IN THE UAE

Beat the summer heat with late-night swims at these 10 spots

Friday - - Editor’s Letter -

Love to swim but hate the sun? Here are 10 places for af­ter-dark dips.

Very lit­tle com­pares to the de­li­cious feel­ing of slip­ping into a cool pool to ward off the swel­ter­ing heat. But swim­ming in the UAE’s beaches and open-air pools in summer can some­times feel a lit­tle like step­ping into a bath­tub.

Luck­ily, you can cool off with­out hav­ing to brave steam­ing tem­per­a­tures thanks to ex­tended pool hours at ho­tels in the UAE – and for the first time, night swim­ming at a pub­lic beach. Here are the pools (and one beach) around the coun­try that you can pad­dle in way af­ter sun­set.

AL MAMZAR BEACH PARK

There’s more than a long stretch of white sandy beach and bar­be­cue spots to this park on the Dubai-Shar­jah bor­der. Its lit­tle-known gem is a well-equipped swim­ming pool with slides for kids, separate chang­ing rooms and show­ers that is open un­til 9pm all week. (Mon­days and Wed­nes­days are ladies-only days.) With an en­try fee of Dh10 for adults and Dh5 for kids you’ll be laugh­ing all the way to the pool and back. Call 050 8589897.

RA­MADA ABU DHABI CORNICHE

In the cap­i­tal, you can take your swim­ming reg­i­men to new heights at the Ra­mada’s rooftop pool. It’s open un­til 9pm over the summer, so you can soak up glit­ter­ing night views of Abu Dhabi’s sky­line, too. A day pass costs Dh75 on week­days and Dh90 on week­ends; gym ac­cess is in­clu­sive. Call 02 401 9000.

LE MERI­DIEN MINA SEYAHI

Here’s why we love in­fin­ity pools: One, they recre­ate the end­less­ness of swim­ming in the open sea; two, they’re vis­ually stun­ning. The in­fin­ity pool at Le Meri­dien Mina Seyahi has a third fac­tor work­ing in its favour – it’s open un­til mid­night all summer long. The Hori­zon Pool Lounge has a night swim of­fer that gives ac­cess to the in­fin­ity pool from Sun­day to Wed­nes­day for Dh175 per per­son, which in­cludes Dh50 worth of food and drinks. Kids un­der 12 swim free. Call 04 511 7373.

EMI­RATES PARK AND ZOO RE­SORT

Dive into the wild side of things with this zoo re­sort’s day pass. For Dh60 per per­son, you can splash around in the re­sort’s jun­glethemed pools com­plete with wa­ter­falls and slides for lit­tle ones un­til 9pm. Want a meal with the splash? For an ad­di­tional Dh19 you get a burger and soft drink to top off your swim and for Dh29 you can get a voucher for Dh50 spend at the in-house Fla­vors Restau­rant. Call 02 506 9000.

NASIMI BEACH, AT­LANTIS THE PALM

Nasimi Beach’s pool party opens up the At­lantis’ Zero En­try Pool late into the night, ev­ery Thurs­day. Sim­ply bring along your swim­suit and a happy-go-lucky at­ti­tude – mu­sic by a res­i­dent DJ will set the mood. There’s pool­side snacks and pool games like hunt­ing for gold in a pool full of duck float­ies. Free; from 7pm un­til late. Call 04 426 2626.

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