Jumeirah Beach, Dubai
We had a wonderfully lazy day at Jumeirah Beach Park. Somewhat outside the buzzing city-streets, Jumeirah seems to be moving at a slower pace. People are sunbathing, barbequing, or playing Volleyball and other beach-games; a little food-shack sells soft-drinks and snacks (hot-dogs, keebabs, etc.) for those who didn't bring their picnic baskets. And though we didn't have our swim-suits with us, the ocean was just too inviting, so that we rolled up our jeans and waded knee-deep into the crystal-clear water. The sand was soft as velvet, and the water-temperature was just perfect (this was January).
The dresscode ranges from people being fully dressed all the way to 2-pc. bathing suit. We watched an Indian couple making their way into the water fully dressed. And contrary to Ash's belief, they did not want to save airfare and swim back home to India, but they simply enjoyed the water.
Most of the beach-goers were families, couples, or young people. Overall, the visit was very relaxed and simply NICE - a beautiful way to spend a Friday afternoon.
One of the most romantic and relaxing evenings we spent in Dubai was down in Jumeirah at the beach. We drove out of the city and strolled along the water, watching the stars in the night-sky, listening to the ocean, and feeling the soft sand under our feet. And then of course - there on the horizon was the Burj in all it's glory: towering high up in continuously changing colors.
The Burj Al Arab is definitely one of the most famous hotels in the world. It's as well one of the most expensive and luxury hotels ! You must have seen this hotel !!
On top of the hotel is a helicopter landing place - in case you're coming with your private helicopter ;-)
You can visit the Burj Al Arab for about 35 €, but you've to be dressed up appropriate - if you're coming with Jeans and/or shorts, they won't let you in !! And it would be a mess to miss this attraction.
For the 35 € you get a voucher and can buy souvenirs or go in one of the many restaurants (there's a under water restaurant !!).
This is the beach to go to if your a tourist, it costs 5 Dirhams (about 1 Euro) to enter. Inside you have acess to changing rooms, toilets, clean beach, kids park and no inhabitans that looks at your wife/girl, like they do at the public beach (see my Warning tip or the public beach).
There is alot of beach rules, make sure to follow them or you can be thrown out of the beach park.
There is a couple of restaurants in the beach park area and one (that I´v seen) fast food place. So you dont have to worry about the food.
The water is like on a post card light green and you wont see any rocks or shells that will hurt your feet. The beach is fine sand no small rocks or garbage anywhere. Wonderful place
Thur & Fri till 11pm.
Monday for children and ladies only
You can rent following things at the beach
Towels- 5 Dirhams (about 1 Euro)
Small parasol- 5 Dirhams (about 1 Euro)
Big parasol- 10 Dirhams (about 2 Euro)
Sun chair- 15 Dirhams (about 3 Euro)
DONT MISS ALL OF MY VIDEOS OF JUMERIAH PARK BEACH
Arabian Tower is a sail on Persian Gulf ! it is height 321 metres (1053ft) divided in 60 floors. The construction of Burj Al Arab finished in 1999.
The atrium is 180 metres high, one of the highest in the world.
Burj Al Arab is the world's tallest structure with a membrane facade. This is the tallest operating hotel building in the world (not counting mixed-use buildings like Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai or the unfinished Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea).
The hotel built inside got 7 stars.
"Burj" is Arabic for "Tower".
The building's external lighting schemes, from white light to a multicolored one, change from one to another every 30 minutes expressing the evening's progress! Arabian Tower takes place in a beach that is perfect for Surfing !
There are various beaches that are known as Jumeirah.
Jumeirah is an affluent suburb of Dubai, south west of the city.
1) The Public Beach near Dubai Marine Beach resort is also known as Russian or Moscow beach especially by taxi drivers. I'm sure you can work out why. It is open, sheltered, gently shelving, there is car parking, kiosks and showers - and it's completely free! It is also covered in cigarette ends and full of men who come to stare at the ladies from Eastern Europe in their inappropriate string-like beach wear bottoms.
2) Jumeirah Beach Park is the municipal park. It is a very clean beach with toilets (not clean) snack bar and showers. There are large landscaped grass areas with beautiful flowers and trees. There are barbecue grills for free and lots of trees/sunshades. It gets packed on Thursday & Friday particularly in the afternoon and evening. Very popular with large groups.
Free parking outside; 5 dhs for adults. 20 dhs per car if you want to park inside.
Warning: Saturday is Ladies' Day.
Women & children only.
NO MEN OR TEENAGE BOYS WILL BE ADMITTED for the whole of the day.
This enables muslim ladies to visit the park.
3) Jumeirah beach strip - behind University of Wollongong, near Dubai Offshore Sailing Club and up towards Jumeirah Beach hotel - open beach with no facilities, very popular with the kite surfing and surfing fraternity - great place to watch the action for free.
