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Dubai: A day at Al Mamzar Beach Park

by Sanne
Beach 3, Al Mamzar Beach Park, Dubai

Al Mamzar Beach Park is located north of Deira. It’s on the border to Sharjah, but still in Dubai, so considering that’ I’ve been down here for 6 years, it’s actually embarrassing to admit, that it wasn’t until last weekend, that I finally made it up there. But that’s one of the good things about having visitors, isn’t it? That you’re forced out of your usual comfort zone, being a tourist in your own city again:)

You pay 30AED to get your car into Al Mamzar Beach Park, and on top of that there’a an additional charge of 5 AED per person. The distances inside the park are manageable, but it’s still nice to be able to take your car with you, so you have somewhere to store your beach chairs, towels and food.

Al Mamzar Beach Park is located on a small peninsula, so there’s water on both sides, but I liked the beaches along the west coast the most. Beach number 2 is nearby the entrance, and it seemed to be the busiest one, probably because it’s easily reached for those who didn’t bring their car. Beach 2 also had a small cafeteria and a couple of vendors selling ice cream and coffee.

Beach 3 is located north of Beach 2, and this was the beach I liked the most, primarily because it wasn’t as crowded as Beach 2. Further up north was Beach 4. It was smaller than the other two beaches and there was a lot of rubbish floating around, which was sad to see. Though overall, Al Mamzar Beach Park was a really nice place, and if you’re staying in the northern part of Dubai, the park is an obvious choice for a relaxing day by the sea. The sand is coarse, but white and the water is clear.

Most people probably visit Al Mamzar because of the beaches but the park is also nice. There’s a wooden tower in the center of the park, and even though it isn’t very tall, the view from there is nice enough to make it worth climbing the stairs. And one more thing: Al Mamzar is a very local neighborhood, and inside the park, you’ll probably see more burkinis than bikinis, so dress respectfully, and don’t walk around in your bikini outside the beach area.

• Mondays and Wednesdays are ladies only days.

• You can rent your own private chalet for the day. The chalets are located up north on Beach 4.
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