Best Things to Do at La Mer, Dubai
One of Dubai´s newest and most popular hotspots has opened in October 2017 – and has become a popular place for people of all ages.
“The wind in your hair. The sand in your toes.” La Mer welcomes you with this lovely quote and it matches.
Dubai has a new, fun hotspot, and if you come to see it, you will find out very quickly why La Mer is a great place to visit.
On my recent trip, I could not help but visit La Mer several times. After all, it has a lot of different things to offer and quickly became one of my favorite spots – and I am not even a beach person! Find out why you should add it to your Dubai itinerary and what to do at La Mer. And I came back: Whenever I am in Dubai, I make sure to hit La Mer several times.
La Mer is a newly created area that just opened and will be one of the hotspots in 2018.
It is perfect if you just want to escape the craziness of Dubai Downtown (while still having a cool view on Burj Khalifa and the Dubai skyline), enjoy some beach time and water sports, go shopping, have a nice lunch/dinner, and if you like to see some really cool street art. Even though the private beaches are sometimes quieter and nicer, this is more fun and one of the best beaches in Dubai.
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How to Get There
La Mer is located in the Jumeirah area. It takes about a 20-minute drive from attractions like Burj Khalifa (without the traffic) or 30 minutes from Burj al-Arab,
I suggest getting there by car or cab. There is are (underground parking available).
City Sightseeing buses stop at Jumeirah Mosque (blue line), which is just around the corner, and from there you can start your journey at La Mer – North Beach.
Buses also get here: RTA Buses 9 and 88
There is a complimentary shuttle bus from a few hotels in Dubai (though I could not figure out if they also offer the return transfer) that anybody can use.
Where to Stay at La Mer
There are several very good hotels and also more budget-friendly places, close to Jumeirah. While the area, in general, is a more expensive one, there are some 3 and 4-star hotels quite close La Mer and for more budget-friendly places you check out our rates in Dubai Deira and Dubai Creek.
Extras/Services at La Mer
Mobile charging boxes (though none of those worked when I was there and the staff could not figure out what the problem was)
Complimentary shuttle buses to only a few hotels in Dubai
Free showers and toilets
Baby changing facilities
Wheelchair accessible (many areas)
What to do in La Mer, Dubai
You can also start your journey at La Mer – South Beach or the North Beach.
Chill at the Beach at La Mer
Before you see the beachfront, you´ll get to see some restaurants, beautiful new walking paths, and a tiny artificial pond. But you do not have to walk for long to discover the coolest section of beach in all of Dubai.
Dubai´s beaches are not bad, but with all the city life, I get the feeling that a day at the beach is underrated.
However, not so at La Mer. This area has the coolest outdoor toilets ever (seriously, they are really stylish) and the absolute, most stylish (I probably have to use this adjective quite often when talking about La Mer) outdoor showers ever, as well as other fun details.
You can rent sun lounges and umbrellas, or even your own cabana, but you can also budget and bring your own towels and umbrellas, and chill under the sun.
While the showers and toilets are free, you can also get the paid version (but even the free toilets are quite clean and okay to use).
You can do all kinds of watersports – obviously, those activities are not free, but probably worth it if you are into water activities. You can rent inflatable pool floats, you can go stand up paddling, flyboarding, boat cruising and more.
The view from the beach is great, at least if you ask me. Surely, a secluded beach is also fantastic, but a day at the beach with such a view is unbeatable for a city girl like me.
Play Around – Kid´s Heaven
Most kids love the beach, but there are more things for children (and adults) to do at La Mer.
Whether you visit a playground with them at La Mer or let them trampoline at Hawa Hawa, this is a kid’s heaven and your children – regardless of their age – will love this area.
Just recently, the Laguna Waterpark opened. Four distinctive zones – Surf, Relax, Slide and Splash – seem like a heaven for those enjoying being in the water (without the fish). Plus, there are also a few rides, including a children’s zone.
There are also a few waterslides that are totally unique in the United Arab Emirates. Also, tickets for this water park are much cheaper than tickets for the other two main waterparks.
Dining at La Mer Dubai
While many restaurants and cafes are open already, there are still many that are not. However, you will definitely find something that satisfies your cravings.
While there is not really any budget food, you can find more affordable restaurants, as well as nicer and finer dining options. The restaurants are numerous and pretty stylish (here we have that word again).
There are healthy eating options, as well as hearty ones, and a lot of choices for dessert.
I just loved the food/cuisine choices and the pretty interiors that made me want to stay in the restaurants forever. From Greek to Arabic, from Italian to Turkish food – you will have a hard time deciding on the perfect restaurant because of its numerous choices.
Shopping at La Mer
While I like (or better used to liked) shopping in Germany, I do not shop in Dubai. It is more expensive and I would probably prefer a mall to the beachfront for shopping.
However, shopping addicts will find retail stores here to their heart´s content like Sephora. On a winter day (so probably from November to March) it is probably more fun to shop here than in a mall.
Once the area is further established, I am sure that there will be even more shops open.
Check out Street Art / Architecture at La Mer
In a city that is, normally, all about glitter and gold, skyscrapers and modernity, La Mer is refreshingly different.
I am not sure how to label this kind of style – but this retro, New Yorkian, fun style is so pretty and beautiful that it creates a perfect contrast to the skyline of Dubai, which you can see in the background.
The street art is awesome; not only the “habibi” graffiti, but each of the images is fun, friendly, and interesting.
The buildings and different elements are so pretty, and this whole retro style has been implemented perfectly. While I do love modernity, I am head over heels for this area and style.
It shows a different side of Dubai and, okay, it might seem out of place to some, but I found it refreshing and interesting.
If you visit Dubai anytime soon and skip La Mer, you will have definitely missed out.
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