Beach holidays in DubaiKick back on the golden sands of Dubai
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With its soaring skyscrapers and manmade beaches, Dubai is a unique city. It’s a cosmopolitan metropolis where your every wish and whim can be indulged. From relaxation to shopping, and from sun bathing to water sports, Dubai promises all the worldly pleasures that are synonymous with a sunshine holiday. With an average temperature of 42 °C in the summer, dropping to a still-pretty-toasty 23 °C in winter, it’s no surprise that Dubai should be renowned for its beaches.
If you’re considering a Dubai sunshine break, take a look at HomeAway’s selection of holiday rentals. Sumptuous villas and apartments - some of which boast outdoor pools - lie within close range of the shopping district, parks and beaches. Whether you crave a stretch of private sand or the best spot for watching the sailboat races, our guide to Dubai’s best beaches contains all you need to know about the UAE’s most opulent city.
Beaches and beautiful weather in the kingdom of Dubai
This gated community, beloved by expats, overlooks the fairways of the Montgomerie, an 18-hole Championship course designed by Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie. Dubai Marina and The Palm Jumeirah lie a short stroll away, while sailing, windsurfing, water-skiing and snorkelling can all be enjoyed at Jumeirah Beach Park. Don’t forget beach volleyball either; even when the sun has sapped the last of your energy, it’s a great sport to watch from the comfort of a beach lounger.
If you’re planning a family holiday, book into a Jumeirah Beach rental and you can awaken each morning to the delights of Jumeirah Beach Park. With its lifeguards, picnic tables, play areas and barbecue spots, the resort is the perfect playground for kids. 12 hectares of parkland, comprising sand and grassland, feature modern conveniences including showers, food kiosks and clean toilets and dressing rooms. With its gently rolling hills and pure white sands, the park is a blissful haven away from the hustle and bustle of the city. While you’re in Dubai, be sure to take the kids to Wild Wadi, which promises a world of aquatic fun complete with waterslides and wave pools.
The artificial archipelago of Palm Jumeirah will ultimately form the Palm Islands, which will be completed by Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira. The palm-tree shaped structure is made up of hotels, resorts and luxury villas that overlook the calm turquoise ocean. A pair of F-100 Super Sabre fighter jets which have been sunk offshore are a natural attraction for divers. Offshore excursions promise the chance to dive with dolphins near the coral reefs, while on the warm bleached sands there’s ample scope for sunbathing or simply kicking a football about, using palm trees as goalposts.
This sprawling development is flanked by Jebel Ali, the world’s largest manmade port. Take a stroll along the Jumeirah Beach Walk with its restaurants, cafes and open-air market. The 1.7 kilometre strip, which is thronged with shops and boutiques, is a beautiful spot from which to watch the world go by. If you fancy seeing Dubai’s landmarks in a different light, charter a luxury yacht from the marina and cruise around the bay, taking in Le Meridien Lagoon and The Jumeirah. The bustling waterfront that forms the marina is rich with entertainment of all kinds, from live music to water sports.
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Jumeirah Lakes Towers
This brand new development comprises 79 towers that overlook four artificial lakes. Close by are the delights of Jumeirah Beach and Dubai Marina. If sports are your thing, however, Wollongong Beach might be a better option, where there’s kite-surfing to master, while surfing can be enjoyed at Umm Suqeim. Alternatively, if you’d prefer a more secluded beach holiday, take a trip a little further down the coast to Jebel Ali or visit Sharjah in the north, where clear water and pristine sands are the order of the day. Let’s face it: in Dubai you really shouldn’t have to go too far to find a beach that’s to your liking.