The beach is an essential way of life in Dubai. The only question is which beach to choose. We love Kite Beach in Umm Suqeim, where you can spend hours watching kite surfers bob acrobatically in and out of the waves. Just be sure to ask the concierge for detailed directions on how to get there, and start your beach day early—Dubai’s midday sun can be punishing no matter what time of the year you’re visiting. For a snack break, you can’t miss the Wagyu sliders at Salt, a food truck in a retrofitted Airstream trailer. Ready for some shade? Head to one of our favorite hidden gems in Dubai: Kif Kif, a little Moroccan restaurant on Beach Road between Al Manara and Umm Al Sheif. Couscous or tagines are filling and incredibly reasonably priced. The Moroccan iced tea and fresh juices (we loved the pineapple-orange-carrot juice) are the perfect chaser post fun in the sand and sea.
Make your way to Umm Suqeim station. Once there, It will take you no longer than 5 minutes to walk to Kite Beach. Just go southwest on Jumeira Road and turn right on 2 D Street and you’ll already be able to spot the beach.
SALT: Kite Beach, Beach Rd.; noon-10 p.m.
KIF KIF: Villa # 611, Jumeirah Rd.; +971-(0)4-321-2766