Page update - Dec 20, 2022
Al Mamzar Beach is the only beach in the Deira district of Dubai City. There are two parts there - first is paid and second is free. Do tourists in Deira hotels need to go there to swim and sunbathe? Or are there other options? How much should you pay, and what do you get for your money? How convenient and expensive to get there? Read the answers below on this page.
As of December 2022, Al Mamzar beach and park are open and operating normally. WARNING! Starting December 20, 2022, the C28 bus (going to the beach) timetable has changed. Look for the current timetables below on this page.
Starting February 26 and September 28, 2022, the requirement to wear masks outdoors (from February) and in cafes and restaurants (from September) has been abolished in all the Emirates. Accordingly, no mask is required throughout Al Mamzar Park (including facilities).
The paid part is called Al Mamzar Beach Park. In addition to the beach with all the conveniences, there are swimming pools, barbecue area, children playgrounds, cafe, snack bar and much more. The total area of the park is 262 acres (106 hectares). There are 1,900 palms and more than 6,000 other trees and shrubs planted there.
The beach park is in demand not only among tourists but also among the locals. They arrange children's birthdays and other family celebrations, gatherings with friends and barbecue there.
Some services in the park are for an additional fee: a ride on the local auto train - 2 dirhams, access to the pool - 10 dirhams for an adult and 5 for a child, cabanas - 150 dirhams a day for a small and 200 for a large. For the current dirham exchange rates, see our page "UAE Currency".
Both beach zones are quite long: the paid zone is about 1,25 miles (2 kilometers) and the free zone is about 2.5 miles (4 kilometers). There are no crowds of holidaymakers there even on holidays and weekends.
The paid part and the free part are next to each other. The paid park is on the northeastern edge of the Deira district and the free beach is to the south of the paid one. The free part is divided into the western and eastern parts. See the Deira district map near, click on the map to enlarge. The beach and park are shown in yellow on the map.
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The quality of the beach is about the same in the paid and free zones - the sand is great everywhere, but the paid zone is cleaner, after all they constantly clean there. The only difference is that the beaches in the paid area overlook the Persian Gulf and the free area overlook the inland Al Mamzar Lake (the eastern part) or the canal between the Deira area and the desert island of Al Mamzar (the western part).
The free section got much better in 2020-2022. The reconstruction was undergoing there. However, at the time this page was updated (December 2022) the reconstruction is still underway, but should be finished by the end of 2022.
The infrastructure at the free beach differs from part to part. The western section is the best equipped. There are garbage cans, tables and benches with umbrellas on top, lifeguard towers, and there is a toilet and changing room at the northern edge of the beach.
The eastern part of the beach is not as well equipped. The toilet and changing room are only at the northern edge of the beach. There are no sun loungers, umbrellas or benches even for a fee. There are garbage cans for garbage and open showers. It is free of charge. There are a few small cafes along the beach and no stores, so stock up on water and snacks in advance!
We recommend the paid part. First of all, it's cleaner. Secondly, there are toilets, changing rooms, showers. Thirdly, you can stroll in the park, take cover from the sun in the shade of palm trees, and there are playgrounds for children.
By the standards of the Arab Emirates, the price of 5 dirhams for a rest at a good beach is very cheap.
The first option is the C28 bus. It goes from the Gold Market, goes through the whole Deira district, and ends right in front of the entrance to the Al-Mamzar beach park. The fare is 3 dirhams per person. You need a NOL card for each passenger, see our page "Buses in the UAE" for details. Unfortunately, this bus only runs once a half hour.
The second option is a cab. A cab from a hotel in Deira will cost from 12 to 30 dirhams, depending on the distance. Take a look at the fares on our page "Taxis in the UAE".
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This is not a joke, it's true. Often it is more convenient for tourists from Deira hotels to take the subway and get to JBR to Dubai Marina or another beach, it is easier and cheaper. If the C28 bus doesn't stop nearby, paying 24-60 dirhams for a round-trip cab is quite expensive.
5 dirhams per person. Persons with disabilities and children under 2 years old enter free of charge.
You can only pay for entrance with a NOL card. You use such a card to pay for transport. Note that only Gold or Silver cards are accepted because it has an electronic wallet. Red cards are not accepted. If you do not have a card you can buy it at the entrance for 25 dirhams (if there are the cards on sale avaliable), of which 19 get into the account. Read more about the cards in our review of "NOL Cards".
Sunbed rent cost 20 dirhams for the whole day. Set of 2 sunbeds + umbrella cost 75.
If you want to park your car inside the park (620 parking spaces), the price is 30 dirhams per day. In this case people in the car get in with no fee. There is also free parking next to the park (618 cars).
The free part is available 24/7.
The paid part is open:
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 8am to 10pm (8-00 to 22-00).
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and national holidays: 8am to 11pm (8-00 to 23-00).
See the calendar of holidays in our review "National holidays in the UAE".
Attention! Mondays and Wednesdays are "ladies days". Only women and boys under the age of 7 years are allowed.
In the holy month of Ramadan: from 8am to 10pm (8-00 to 22-00). See the Ramadan schedule in our review "Ramadan in the UAE".
Attention! Since January 3, 2022, there is a new work week format in the UAE, about what we told in detail on our page "Fridays and weekends in UAE". Almost all attractions have changed their opening hours due to these changes. But Al Mamzar Park has not yet changed its schedule. Probably will in the near future. Just in case, we recommend looking at the official website of the Dubai Municipality - https://www.dm.gov.ae/historic_item/al-mamzar-beach-park/
- You can take food and drinks with you, there are no searches at the entrance to the paid park;
- Cabs are not always on duty at the exit of the park. And along the free beach they do not pass often. It is better to stock up on a local SIM-card and order a cab by phone. Read our reviews "How to call from the UAE" and "How to get free SIM in Dubai";
- If you are staying in a different district of Dubai city (not in Deira) and want to get to Al Mamzar beach, take the metro to the Union station. Then you can take the bus C28. For the subway map please see our review "Dubai Metro";
- The dress code on Al Mamzar beaches is the same as on the other beaches in Dubai - you can sunbathe and swim in a bikini, topless is not allowed. Read more about the dress code on the page "What you can't do in the UAE";
- In 2019, the Dubai Municipality released a special app for smartphones, with the help of which you can conveniently navigate the park. The app is called Almamzar Park, look for it on GooglePlay and AppStore, read our review "Internet in the UAE - how is cheap".
Have a nice time on the Dubai beaches, and read our interesting pages about the UAE (see list of the pages below).
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