DUBAI, UAE, JANUARY 2010: Burj Al Arab on Jumeirah Beach after a big thunderstorm. After the storm all what remains are spectacular clouds in the sky. New Years Day January 01, 2010
When the swell is up and the waves are high, Sunset Beach is Surf City, UAE. Count on left-breaking waves at the Jebel Ali end and right-breaking waves at the northern tip of the beach. In between, expect a busy beach full of tourists, locals, and expats soaking up the sun. Palace Beach offers easy access to the waterways of the Palm Jumeirah (perfect for kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders), a glimpse of the great sail of a building that is the Burj Al Arab in the distance, sugary white sand between the toes, and crystalline water all the way to the horizon. If you forgot your water-sports equipment at home, Club Joumana at the sprawling JA Jebel Ali Beach Resort rents it all—from Zapcat inflatable racing boats to paddleboards.
It’s always surprising to Dubai tourists that a desert city can have such a vibrant beach culture. While it’s not quite RIo, beach life in Dubai has it all: bikinis, volleyball, kayakers, standup paddle...you name it. When the wind comes up, as it does every afternoon, kite surfers swoop across the waves like dragonflies, weaving in and out among the jet-skiers. Whether you’re a water sports aficianado or a sun-lounge lizard, you’ll find your sunny spot at this beach. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a dolphin or two! Make sure to take in the spectacular views of the city, and the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab. http://www.visitdubai.com/en/pois/kite-beach
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