7 best beach resorts in the UAE
Figuring out where best to vacation at sea in the UAE. What are the beaches at the resorts, what to do and what to see.
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Beach holidays in Dubai
Where is the best place to vacation in the UAE if you want to combine a beach holiday with shopping and excursions? Dubai is a versatile city, it will suit you best, especially if you are there for the first time. It’s convenient to go on excursions to other emirates, and in the city itself there is something to see on your own – we visited the beaches, Deira and the Old City, the singing fountains and Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa and the Aquarium. You can live in Dubai on a variety of budgets, from fairly modest to luxurious. Learn about the best hotels in Dubai with a beach.
Shopping in Dubai is great, there are plenty of shopping malls. In addition to the famous Dubai Mall (it can be seen as a separate attraction), visit Dubai Marina Mall, Mall of the Emirates, Outlet Mall Dubai, as well as the markets in Deira.
For those who want to live by the sea, we recommend Jumeirah, because it has great long beaches. Jumeirah is home to the Burj Al Arab and the Atlantis Hotel and Waterpark. Another beach district in Dubai is Marina Beach, the local Manhattan. Expensive yachts, glass high-rises, very beautiful.
The answer to the question of where to vacation in the UAE with a child, the answer is the same – it’s best in Dubai. There and the beaches are good, and the entrance to the water is smooth, and infrastructure is well developed. There are water parks and amusement parks for children – Wild Wadi and Wonderland.
The beach at Dubai Marina. Dubai Mall. The famous aquarium can be seen for free, but only partially, from the outside.
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Beach vacations in Abu Dhabi.
Some people think it’s better to vacation in the UAE in the capital, Abu Dhabi. It is much like Dubai: the same ultra-modern city with skyscrapers, too, there are good beaches and shopping centers, you can go on excursions.
Если хотите просто лениво возлежать на пляже, то в Абу-Даби есть все для этого. Пляжи хороши и подходят даже для маленьких детей. Отзывы туристов об Абу-Даби >>
What to do and see? A must-see is the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque, the sixth-largest mosque in the world. A marble shrine with 82 domes and 1000 columns it can hold over 40 thousand worshippers. Go to Ferrari World, Al Mushrif Children’s Garden, Hili Fun City and Waterworld – a lot of fun and excitement for the kids.
Clear water in Abu Dhabi (Photo: Michaela Loheit / flickr.com) A huge funnel on the Dawwama tornado slide at Yas Waterworld.
Beach Vacation in Sharjah
Some tourists believe that in the UAE at sea is better to rest in the emirate of Sharjah. It is the cultural center of the country and the ideal place for a relaxed family vacation. There is no noisy entertainment as in Dubai, but a lot of greenery and excellent beaches. It’s also cheaper to live in Sharjah and it takes 30 minutes to an hour by bus or cab to Dubai! It’s true that there can be traffic jams in the morning and evening, keep that in mind.
The beaches are clean and the entrance to the sea is smooth. The sea bottom is sandy and gentle, so Sharjah is suitable even for babies and toddlers, as is the case almost everywhere else in the UAE.
However, Sharjah has strict laws – you can only sunbathe in your swimsuit on the hotel beaches, where you have to pay to enter if you are not staying at the hotel. Men are not allowed on public beaches on Mondays.
Alcohol is also banned, but you can drink in the hotels. For some, on the contrary, this is a plus.
What to see? It is the oldest emirate, so there are many museums – archaeological, ethnographic, historical. For children we have the green Al Majas Park, the Desert Park, a national park, the Adventureland theme park, an oceanarium and a water park.
Beach in Sharjah (Photo: sophiemachin / flickr.com) Sharjah Desert Park (Photo: unsplash.com / @chinkinthearmour)
Beach vacations in Fujairah
Here’s where it’s best to vacation in the UAE for families with kids or those who love solitude! The emirate of Fujairah is very, even too peaceful and quiet – no mass tourism or noisy entertainment has reached here yet. But in the capital of the emirate and at resorts close to it a lot of good hotels, including all-inclusive.
