Pool party: two words that will either evoke delight or utter panic. They’re a bit like Marmite, but whether you love them or hate them, there’s no denying that with the temperature creeping towards the 50s, the only way to get your al fresco fix over the next two months is by determinedly installing yourself on a sunlounger and diving into the pool at five-minute intervals. In between sipping icy drinks.
Throw in a soundtrack of killer beats, plus a whole load of inflatables and you’ve got a pretty perfect lazy evening sorted and, bonus, without the possibility of sunburn.
Dubai isn’t short of beach and poolside events year-round – from Zero Gravity to Candypants’ Pool ParTEA at the W Dubai’s WET Deck – but more and more hotels around the city are jumping on the trend, from Steigenberger Hotel in Business Bay to Fairmont Dubai down on Sheikh Zayed Road. They’re giving old favourites a run for their money, and we’re crossing our fingers that they’re here to stay. Check out these four…
Lounging around the pool at Fairmont Dubai comes with glittering skyline views, table service, unlimited free slushies for ladies and urban music from live DJs.
Free for ladies, Dhs100 for gents (with a slushie). Sat 5pm-10pm. Ongoing throughout summer. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 311 8316).
Nasimi Night Pool Sessions
Nasimi beach has moved the party over to the Zero Entry Pool where it’s all about bright inflatables, poolside snacks and fun games. All with a backdrop of music from Nasimi’s resident DJs.
Free. Thu from 7pm. Ongoing throughout summer. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
This new party is for music fans who just want a chilled-out night with awesome music (tropical and world, if you’re wondering) after a few hours lazing by the pool.
Free (with one beverage). Fri 6pm-2am. Ongoing throughout summer. Swim & Tonic and The Backyard, Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay, www.oye.social.
Summer Night Swim Ladies’ Night
Head to the Horizon infinity pool for a ladies’ night where you can float around with three beverages for Dhs50, while gents can enjoy the same for Dhs150.
Dhs50 (ladies), Dhs150 (gents). Tue-Wed 7pm-11pm. Ongoing throughout summer. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh (04 399 3333).