For tourist not staying at the beach hotels and on a budget, there is a straight choice between public beaches and beach parks. Tourists who are willing to pay to have access to better facilities at private beach clubs within hotels are also well catered for.
Public beaches are easily accessible, beautiful, white and sandy and they are free to the public. However some of the beaches have little or no facilities so if you go to the quieter beaches be sure to take towels, drinks and food with you.
The best known public beaches in Dubai are Jumeirah beach corniche, also known locally as Russian Beach, which is next to the Dubai Marine Beach Resort. This beach has sun loungers, showers, toilets and changing rooms and is handy for several good cafes, restaurants and bars near to the beach resort and opposite Jumeirah Mosque.
There is further beach access at Umm Suqueim Beach, near to the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. The beach area here is undeveloped though and there are no lifeguards in attendance, the sea can become quite rough and there are rip tides, so please take care and don't be tempted to swim alone.
There are two beautiful beach parks in Dubai, Al Mamzar Park and Jumeirah Beach Park. Both are well developed and scenic, having large grassy areas, shrubbery and palm trees. Be aware though that the beaches can become very busy on Fridays with families taking advantage of their day off, the beautiful weather and barbecue and picnic facilities.
Al Mamzar Beach Park is open from 8.a. to 11pm and has four pristine beaches, two swimming pools, a children's playground, picnic areas, changing rooms with fresh water showers and kiosks that sell food and soft drinks. Entrance fees are Dhs 5 per person or Dhs 30 per car which includes the driver and all passengers, pool fees are Dhs 10 per adult and Dhs 5 per child. Wednesdays are reserved for women and children only.
Jumeirah Beach Park is on Jumeirah Beach Road next to the Dubai ladies beach lovely and there are lifeguards in attendance. The surroundings are superb with large lawned areas, beautiful flowers and shrubs. the beach park is open from 8am to 10.30pm and fees are Dhs 5 per person or Dhs 20 per car.
Private Beach Club
For those tourists who are staying at hotels or apartments without ready access to beach facilities, or those of you who are in Dubai staying with friends or relatives there are several hotels and beach clubs that offer daily, weekly or monthly rates for the use of their beach club facilities. Their beaches are pristine, clean and all feature temperature-controlled swimming pools and a range of restaurants and bars. Most also allow access to gym facilities although this may incur an additional cost. Several beach clubs are featured here and whilst every effort has been made to provide up-to-date information it is always advisable to check their rates via the phone number provided.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel Pavilion Marina & Sports Club
The beach complex at Jumeirah Beach Hotel is huge and features a beautiful wide sandy beach right next to the Burj Al Arab hotel. There are three adult swimming pools including a lap pool, and a kids pool and play area.
There are several restaurants and bars with choices of views either overlooking the beach, the Burj Al Arab or the Jumeirah Beach Hotel Marina.
A day pass costs Dhs 250 for adults and Dhs 150 for kids aged under 15 years.
Club Joumana at Jebel Ali Hotel
Located about 15 minutes drive from Dubai Marina towards Abu Dhabi, Club Joumana has superb facilities including a nine-hole, per 36, golf course. Club joumana is ideal for families who want to relax on the beach and although it is normally quiet throughout the week it may pay to arrive early on Thursday, Friday or national holidays as it can get very busy and you will run the risk of being turned away.
A day pass from Sunday to Thursday costs Dhs 180 nd Dhs 90 for kids under the age of 12. Access is free for children under the age of 4 years. Weekend passes on Friday, Saturday and national holidays are priced at Dhs 220 or Dhs 325 which includes lunch.
Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort & Towers
The Sheraton is situated right in front of Jumeirah Beach Residence at Dubai Marina and is the least expensive Beach Club in Dubai. There are several restaurants and a beach bar and you are allowed access to both the swimming pool area and the beach. A day pass between Sunday and Thursday is priced at Dhs 100 with kids passes priced at Dhs 60 whilst weekend passes are priced at Dhs 180 with kids passes priced at Dhs 100.
Club Mina at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, Al Sufouh Road
Undoubtedly one of the best beach clubs in Dubai and within the lagoon created by Pal Jumeirah therefore making it safer for children. there is a 1,200 metre long private beach and five pools including an infinity pool and a lap pool. . There are water sports available and a superbly equipped gym (Additional cost) overlooking Barasti, Dubai's best beach bar. The gym features a sauna and steam room and there is also access to personal training and fitness coaching.
Day passes from Sunday to Thursday cost Dhs 175 (Dhs 100 for kids aged 4 to 12 years) and weekend passes are Dhs 250 (Dhs 150 for kids aged 4 to 12 years).
Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa
Ideal for tourists staying in Dubai Marina, the Habtoor Grand has a wide beach area featuring numerous water sports including wakeboarding, water skiing, windsurfing and paragliding.
Day passes from Sunday to Wednesday cost Dhs 150 (Dhs 100 for kids aged 3 to 16 years). Whilst passes from Thursday to Saturday are priced at Dhs 175 (Dhs 125 for kids.)
Hilton Dubai Jumeirah
Situated right in front of the sprawling Jumeirah Beach Residence, the Hilton Dubai Jumeirah boasts a lovely beach and a large swimming pool set amongst beautifully landscaped gardens. There is a range of water sports available on the beach and the resort is ideal for families and couples.
Day passes are priced at Dhs 180 (adult) and Dhs 95 (child) between Sunday and Wednesday and Dhs 250 (adult) and Dhs 95 (child) from Thursday to Saturday. Weekly passes are priced at Dhs 950 or Dhs 1,900 per couple.