It is worth going to Fujairah just for the beach holiday, snorkeling and diving. The emirate has wide and clean sandy beaches – all owned by hotels. The best beaches are in the north, it’s also best to snorkel and scuba dive. Al Aqah Beach, Dibba Al Fujairah and Shark Island are the preferred beaches. The climate is milder, and you can vacation at any time of year except summer.
What to see? See the fort and the old town, the Fujairah Museum and Madhab Ethnographic Park, the mosque and the
Heritage Village. Visit the gardens, waterfalls and healing springs.
Snoopy Island, Fujairah (Photo: nate2b / flickr.com) Al Aqah Beach in Fujairah (Photo: _ _steven.kemp_ _ / flickr.com)
Beach Vacation in Ajman
Ajman is an alternative to beachside Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. Yes, there are no earth-shattering skyscrapers, grandiose mosques and amusement parks. However, if you want just a quiet and relatively inexpensive holiday in the UAE by the sea, then this emirate is for you.
The beaches are clean, with fine white sand. Private closed beaches are well cleaned, there is all the infrastructure. Many hotels, cafes and restaurants.
Another advantage is that the laws are not as strict as in Sharjah, plus you can buy alcohol in a bar, restaurant or store.
What to do? The list of things to do is sparse: visit the history museum and the old fort, see the mosques and the shipyard, go to the camel race and visit the mineral springs. If you get bored, go to Dubai or Sharjah, they are close by.
Beachfront in Ajman (Photo: tutanh_blog / flickr.com) Camel on the beach in Ajman (Photo: Shelley M Lantz-Burrell / flickr.com)
Beach Vacation in Ras Al Khaimah
This unpopular with tourists, but very colorful emirate of the UAE can be a good rest – it has the same long beaches as everywhere else on the Persian Gulf. And then there are the beautiful canyon of the Hajar Mountains, the sand dunes, the desert villages, the ancient valleys (wadis) with oases and archaeological sites, the mangroves and the picturesque hills.
There are no skyscrapers and luxury malls, but a lot of nature and cultural and historical sights. The infrastructure is well-developed – hotels, stores, cafes, all enough. You can stay in the usual hotels on the first line, and in non-standard accommodation – for example, to live in the reserve Al Wadi or in a Bedouin tent in the middle of the desert. In general, if you are bored with the other emirates and do not know where to go to the UAE to rest, come to Ras Al Khaimah – a very authentic emirate!
The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah in Al Wadi Desert (Photo: booking.com / The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert)
Beach vacations in Umm Al Khaimah
Where else can you relax in the UAE in a diverse way? In the emirate of Umm Al Khaiwain there is not only a leisurely beach holiday. There is a lot of entertainment for almost all categories of tourists. The infrastructure is very developed, but the resort is quiet and peaceful.
What to do and see? If you are interested in historical sites, check out the excavations of the cities of Tel Abraka and Ad Dour, the old fort with the museum and the watchtowers, the mosque of the 19th century and the market. If you want an active tourist, go scuba diving, sailing, windsurfing, horseback riding or fishing. You can ride a catamaran, a boat and water skis.
We recommend going to the water park and the Dreamland entertainment complex with its green parks, sunbathing terraces, water and land rides. The kids will love it!
The beach at Umm Al Qaiwain (Photo: niketa579 / flickr.com)
When to rest in the UAE
The Emirates have a dry subtropical climate and it almost never rains. Beginning in May is unbearable heat and lasts until September. Despite the fact that the prices for tours at this time are reduced, it is best not to go to the UAE in the summer, the air temperature can exceed +50 ° C in the shade.
Holidays in the UAE is best in October and November, when the thermometer drops to +30°C. Prices for holidays in these months are the highest.
In December, January, February and March the cost of travel decreases as well as the temperature – to +25 ° C. The water also cools a little, but for many it is not critical. In April, the heat slowly begins to return to the Emirates.