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Beaches and Islands

Recommended Holiday

Revel in family time this May Half Term. Beach, City, Desert and family fun in one!

Escape from the hustle and bustle of Dubai city with some of the world’s whitest beaches and bluest waters. The Gulf of Arabia’s warm, turquoise water is the perfect way to unwind after a day exploring the city and the attractions Dubai has to offer.

As many 5-star hotels own private sections of white sand beaches, you won’t have to walk far between your room and your sun lounger. For those of you planning a budget holiday, you’ll be able to access these stretches of sand for a small entry price, or alternatively, seek out a communal part of the seaside. If you’re after a beach-bum holiday, find a hotel located on the Jumeirah strip: hotels for all budgets, food outlets and evening entertainment mean you won’t have to leave a mile-long radius for all your daily activities. Jumeirah beach is also the best spot for photos: who could leave Dubai without the iconic Burj Al Arab in the background of a postcard scene?

The best open-access beaches, and beach-parks, to visit are Al Mamzar, Jumeirah Beach Park and Umm Suqeim, or Kite Beach. Not only will you have miles of soft sand, but you’ll find BBQ areas, tranquil, tree-covered parks and local cafes and coffee shops. If you’re splurging all your spending money, try Le Meridien Mina Seyahi: this luxury hotel asks for one of the largest entrance fees, but you’ll be guaranteed a beautifully relaxing beach day.

Dubai’s beaches don’t just offer sun, sea and sand: a wide range of water activities can be found at almost every hotel beach, as well as diving trips located further offshore. Water temperatures vary between 20 – 37 degrees, so swimming is always pleasant – if not a bit too warm! However, the sea is salty and strong winds can make swimming hard, so nearby hotel pools are often an easier option.

When not making the headlines for its architecture, financial freedom or luxurious lifestyles, Dubai’s construction empire takes centre-stage. The artificial islands off Dubai’s shoreline are some of the most extravagant additions to any coastline, and many more are in the pipelines. No trip to Dubai is complete without sailing around The World in one afternoon, or visiting the Palm Trilogy. 

The Palm Trilogy’s creation wasn’t just an exuberant display of design and wealth, but a way of problem-solving: with its long fronds and 94 million cubic metres of sand, it creates more beach-space for locals and tourists alike. The idea of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Palm Jumeirah, Palm Deira and Palm Jebel Ali are must-sees for any visitor to Dubai.

The man-made archipelago, The World, is another definite destination for anyone wanting to see a shining examples of eco-tourism and specialist construction, and a global icon. It’s unlikely you’ll be able to brag about sailing around The World again, so don’t miss the chance to do so in Dubai.