The United Arab Emirates has beaches? Here are 5 beach resort destinations in the UAE

You must be thinking, Asia has the best beaches in the world. And are there even beach destinations in the desert? In the Middle East? Specifically in the United Arab Emirates?

Well, amazingly, there are. And they have the classiest and most luxurious beach resorts as well. If you are from Europe and flying to Asia takes too long for you, then the next best thing that you have is the Middle East. But, why not? You have beaches, you have summer, and even if it's still winter, the sun is up. And you can simply pretend it's Asia, with all the Asian people living in the Middle East and the availability of tropical fruits are endless. And if you're from Asia, why won't you go to the Middle East? Shopping is cheap, and with all the Caucasian people living there you'd also think you're in Europe. Plus, worldwide cuisine is not a problem. From sumptuous Indonesian cuisine to West African cuisine, Arabic to Russian, everything is there.

1. Waldorf Astoria Ras al Khaimah

Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah, Foursquare.com

Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah, Foursquare.com

Experience true luxury in this hotel. Living up to the brand of Waldorf Astoria, this hotel has really great amenities - a couple of restaurants, two pools, a football field, bars, and a nightclub, to mention a few. Not to mention a huge beach! You will definitely enjoy your stay here.


Rates: $286/night and up

Name:
Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah
Address:
Vienna Street, Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
TEL:
+971 7 203 5555
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

2. Sheraton jumeirah Beach Resort

Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, Foursquare.com

The Sheraton in this part of Dubai does not look nor feel like you're in the middle of the desert. With it's lush tropical greenery, you'd feel more like you went to Maldives or Seychelles.

Rates: $191/night and up

Name:
Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort
Address:
Al Sufouh Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
TEL:
+971 4 399 5533
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

3. Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach

Sofitel Jumeirah Beach Resort

The Jumeirah Beach Road is one of the most popular places in Dubai. People flock here because you have restaurants, shops, cafes and hotels by the beach. There's also a residential area nearby. If you're a tourist and you're looking for a great hangout where everything is readily available, then head on down to JBR.

Sofitel is one of the beach resorts in this area and is definitely one of the more luxurious resorts. Service is topnotch and food quality is really fantastic.

Rates: $197/night and up

Name:
Infini Pool Lounge at Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach
Address:
Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai Marina (The Walk at JBR), Dubai, United Arab Emirates
TEL:
+971 4 448 4848
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

4. Fujairah Rotana Resort and Spa - Al Aqah Beach

Fujairah Rotana Resort & Spa, Foursquare.com

Fujairah is a wee bit far from Dubai, if you're coming in through the Dubai Airport. But the drive is worth it. You will see the country's paved mountains, and the driving scenery is quite great. And once you arrive in Fujairah, you will marvel at how they were able to place a luxurious resort in between the mountains, the desert and the sea.

Rates: $177 /night and above

Name:
Fujairah Rotana Resort & Spa
Address:
Al Aqah Beach, Fujairah (Al Aqah Beach), Fujairah, United Arab Emirates
TEL:
+971 9 244 9888
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

5. Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort and Spa

Anantara Dubai فندق أنانترا, Foursquare.com

There is nothing better than bringing the Asian essence to the Middle East with the Anantara brand. This luxurious beach resort has water villas with Thai decorations. Definitely no need to fly all the way to Asia.

Rates: $374/night and up

Name:
Anantara Dubai فندق أنانترا
Address:
Palm Jumeirah, East Crescent (جزيرة نخلة جميرا - شرق الهلال), Jumeirah Palm, United Arab Emirates
HP:
Foursquare.com

Conclusion

Traveling to the United Arab Emirates for their beaches is like saying going to West Africa for Baclava. The two things just don't jive but reserve this judgment for when you get there. You might be surprised. Isn't that what traveling is supposed to do to us?

Author

Geninna
5 things I can't live without: coffee, books, my iPod, wifi, and my husband :D Born and raised in Manila, Philippines but I've lived in Qatar, Indonesia, and the UAE. I am currently living in Romania, and I have been on vacations to Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam :) And does a stop over in Bahrain and Germany count?