Top Tips for Organizing the Perfect Beach Day in Dubai

Top Tips for Organizing the Perfect Beach Day in Dubai

In a place like Dubai, it is always a good idea to spend some time by the water.

Whether you are visiting for a week or are a lifelong resident, there is plenty more to experience when it comes to the beaches.

From the benefits of spending time at a beach club in Dubai to fun activities for the whole family, read on to learn the top tips for organizing the perfect beach day in Dubai.

1. Plan in advance

The sooner you can start planning your beach day, the better it is going to be. After all, the last thing you want is to feel stressed the morning of the big day. Therefore, by taking some time to get everything organized, you can be assured the day will run as smoothly as possible.

For starters, make sure you consider the time of day that you will spend at the beach. Midday is the hottest part of the day, so it is recommended that you arrive earlier so that you can enjoy the morning before taking a break when it is too warm.

By arriving early in the morning, you will also miss the crowds. You can then return to the beach after 3 pm and stay until early evening. This schedule will optimize your time at the beach while ensuring that no one overheats.

Additionally, make sure you check the tide times.

When there is a low tide, there is more sand, which means extra lounging space and the opportunity to play in the tide pools and look for seashells. However, during high tide, water levels rise, which then decreases the amount of beach area. So if you see wet sand, it’s usually a good indicator that it is high tide.

2. Rent a beach cabana

If you want to have the ultimate beach day in Dubai, you will want to rent a beach cabana. By opting to give yourself a private designated space, you and your companions will be able to enjoy everything the beach club offers fully.

When you rent a beach cabana, you are ensuring that your group has an easy place to gather. Even if some of you decide to hang out in the pool, swim in the ocean, or grab some food inside a restaurant, you can be assured that you will all know where to meet up later. In other words, the beach cabana works as a "home base" for your group.

Additionally, beach cabanas are always located in prime real estate, ensuring that you are close to all amenities and just a short walk from the beach. Plus, any children who are part of your group can comfortably nap on the luxurious couches inside the cabana.

If you decide that you want to rent a beach cabana, make sure you book it in advance as these usually have a limited availability. This will ensure that you have what you need to enjoy a full day of relaxation and elegant lounging.

3. Don't forget essentials

The key to a successful beach day is ensuring that you have all the items you need to be safe and comfortable. Even if you are only planning on lying on the beach (or in your beach cabana), there are still a few essentials that you need to have.

The most important items will help protect you from the sun, such as sunscreen, SPF chapstick, sunglasses, and a hat. Additionally, you want to wear flip-flops or sandals, a bathing suit, and a cover-up to ensure you can easily transition into the water.

Speaking of clothes, it is always good to bring something to change into, plus a bag for your wet clothes when you are finished. Extra-large beach towels are ideal as they are the easiest to lie on, and you can be sure that they will cover your entire lounge chair or cabana.

Depending on where you are going, you may also want to pack lots of water bottles and snacks to ensure you stay energized throughout your beach day.

Sandwiches are the most straightforward options, as are individually wrapped snacks such as granola bars or chips, or fruits and vegetables like grapes, sliced carrots, apples, and celery sticks. Just remember to clean up your garbage and throw it in a designated bin prior to leaving.

Reusable storage bags are ideal for transporting food and storing your electronics and other small items that you want to have on hand. For example, having a few bandaids and some antibiotic ointment is a good idea in case anyone cuts themselves on a sharp shell or rock.

4. Bring the fun

Of course, you don't need to bring any gear in order to have fun at the beach. After all, you can probably spend hours playing around in the waves. However, many people like to pack some extra items to accompany them for the day.

If you are a big reader, you will not want to forget your latest book, as there is nothing more enjoyable than spending a summer's afternoon engrossed in a novel. Also, you may want to pack your headphones so that you can have an upbeat soundtrack to enjoy while you read.

Alternatively, if you are looking to have a more active day at the beach, don't forget your snorkel gear, bodyboards, or shovels and buckets. All of these items are guaranteed to keep everyone occupied for hours. Remember, if you have young children in your group who will be using these items, make sure you are always watching over them as the water can change in a split second.

Other fun beach activities include a game of frisbee, volleyball, and a long walk along the shore. In other words, with a little planning, you can have a memorable beach day in Dubai.

Do you enjoy having beach days? If so, what do you think are the most essential tips for ensuring that you have the best day possible? If not, what are you waiting for?

Let us know your thoughts and any relevant advice in the comments below! 

Chiara Bisignani is the F&B Marketing Executive at Saadiyat Beach Club. She oversees website maintenance, PR requests, marketing initiatives and all general guests' inquiries for the company's destinations of KOI Restaurant & Lounge, Boa Steakhouse and Caramel Restaurant and Lounge in Abu Dhabi.