Here is our guide if you’re unclear of what to dress on and off the beach in Dubai.
You might be unsure of the beach attire requirements in Dubai if this is your first visit.
The United Arab Emirates is a Muslim nation with significant Western influences, making it difficult for visitors to understand where to draw the line between proper and inappropriate behavior.
Despite this misunderstanding, Dubai is in a Muslim nation, and as a result, Islamic rules are upheld. As a result, both locals and visitors to Dubai are expected to adhere to and respect the local dress code. If you’re unsure of what to wear every day in Dubai, we have a detailed guide for you right here.
Otherwise, we want to help dispel any misunderstandings about our preferred weekend activity, which is going to the beach.
We frequently get inquiries from foreigners who are new to the UAE about what they are permitted to wear on any of Dubai’s beaches, so we’re hoping our guide may provide some explanation. Even some great crucial pieces to have in your wardrobe have been suggested by us!
The beaches in Dubai have a dress code.
Dubai’s rules and behavior are more permissive than in its neighboring emirates because of the emirate’s distinct cultural makeup. While here, visitors and locals alike should, however, generally dress modestly.
Do not expose too much of your legs, cleavage, or midriff. In a perfect world, shoulders and knees would also be covered, especially during Ramadan.
Having said that, this does not imply that you must be covered up at the beach.
When at the beach, what to wear
Locals, foreigners, and tourists all use the free public beaches in Dubai. You can choose from a variety of approved swimming and sunbathing attire right here.
Burkinis, one-piece suits, and bikinis are all common sights on Dubai’s public beaches and are acceptable to wear there.
Avoid wearing see-through shirts and tight thong bottoms, and never sunbathe topless or naked.
What to wear when you’re near the beach
You could be tempted to wear beach clothing to a restaurant close to the beach because of Dubai’s scorching weather.
It is advised that you cover up with appropriate clothing while you are not near the sea or on the sand. Wearing exposing clothing in public places is absolutely prohibited by law (away from and nearby to the beach). You should cover-up your swimwear when dining or drinking away from the beach or pool out of respect for the local Muslim culture and to avoid unwanted attention.
For example, if you head to The Beach at JBR, wearing your swimsuit on the sand is fine but once you hit the pavement and you’re nearby to the restaurants and roads on The Walk, you should be dressed suitably.
Our advice? Always visit the provided changing rooms before you exit the vicinity of the beach to ensure you’re dressed correctly and respectfully.
Dubai Beaches: public versus private
All of Dubai’s public beaches must abide by the aforementioned rules, but what about private beaches? around the emirate, those beaches connected to hotels by the waterB
You must be a resident of Dubai, pay a daily charge, or purchase a membership to access some of the nicest private beaches in Dubai. You will see everything from small bikinis to modest cover-ups here because it is a little more normal to dress as you would on the beach elsewhere.
Unclothed or topless sunbathing is still prohibited here.