La Mer Beach, located in the prestigious neighbourhood of Jumeirah 1, is a world-class beachfront venue by Meraas, which flaunts luxurious residential properties, the hottest dining spaces, beachside shopping, breezy walkways and graffiti art, to name a few.
To be precise, La Mer Dubai houses four distinct areas- the entertainment and leisure hub, La Mer beach, and two upscale residential spaces called the North and South Island.
La Mer, which translates to ‘the sea’ in French, has a happy vibe with soulful music played in outdoor speakers throughout the beach walk experience, which lights up in the evening, giving it a whole different vibe for tourists and residents alike to relax and unwind.
Things to do at La Mer Beach
Shop with a View
Shop from an array of boutiques and retailers for beach wears, swim wears, sunglasses, cosmetics and choose from fashionable and unique collections of garments. All this and more, where you can shop whilst taking a stroll through the beachside.
- Trina Turk: Shop for fun, trendy, summery beachwear and accessories that should make you stand out. Their signature prints have made the LA-based boutique Trina Turk a favourite brand among millennials.
Closest Parking: Yellow Zone – North 1
Timings: Open daily, 10 am -12 am
- Hamac: Hamac beach boutique offers high-end designer beachwear for men, women and kids. Their kaftans and swimsuits are said to turn the heat up a notch with their bright, bold designs and vibrant colours.
Closest Parking: Central Valet – South 1
Timings: Open daily, 10 AM-10 PM
- iSea: Check out the cool and contemporary branded sunglasses, contact lenses and frames from iSea. They also offer eye testing facilities. Complete your beach look with the perfect pair of shades.
Closest Parking: South 2
Timings: Open daily, 10 am-10 pm
- SevenFriday: Stay trendy with SevenFriday statement watches. You can also get an additional 15% off from your total bill if you download the SunSational Summer App by Meraas.
Timings: Open daily, 10 am-10 pm
- MakeUp Lab: Apart from Sephora, the MakeUp lab also is a one-stop-shop for all your beauty needs. Glam your day or grab some extra sunscreen, or simply window shop for the latest collection.
Timings: Sun-Thu- 10 am – 10 pm
Fri-Sat – 10 am – 12 pm
Apart from those above, shop for stylish beach wear and even fun beach accessories; look out for Via Rodeo, LA Rags, Beach Bunny, Pain De Sucre and several other quirky and one-of-a-kind little shops.
Click Away at the Most ‘Instagramable’ Place
La Mer Beach and its walkway have funky and colourful graffiti street art and locations; that is every tourists dream and every blogger’s goal to rake likes and followers. Get creative with your selfies than the cliched beach pictures with street art at pavements and across buildings, and some even with Arabic quotes and playful murals.
Eat Your Heart Out
La Mer has over 130 establishments which, apart from shops, also includes a curation of cafes and restaurants. From international cafe brands to local Arabic cuisine, La Mer has it all. Here are a few restaurants and cafes which we recommend you to try while at La Mer beach:
Whilst your in Dubai, one should not miss a taste of the local Arabic cuisine. This brand specialises in traditional Arabic sweets like Kunafa, Arabic Coffee, Karak tea and other local drinks and snacks. Fusion dishes like shawarma fries to suit different pallets can also be found here.
Location: Last Exit, D89 Al Khawaneej
Timings: Sun-Thu, 8 am-1 am
Fri-Sat, 8 am-2 am
Amorino Gelato Cafe
What’s better to have on a sunny beach in Dubai than authentic gelato from Italy!? Famous for their rose-shaped gelato cones, Amorino Gelato Café has all flavours under the sun!
Location: 2 A St – Jumeirah St
Timings: Open daily from 10 am – 12 am
Kaftan Turkish Gourmet
If you fancy Turkish cuisine, head to Kaftan Turkish Gourmet for traditional mezzes, koftas and kebabs. Down it with some chilled mocktails and exotic Shishas for an authentic experience.
Location: Shop 19, South, La Mer, Jumeirah 1
Timings: Open daily from 9 am- 12.30 am
Aprons & Hammers
What’s better than eating seafood near the beach! Aprons & Hammers is every seafood lover’s paradise. As the name suggests, you can witness lots of hammering to crack open the crabs and other shellfish. If you are not a huge fan of seafood, they have meat and veggie options too.
Location: La Mer Central, Jumeirah 1
Timings: Sun-Wed 12 pm- 12 am
Thu-Sat 12 pm -1 am
Masti, which translates to ‘frolic’, serves fusion North-Indian cuisine with a live DJ and amazing cocktails setting up the vibe for the weekend. They also have an open terrace space, in addition to the lounge, bar and restaurant. They also have some fun offers like “Masti Hour” where you can save on drinks.
Check out their website to know more about Ladies Night and more offers.
Timings: Sat-Wed 1 pm-1 am, Thu-Fri 1 pm-2 am
Smoky beach is the perfect romantic cafe that offers stunning views over La Mer Beach with a unique shisha experience, making it the perfect sunset spot. Grab some light and healthy bites and drinks from their special menu or choose from sushi rolls to indulgent desserts. No matter what the choice of food, we can assure you would enjoy the view.
Location: North, La Mer, Jumeirah 1
Timings: Open daily 10 am – 4.30 am
La Mer has around 50 restaurants and cafes to choose from, with options being so diverse, that there is always something to suit your palate. The area has three licensed restaurants that serve a bar menu and delicious food, Masti, Stars N Bars and Osh, which is an Uzbek restaurant.
