Umm Suqeim Beach is located near the famous Burj Al Arab hotel and offers a magnificent view of this special hotel. The beach of Umm Suqeim is also known as Sunset Beach due to the fact that this beach is a popular location to view the sunset in Dubai. This beach is the only beach in Dubai where you can make beautiful pictures of the sunset in combination with the Burj al Arab. So just before the sunset it can be very busy on this beach.
Facilities on the beach
Umm Suqeim beach is a public beach which makes it free to visit 24 hours a day, seven days a week. On the beach there are plenty of changing cubicles and showers where you can wash off the sand after your visit to the beach. On the beach there are also lifeguards who watch over the safety of the swimmers and guests on the beach.
Especially for children there is a playground available and along the beach there is a jogging path with a pedestrian promenade where several benches stand. At the edge of the beach, near the pedestrian promenade are a number of restaurants where you can buy snacks, food and drinks or where you can go to the toilet. Also in the Umm Suqeim park which is directly behind the beach, you can find a restaurant where you can go to the toilet.
Special is the fact that there is a beach library on Umm Suqeim beach where you can borrow free books to read on the beach or on the beanbags next to the library.
Night swimming at Umm Suqeim Beach
In Dubai it is forbidden to swim in the sea after sunset, but an exception applies to Umm Suqeim Beach. The Umm Suqeim beach is together with a number of other beaches in Dubai equipped with special “Smart Power” light posts which make it possible to swim in the dark on the beach. The “Night Swimming Dubai” project was launched in 2017 and has since its introduction become a popular activity not only for locals but also for tourists.
The 12 meter high light poles are located on the Umm Suqeim 1 Beach section which is about 1 kilometer from the Burj al Arab. The light towers are supplied with power via the solar panels and windmills on the piles which generate electricity during the day, allowing the piles to burn after sunset. The poles not only illuminate the beach but also a part of the sea. In total, an area of 125 meters of beach and 30 meters of sea is illuminated by the light poles. At midnight the light poles will automatically switch off and you will not be allowed to swim in the sea anymore.
How to get there
The beach is located in the Umm Suqeim district, right next to the striking Jumeirah Beach Hotel which is next to the Wild Wadi Waterpark and the Burj al Arab. The beach is therefore easy to find, you just have to follow the signs to Burj al Arab and then drive past the Jumeirah Beach hotel.
The beach has a limited number of parking spaces for which you have to pay. It is therefore best not to come to the beach by car but to opt for a taxi or public transport. The Big Bus hop on tour also goes along the beach so if you have a ticket you can also travel to this beach with the Big Bus.
In case you want to travel to the beach by subway from Dubai you can get off at the subway stop First Gulf Bank on the red line. From the metro station it is necessary to take a taxi as the distance from the metro station to the beach is more than 4 kilometers.
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.