Are Dubai's beaches going to be sectioned off?

13/07/2012 - Dubai Lifestyle News Posted by Bob Brunskill
Are Dubai's beaches going to be sectioned off?

Dubai's beaches are just as much a part of the emirate's attraction as its architecture, malls and hotels, with tourists and residents alike flocking to the coast to relax, swim, play sports and meet friends.According to 7 Days in Dubai, things could be set to change on the city's sands, as Colonel Abdullah Mohammad Al Mazyoud, head of Port Police Station, said a special panel is looking into the feasibility of sectioning off parts of the beach and creating designated areas for specific activities.Currently, apart from private areas cordoned off by waterfront hotels, Dubai's beaches are a free area, where those playing games can mingle with locals and tourists who are relaxing and sunbathing.According to Col Mazyoud, the suggested sections under this review include designated areas so swimmers can enjoy the coast without having to worry about being hurt by jet-skiers or parasailers.The notion of dividing up the beaches has come about due to the increasing number of visitors the emirate's coast is recieving, including those who want to enjoy watersports in large vessels such as boats and jet-skis.Col Mazyoud told the publication: "There has been an increase in beachgoers. Last year 3.4 million people used the open beaches."We have formed a committee to look at dividing the beaches into different areas so swimmers can enjoy the beach without being bothered."The police chief also said the authorities are looking at reducing the number of those who "bother" beachgoers.When this happens, the culprits are arrested and asked to sign a document pledging they will not repeat the offence and in the last five months some 4,195 of these forms have been handed out, while in the whole of 2011 more than 7,300 were distributed.Col Mazyoud concluded by saying that those enjoying Dubai's beaches need to remember to prioritise safety, as there are no lifeguards on the coast of the emirate after dark."People should also be careful while swimming and not swim at night. There are no lifeguards on the beaches at night. Parents should also monitor their children on the beaches to prevent a tragedy," he advised.