Known for its white beaches and palatial shopping centres, Dubai’s beach clubs have something for everyone
As the European summer sets in and tourists descend upon the continent’s beaches, look further afield for year-round entertainment that is suitable for everyone – from couples and holiday-goers to families and office workers. Dubai – often defined by its white beaches, uber-luxurious accommodations and palatial shopping centres – offers a thriving beach-club scene, and these are the 12 that won’t disappoint.
1 Drai’s DXB Meydan Racecourse Grandsrand, Meydan Road
Stop by Drai’s in the afternoon to lounge poolside but don’t leave as the sun sets. Inspired by its Las Vegas counterpart, Drai’s DXB offer’s unparalleled hospitality and five-star service, all set to the soundtrack of world-renowned DJs and the humdrum of celebrity guests. The club’s luxe cabanas, which each sport their own Jacuzzi, is private enough while still ensuring guests remain in the spotlight.
2 Nikki Beach ClubNikki Beach Resort & Spa, Pearl Jumeirah
Situated on Pearl Jumeirah, this trendy brand resembles its South Beach, Miami, sister with bright white decor and tribal influences. True to its surrounds, Nikki Beach Dubai features cutting-edge architecture, modern design and panoramic views of downtown Dubai. The club also has a calendar filled to the brim with rotating events and an oversized leisure pool where long days can be spent soaking up the rays.
3 Cove Beach ClubCaesars Palace Hotel, Bluewaters Island
Set on the shores of Bluewaters Island, Cove provides an elevated experience. The club sports three swimming pools, two restaurants and an expansive shisha (hookah) terrace that takes guests from daytime beachside lounging to lively night-time parties.
4 Azure Beach ClubRixos Premium Dubai, JBR
A homegrown concept, Azure brings all of the energy of the Mediterranean to the shores of Dubai. Relax in the club’s infinity pool with its sweeping views and seemingly endless waters, indulge in gourmet cuisine or engage in activities on the lawn – all while the little ones are kept entertained at the dedicated kids’ club.
5 Zero GravitySkydive Dubai, Dubai Marina
Jumping to the depths at Skydive Dubai may not be to everyone’s liking but the centre also offers a unique space to dine, relax and soak up the rays in the form of Zero Gravity, mere steps away from the drop zone. Part beach club, part lounge, part restaurant, Zero Gravity has become a go-to spot for both locals and tourists, and is ideally located between the bustling areas of Al Sufouh and Jumeirah Beach Residence and in close proximity to Dubai Media City and Dubai Marina.
6 Playa NomadeRixos The Palm, Palm Jumeirah
For all-day parties, Playa Nomade is the place to be. Stripped back decor, greenery and extra-wide loungers offer a venue designed to chill and unwind. DJ booths take pride of place on both the beach and at the poolside, welcoming big house acts, a Saturday brunch and Sunday ladies’ day.
7 The PenthouseFIVE, Palm Jumeirah
Escape the kids and head to this adults-only rooftop lounge where views across the stunning Dubai Marina skyline are the order of the day. With two glass-lined swimming pools, The Penthouse is a haven of relaxed dining and downtime in addition to a shopper’s paradise with boutique brands available at the venue’s ‘Catwalk in the Sky’.
8 TerraceBurj Al Arab
Located at Burj Al Arab, Dubai’s most iconic hotel, this one-of-a-kind venue is a combination of a beach club, pool, cabana space and restaurant. Ten thousand square metres defines this luxury outdoor leisure facility, built offshore in Finland and transported to Dubai by sea. Expect an endless stretch of pools, butler-serviced cabanas and luxe sun beds.
9 DriftOne&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh
Nestled in the plush surrounds of the One&Only Royal Mirage, Drift invites guests to laze by an infinity pool, enjoy lunch with friends or lounge on the soft sand. The private seafront destination proffers panoramic views of Palm Island Bay and the Dubai skyline, and serves up Provençal cuisine and a drinks menu curated by award-winning mixologist Eric Ballard.
10 Barasti BeachLe Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort, Al Sufouh
World-famous Barasti Beach has long been a Dubai institution, made even more so due to its free entry. During the day, Barasti boasts a vast outdoor seating area, stunning pool and Dubai’s best live-sport big screen while the beach club comes to life at night with a wide variety of live music every day of the week.