Top 10 Free Beaches in Dubai

Dubai is a beach-lover’s paradise; sun, sand, and crystal-blue waters are a year-round treat.

Dubai’s beaches offer plenty of water adventures & sports to dive in to, tempting dining spots line up the boardwalks, and spectacular views surround you (the Dubai skyline and horizon).

This is a ranking of the best free beaches in Dubai!

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1. Jumeirah Beach Residence Beach – Most Popular Beach in Dubai


JBR Beach is easily one of the most popular beaches in Dubai for tourists & residents alike. It has all the amenities you could want and is next to one of Dubai’s best promenades: The Walk at JBR.

You can easily enjoy the sun and sand, take on some thrill with water sports, and then take a minute’s walk to the promenade and enjoy one of the most lively streets in Dubai, lined up with a brilliant assortment of cafes, restaurants, and much more.

This beach’s popularity can lead to crowds occasionally; this is particularly true when an event is being held. Also Try: Best Attractions in Jumeirah (STUNNING)

Bathrooms & Showers: Available

Cost: Free

Location: Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubaing ScoreTM: 5/5


2. Burj Beach – Best Beach for Dubai Pictures


If you enjoy photography, this beach is the perfect location to get jaw-dropping pictures of Dubai’s icon and this beach’s namesake: Burj al Arab. The beach includes most sports facilities, including a running track; as a plus, dining spots are within convenient reach.

Burj Beach is also next to one of the Dubai’s most beautiful souks (Madinat Jumeirah). Also Try: Best Ways to Get Sky Views of Dubai (You’ll LOVE it!)

Bathrooms & Showers: Available

Cost: Free

Location: Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubaing ScoreTM: 5/5


3. Jumeirah Open Beach – Best Dawn/Dusk Beach in Dubai


Jumeirah Open Beach is another wildly popular beach in Jumeirah that is close to Burj al Arab.

The beach is somewhat small but it has all the beachness you could want: calm waters, sand, & sun. It offers great views of the city skyline & the Burj al Arab.

A cool pointer: The Jumeirah Open Beach is just a short distance from the Palm Strip Mall. Also Try: Essential Things to See & Do in Dubai (Some are FREE!)

Bathrooms & Showers: Available

Cost: Free

Location: Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubaing ScoreTM: 5/5

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4. Mamzar Beach – Best Family-Time Beach in Dubai


One of the largest beaches in Dubai, Mamzar Beach possibly has all the things you could want in a beach-side day.

It’s adjacent to a massive park, it gives you access to barbeque pits, you can rent chalets & umbrellas, and life guards are on duty daily. It even has 2 large swimming pools nearby in case the open waters aren’t impressing you. Cafes and dining options are within easy reach.

Technically it’s not free, but there only a tiny 5 dirhams charge for individual entry. Also Try: Ranked Luxury Spas in Dubai (Surprisingly Cheap!)

Bathrooms & Showers: Available

Cost: AED 40 per car; AED 5 if entry by foot

Location: Mamzar, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubaing ScoreTM: 4.5/5


5. Kite Beach – Best Beach in Dubai for Water Sports


Kite Beach retains a heavy popularity among residents and has only recently attracted tourists.

The Kite Beach is close to Burj al Arab, but it lacks some amenities unlike other beaches on this list. It’s prime popularity is driven by its width, allowing plenty of water sports to be done with ease—even when a crowd builds up.

Be sure to bring your own food and water here. Also Try: Ranking Best Water Sports in Dubai (BEST fun!)

Bathrooms & Showers: Available

Cost: Free

Location: Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubaing ScoreTM: 4/5


6. Jumeirah Beach Park – Best Full-Day Beach in Dubai


This beach has been awarded the blue flag beach status and that has spurred its popularity.

It blends sandy shores, grassy fields with palm trees (at a distance), and promenade-style dining options. It’s a full-day destination as you can enjoy the sand & water, sports in the grass, & some delicious food.

NOTE: Mondays here are titled “Ladies Day” and that limits entry to only women.

Bathrooms & Showers: Available

Cost: AED 5

Location: Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubaing ScoreTM: 4/5



7. 4x4 Beach – Best Car Beach in Dubai


This beach is highly popular among bay spectators who enjoy having a seat in the car and just meditating off with blank stares into the beautiful sand, water, and bay.

4x4 Beach has a massive expanse of sand and is rarely crowded; you’ll have a lot of beach space all to yourself. If you prefer staying away from crowds, this is a spot for you. Be sure to bring your own water & food. Also Try: 5 World-Famous Dubai Car Exhibits (New 2017)

Bathrooms & Showers: N/A

Cost: Free

Location: Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubaing ScoreTM: 3.5/5


8. Jebel Ali Beach – Largest Free Beach in Dubai


The Jebel Ali Beach is a massive stretch of sandy shoes beside a resort—have no worries, the resort does not charge you for using this beach.

This beach offers no crowds, a large expanse of sand, and clear waters. You can even camp here but that needs a permit from the Dubai Municipality; getting the permit can be a bit time consuming.

Bathrooms & Showers: N/A

Cost: Free

Location: Jebel Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubaing ScoreTM: 3.5/5


9. Black Palace Beach – Best Quiet Beach in Dubai (Tie)


This beach derives its name from its close proximity to Dubai’s royal fortress. Black Palace Beach offers stunning views of the Palm Jumeirah and allows you to relax in calm waters in the presence of very few other visitors. Also Try: Best Palaces & Forts to Visit in Dubai (Almost GONE 2017)

Bathrooms & Showers: N/A

Cost: Free

Location: Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubaing ScoreTM: 3.5/5


10. Hidden Beach – Best Quiet Beach in Dubai (Tie)


As the name hints, this is another beach away from the crowds.

The Dubai Hidden Beach is located on the left side of Sheraton’s JBR resort. It’s the perfect place to take in the splendid views of the Jumeirah Lake Towers while enjoying the brilliance of the horizon meeting the water, as you lay in cozy, soft sand.

Bathrooms & Showers: N/A

Cost: Free

Location: Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubaing ScoreTM: 3.5/5


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