AL SUFOUH BEACH

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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

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