Sun, surf and sand If you’re a bit of a beach bunny, then you’ll not be disappointed by the options you’ve got here in Dubai. Each beach is covered in soft, powdery sand, and the weather means it’s perfect for sunbathing and other seaside activities pretty much all year round. While beachwear is permissible on the beaches, it’s recommended that you change into casual wear before heading anywhere else. Alcohol is not permitted in public places, so it’s not recommended that you take any booze onto the beach with you. Jumeirah beach is known for being one of the more popular spots. It’s a few kilometres long and has views of the world famous Burj Al Arab hotel and the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Generally it isn’t too crowded, and it’s safe for children as the water is very shallow and there are lifeguards on duty throughout the day. There are also barbecue facilities in many places. On the Deira side of the Creek, you’ll find Al Mamzar Beach, which has facilities such as playgrounds, barbecue sites, food kiosks and picnic areas, with a sheltered lagoon area for swimming. Its part of a larger park, and entry fees are Dhs5 per person or Dhs30 per car (including all people inside). Opening times are from 8am-10pm daily, with Wednesdays for women and children only. Jebel Ali Beach offers beautiful white sands and bright turquoise waters, stretching for 15km far away from the busy city. The Palm Jebel Ali is being built just off the coast, which will turn this beach into even more of an iconic landmark.

Weekend fun

22 Oct 2008

Stuck for what to do this weekend? From the best beaches and brunches to balloon rides and budget breaks, there’s something here for you...