Beachgoers, kitesurfers and spectators unite at the popular and well-named Kite Beach.
If you’re serious about your watersports and wish to test your skills on one of the best free beaches in Dubai, Kite Beach has the challenge you seek.
Located steps from Jumeirah’s main street, you’ll find high quality watersports equipment available along the sand, with kitesurfing, wakeboarding and stand-up paddleboarding gear all ready to go. Head down in the afternoon, as this is when the wind picks up and presents some better conditions.
If staying on land is more your thing, you’re bound to find a game of beach volleyball to join, along with a welcoming vibe and plenty of new friends to make in the process. Or, if you’re looking for a more chilled out vibe, Kite Beach exudes adrenaline as much as it does serenity and a casual beachside atmosphere.
Want to walk or jog along the coastline? Kite Beach’s 14km track is the perfect spot. Whatever beachside activity you wish to enjoy, at this stretch of sand you’ll have amazing views of the majestic Burj Al Arab to admire.
You’ll also find some casual bites to eat right off the beach at the shops and food trucks; don’t miss your chance to grab some sliders and a lotus shake at the ever-popular Salt.
Let me tell you a story... The bustling Dubai Creek has been the lifeblood of the city for generations and continues to entice visitors today.
And for just AED1 (US$0.27c), you can hop aboard one of many traditional boats or abras to cross the creek that separates Bur Dubai from Deira, Dubai’s city centre.
The abras or ‘water taxis’ run every few minutes throughout the entire day across four stations along the creek. The first route goes from Deira Old Souk Abra Station (near the Spice Souk) to Bur Dubai Abra Station (west of the Old Souk). The second, much busier route runs continuously from Al Sabkha Abra Station (just southwest of Baniyas Square) to Dubai Old Souk Abra Station.
Each abra holds about 20 passengers, with 150 working the two routes between Deira and Bur Dubai. Each journey only takes about 5 minutes. Simply buy a one-way ticket, or even hire your own abra for an hour to explore much further up the river. Riders usually sit on a central wooden bench for the short journey across.
Among the bustling abras, you will also see trade cargo, wooden dhows and the occasional ship moving across.
You can truly admire the spectacle of old and new Dubai from the traditional houses, towers and minarets that you pass by on an abra.