During their stay in Dubai, visitors can take advantage of a modern infrastructure, world-class leisure facilities, and a network of public transport options. These factors make it easy to enjoy Dubai’s many attractions and experiences that combine fascinating heritage and culture with modern-day shopping and entertainment.
For Sun, Sand and Sea LoversYear-round sunshine makes Dubai a top attraction for those visitors who enjoy beaches, swimming pools and watersports. As it is a coastal city, Dubai has numerous beautiful beaches that visitors can enjoy. All hotels along the coastline have their own private beaches for the use of hotel guests; however it is possible with most hotels to pay a daily rate to use their beach facilities. Dubai has two beach parks, Al Mamzar and Jumeirah, which are open to the public for a minimal charge (Dhs.5 for individuals and Dhs.20 for vehicles).
There are also numerous open beaches that visitors can use free of charge: one of these, Jumeirah Open Beach, has facilities such as restrooms, sunshades and a jogging/cycling track, although the others offer no facilities – just miles of beautiful white sand and clear blue water.
Most of Dubai’s hotels have impressive leisure facilities that include swimming pools and sunbathing areas – these are for the use of hotel guests but in many hotels non-guests can pay a day rate to use the facilities. Dubai is also home to three waterparks: Wild Wadi, Aquaventure and Wonderland – these offer hours of fun, especially for families. Dreamland is another popular waterpark, and is just a short drive from Dubai in the emirate of Umm Al Quwain.
When enjoying Dubai’s beaches, swimming pools and waterparks, it is important to make note of the correct dress codes and etiquette. Proper swimwear should be worn at all times. Swimsuits, boardshorts and even bikinis are acceptable, while topless sunbathing is prohibited. Beachgoers should take note of the signs that are up on beaches, providing instructions regarding correct behaviour, forbidden items and swimming regulations
When it comes to beach and pool safety, swimmers should follow instructions from lifeguards at all times. Private beaches, beach parks and the Jumeirah Open Beach have lifeguards at most times of day, and they will advise swimmers of safety conditions using a flag system. While the water off Dubai’s coast may look calm, swimmers should not underestimate the strength of the currents. Weak swimmers should be particularly careful when swimming on beaches or in swimming pools that are not manned by a lifeguard.
Visitors to Dubai can enjoy a range of watersports during their stay. Dubai’s clear seas are perfect for diving and fishing, and both these activities can be arranged via a tour operator, through your hotel, or directly through dive centres or fishing companies.
Adventure watersports, such as parasailing, waterskiing and windsurfing, are available at certain beachfront hotels along Dubai’s coastline. Non-motorised watersports are often offered free of charge to hotel guests.
Yachting and boating are other popular watersports in Dubai, which is home to some beautiful marinas. Whether you choose to take a dinner cruise on a traditional Arabian dhow, or charter a yacht for a day out on the water, tour companies and the concierge desk at your hotel will be able to point you in the right direction.