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The luxurious Burj Al Arab hotel is one of Dubai’s most recognised landmarks. While most of us will never get to stay there, it is possible to sunbathe (fairly) close by on the Umm Suqeim public beach.

The beautiful, white sands and waves gently lapping make Umm Suqeim an ideal place to relax. It offers some of the best views of the Burj Al Arab hotel and Dubai city tour buses pass along the road next to the beach to afford tourists a photo opportunity.

The one drawback is that apart from a couple of changing huts, there are no facilities or shade on the beach so you will need to bring your own towels and if possible, chairs and umbrellas. The lack of facilities probably keep the numbers of visitors down but this shouldn’t put you off visitor Umm Suqeim beach as it is a great place to soak up the sun.

Throughout the day, helicoptors circle the beach as they land on the helicoptor pad on the Burj Al Arab dropping off guests who have recently arrived at the airport. It certainly beats fighting the Dubai traffic.

The other iconic hotel next to the Umm Suqeim Beach has been part of the Dubai skyline for a lot longer than the Burj Al Arab. The Jumeirah Beach Hotel was opened in 1997 and it’s unique wave shaped design beautifully compliments the sail shape of it’s 7* neighbour. Although it is not cheap, the Jumeirah Beach Hotel is a far more affordable option if you would like to spend your visit to Dubai in this part of town.

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