Dubai: As the season gets cooler, UAE residents love to head to the beach with friends and family in tow. It is a great time to be in the UAE and taking a pass at one of the many private beaches in Dubai or Abu Dhabi will not put a heavy dent in your wallet. Most passes come with a redeemable value on food and beverages as well.
Here are a few of our recommendations to get some of the much-needed Vitamin D in true UAE-style.
Ula, Palm Jumeirah
Situated at the former site of West 14th, next to DUKES The Palm, a Royal Hideaway Hotel, Ula has a Mediterranean-led menu and beach boho-vibes. For those who want to take advantage of the venue’s seafront pool and beachside setting, Ula Pool and Beach Passes are also available (weekday: Dh100, with Dh50 redeemable on food and beverages | weekend and public holidays: Dh200, with Dh100 redeemable on food and beverages).
Location: Palm Jumeirah, Dubai; Cost: Pool and beach pass at Dh100 on weekdays (Dh50 redeemable on F&B), Dh200 on weekends (Dh100 redeemable on F&B); Timings; 9am to 7pm
Twiggy by La Cantine
Twiggy by La Cantine is one of the newest beach clubs and restaurant concepts in town. Located at the Park Hyatt Dubai Lagoon. The new spot comes from the team behind culinary hotspots La Cantine du Faubourg, Ninive and Lana Lusa. A place for those who want to chill, the sunny "beachside" restaurant offers a Mediterranean-inspired menu – with the addition of a sushi selection. It has chic vibes and a chilled yet playful atmosphere with an upbeat soundtrack. The best thing about Twiggy is that it gives you access to the famed 100m Park Hyatt Lagoon with prices starting from Dh200 on weekdays and Dh250 on weekends.
Location: Park Hyatt Dubai; Cost: Dh200 on weekdays, Dh250 on weekends (Booking from 9am onwards); Timings: The lagoon is open from 9am to sunset.
Bla Bla Beach Club, located at The Beach, opposite JBR, is the first independent property in the area that is licensed to offer beverages and shisha, as well as live music when restrictions are eased. The beachfront club also has a massive infinity pool and is located directly opposite Bluewaters Island with uninterrupted views of the sea and the Dubai Eye. The beach club also features plenty of Instagram-worthy spots. Amenities include towels, showers, changing facilities, lockers, hairdryers and hair straighteners.
Location: The Beach JBR; Cost: Dh200 on weekdays with Dh100 redeemable on F&B, Dh300 on weekends, national holidays with Dh200 redeemable on F&B; Timings: Open daily from 10am to sunset
Sal is a new lifestyle experience at the Burj Al Arab. The contemporary mirrored pop-up is located at the terrace of the Burj Al Arab Hotel. The new pop-up restaurant overlooks the 100-metre infinity pool. Headed up and launched by Chef Roberto Rispoli, Sal will offer Spanish and Portuguese cuisine. With a menu of sea-inspired dishes designed for sharing.
Location: Burj Al Arab Dubai; Cost: Dh800 per person including food and beverage credit of Dh400 at Sal Restaurant; Timings: Beach Club daily from 10am to 7pm, Restaurant daily from 12.30pm to 11pm
The famous Mykonos Beach Club is finally in Dubai but it's technically not marketed as a beach club, but more as a fine dining restaurant with a private beach. Nammos Dubai located at the Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach presents a brand new gastronomic experience that adds to the food and entertainment scene of the UAE. If you’ve been to the one in Mykonos, you might have heard that the Psarou Bay beach has had a slew of A-list visitors including Lewis Hamilton, Gigi Hadid, Kendal Jenner, Leonardo DiCaprio and Usain Bolt. The elements that promise to make Nammos Dubai one of the top destinations of the city are the high end signature food, shisha at the beach bar and a wooden chic design.
