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Sunset Dubai: Top 10 Places to Catch See Beautiful Sunset

Last updated on December 26th, 2023 at 05:17 pm

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Between the timeless deserts, tranquil beaches, and sky-high buildings, Dubai includes plenty of great spots to take in the perfect sunset spectacle. Below are our personal favorite locations among the lot to watch those colorful evening Arab skies in action.     

If you’re a sunset fan like us and want to experience the best dusk time in Dubai with all its glory, then these are the top sunset Dubai places you should visit. 

10 Best Sunset Dubai Places

Burj Khalifa, At the Top

Burj Khalifa, At the Top

What could be a better place to see the blushing skies than standing on the world’s tallest Building? Book your visit to their observation deck on the 124th floor and see the beautiful orange sun setting over the city’s mesmerizing skylines with the magnificent Arabian Gulf in the backdrop. We advise reserving in advance and arriving before sundown begins to avoid losing out on the breathtaking scenery. If you can, Grab a bite afterward at level 122’s Atmosphere lounge for a delightful evening conclusion. 

Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach

Present right next to the iconic Burj Al Arab building, Sunset Beach is the ideal place for those who enjoy serene and quieter evenings. Also known as the Public Beach, it’s among the most popular sunset Dubai spots and people’s favorite to capture those aesthetic Instagram pictures. As you sit on the beautiful white sand stretch, you’ll be lost in the splendid dusk views, pink, orange, and purple tones reflecting over the clear water as the sun takes a dip behind the ocean. Also suitable for leisure strolls, especially in winter. 

Kite Beach

Kite Beach

Move a bit right to the sunset beach, and you’ll find the bustling Kite Beach offering the same coastal spectacle but with lots of fun activities. It’s the perfect sunset Dubai site if you’re looking for a livelier environment. Spend a thrilling day with kite-surfacing, boat paddling, or yoga, and then watch the descending sun painting the sky with beautiful warm hues in the evening. Another plus is the availability of several cafes and restaurants so you can enjoy delicious meals while admiring the captivating twilight sights.

Dubai Creek Abra Ride 

Dubai Creek Abra Ride 

Another of our favorites to soak in the perfect Arabian sunset is Dubai Creek or its iconic boat rides, to be precise. For those who don’t know, Dubai Creek Waters connects the historical Deira souks to the modern Bur Dubai Area. So, When you take a dhow trip along the streams in the evening, you get to witness the cultural and modern sides of Dubai, both illuminated charmingly by the golden glow of the departing sun. Such scenic sundown vision is hard to find somewhere else. Make sure you stay until twilight when you visit the Deira Souqs next. 

If you’re not a boating fan, you can opt to dine at restaurants along the creek, like Cielo Sky Lounge, and gaze at the sun melting into the city’s horizons. But the most budget-friendly option is undoubtedly the traditional wooden abra boats, costing 1 AED only. Lavish cruise and yacht rides are also present for a rather luxurious experience. 

Palm Jumeirah 

Palm Jumeirah 

The next on our list to witness the best sunset Dubai is Palm Jumeirah. Also famous as the largest artificial archipelago in the world, The man-made palm tree-shaped island is the home to several posh hotels and upscale beaches that provide the most fantastic sundown sepctales in the city. If you’re a visitor, you can book a stay at hotels like the Atlantis or Waldorf Astoria and see the daylight fading away with the great ocean and city frameworks.

Those who find lodging a bit much can simply drive to the beach areas next to these hotels in the evening and enjoy the magnificent sunset sights with leisure walks. These spots are also excellent for taking photographs, so make sure to keep your phones and camera batteries full. Palm Jumeirah also features several theme parks, malls, and restaurants, making it a popular entertainment haven for tourists and residents alike. 

Skydive Dubai

Skydive Dubai

Offering a thrilling freefall experience at the speed of 120 miles/hour, the tandem skydive at the Skydive Dubai is perfect for enjoying an adventurous sunset in Dubai. Book the last dive offered at sunset time and observe the breathtaking display of nature on an exhilarating ride in the air. You can choose from two dropzones: the Palm, with the stunning aerial glance of Pam Jumeirah, or the desert, located 35km away from the city, giving a bird’s eye view of Dubai’s sandy dunes. 

Don’t worry about safety; you’ll be skydiving while being connected to a professional instructor. The package also includes a picture and standard video of your experience so you can cherish the memories of the remarkable twilight scene forever—a perfect sunset Dubai retreat for all daring souls. Make sure you book in advance, as the slots fill up quickly. 

