We’ve narrowed down the field of the Middle East’s diverse and abundant beaches to help you choose the spot to head on your Eid Holidays. We considered which beaches boast smooth sand, pleasant waters and high-quality tourist attractions to bring you this list of the best beaches in the Middle East. Read on to know if your favorite beach makes it to the top ten.
10. Emirates Palace Beach, Abu Dhabi, UAE
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With one of the most beautiful hotels in the world on one side and the enigmatic Persian gulf on the other, it’s hard for this beach to miss out on any top 10 list. Even birdwatchers can enjoy this place as it is frequented by migratory birds,
9. Jumeira Beach, Dubai, UAE
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The beaches of UAE never fail to impress. Jumeirah beach sitting so close to Dubai, is one of the most popular but what’s exceptional here is that it has managed to maintain cleanliness despite the large number of visitors it receives on a daily basis. Ideal for swimming with low tides and calm waves, many can be seen teaching their children swimming here.
8. Duraz Beach, Bahrain
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Despite the island Kingdom being surrounded by waters all around and thus houses numerous beaches, Duraz manages to stand out. With beautiful sunset views and plenty of fishing opportunities, the beach is for those who are looking for an enjoyable time without having to go far from the city.
7. Jebel Ali Beach, UAE
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As you wander along this curve of beach, the sand changes from pearly white to granite grey, while the water stays reassuringly translucent blue. The sand in this one is pretty exceptional, slowly eroding into the waters creating a translucent blue color near the shore.
6. Qurrum Beach, Muscat, Oman
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Qurrum beach is one of the most popular beaches in southern Arabia. With no shortage of activities — surfing, sailing, deep-sea fishing — this beach is set against lush palm trees in the backdrop.
5. Marina Beach, Salmiyah, Kuwait
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Hardly undiscovered, but the impressive city backdrop, clean sand and wild waves provide a suitably gorgeous setting for city dwellers to flock here each and every week.
4. Katara Beach, Doha, Qatar
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Qatar has many fantastic beaches, but most are rather isolated. The chief exception is Katara beach: backed by low-rise hotels, the long, wide stretch of white sand offers gently shelving waters and some amazing restaurants lined up nearby.
3. Farasan Islands Beach, Saudi Arabia
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Azure waters, a perfect crescent of sugar-fine white sand. It’s everything you would expect from an idyllic island beach — without the crowds.
2. Dalwasiya Beach, Socotra, Yemen
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Calmly resting on the isolated and mystical island of Socotra this beach is for those looking for unadulterated barefoot luxury. Offering dramatic views of a landscape so diverse with wide and long clear blue waters and fine sands, this beach is hard to fault.
1. Aqaba Beach, Jordan
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Pedants will point fingers at this beach but there is little need for early-morning towels on sun-lounges along this enormous expanse of fine sand. It’s the only link of Jordan to the sea and is home to most of the country’s luxury resorts and hotels, so there is no shortage of things to do.