Location: Four Seasons Jumeirah; Cost: A day pass is Dh200 and includes a beach bed and a towel; Timings: Open Daily from 11am to 7pm
White Beach is the new beach club at the Atlantis Dubai. Featuring an Instagram-worthy infinity pool, a chic outdoor restaurant for out-of-this-world dining and a breezy open-air terrace perfect for sunset cocktail-sipping. The day-to-night venue has views of the Dubai Skyline. Ladies day takes place every monday and tey can enjoy unlimited beverages and grape and 50 per cent off on a special food menu.
Location: Atlantis the Palm Jumeirah; Cost: A day pass includes a single bed and starts from Dh150, with Dh100 redeemable on food and beverage on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday, Dh300 with Dh200 redeemable on Weekends and Public Holidays; Timings: Daily from 10am to 8pm
Zero Gravity, which opened its doors in 2013, is a beach club, bar, restaurant, pool and large-scale event concept located next to Skydive Dubai Drop Zone in Al Sufouh. It's also home to a 2,000 square metres expansion, with a 39 metres glass-fronted infinity swimming pool highlighted by a 22 metre curved acrylic panel. 5,500 guests get a day to night experience here with laid-back lounging on the beach and pool, lunch or dinner in the restaurant and a full-on party vibe by night. Pool and beach access, towels, changing facilities and amenities including fresh fruit, ice lollies, sunglasses cleaning and cold towels is included in the price. Weekly and monthly packages are also available. Reservations for sun loungers, day beds and tables can be made with a minimum spend. Reservations for the free Ladies’ Day on Tuesday are essential.
Location: Dubai Marina; Cost: A day pass can cost Dh150 Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Dh149 for women and Dh249 for men on Thursday, Dh249 for women and Dh299 for men on Friday to Saturday; Timings: Daily from 9am to late
Make the most of the Dubai weather by soaking up the sun at Azure Beach. Azure Beach Dubai is a favourite beachside hangout at Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR, where Dubai residents and visitors can spend the day under the sun. Azure Beach has recently elevated its luxury offering with the introduction of individual private plunge pools for its six exclusive cabanas, creating the latest in ultimate poolside experiences. The cabanas are available for hire during standard opening times, with a variety of packages to choose from. Guests can book one of the exclusive cabanas at Azure Beach for a minimum spend of Dhs4,000 for the small pool cabanas and Dhs6,000 for the large pool cabanas, which are fully redeemable on food and drinks. These cabanas even have access to their own private plunge pools, accommodating 6 to 7 people, depending on the size. Reservations in advance are highly recommended.
Location: Rixos Premium, JBR; Cost: Weekdays for Dh300 and Dh100 is redeemable on F&B, Weekends for Dh400 with Dh150 redeemable on F&B; Timings: 10am to 8pm
Drift Beach Club
Drift, a bespoke beachfront destination where luxury beach chic meets casual simplicity. A place where the ambience is laid-back, yet vibrant. When the sun goes down over the Arabian Gulf, the tempo at Drift rises. The beach club has a stunning infinity pool, extensive private beach and lush landscaped surroundings offering panoramic views of Palm Island Bay and Dubai’s iconic skyline, Drift was created to welcome guests seeking a distinctive lifestyle. The beach club is also home to a restaurant and bar showcasing an innovative take on classic Provençal cuisine. An emphasis on the finest organic ingredients, freshness and simplicity delivers a culinary indulgence, complemented by an innovative beverage menu.
Location: One and Only Royal Mirage; Cost: Daily entry is priced at Dh200. Prices include: a sunbed, towel, cold hand/face towel, seasonal fruit bowl, and a bottle of still or sparkling water; Timings: Open daily from 10.30am to 7pm
Barasti Beach Bar
Barasti has always been one of the city’s most popular and vibrant bars. Boasting a vast outdoor seating area and a large live sport big screen. It is all about swiming, eating, dancing and enjoying live music, which is on throughout the week. If lazy beach days are more your thing. A Dubai institution, Barasti offers a mix of good music, delicious food and beverages against the backdrop of Dubai Marina. If you don’t want to leave when the sun goes down, you can stay and party into the night.
