Fancy watching the lights of the Burj Al Arab sparkle next to you while you enjoy a dip in the sea after dark?
Dubai has become the first emirate in the UAE to allow nighttime swimming, with the installation of two smart power poles on Umm Suqeim 1 Beach. Powered by wind and solar energy, the poles – designed by D Idea Media, creators of the smart palm wi-fi stations – emit light strong enough to illuminate the waters just off the shore.
To further improve safety for night swimmers, Dubai Municipality has appointed 84 lifeguards to man the strip, while small red floats with lights will mark the point up to which bathers can swim out.
“We are focusing on ensuring the best safety measures for everyone and that’s why we have appointed many lifeguards,” Hussain Nasser Lootah, director general of Dubai Municipality said.
Daily sunset-midnight. Umm Suqeim 1 Beach.