Riva Beach Club - The Palm Jumeirah Riva Beach Club - The Palm Jumeirah

The best pools in Dubai

From the ultra low-key and laid-back to incredibly luxurious with party vibes, Dubai’s pool scene has got a little something for everyone.

Dubai is known for fast cars, high-end shopping, amazing architecture and being generally over-the-top... But the real hidden secret in Dubai is its luxurious pool scene. Usually part of some famous five-star resort, but with standalone beach club options too; Dubai is home to some of the most impressive pools in the world - because with guaranteed sunshine nearly every day of the year, why wouldn’t it be? From ultra chill and mega-exclusive to super hip and trendy, Dubai’s pool scene has it all. Here are our top picks...


Riva Beach Club - The Palm Jumeirah


The first standalone beach club located on the Palm Jumeirah has got more than 300 luxury sun loungers and daybeds available for hire. Guests enjoy access to a beautiful sandy beach, large pool, steam rooms, complimentary underground parking and everything from kayaking and paddle boarding to beach volleyball. Come here in the morning but stay for an incredible lunch and then tropical sundowners and the sunset over breathtaking views of the Dubai skyline. Weekdays AED 150, Weekends AED 190 www.riva-beach.com 

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Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa


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This exclusive resort is located about 40 minutes outside of central Dubai and it boasts one of the most secluded and tranquil pool settings imaginable; the pool is situated among endless rolling sand dunes and a natural desert landscape, if exclusivity and privacy is what you’re looking for then this is the spot to come to. Three pools, (one happens to be a most spectacular infinity pool with bubble generated seats), sunbed massage area, tented massage area and outdoor yoga are just some of the facilities not to be missed at this spot. AED 500 including lunch and buffet on Fridays, AED 375 including lunch and buffet every other day. www.meydanhotels.com

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One & Only The Palm, Dubai


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The One & Only resorts are famous for spectacular settings throughout the world and this location on Palm Jumeirah is no different. Chill out on an oversized day bed or enjoy a private cabana with a view of the 850 metre pool which is adjacent to the private spa & fitness centre. Or, ditch the pool for a more natural setting and take a stroll on the private white sandy beach and dip your toes into the cool (for the most part!) Arabian gulf. Weekday passes AED 350, Weekend passes AED 500 www.oneandonlyresorts.com

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Club Mina - Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina


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This mega beach club has got something for all ages; whether you want to chill by the 500m beach, swim in one of the five temperature controlled pools, (with fully licensed pool bars) use the sauna, gym or even have a game of volleyball. A day pass also gives you access to a huge number of water sports; (although you’ll pay a little extra) from sailing and kayaking to windsurfing and knee boarding. This is perfect for families (shaded pools mean the kiddies will be protected from the sun) and for those who like an active day at the beach. Weekdays: Adults: AED 225 - Children (4-12yrs): AED 125. Weekends: Adults: AED 350 - Children (4–12yrs): AED 175 www.lemeridien-minaseyahi.com

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Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa - DDCR, Dubai


al-maha-resort-1Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa - DDCR, Dubai

This pool is part of a luxury hotel group and is a bit of a hidden gem on the Dubai pool scene...But even though it’s located an hour outside central Dubai, it is definitely worth the trip. Each of the 43 hotel suites boasts their own private infinity pool, while day-trippers have full day access to the main pool and the Conservation Reserve located nearby. Privacy, incredible service, an unrivalled view and the unique opportunity to visit an Arabian wildlife reserve are just some of the reasons why this pool made our list. AED 550 per person which includes entrance fee to the DDCR, (Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve) and lunch with soft drinks. www.al-maha.com

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Jumeirah Zabeel Saray - The Palm Jumeirah


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Look up ‘luxury’ in the dictionary and you’ll probably find Zabeel Saray in the description...This grand five-star hotel has got an incredibly lavish decor and its pool and spa offering is equally impressive. You might be forgiven for thinking you’re floating in never ending waters as you bathe in the incredible 59 metre infinity pool, relax in one of their two jacuzzis or dip your toes into the cool Arabian gulf on their pristine private beach. Food and drink is served by beach butlers who are there to cater to your every whim and kids have the option to play at Sinbad’s Kids Club kiddies pool. AED 350 for adults, AED 250 for kids www.jumeirah.com

1 Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa
2 Riva Beach Club - The Palm Jumeirah
3 One & Only The Palm, Dubai
4 Club Mina - Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
5 Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa - DDCR, Dubai
6 Jumeirah Zabeel Saray - The Palm Jumeirah