For the beach-loving girls

With the warm waters of the Arabian Gulf calling your name, it’s time to grab your beach bag, pack the sunscreen and hit the sand.

If you’re staying in a city hotel or just fancy checking out a different beachside resort, Dubai has a number of beach clubs you can visit for the day. New to JBR is The Beach, a low-level mall with a number of casual eats, such as Fratelli la Bufala and Sushi Art, that are perfect for a bite to eat in between swimming and sunbathing, as well as some beachwear boutiques and La Playa Lounge, an outdoor cinema and shisha (water pipe) lounge that is well worth a visit after sunset. 

Just around from here is The Habtoor Grand Beach Resort and Spa, with three swimming pools, including an infinity pool at Horizon Lounge that has DJs playing Balearic beats, sushi stations, a champagne lounge and mojito station. There’s also a beach volleyball court and activities such as banana boating and parasailing if you’re feeling energetic. A stone’s throw from here is Zero Gravity, a new beach club and bar next to Skydive Dubai’s drop zone. A day pass here gives you access to plush day beds where you can spend the day topping up your tan and watching daredevils land. A day-to-night venue, the place transforms into a vibrant venue with resident DJs and a relaxed, fairly young crowd. 

Further down the Marina, Club Mina at Le Meridien & The Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort combines the pools, swim-up bars and private beach areas of both hotels, as well as their gardens and grassy areas, making for a pleasant place where you can settle in for the day. The club is popular with families, so the best spot for a group of girls is the northern end of the Westin pool, where it’s adults only. 

Meanwhile, over on the Palm, you can visit Nasimi Beach at Atlantis The Palm as a day guest. This adults-only venue on the shores of the man-made island makes for a sophisticated day at the beach, with sun loungers, posh day beds and private cabanas (best to book these in advance) and a DJ spinning chilled tunes. There’s beach volleyball, sushi to snack on and a boutique with designer bikinis and beachwear. Daytrippers are also welcome at Fairmont The Palm, which has a 450-metre beach plus four pools (including one just for grown-ups), a poolside bar with light snacks and comfy two-person cabanas. You’ll need to book your day pass in advance, though. Finally, Riva Beach Club is the Palm’s first beach club not attached to a hotel. It has more than 300 luxury sun loungers and day beds, a climate-controlled pool, a gazebo bar, al fresco restaurant and activities including kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. 

Sundowners on the sand: head to these beach bars for a sunset cocktail.


The Jetty Lounge at the One&Only Royal Mirage

With the bar right on the beach, you can feel the sand beneath your toes while you toast to yet another great day with the girls.

Shimmers at Madinat Jumeirah

A deluxe beach shack with wooden floors and a slatted roof; come sunset the furniture is moved onto the sand to enjoy magic views over Burj Al Arab.

101 Dining Lounge and Bar at the One&Only The Palm

Looking back to the Dubai skyline from the crescent of the Palm, this chic waterside lounge bar is a cool spot to chill out.


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The emirate has a sub-tropical desert climate, which means blue skies and beach weather in winter (Dec-Jan) and hot and humid summers (Jun-Aug). The best time to visit is from October to April when temperatures are in the mid-20°Cs to low-30°Cs. July and August are the hottest months as the mercury rarely dips below 40°C, still the city accommodates this with indoor attractions and air-conditioned facilities everywhere.


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