AL SUFOUH BEACH
This almost barren stretch of golden sand goes by many names – Secret Beach, Al Sufouh Beach, Black Palace Beach – and is as close to a hidden gem as you’re likely to get.
Much of the confusion over its name stems from its relative seclusion, tucked away as it is down an almost impossible-to-find sandy track off King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (previously Al Sufouh Road). The turning is just after the Dubai College 1 bus stop.
Situated on a stretch of coastline between the Burj Al Arab and the Palm Jumeirah, there’s not really much there, just a section of secret shoreline wedged between a couple of palaces. There are no amenities, no showers, no food trucks. Nothing. Just sand and shallow water perfect for the young ones.
Because you can drive up to the beach and park, one of its defining features is the row of 4x4s lining its fringes. Perfect for picnics and lazy weekend afternoons.
Off King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, daily 24 hours (no swimming after dark), free