Hidden Gems - Beaches in Dubai

The weather over the past few days has been dramatic!  Sandstorms, rain, thunder and lightening - Dubai definitely doesn't do things by halves.  Today we continuing our series of Hidden gems around Dubai and the focus is beaches.  You could wonder if this is a good choice given the weather.  Yes always.  The beaches in Dubai are world class. Let's make the most of the coming weeks and get out an in the fresh air before it gets hotter.  

Our team have submitted their favourites.  As with our Hidden Gems series, this is a collective of the CitiSpi team recommending places they love around Dubai.  Real people giving real opinions. Who doesn't want that?  It is less about new and sparkly and more about the authentic experience and it is our opinion.  We have chosen our fav free beaches and beach clubs to go to in and around the city.


Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR)

This was the number one choice as an all round beach.  It has everything. Great beach, fantastic facilities and an amazing selection of hotels and restaurants like Shake Shack, Cheesecake Factory and Eat Greek.  JBR Beach was a revelation to us when we arrived in Dubai. Ten years ago none of the skycrapers or marina existed and today it is one of the most popular areas of Dubai.  It always has something on.  Yoga, trampolines or just sunbathing.  It is on the coast next to Jumeirah Beach Resort and is free to use and very popular with residents and tourists alike. Clean facilities that include showers, green patches for people to get together and play sports such a quick game of beach volleyball.  It is very busy on weekends and traffic into the area can be heavy but it is worth it.  There is fantastic underground parking or why not get the tram to Jumeriah Beach Residences 1 and walk down.


Kite Beach

This is the beach where all the cool people go.  It is beautiful.  As the name suggests kite surfers congregate here and its great fun to watch them or have a go yourself. It’s a peaceful stretch of beach with views of the Burj Al Arab and you can take a good long walk up the beach. It’s might also be referred to as Woollongong Beach as it is just behind the University of Wollongong. In the past you could drive up on to the beach and have barbeques but this is not allowed anymore. It really is just a stretch of open beach and there are no facilities but the restaurants and outlets are growing.  Bring snacks and water etc. with you just to make sure. We have spent many days at Kite Beach with kids.  The sand and views are amazing.  You can find it if you are driving opposite the Al Manara Road junction, it isn't the easiest one to find but if you keep driving down the little side roads, you will come across it!


Black Palace Beach

Set between the Royal Palaces and the Madinat this is a beach that is phenomenal but easy to miss.  We first noticed it from a height as the perfect sands and waters attracts surfers, fitness buffs and families alike.  The facilities are non existent but well worth finding.  On Al Sufouh the tiny pathway between the royal fortresses at Al Sufouh takes you to this area of pure relaxation.  The best thing is that it always feels calm.  This is probably because it is Ffree of flying volleyballs and rowdy crowds and the shoreline feels generally but it possesses beautiful views of the Palm and of the Burj Al Arab.  We couldn't recommend this enought for those that want to get back to nature.  You venture off the beaten track and can park in this intimate bay.  The best things in life are truly free!

Kempinski the Palm Beach Club

There are so many options for Beach Clubs and pool and beach access on The Palm.  You can choose everything from the beach at the Anantara to the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and the gorgeous One and Only the Palm.  We chose the Kempinski.  It is regal and offers great experience with the luxury and the value.  We love getting the perfect formula of all 3.  Experience a grand 1,200 sq m, 1.4 m deep, free-form swimming pool, surrounded by palm trees and lush green lawns alongside a Palm perfect beach.  Jacuzzi loungers sit alongside a shaded kids’ pool - a perfect retreat for all the family if you want to swap the beach for the pool.  And there's a swim up bar. Daily,  you get pool and beach access for AED300.  However, you also get 20% off food & beverages excluding alcohol.  You also get 2 kids complimentary (12 year old and below) per couple.  This is fantastic for families and you can get 1 Nanny free too if you want an hour to relax by yourself.   Pool and beach access open daily, from 10:00 - 19:00. Call 04 444 2940 for more information.


Barasti Beach Club

This is a beach club with a difference.  It is a Dubai institution and synonymous with the city's lively evening scene.   Barasti is the place you come with your friends for a sundowner drink and chill.  It is located in the Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort, the famous venue, which is set over multiple levels and often hosts live music and sports screenings, is the go-to place for a fun-filled day or night and a great spot to mingle.    Barasti offers the perfect mix delicious food and divine cocktails against the stunning backdrop of Dubai Marina. If you don’t want to leave when the sun goes down. Stay and party into the night with the likes of Jazzy Jeff and other world class DJ's at the renowned Sugar Beach nights.  Barasti is a must for a night out in Dubai.  A new experience!  Open daily with free entry,  Call 04 318 1313 for more information. 


And there you have it!  Our Beaches Hidden Gems around Dubai. There are many more but we have enjoyed these specifically and in many cases visited more than once.  Let us know what you think?  Have you been to JBR?  What did you like best?  Or what about Barasti on a Thursday evening for Sundowners?  Black Palace beach?  Did you think it was a spectacular as we do?  We also love to hear your comments. Have a great week.


The CitiSpi Team