Location: Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort; Cost: Free entry; Timings: Open Daily, from 10am Sunday to Thursday and from 9am on Friday and Saturday for over 21’s only
The Cove Beach
Cove Beach offers Dubai residents an idyllic all-day beach lounge. With a stretch of soft white sandy beach, water and open lounge spaces, the venues beach facilities are a lavish retreat. Featuring authentic Mediterranean Riviera flavours, from Provence to Tuscany, the restaurant at Cove Beach serves a modern twist on traditional tastes at their beachside restaurant. With fresh ingredient-driven dishes, Cove beach offers food from the South of France to Italy with highlighted signature dishes. Finely grilled seafood, delicious homemade pastas and an expertly prepared selection of vegetarian dishes.
Location: Caesars Palace Bluewaters Island; Cost: Weekdays Dh200 per person for a day pass (Dh100 to spend on F&B) and Dh300 for a day pass on weekends (Dh150 to spend on F&B); Timings: Daily form 10am to 1am
Located at the beachfront of the Habtoor Grand Resort Autograph Collection, this chic atmosphere, features now elegant interior design, crystal-blue waters of a newly expanded pool, and a palm tree spattered terrace. The beach club has views of the Dubai Marina Skyline and a gorgeous breathtaking sunset. The kitchen puts out premium handcrafted and internationally inspired food from 11 am straight through into the early morning hours. With fresh ingredients to including a Mongolian Style Lamb Rack, Paella Del Mar, a fresh selection of Sushi/Sashimi and handcrafted Signature Pizzas from the wood burning oven plus much more. On weekdays it is a peaceful hideaway from the city, offering a slice of sea-side paradise mere minutes away from the heart of the Dubai Marina and JBR. On the weekends and Mondays after the sun sets, the setting transforms into a vibrant celebration of luxury lifestyle.
Location: Habtoor Grand Resort Autograph Collection JBR; Cost: Dh250 minimum spend; Ladies Day on Thursday and Saturday are priced at Dh125; Timings: Daily from 10am to 11pm
Nikki Beach Dubai
Nikki Beach Dubai is located on the Arabian Gulf on Pearl Jumeira Island. This 14,000-square-meter property is modelled after the same modern, all-white look and feel of our other Nikki Beach locations across the globe, and features cutting-edge architecture and design. By day, guests can lounge poolside, reserve a table for lunch and enjoy to the beats of the DJ spinning from one of the bars. The pool area is filled with oversized white luxury day beds, single beds, private cabanas with shaded sofa seating area and three Ultimate VIP cabanas. For an indulgent experience, each of these 3 Ultimate VIP Cabanas are equipped with their own pool, terrace, cabana bed, sofas, dining table, bathroom, and changing facility.
Location: Pearl Jumeira; Cost: Weekdays From Dh150 for a single sun-lounger including a towel with Dh100 to spend on F&B, Weekends Dh300 with Dh250 to spend on F&B; Timings: Open every Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 8pm. Reservations are required.
Beach by Five
Five Palm Jumeirah offers a beach spanning 150 metres on the West Palm, featuring double width sun loungers, cabanas, and a deck for dining as well as housing an instagrammable glass lined pool equipped with a chandelier. The menu features sharing style dishes from across the Mediterranean that has been carefully crafted for you to share and enjoy with friends and family. Inspired by a journey across the Mediterranean, guests can tuck into an array of cold and hot tapas from Spain, Greece, Turkey and the Levant. From fresh salads and mezze to specialty seafood and sushi platters.
Location: Five Palm Jumeirah; Cost: Dh150 for ladies and Dh300 for gents, fully redeemable against food & beverages Timings: Open daily from 8am to sunset
Riva Beach Club
Though it’s been around six years since the club opened it still remains a favourite with the party going crowd in Dubai. The beach and restaurant area with outdoor bar and lounge, beach with sun loungers, temperature controlled pool, gym and Sophie’s Café . Facilities also include wakeboarding, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and scuba diving at an additional price. Beach and pool is on first-come-first-served, but reservations for restaurant is advised.
