XL Dubai

Time Out visits the outdoor/indoor pool bar

XL Dubai
  • Ladies’ night (Tuesday)

    Ladies get four free drinks including mixed drinks and grape. DJs S3r-han and Will provide the soundtrack.
    Timings: 9pm-3am

In Dubai, bigger means better, which is probably why the Habtoor Grand’s beach club is called XL. Not S, M or L, but XL. The biggest size there is without looking like a series of kisses at the end of an email.

Why XL resembles a medieval jousting venue is unclear. But as fun as a Dubai-based jousting competition would be, XL instead houses a sizeable courtyard punctuated by low white sofas, and features a DJ stage and pool. The area is surrounded by private cabanas, complete with their own Jacuzzi, lounge and bathroom. For big events, large cabanas can be hired out for a mere Dhs15,000 (housing up to 20 guests, whose entry fee is discounted from the overall cost), while smaller cabanas cost Dhs10,000.

Judging from the events that have taken place here thus far (the Nikki Beach Party being the prime example), it would appear that XL is positioning itself as Dubai’s answer to Plastic – all-day pool parties attended by bikini-clad lovelies and preening hunks.

And the party doesn’t stop when the temperature soars - in true Dubai style, the Habtoor has built a roof on the outdoor venue, ensuring air conditioned partying throughout the hot months.

XL Dubai
5 1

By Time Out Dubai staff | 13 April 2011

Location: - Dubai Marina - Dubai
Tel: 056 640 6161
Travel: Al Sufouh Road
Experiences: Great view, Ladies night, Cocktails, Pool views, Beach access
Times: Open daily 5pm-3am
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  • Jen Feb 19, 2014 08:38 am
    Would you go back to this bar/club?
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    rude staff
  • Belle Dec 01, 2013 09:47 am
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    They have rude staffs and customer service is very poor which you will see right from the entrance. They call it XL but the place is S - small. They call it beach club but funny- there is no beach in this club but a small swimming pool! They try to lure the ladies to come to their “beach” club by offering 3 free drinks and strawberries and the result – most girls going there are jobless or those who do not want to spend money on drinks! It’s just disgusting and pretentious place. It’s almost empty the last time we were there.
  • Sasi Jul 13, 2012 08:05 am
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    Nice place on weekend but music is depend on DJ mood if you can put new music is will be great!
  • Stu Laurie Jun 14, 2012 01:59 am
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    I went to XL for the first time in the day which was nice, gd friendly staff.. Nice deep house vibes and decent pint... Then tonight i visited and it seemed like a totally different place. Ok the tent has gone up and ok they play the euro's like everywhere else.... But the music was shocking, place was half empty and it sounded like some 1 was playing through a laptop in the bottom of the craned canyon..... Totally killed my buzz of the place which i gained from the first visit. Why is it called xl beach "Club" When it is a sports bar with a party dj who is playing radio hits pressing play and pause... I don't usually write reviews unless i am very impressed or very disappointed... Oh and the main reason was the reaction of staff when it shut.. basically was told its shut get out.. But hey i will visit back when the tent has gone and see if its as gd as first..
  • Daniel May 26, 2012 02:21 am
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    I went to the brunch on Friday and was disappointed. The service was very slow. I got a grand total of 3 drinks in 3 hours. The food was ok but nothing special. You could get the same for 40 - 50 dhs at any decent cafe. This brunch is worth about 120 dhs maximum. No way can they justify 350 dhs, it is simply a rip off. They need to double the number of waiting staff for a start.

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