The public beach is the beach pretty much next door to the burj al arab and the jumeirah beach hotel. Just ask the taxi to take you to Jumeirah Beach Or JBR (the new development with a public beach near the hilton)
The beach is white sand with a very docile water front. The views from here are spectacular if you haven't been before and when I was last there it wasn't so busy, because many people don't understand why you would go on a beach that you don't pay for.
I can understand this though as in the private beaches they have bars, restuarants and various other things to do, plus you are shielded away from onlookers, but for a quite splash in the water or a laze about in the sun, the public beach isn't all that bad, it's better than anything we have in England... just be warned that the sand is really bl**dy hot! Snorkelling is pretty good from there, with fish and sea urchins around, I've even scuba dived here and although the visibility wasn't great (sandy sea bed) the water was lovely and warm.
A small warning though, there are groups of men walking along the beachfront that pretend to be taking photos of each other but are taking photos of girls sunbathing. The police are usually fairly quick to pick them out and arrest them but they're not always there.
Don't worry even if you're not staying at any beach hotels,you can still enjoy Dubai's beautiful beaches as there are easily accessible public beach and private beach parks.The hotel I stayed in offers a scheduled shuttle bus for free to the public beach,Jumeirah Baech Corniche and the private Jumeirah Beach Park,so probably some hotels do the same.
You must spend some time at the beach. The water is crystal clear, and warm, the sand is clean and fine. And the sun shines every day. Perfect!
Bikinis are normal wear on the beaches. Close to the city, such as Jumeirah Open Beach, men staring at women may be a problem, but not on the beaches further away such as near Burj Al Arab. Lifeguards and constant police patrols are getting rid of the problem.
If you happen to stay at a beach hotel - a must do is relaxing on the beach. the water is so warm and the sun so nice!!!
At the Juemeriah Beach Hotel we would start at the beach, move to the pool later and then lastly pop round to the water park!!!!
Remember to have plenty of water.
The Jumeirah beach is beautiful white sand, washed by the Gulf ocean. Go and have fun on it. The only problem could be that some of the beaches are on private hotel property. Need to look for a public one.
OK, so i planned this morning weeks in advance, wanting to get the very best out of dubai in 8 hours. so did i really get the very best out of the city in the time i had? hell, yeah! sure beats gambling on the plastic camels in the airport.
you leave the airport and get on the bus to Bur Dubai bus station, which at that time was about 3 dirhams. from there, i got the 8A bus to jumeirah beach park. the buses are great, really clean and efficient, PLUS you get to people watch at the same time.
despite all of my planning i had forgotten my darned swimming shorts. no probs. it was around 7am and already the shops around the beach were beginning to open. bought some football shorts (cool souvenir), an icecream, a packet or marlboros, and i made my way to the beach.
i sat on the beach for about an hour. i had just come from ko phangan, and yes the beaches are very different. the water is still a nice blue, yet the waves are tremendously strong. i was knocked down about 10 times! in a bid to keep everything organized, a large machine comes and straightens up the sand every now and then.
i had really wanted to see the famous burj-al-arab tower so i got a taxi a bit further up jumeirah road to umm sequim public beach to get a closer view. the beach was pretty deserted, however i did make friends with a nice iranian family who offered to take pictures of me with the beach and the tower. one thing you will notice with the people here is how easy it is to make friends with them.
after swimming there, walked back to the main road, crossed over, and got the 8A back to Bur Dubai. from here, i got a taxi to the dubai museum, which really wasnt very far at all, and could have been walked. after looking around here, i crossed the road to the grand mosque and into the dubai souq. you can walk around the souq, and it will follow out on to the dubai creek. from here, lunch can be had, and then back to the airport you go!
If your hotel is not on the beach, the best is to go on the beach called Jumeirah beach park. The entrance is about 1,50 euros. Acrossing nice park, you arrive on the beach covered with palms. The water is warm and very crystal and clear. There is the fast food restaurant on the beach. It's possible to hire towels, deck-chairs and beach-umbrellas.
I was at the beach at 13th of July... It was extremely hot. No shades, no showers.
But very clean and nice sea. It is also very salty, do not gorget your googles.
And of course it feels like Turkish bath inside.
There are many hotels queuing on the beach road in Jumeirah which have their private beach. You can go to Jumeirah Beach Park with minimal fee of AED5. They have facilities like changing room, toilets, foodstalls, showers and bbq pits. You can either laze under the sun on the beach or picnic on the green grass(wonder how they keep the grass green at all time on a desert land). You can rent sunbed for AED10 and big umbrella for AED10 or bring extra towel. The sands can get very hot in summer months AED10 is worth paying.
If AED5 is too much for you (?) you can opt for the open beach. No charges but there's many hard labourers off from work and chill out on the beach and stare at you. They just stare, especially if you wear a swim suit or bikinis. So, the moral, if you go to open beach, don't wear swimsuit or bikinis..you'll be the target!
It is completely safe though because there's police patrolling the beaches.