Very little compares to the delicious feeling of slipping into a cool pool to ward off the sweltering heat. But swimming in the UAE’s beaches and open-air pools in summer can be a little like stepping into a bathtub.
Luckily, you can cool off without having to brave steaming temperatures thanks to the introduction of extended pool hours in and around hotels in the UAE – and for the first time, night swimming at public beaches.
We bring you a pick of pools (and one beach) around the country that you can paddle in way after sunset.
1. Umm Suqeim Beach 1
Swimming in a sea lit silver by the moonlight sounds idyllic, right? You can now live out that ideal at the Umm Suqeim Beach – the UAE’s first night-swimming beach. The Dubai Municipality has opened up a 125m stretch of the beach to midnight laps thanks to two 12m smart light poles installed by Dubai-based company D Idea Media that illuminate the beach with high-intensity lighting. Improved visibility isn’t the only safety feature; the Dubai Municipality has also assigned extra lifeguards to man the beach. Umm Suqeim Beach has also added another feather to its cap – it’s the UAE’s first smart beach. Besides the solar and wind-powered Smart Poles, the beach also has smart (solar-powered) changing rooms and smart palm Wi-Fi hotspots. Swimmers can venture 30 metres out into the sea and no further. Until 12am; free.
2. Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm
Nasimi Beach has launched an evening pool party that opens up the Atlantis’ Zero Entry Pool late into the night, every Thursday. Simply bring along your swimsuit and a happy-go-lucky attitude – music by a resident DJ will set the mood, a food court will serve up poolside snacks and enjoy pool games like hunting for gold in a pool full of duck floaties. Free; from 7pm until late. Call 04 426 2626.
3. Emirates Park and Zoo Resort
Dive into the wild side of things with this zoo resort’s day pass. For Dh60 per person, you can splash around in the resort’s jungle-themed pools complete with waterfalls and slides for little ones until 9pm. Want a meal with the splash? For an additional Dh19 you get a burger and soft drink to top off your swim and for Dh29 you can get a free voucher worth Dh50 at the in-house Flavors Restaurant. Call 02 506 9000.
4. Le Meridien Mina Seyahi
Here’s why we love infinity pools: One, they recreate the endlessness of swimming in the open sea; two, they’re visually stunning. The infinity pool at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi has a third factor working in its favour – it’s open until midnight all summer long. The Horizon Pool Lounge has a night swim offer going that lets you access the infinity pool from Sunday to Wednesday for Dh175, which includes Dh50 worth of food and drinks. Kids under 12 swim free; call 04 511 7373.
5. Kempinski Ajman
The hotel has extended its pool timings, so once their private beach closes at sunset, you can head over and continue your swimming escapades in their temperature-controlled outdoor pool or lounge around on one of the sunbeds until 9pm. Day passes cost Dh150 per adult on weekdays, Dh200 on weekends and get you access to both the beach and pool. It’s Dh50 for kids on weekdays and Dh75 on weekends; call 06 714 5555.
6. Ramada Abu Dhabi Corniche
In the capital, you can take your swimming regimen to new heights at the Ramada’s rooftop pool. It’s open until 9pm over the summer, so you can soak up glittering night views of Abu Dhabi’s skyline too. Day pass costs Dh75 on weekdays and Dh90 on weekends; gym access is inclusive. Call 02 401 9000.
7. Towers Rotana Hotel Dubai
Here’s a steal of a deal: you can spend the entire day and most of the night at Bodyline Fitness and Wellness Club for just Dh49 on weekdays. The day pass includes access to the outdoor swimming pool, the gym, the Jacuzzi and other facilities like the steam and sauna too. On weekends the prices hike up to Dh99 per person. The pool and Jacuzzi stay open until 10pm. Call 04 312 2556.
8. Fairmont Fujairah
The stunning new Fairmont Fujairah’s outdoor pool is open until 10pm all through summer and can be accessed by a full-day pass that lets guests swim in the pool and unwind at the steam and sauna rooms. Weekday rates are Dh180 per adult and on weekends it’s Dh240. Kids enter for half price. Call 09 204 1111.
9. Danat Al Ain Resort Hotel
There are three swimming pools to choose from at this five-star resort but it’s only the 33-metre lap pool that stays open until 9.30pm. The family pool and kids’ rock pool close down at 7.30pm on weekdays and 8.30pm on weekends. Danat’s pool access offer includes access to all the pools, the gym and the Jacuzzi. Dh104 per adult and Dh73 per child on weekdays; on weekends it’s Dh135 per adult and Dh88 per child. Call 03 704 6000.
10. Al Mamzar Beach Park
There’s more than a long stretch of white sandy beach and barbecue spots to this park on the Dubai-Sharjah road. It’s little-know gem – a well-equipped swimming pool (there are slides for kids, separate changing rooms and showers) – is open until 9pm all week long; Mondays and Wednesdays are dedicated ladies-only days. With an entry fee of Dh10 for adults and Dh5 for kids you’ll be laughing all the way to the pool and back. Call 050 8589897.