Dubai International Airport

Airport Beaches Mina Al Salam BeachDubai
Mina Al Salam is an upmarket private beach in the shadow of the Burj Al Arab.

Dubai offers beaches for all tastes and budgets and, depending on the length of your layover, most are within reach of the airport.

The sparkling waters of the Arabian Gulf are closest at Al Mamzar Beach Park, a series of sandy horseshoe coves a few miles north of Dubai's airport.

There, you'll find warm water, shady umbrellas, and a selection of eateries and green spaces. It's worth bearing in mind Mondays and Wednesdays are for women only.

South of the airport the closest option is Jumeirah Open Beach, a wide sandy shore open to the public. Further down the strip are Jumeirah Beach Park and Kite Beach, a kitesurfers' haven near the Burj Al Arab.

Seeking something more exclusive? Dubai has an array of beach clubs which give access to their own private sands. For a fee, of course.

Cove Beach, Nasimi Beach on the Palm Jumeirah and jet-set Nikki Beach are just a few.

First published July 11, 2017: 8:06 AM ET