A new pool bar opens in Al Ain

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Al Ain re­cently gained its first Aloft ho­tel and with it, a new bar. The Rooftop, you won’t be sur­prised to hear, sits on the ho­tel’s roof, on the fourth floor, and right next to the swim­ming pool. It has in­door and al­fresco seat­ing and, nat­u­rally, is used by guests in the day want­ing a bite or a drink, but is quickly gaining pop­u­lar­ity among Al Ain res­i­dents as well at night.

In terms of lo­ca­tion and dé­cor, there is a lot to like about The Rooftop. Gi­ant glow­ing orbs line the pool, which changes colour spo­rad­i­cally once the sun goes down. But what re­ally makes this venue stand out are the views. While one side is dom­i­nated by the Hazza Bin Zayed Sta­dium’s jagged ar­chi­tec­ture (home to Al Ain’s rather suc­cess­ful foot­ball team), the other gives you a glimpse of the city’s sky­line, in­clud­ing, in the dis­tance, that big old rock called Jebel Hafeet. Sun­set here is spe­cial as a result.

There’s an ex­ten­sive list of cock­tails and mock­tails, along with the usual beers and wines on of­fer, and also a var­ied bar bites menu. High­lights from the evening menu in­clude cas­sava chips, cala­mari in pink salt with a vanilla and yuzu emul­sion (which shouldn’t work but strangely does), plus a por­tion of grilled oc­to­pus.

There’s plenty to like about The Rooftop – if you live in the gar­den city, you could do a lot worse if you’re look­ing for a new lo­cal.

Aloft Al Ain, Hazza Bin Zayed Sta­dium De­vel­op­ment, Al Towwaya, Al Ain, daily 9am to 2am. Tel: (03) 7138888. Taxi: Al Ain foot­ball sta­dium. alof­ta­

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