With more than 1,300 kilometres of spectacular coastline in the UAE, there’s bound to be a spot on the sand with your name on it at one of these seven best beaches in the country
Whether you’re looking to tackle the waves with some adrenaline-pumping water sports or simply relax under a palm tree with a refreshing beverage in hand, there’s no shortage of sand and surf in the emirates. From tranquil coves that feel like your very own piece of paradise to vibrant coasts abuzz with activity, we’ve handpicked four of the best beaches in the UAE that definitely call for a daycation under the winter sun.
Golden sands and turquoise blue waters aside, the sprawling beach at JBR has plenty on offer to appeal to every kind of beach lover. And it comes as no surprise that this popular stretch of sand remains a firm favourite among residents and tourists alike. While the waters are fairly calm, the shore is constantly buzzing with activity. And to truly appreciate what this spectacular spot has to offer, we recommend trying a little bit of everything.
The newest public beach in Abu Dhabi, Soul Beach is a stunning stretch of sand offering the public the chance to lounge by the sea in style. Located on Saadiyat Island, it is part of the Mamsha Al Saadiyat Community. Beachgoers pay AED50 on weekdays and AED75 on weekends to access this serene coastal beauty – giving them a sun lounger and parasol. For those looking to enjoy Saadiyat Island’s glistening waters without spending too much, Saadiyat Public Beach is also a great choice.
Abu Dhabi Corniche
On the capital’s sunny shores, beautiful beaches are a dime a dozen, but the Corniche remains one of Abu Dhabi’s most popular spots. For one, the coral blue waters and golden sands fringed by swaying palm trees make you feel like you’re on a tropical island. Secondly, this spectacular beachfront boasts the highly-coveted Blue Flag status, the internationally recognised symbol for safe beaches, for carefree fun in the sun. And to add to the convenience of sunseekers, the two-kilometre coast is divided into separate zones for groups and families with children.
Kalba Beach, Sharjah
Khor Kalba, located near the border of Oman, boasts a stunning seven-kilometre stretch of sand and pristine waters. Those visiting can not only enjoy the stunning Kalba Beach but also see endangered wildlife up close. The Khor Kalba Conservation Reserve is a mangrove forest teeming with exotic flora and fauna, and animals sometimes flock to the shotes. Kalba Beach is an important nesting site for hawksbill turtles and it is also the only breeding place in the UAE for the endangered Arabian-collared kingfisher.
The playground of choice for adventurous types, few beaches in Dubai come close to the pristine setting of Kite Beach. A haven of sorts for surfers and paddle boarders, the spot attracts both beginners and advanced enthusiasts who live for the adrenaline. Watch in amazement as professional surfers ride the waves and the horizon becomes dotted with colourful kites soaring in the distance, or join in the fun. Completing the piercing blue panorama is Dubai’s magnificent skyline in the distance, which includes the sail-like structure of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.
For sun worshippers seeking a relatively uncrowded stretch of sand, Ajman’s gorgeous Corniche certainly fits the bill. Situated on the UAE’s north-western shores, the coastal attraction is defined by postcard-perfect white sand and crystal blue waters. Beachgoers can easily spend the entire day doing nothing but alternating between sunbathing and taking leisurely dips in the warm, inviting waters.
Khor Fakkan public beach truly has it all – from the Hajar mountains in the background to a coral reef teeming with marine life. There’s also a secret cove nearby, known as Heart Beach and visitors can get down to it after a 15-minute rocky trek down to the shore.