It’s official: now’s the time to hit the beach. Humidity levels are at their lowest, averaging at 55 per cent in April and dropping to 53 per cent in May, while sunshine levels are reaching their peak, with 344 hours of solid sun expected over the next month. Meanwhile, average temperatures are hovering pleasantly around the low 30°Cs throughout April and May – before the mercury reaches 40°C by July. Don’t just take our word for it: grab your shades, flip flops and plenty of sunscreen, and soak up some rays at one of these top beach clubs. On a budget? We’ve catered for you too with our guide to the best free spots. And relax...

Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa
With a swim-up pool bar on one side and curling waterslides on the other, the Habtoor’s pool and beach caters to a range of interests, whether it be lounging in the sun, lunching at the nearby Italian restaurant Luciano’s, frolicking in the pool or taking to the waves for some watersports.

Facilities: Stroll down to the extra-long beach if you want some quiet, or relax in the temperature-controlled pool. There’s also a kids’ play area and two waterslides, plus a restaurant and swim-up bar (which pumps out plenty of lively tunes).

Availability of sun loungers:
There are lots of places to bunk down for the day: we headed down on a Friday at about 1pm and found two loungers in the sun by the pool – result. People seemed to come and go throughout the day, so there was little trouble for others to find a space in the sun, and you can choose between the beach or the pool for added variety.

We love the prime Dubai Marina location and the swim-up bar.

Best for:
Great for families, as well as small groups of friends or couples.
UAE residents Dhs400 (with 150 food voucher) and Visitors (Non-AUE residents) Dhs550 (With 150 food voucher). Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (04 408 4444).

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