Dubai may be first and foremost a bustling metropolis, but the golden stretches of beach offer a perfect escape from the fast pace of the city. The clear, warm waters of the Arabian Gulf and the year-round sunshine attract millions of visitors to Dubai every year, transforming the beaches into a bustling hub of activity. Popular with families, the waters along the shore boast gentle currents and tend to be fairly shallow – perfect for paddling and hunting for crabs.
Many of the best beaches are owned by the coastal resorts, which is worth bearing in mind when selecting a hotel. On these private beaches you can expect to receive 5-star treatment, sunbathing on cushioned loungers, using the hotel’s sumptuous beach towels and taking advantage of the waiter service. Even if you don’t stay at one of the beachside resorts, it’s well worth treating yourself to a day’s membership to indulge in this luxurious experience.
This doesn’t mean those on a budget can’t also enjoy the beach! Dubai has several beautiful spots that are open to all, where visitors can relax and soak up the sun at no extra cost. Al Mamzar Park is a great option, featuring five separate beaches, swimming pools and playgrounds, or head to Sunset Beach for that perfect snapshot of the world-famous Burj Al Arab hotel.
There are plenty of activities to take part in on Dubai’s beaches; kitesurfing, kayaking and paddle-boarding are particularly popular. If you feel a little more daring there are banana boats and Zapcats to whizz adrenalin addicts around the bay, while those wanting to get out even further on the water can join a catamaran tour around the artificial islands of The World or charter a yacht to really escape the crowds.
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