Do you want to enjoy Dubai on the beach but do not feel like a busy beach like the popular beaches at JBR, La Mer and Jumeirah Open Beach? Then the Mercato beach is the ideal beach for a wonderful day out. This small and quiet beach is hidden along the Jumeirah Beach Road, at the side street 13a at the Al Ljaza Cafeteria. Because this beach is a lot less known to tourists especially, it is nice and quiet and you will find mainly local people.
One of the reasons that Mercato Beach is not extremely busy is mainly due to the lack of facilities on and around the beach. You will not find restaurants, sunbeds or a pedestrian promenade like many of the city’s popular beaches. However there are changing rooms on Mercato Beach where you can change clothes.
Location of the beach
The beach of Mercato Beach is near the Mercato Mall making it quite easy to find. Thanks to its location close to this shopping center, you can easily go to the mall for lunch in the food court on the first floor or to have something to eat at the supermarket on the ground floor. You can also have lunch at the Al Ljaza Cafeteria which is only a few dozen meters from the beach.
Mercato Beach is a non-public, non-closed beach which makes it accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The entrance to the beach is free. Because the beach is hidden behind a residential area, there are few or no parking facilities in the vicinity of the beach.
Dubai beach rules
If you lie on the beach of Dubai there are some rules that you should keep to. For example, it is forbidden to walk or lie on the beach topless or naked. After sunset it is forbidden to swim in the sea. Also taking pictures of people on the beach is forbidden. Overview photos are often not a problem, but photographing people and women in particular is not allowed.
In terms of clothing, the beach is very similar like a beach in the Netherlands, Greece or Spain. You see women with bikinis or bathing suits and men with short and long swimming shorts. The only difference is that in Dubai you also see women with burkini’s on the beach, while in Europe only sporadically occurs. Keep in mind that in Dubai it is not appreciated if you walk around with your beachwear outside the beach.
Beachwear is only meant for the beach. Do you want to visit the boulevard, visit a store or go somewhere to eat at a restaurant? Then put on your clothes again.
Beaches in Dubai
Are you curious about the other beaches in Dubai? Take a look at the beaches in Dubai page where you can find a complete overview of the best beaches in Dubai.