10 of the Best Beaches and Swimming Pools in Dubai, Abu Dhabi & UAE
1. The Address Dubai Marina
Sample a sunbed beside the marina skyline by relaxing at The Address Dubai Marina. The fourth floor infinity pool has amazing views of the skyline. Entry includes a sunbed and towel, and you can also use the fitness centre.
INFO: Dhs200 (weekdays), Dhs300 (weekends), 7am to 8pm, The Address Dubai Marina, Dubai, 044 36 7777, www.theaddress.com
2. Nasimi Beach/Atlantis
Enjoy chilled-out days and party nights at trendy Nasimi Beach, a stone’s throw from Atlantis. Choose sunloungers on the beach or day beds on the shore, all with waiter service. At weekends it fills up fast, so get there early. Meanwhile, if you visit the Atlantis ShuiQi Spa and Fitness for a 60 minute treatment worth a minimum Dhs510, you get free access to the Royal Beach and Pool at the resort.
INFO: Nasimi Beach: Dhs150 minimum spend, 9am to 1am weekdays, 9am to 2am Fridays, Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, 055 200 4321, www.nasimibeach.com/ Royal Beach, Atlantis, The Palm, 8.30am to sunset, 04 426 2000, www.atlantisthepalm.com
The first stand-alone beach club in Dubai, Riva on The Palm Jumeirah has its own stretch of beach, pool and Italian licensed restaurant and bar. Day beds or sun loungers can be hired for the day, Ahlan! spotted footie legend Maradona here!
INFO: Dhs150 (weekends) Dhs100 (weekdays), Building 8, The Shoreline, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 4309 466, www.riva-beach.com
4 Monte-Carlo Beach Club
Saadiyat Island is a new development in Abu Dhabi and Monte-Carlo was the first beach club of its kind, opening in 2011. Sister of a club in Monaco, it has a beach, pool and cabanas.
INFO: Dhs450 (weekends), Dhs250 (weekdays), Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 656 3500, www.montecarlobeachclub.ae
5 Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi
Choose one of the capital’s most popular spots to chill-out this weekend. Passes for the beach and two pools are on offer. While you’re there check-out chic bar, Pearls & Caviar, which has great views of the amazing Sheikh Zayed Mosque.
INFO: Dhs250 (adults) Dhs125 (children aged 3 to 16), 7am to 8pm, Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, 02 509 8888, www.shangri-la.com/abudhabi
6 Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah
Set on one of The Palm’s fronds, this luxury five star hotel (and home to Ahlan!’s 2013 Hot 100 Party) offers a 500m long white sandy beach as well as a 1200m swimming pool with kid’s area. Tropical gardens and lawns make it the perfect place to escape from the city. You can even arrange swimming lessons! Choose one of the five cabanas, which have gorgeous hard wood floors and are upholstered. Spa treatments are also available.
INFO: Dhs500 (weekends), Dhs300 (weekdays), kids 2 to 12 150 (weekends) Dhs130 (weekdays), The Crescent West, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 444 20 00, www.kempinski.com/palm-jumeirah
7 Madinat Jumeirah
This Dubai tourist hotspot is a great place to take visitors. After marveling at the waterways, the souk and the abras, head for a day on the beach or by the pool.
INFO: Dhs495 (including Dhs150 food and beverage voucher), Dhs295 (children including Dhs100 food and beverage voucher), 04 366 8888, www.jumeirah.com
8 Meydan Beach Club
Set right on the beachfront near JBR, the trendy Meydan Beach Club boasts two infinity pools, a pool bar, and hip Ibiza-style chill-out lounge Café del Mar. Have a day chilling on the beach before watching the sunset and partying all night.
INFO: Dhs495 including Dhs250 food and beverage credit, JBR, Dubai, 04 433 3777, www.meydanbeach.com
9 JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa
Head out of town to the white sands and palm trees of JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort. It’s not just about relaxing here, you can get involved in activities including golf, team sports, watersports and racket games. There’s also a kids club and amazing golf course which has hosted top players including Tiger Woods, Mark O’Meara and Lee Westwood.
INFO: Dhs180 (non-members week days), Dhs325 (non-members weekends including BBQ lunch), Dhs220 (not including lunch), annual membership from Dhs14,000, 04 814 5061, www.jebelali-international.com
10 One and Only Royal Mirage and The Palm
Indulge with a day at one of these two chic resorts. You can opt for a sunbed by the pool or beach or splash out on a poolside cabana with an indoor and outdoor lounge for four people including wi-fi, a TV and drinks.
INFO: One & Only Royal Mirage, Dubai, Dhs275 (with reservation), 04 399 9999, One & Only The Palm, Dubai, 04 440 1010, Dhs350 (Sunday to Thursday), Dhs500 (weekends) public holidays), www.oneandonlyresorts.com