Al Sufouh/Black Palace beach has been closed with barricades and a security guard stationed at its entrance.
A popular beach in Dubai has been temporarily closed. A notice board announcing the temporary closure has been placed at the entrance to Al Sufouh beach.
Drive-in beach is also known as “secret”, “hidden” and “Black Palace” beach.
When I visited the beach on Friday night, it was closed with barricades and a security guard stationed at the entrance. The guard was seen busy explaining to disappointed visitors that his favorite beach was closed.
For Amar Benatia, an Algerian expat in Dubai, Sufouh beach is part of his morning ritual.
“I go there to walk and swim every morning all year round. I had a stressful year at work and going there helps me a lot.”
I hoped the closure would be temporary and that it would open soon.
“When I found the beach closed I felt like I lost a part of me. I didn’t know what to do. I don’t feel the same on any other beach. On that beach I met people. We walked and talked together. “Every week. I called them all and they were all heartbroken. “We really hope they open our beach soon.”
Known for its stunning sunset views, the strip of sand is located between the Burj Al Arab hotel and Palm Jumeirah Island.
Its entrance is not obvious as it is behind a row of trees and is easy to miss. It is not illuminated like other beaches in Dubai. All of these factors add to its hidden gem status.
However, despite maintaining a “secret” reputation, the beach is a popular destination for residents and tourists alike.
It usually sees lines of vehicles at night and fills up with people on weekends.
News Source: Khaleej Times