There is no shortage of sun, sea and sand in Dubai – although finding a free beach can be a challenge. The lion’s share of beaches are owned by the large resorts, so those who are not guests of the Four Seasons, Hilton or Madinat Jumeirah may have a hard time finding a place to spread their towel. But don’t worry, it may take a bit of effort but even in hyper-expensive Dubai there are free beaches.
There are actually a dozen free beaches to be exact: from the long and wide Jumeirah Open Beach with chaises, kiosks and water sports activities to the well-hidden and quiet Palace Beach. Although the water of the Persian Gulf is lukewarm and appears calm, the currents can be treacherously strong. A quick dip is fine, but swimming is recommended only when a lifeguard is present. Here follows a list of the 3 best public beaches in Dubai.