6 Most Wonderful & Almost-hidden Beaches of UAE

The many magnificent beaches of UAE beautifully juxtapose the country’s desert-dominating landscapes. UAE has many beaches around its major cities, but as you drive away from these, you will find many beaches that are ‘hidden’ and just waiting to be discovered. These naturally beautiful beaches are perfect to hang out with your loved ones, go for a swim, check out the country’s marine life, or just feel the sand between your toes. 

An Arabian Peninsula nation, the border of United Arab Emirates runs 90 kilometers along the Gulf of Oman to its east and more than 650 kilometers along the Persian Gulf to its west. While most of the coast is made of salt pans, there is no dearth of sandy beaches here. 

Now, due to its location, the humidity and the heat at the beach can make it quite difficult but let that not deter you! These secret beaches in UAE are packed with excitement and adventure! 

1. Saadiyat Beach

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Saadiyat Island’s 400-meter public beach is the place to be for all things fun and luxurious. Just seven minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi, this beach is flanked by the best of five-star beachfront resorts. Now, this beach is not exactly free to access, but fun things to do here are plentiful. The beach’s trump card is its wildlife. Here you can swim in its clear waters and see dolphins. Back on the shore, chance upon seeing some hawksbill turtles as well. A great place to spend an afternoon, be ready to shell out AED 25 for adults and AED 15 for children who are 6 and above. 

2. Khor Kalba

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Khor Kalba may not be your regular beach that is loaded with amenities, but who needs all that when you can revel in the natural splendor of this private strip of heaven on earth all day long? Nestled at the foot of the Hajar Mountains, this beach is tucked away so that not many can find it. Situated on UAE’s East Coast, Khor Kalba is a 20-minute drive from Fujairah’s main street. The sensational sunrises and sunsets, a mangrove estuary, flocks of migratory birds, a playground for kids, and of course, a spacious and safe beach makes Khor Kalba one of the best Emirati beaches. 

3. Shuweihat Island

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If you are a major sea-view chaser, make your way to the Shuweihat Island. The island is full of beautiful natural rock formations and some of the most extensive canyon-style textures that you can see in UAE. Photographers would definitely love it here. Spend some time clicking pictures on the island and then head to the shore and have a dip. Later during the day, camp around the Sila beach and stargaze. The smooth colorful gradient of the sea will surely make you disconnect from the city life. 

4. Musandam

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The Musandam Peninsula is enclosed in the UAE and can only be accessed through the Emirates, the closest being the emirate of Ras al-Khaimah. There are many things to do here; you can head out on the Omani fjords on a dhow, scuba dive and snorkel and admire the small coral reefs and dolphins; or enjoy the desert landscapes in a 4WD; walk through the forest of acacias. But most importantly, do not miss the beaches of Musandam! Perfect for swimming, these beaches with their golden sands make for some of the best beaches near UAE.

5. Mirfa Beach

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Located 120 kilometers from the capital Abu Dhabi, Mirfa is a small fishing village in the Al Gharbia region and is best known for its pearl fishing. The town has a landscaped public beach that is lapped by turquoise waters and is almost always not crowded. Camping at the beach is quite popular, but still low-key. Home to the annual Al Gharbia Watersports Festival, Mirfa sees kitesurf enthusiasts come in from all over the country from late April to early May. 

6. Dibba

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Located on the eastern coast of UAE, Dibba is stunning and unspoiled. There is a reason why people go gaga about this beach. Accessible right off the E-99, Dibba Beach is less far-flung. Its calm vibe and many beach activities surely put this on the list of best beaches in UAE. Camping can also be best enjoyed at this beach. You will see many families make way to this beach with their little portable homes. The only thing to remember is, you need to come prepared with your victuals. If you plan on staying near to the beach, check out properties like Mina AlFajer Apartments, Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort, and Radisson Blu Resort, Fujairah. 

If you do your homework well, you will realize that most of these beaches are accessible by car. Some beaches you can take your tents to, some beaches you can take your bathing suits to! The choice is yours. Calm down and unplug from everyday life, head out to these secret beaches in UAE for a perfect weekend break.

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