Dubai: 10 Things to Do

8. The Beach

Oasis Beach Dubai Kaveh Kazemi / Getty
  • Print
  • Email
  • Share
  • Single Page

You'll definitely want to see the shore while you're in town. The posher beach hotels have partitioned off the majority of the sand, so if you're not staying on the Jumeirah beach strip, your best bet is Al Mamzar, a public beach near the neighboring emirate of Sharjah. The clogged artery of a road that connects the cities means it's frustratingly inaccessible during the work week. Other good alternatives are Jumeirah Beach Park with its small coffee shop and AED 5 ($1.30) entrance fee, or the free stretch of sand running the length of Umm Suqeim, known as Kite Beach due to its popularity with the city's kite-surfers. If you insist on a more luxurious beach experience, then a few hotels will allow you to sit on their sand for a fee: Try Le Meridien Mina Seyahi (AED 250, or $70).

  • 1. Al Mamzar
    Al Hamriya, Dubai, U.A.E. More Info
  • 2. Jumeirah Beach Park
    Beach Road, Dubai, U.A.E. More Info
  • 3. Kite Beach
    Umm Suqeim, Dubai, U.A.E.
  • 4. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi
    Al Sufouh Road, Dubai, U.A.E.; 971-(0)4-399-3333 More Info

Connect to this TIME Story

Interact with
this story

  • Facebook
  • Digg
  • Linkedin

From our

Get the Latest News from
Sign up to get the latest news and headlines delivered straight to your inbox.