Hit the Cinema
Watch the latest movies at Roxy Cinemas at La Mer Dubai for the most luxurious cinematic experience. Comfy reclining seating and dine-in options go way past the regular popcorn to Wagyu and chicken burgers with decadent desserts and mocktails.
Location: Next to Laguna Waterpark
Check their website for showtimes.
If you don’t feel a laid back evening shopping, strolling is your vibe, Laguna Waterpark should be on your list. With an exhilarating raft ride, a surfing zone, and a splashdown lane named ‘free fall’, the Laguna Waterpark at La Mer Dubai have five main attractions in itself to get your adrenaline pumping.
For the laidback to relax and unwind, they also have the lazy river, pool lounge, cabanas and infinity pools.
Unlike most waterparks which restricts movement once entered, the advantage here is that you can have complete entry and exit access to nearby restaurants or even head to the beach as and when you wish.
Check out the rates and timings at their official website
Hawa Hawa is a trampoline park for all age groups, inspired by the desert dunes. The concept originates from Japan and is a one of a kind outside of East-Asia. This is a great form of passive exercise for kids and adults alike. For spending 20 minutes, it costs AED25 and 40 minutes is AED40.
Timings: Sun-Thu, 10 am – 10 pm
Fri-Sat, 10 am – 12 am
Sea breeze offers you a comfortable and fun experience of the beach where you can rent sunbeds and umbrellas alone or even a fancy, fully air-conditioned room with plush indoor furniture and a private terrace. You could also try out motorised water sports, from flyboarding to jet skiing.
Check out their price list at their website
Timings: Sun- Thu, 10 am – 10 pm
Fri-Sat, 10 am – 12 am
Do You Have to Pay to Visit La Mer, Dubai?
Other than Sea Breeze, Laguna Waterpark and Hawa Hawa trampoline park, the La Mer beach and walkway have free access for tourists and residents.
When is the Best Time to Visit La Mer?
The best time to visit La Mer is during the winter. Winter in Dubai is from October to March and present the best time to visit with a cooler breeze and low humidity. Try to avoid the months of April to September when the temperatures are extremely high, unless you are used to the heat of course!
The one benefit of vising La Mer outside of these months is that it would generally be quieter than the winter months when tourists mainly flock here.
Other Facilities Available at La Mer Dubai
- Basement Vehicle Locator- La Mer offers a vehicle locator machine near all lift lobbies for finding the cars parked in the basement parking lot.
- Smart Police Station– Visitors requiring any sort of help can contact the local police via the smart police station.
- Wi-Fi- Free Wi-Fi available across the destination 24×7! Perfect for sending snaps of La Mer back home to make your friends and family jelous!
- ATM-Several ATM machines are available across multiple locations.
- Money Exchange- Tourists with foreign currency need not worry. There are several registered money exchanges available for bill payment and currency exchange.
- EZ Train & EZ Taxi- Touring all of La Mer by foot is no longer daunting with EZ taxi and train services.
- Car Wash- Car wash services are available daily from 12 pm to 12 am by paying a nominal fee of AED 30. You can enjoy the beach while your daily chore of car wash is sorted.
- All amenities available at La Mer Beach- From lifeguards to showers, restrooms, and changing facilities for adults and babies, La Mer Beach has it all. They also offer umbrellas and lounge chairs for rent.
How to Reach La Mer Dubai?
RTA bus numbers 8, 9, C10 and 88 are available at Beach Center 2, Century Plaza 1 and 2, and Jumeirah Centre.
Hotels like Fairmont, Emirates Grand, Dusit Thani, The H Hotel, Sheraton Grand or Downtown Hotel offer complimentary shuttle buses that will drop you off at La Mer Dubai.
There are no direct metro stops to La Mer Dubai. You can, however, jump off at the nearest metro station, the Business Bay Metro Station, which falls in the red line, and then catch a direct bus (no.9) to La Mer Dubai.
Best Hotels Near La Mer Dubai
Rove, La Mer Beach Hotel
Rove La Mer Beach Hotel is a situated right on the heart of La Mer, making it just walking distance from all other attractions of La Mer. They also have a temperature-controlled saltwater pool, in case you fancy a more private beach experience!
Price Range: Starting from AED500 per night.
Website: Rove La Mer
This four stay hotel is located a 10 minute walk away from the main promenade of La Mer Beach but offers a great standard of rooms at a cut rate price! A double room here starts from just as little as 195AED per night. The hotel has a rating of 4.2 / 5 on Google Reviews so you are definitely getting great value for your stay here.
Featured in our article on The Best Hotels in Dubai for Medium Budgets, Mandarin Oriental. Similar to the Jumeira Rotana, Mandarin Oriental is located a ten minute walk away from the main La Mer Beach area. The average nightly rate at the Mandarin Hotel is 1,200AED.
Al Khoory Executive Hotel – Al Wasl
Al Khoory Executive Hotel is perfect for business and leisure being in the vicinity of The Dubai World Trade Centre. Jumeirah Beach, Burj Khalifa and of course La Mer Dubai. They also offer baby-sitting facilities on prior notice for those parents who are either working or wanting a romantic night out.
Price Range: Starting from AED 140 per night.
La Mer Beach is the perfect depiction of Dubai’s lifestyle where there is something for everyone. Whether you are a laid back, relaxed person tired from monotonous work-life looking to unwind with some cocktails and a long walk at the beach, or you are a tourist who wants to party hard and click away a million pictures for social media, or someone looking for the high-life with romantic candlelit dinner over the beachside, La Mer Dubai caters is the perfect melting pot that caters to the needs of all.
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