As the weather heats up, so does competition between Dubai’s stunning array of five-star shoreline hangouts. We’ve gone out and compared them all, to help you select your next sandy spot.

Holiday season has hit in Dubai, bringing with it scores of tourists to the city’s shores. But why should we let them have all the fun? Having year-round access to kilometres and kilometres of white sandy beaches is one of the best things about living in the city – and undoubtedly one of the reasons that brought many of us here. While hitting a free beach (or almost-free beach park) is of course an appealing notion, everyone deserves a little treat every now and then, and to our mind, beach butler service, secluded cabanas and free ice lollies make all the difference on warmer days. With that in mind, we’ve gone out to investigate all that Dubai’s beach clubs have to offer, sending our army of seasoned beach-goers to the city’s top 17 spots (ordered alphabetically) to scope out the scene. We’ve also grilled each club’s management for their vital stats, finding out everything from exactly how cool their pools are to the number of available sunloungers – not forgetting the free extras: did you know some clubs even have a service to wipe your sunglasses clean for you? It doesn’t get much more Dubai than that. Thanks to the scale of our research, we can reveal the best rates, the location of the city’s largest pool (did someone say ‘cannonball’?), the club with the most watersports, the city’s longest private hotel beach and much more.