The Desert Dubai

The Desert Dubai

Although Dubai includes numerous exciting sunset sites, nothing beats the enchanting sundowns of deserts. Standing in the middle of golden dunes with an open pink sky above, slowly transitioning into the night, there’s something truly magical about this experience. While you can stop by the areas lining the deserts like Town Square, Damac 2, and Mira Oasis, our personal favorite to cherish a true desert evening is the desert safari ride.

Offered by many tour operators in town, these rides take you to Dubai Desert Conservation Reserves in the middle of the sand as the golden hour starts, followed by traditional camping and dinner. You can take scenic photographs on the way with beautiful evening desert landscapes in the backdrop. Cherry on the top is the mesmerizing starlit sky you get to observe at night, a sight that’s hard to find inside the bustling city areas. Explore the best Desert Safari Dubai offers

Al Qudra Lake 

Al Qudra Lake 

Located in Al Marmoom Conservation Reserves, Al Qudra Lake is another popular spot to indulge in dramatic dusk scenes in Dubai. It’s an oasis consisting of a series of man-made lakes amidst the dunes and is mainly known for its diverse wildlife, including over 130 birds and 39 plant species, among many others. As you drive to the lake from the city, you get to see Arabian camels, gazelles, onyx, and other desert animals, which are rare to find elsewhere.  

The lake area features many food trucks and camping spots, making it a popular place for family picnics. You’ll also find the famous two-heart-shaped love lake, ideal for a romantic sundown experience. Additionally present is the bike track where you can pedal along while soaking in the charming setting sun. If you want a sunset Dubai with desert, waterfront, and greenery spectacles combined, then Al Qudra Oasis is not to miss out. As it gets hotter in summer, the best time to visit Al Qudra is in winter, from October to April, both in the evenings and mornings. 

Jetty Lounge

Jetty Lounge

Jetty Lounge is an ideal pick for those who want picture-perfect sunset vistas coupled with delicious sundowners. It’s a chic beachfront bar in Dubai Marina that has become an Instagrammers favorite for capturing spectacular dusk scenery. Sip on the refreshing cocktails and gaze at the crimson skies, bidding farewell to the sun over the vast sea horizon while admiring the Dubai Marina Skylines on the back. For a more immersive experience, take a stroll down to the alluring promenade. 

JBR and Bluewaters Island

JBR and Bluewaters Island

The last of our list to have the best sunset Dubai includes the family favorite 1.7km long Jumeirah Beach Residence, which, with its premium eateries, cinemas, ziplines, and other activities, is an ideal destination to watch the sun go down whether alone or in groups. Situated right opposite is The Beach bridge of JBR that connects through a pedestrian Walk to the Bluewater islands, which you may know for hosting Ain Dubai, the largest Ferris wheel in the world.

You can stay at JBR for a laid-back experience and see the sun hiding behind the Ain Dubai wheel, or you can stroll across The Beach with several malls and restaurants along, and if that doesn’t, please you, a further tour to the 32 hectares island of bluewater will surely leave you spellbound with its glorious nightfall spectacles closer to the sea. Not to mention the fine dining, shopping, and entertainment facilities the urban island includes, which make it a must-visit attraction for all tourists. 

Location, Contact and Timings: 

  • JBR, Dubai Marina, Dubai, UAE,+971 45905090, Beach is accessible 24/7, Retail Sun-Thu 10:AM to 11 PM, Fri-Sat 10 AM to 12 AM, Food: Sun-Thu 10 AM to 12 AM, Fri-Sat 10 AM to 1 AM
  • Bluewaters Island – Dubai – UAE, 800-738245, Retail: Mon-Thu 10 AM to 11 PM, Fri-Sun 10 AM to 12 AM, Food: Mon-Thu 10 AM to 12 AM, Fri-Sun 10 AM to 12 AM

Sunset Dubai Timings

Sunset Dubai Timings

The sunset time in Dubai during winter starts at 5:28 PM and goes up to 6 PM. 

In summer, the sunset begins at 7 PM and extends up to 7:30 PM. 

Note that exact times vary on different days and seasons, so it’s best to confirm it individually before planning your sunset adventure. 

Sunset is one of the most beautiful marvels of nature that is free to enjoy and reminds you of the creator’s beauty. While there’s only one sun, the vistas and experience of sundown differ worldwide, and the same is true for sunset Dubai. Let us know your top picks to catch the lovely setting sun in Dubai in the comment sections below. 

Suraqah Farhan
Suraqah Farhan
Suraqah Farhan Antar is a distinguished content writer and researcher with a remarkable track record that includes contributions to esteemed publications such as Forbes, Gulf News, and BBC UAE. With an extensive knowledge of the UAE, particularly in Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, and Ajman, Suraqah is a trusted authority on the region's diverse facets and culture. His insightful content brings the UAE's stories to life for readers worldwide.
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