Marina Beach (JBR Beach), UAE – sun beds, camels + metro access 2

At Marina Beach, Dubai – a.k.a. JBR Beach – the traditional Emirati custom to be covered up is overlooked for the convenience and enjoyment of the hordes of international visitors.

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While some may delight at the mix of cultures this creates – imagine seeing elaborately robed Emirati locals rubbing shoulders with bikinied western tourists – there are others who will be turned off by such a gratuitous display of western culture in defiance of the traditional values of Emirati culture.

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The reality is that you are unlikely to encounter any Emirati folk at Marina Beach.

This is the domain of tourists and western ex-pats.

Emiratis steer well clear.

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And don’t be fooled by the Bedouin-attired man with the camels – part of a business selling camel rides to tourists. He is yet another ex-pat in costume.

How is Marina Beach?

Marina Beach, UAE

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Marina Beach is 1.5km in length; the beach face is low and flat, and there is a wide expanse of sand available.

The water is warm, clean, and tranquil.

Behind the beach you’ll find plenty of fancy restaurants, along with a few more-reasonably-priced cafes.

Jumeirah, UAE

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Behind the restaurants and cafes are the JBR (Jumeirah Beach Residences) towers, a popular residential area for western expats working in the UAE – who are presumably attracted to the ‘western-friendly’ beaches.

Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina, UAE

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Marina Beach is located right alongside Dubai Marina.

A 1.7km designated pedestrian walkway meanders throughout the Marina, known as The Walk if you should wish to peruse this facility in greater detail.

Marina Beach, UAE

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Practical information and how to reach Marina Beach:

Marina Beach is a public beach and accessible by the Dubai Metro (DMCC Metro Station 1). More transport info here.

My favourite beaches:

Anse Source d’Argent, Seychelles

Beaches of the Freetown Peninsula, Sierra Leone

Secret Lagoon Beach, Philippines

Maracas Bay, Trinidad and Tobago

Or visit my Top 10 Beaches page.

More on the Middle East:


Dakhmeh-ye Zartoshtiyun, Yazd – Zoroastrian tower of silence

Tomb of Cyrus the Great, Pasargadae


Jibreen Castle – fortified palace of the Yaruba dynasty

Muscat – beautiful city, but don’t expect locally-grown grapes


Doha – city under construction


Pamukkale – chalk white cliffs, turquoise pools 

Istanbul – the transcontinental capital

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2 thoughts on “Marina Beach (JBR Beach), UAE – sun beds, camels + metro access

  • Karen White

    We swam at one of the beaches in Dubai, but not sure which one. It wasn’t very busy but was quite nice. Dubai is a place which is good to visit at least once, to see all the incredible buildings in a desert country