Location: Palm Jumeirah, Shoreline; Cost: Week Days: Single Dh75, Couple Dh130, Child Dh35, Weekend : Single Dh115, Couple Dh210, Child Dh45; Timings: 7am to 7pm
World Island: The Royal Island Beach Club
This manmade Island in the iconic World Island project is about 30 minutes out into the Arabian Gulf, and offers a 180 degree view of the Dubai’s skyline. The club, which opened in 2012, has a capacity of 500 pax for an event/day access as per logistics, but the Island’s 38,941 square metres area can accommodate more than 2,000. It includes a kids’ play area, swimming pool and restaurant. Departure point every hour from Jumeirah Fishing Harbour 1.
Location: World Island, Deira; Cost: Dh200 for adults and Dh100 per child between five and 11 years. This includes boat transportation, and access to pool, beach volleyball, kid’s play area, giant chess, table soccer, billiards, towels, sunbed usage and umbrellas. Entry is complimentary for children below five. Kayaks are available for Dh100 per hour; Timings: The island is open from 11am to 6pm each day and until 3am for parties
Find yourself a lovely hidden corner at Jumeirah's latest hotel, Jumeirah Al Naseem and enjoy the awesome views of Burj Al Arab. Escape from the week with a day that really gives you everything under the sun; enjoy access to the pool and gorgeous beach, beachside bites with signature beveragesand more, while guest and resident DJ’s play tunes to delight a vibrant crowd.
Location: Jumeirah Al Naseem Hotel; Cost: Dh200 per person on weekdays, Dh375 per person on the weekend | Couple: Dh350 per couple (weekday), Dh550 per couple (weekend), Friday brunch Dh500 per person inclusive of pool and beach access with three-course set menu and unlimited selected beverages, Ladies day for Dh100 per lady inclusive of the complimentary welcome cocktail, 25 per cent savings on food and beverage, and pool and beach access; Timings: Daily from 9am to 6pm
Yas Beach Club
The club offers stunning views of the ocean and mangroves. The beach lounge area features an open air DJ booth, an infinity pool and five private chalets. On Fridays, the infinity pool, can be accessed only by adults (+21) while families with children use the splash pool. Along with the tropical-themed Tiki Bar, the club also serves Neapolitan pizzas, grills and Italian gelato. Water sport such as sailing, kayaking, wind surfing, paddle boarding is available, with trained instructors to teach the sport. The club’s also houses volleyball facilities.
Location: Yas Island; Cost: Day passes are for Dh50 on weekdays and Dh100 on weekends. Children under eight go free; Timings: The club is open from 10am to 7pm on weekdays and 10am to 10pm on weekends
Saadiyat Beach Club
Relax surrounded by natural beauty at the Saadiyat Beach Club. Take a cooling dip in the pool and sample the delights that the club’s restaurants and lounges have to offer for the whole day. Entry includes access to the beach, swimming pool and loungers until sunset, to the workout room and spa facilities such as sauna, steam, Jacuzzi and plunge pool until 8pm.
Location: Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi; Cost: Dh250 for singles, Dh350 for couples. Dh120 for ladies on Monday, Dh190 for ladies on Tuesday; Timings: Daily from 8am to sunset
Cove Beach Abu Dhabi
Cove Beach Abu Dhabi at Makers District on Al Reem Island in Abu Dhabi is the latest beach club to launch in the capital. The licensed venue offers a picturesque ocean view and the Al Reem skyline as well as a 100-seat outdoor restaurant and lounge, a beach and an infinity pool. The 300 meters of beach is the only swimmable beach on Al Reem Island. With different party themes every week, Cove Beach at Makers District is accessible during the day and at night. They also offer dining and special deals for ladies every Thursday and brunch on Friday.
Location: Al Reem Island; Cost: Weekdays for Dh200 with Dh100 redeemable on F&B, Weekends for Dh300 with Dh150 redeemable on F&B; Timings: Open daily from 10am to 1am