close to the Burj Al Arab Hotel are stunning but in the other hand you have to stand the stare of men who will look at you as if they were watching TV.... Not nice, really embarrasing I suppose although the russians in mini bikini I saw there did not seem to be to bothered...
There are facilities though, showers, toilets, etc...
Not my favourite one.
It is the option if you don't want to go to the public one.
There is a part of the beach where you are a bit more protected from the sight of people but it normally is crowded and the sand is not very clean.
The toilets are disgusting too. Instead of having proper loos like Al Mamzar or others, it has these disgusting "hole in the ground" toilets where you cannot avoid pissing all over your flip flops and step on other people's fluids wherever you walk.
I would recommend you to avoid this one and to go to some othe nice one where you will pay a small price for a luxury treatment.
The day I went there was amazing noise too as they were building a small island in front of the beach. More Km of beach to come !!
Price is 5 Dh and Sat and Mon is Ladies and Children only.
Dubai has some truly fantastic beaches.
The Jumeirah Beach Park is not too bad. A better one is the open beach near the Palm Strip Mall. As you're walking/driving down you'll see a sign saying 'Open Beach'. This is where you turn right. This beach is monitored by lifeguards and there are showers and toilets as well.
If you're looking for a secluded beach, head further down. There is a fabulous beach behind the University of Wollongong (their old premises, not the new one at Knowledge Village). But!! there are no lifeguards and no showers either.
There are quite a few beaches like the ones I've mentioned above, but these are personal favourites.
To get to Jumeirah or any of the above mentioned beaches take Bus. No. 8 or 8A from the Al Ghubaiba bus station in Bur Dubai.
Dubai has some truly fantastic beaches. The Jumeirah Beach Park is ok. A good one is the open beach right after the The Palm Strip mall. As you're driving/walking down, you can see a sign saying 'Open Beach' . That's where you turn right. This beach is monitored by lifeguards and there are showers and toilets as well.
If you're looking for a secluded beach, then drive down a bit or take Bus No. 8 or 8A to The University of Wollongong (their old premises, not the new one at Knowledge Village). Just behind the campus is a fabulous beach with an amazing view of the Burj Al Arab. On a clear day, you can see the Dubai Marina buildings as well. But! there aren't any lifeguards here. No showers either.
There are quite a few beaches like the one I've described above, but this one is a personal favourite.
Another interesting park in Dubai. Jumeirah Beach Park is located in Jumeirah Beach Road, opposite of Emirates Hospital. The park is usually full of people who want to lay back in the lush green of park, swimming or sun bathing in the beach.
The park has beach side. And you can also rent the sun bed (5 Dirham), Umbrella (5 Dirham) and towel (5 Dirham) The park also has barbeque section, food stalls and children playground.
Entrance fee is 5 Dirham per person. And the park opens at 9 Am in the morning.
It is quite crowd in the day or night. People love to go to the beach for swimming, sun tan, walking or jogging in this area.
There is side walk that is nice for jogging lovers. At night, it's lovely to swim or just walking in this area.
The beach is near to a fancy club Dubai Marine and also shopping mall, Palm Strip.
The beach is quite popular for kite surfing lover. Beside, if you like to try the kayaking, usually kayak lovers are easy to find in the beach.
The beach is located behind the Wollongong University, Jumeirah Beach Road.
If you like to try kite surfing, just approach those guys (Obviously you will be easily to recognize them) Usually they are quite helpful in sharing tips.
The open beach in front of Umm Suqueim Park is always crowded by people who love to swim, sun tanning or just chill out in the beach. The beach is the nearest beach to see Burj Al Arab spectacular light. The light starts at 7 PM. So, don't rush to go after the sunset.
In the beach, there is also Jet Ski rental, where you can speed up and having fun in the water (the price is around 150-200 Dirham for 1 hour, check again)
In Friday, usually people go for swimming in the beach. There is a shower place (open) near the gate of Jumeirah Beach Hotel at the end of the open beach.