Di s cover Dubai ’ s HIS­TORIC CREEK

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JA Bateaux Dubai is one of Dubai’s top 10 ex­pe­ri­ences, giv­ing you an op­por­tu­nity to take in the breath­tak­ing her­itage sights and mod­ern land­marks around the his­toric Dubai creek. En­joy an en­tic­ing four-course menu freshly pre­pared on­board a glass en­closed, fully air­con­di­tioned ves­sel. Let our ex­ten­sive se­lec­tion of fine bev­er­ages and live en­ter­tain­ment set the tone for a spec­tac­u­lar evening.

Saadiyat Beach Club

It’s the rarest of of­fer­ings: a stand­alone club (no ho­tel at­tached) on an is­land that of­fers the only nat­u­ral beaches in the cap­i­tal. There’s two places to eat – the seafood restau­rant Sa­fina and De La Costa, a ca­sual joint that turns into a shisha lounge at night – an in­door/out­door kids club, a beau­ti­ful in­fin­ity pool and one of the most gor­geous set­tings in the emi­rate. Be­sides the view, you might even spot a dol­phin or two out in the Ara­bian Gulf.

Saadiyat Beach Club, Saadiyat Is­land, Abu Dhabi, daily 8am to 10pm, Dh210 Sun to Thur, Dh320 Fri and Sat, ladies Dh90 Mon and Tue. Tel: (02) 6563500. Taxi: Saadiyat Beach Club. Saadiy­at­beach­club.ae

The Ritz-Carl­ton, Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal

Guests here can ei­ther am­ble out to the nat­u­ral pri­vate beach on the Grand Canal or re­lax in a lounger or pri­vate ca­bana around a mas­sive 1,600-me­tre swim­ming pool. There are two pool bars sell­ing fresh juices, smooth­ies and cock­tails with the nearby pool restau­rant Al Fresco of­fer­ing five bento-style boxes fea­tur­ing de­li­cious sal­ads, soups, mains and desserts. This is a very kid­friendly beach club, but there is an adult pool hid­den nearby in the lush gar­den if the happy shriek­ing gets to be too much.

The Ritz-Carl­ton, Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, 7am to sun­set, Dh200 Sun to Thur, Dh300 Fri and Sat, Dh100 chil­dren. Ca­bana pack­ages from Dh350. Tel: (02) 8188144. Taxi: Ritz-Carl­ton, Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal by Sheikh Zayed Mosque. Ritz­Carl­ton.com

St Regis Saadiyat Is­land Re­sort

Head out to St Regis Saadiyat Is­land Re­sort, on Saadiyat Is­land, for fan­tas­tic, unob­structed views of the Ara­bian Gulf from its pri­vate beach. There’s all the other stuff you need in a great beach club too, in­clud­ing three out­door pools, cool tunes, de­li­cious snacks and cold drinks on or­der. But it’s the view that will keep you com­ing back.

St Regis Re­sort, Saadiyat Is­land, Abu Dhabi, daily 8am to 8pm, Sun to Thur Dh245, Dh450 Fri and Sat. Tel: (02) 4988888. Taxi: St Regis Saadiyat Is­land. Mar­riott.com

Jumeirah at Eti­had Tow­ers

There’s an in­fin­ity pool, a pool­side bar and a swim-up bar at this gor­geous ho­tel lo­cated on the cap­i­tal’s Cor­niche. While the beach is on the small side the pool is huge and staff bring around frozen treats from time to time. The food is great too: or­der a Ni­coise salad or nifty de­con­structed na­chos from Pool Bar when you feel peck­ish.

Jumeirah at Eti­had Tow­ers, Abu Dhabi, daily 10am to sun­set, Dh160 Sun to Thur, Dh210 Fri and Sat. Tel: (02) 8115555. Taxi: Jumeirah at Eti­had Tow­ers, Cor­niche. Jumeirah.com

Emi­rates Palace

This is not a mere beach club, and why would it be con­sid­er­ing this is Abu Dhabi’s orig­i­nal lux­ury lo­ca­tion? What we have here is a full-on re­sort fea­tur­ing an as­sort­ment of fun tucked away on lush grounds. There are 1.3 kilo­me­tres of pri­vate beach and two re­sort pools, with ad­ja­cent smaller pools for chil­dren, a jacuzzi and a swim-up bar. There is a full wa­ter­sport cen­tre – non­mo­torised and mo­torised – ten­nis and pad­dle courts and more than six kilo­me­tres of jog­ging paths, if you are so in­clined. For kids and your own in­ner child? There’s a Lazy River run, cas­cad­ing water­falls, gi­ant water slides and an out­door play zone. Hun­gry? Or­der in a snack or a pic­nic from La Brisas or Cas­cades, the ho­tel’s east and west beach club eater­ies.

Emi­rates Palace, Abu Dhabi, daily 7am to sun­set at Cas­cades Pool for fam­i­lies, 7am to 9pm at Las Brisas leisure pool, Sun to Thur Dh310, Dh155 chil­dren, Fri and Sat Dh410, Dh205 chil­dren. Tel: (02) 6907311. Taxi: Emi­rates Palace. Cor­niche. Kempin­ski.com

The Club

There is a rea­son The Club (formerly the Bri­tish Club) has been a favourite since it was founded way back in 1962 by a small group of ex­pa­tri­ates look­ing to launch a so­cial scene in Abu Dhabi. These days there’s the nice stretch of pri­vate beach – di­vided into fam­ily and adults-only ar­eas – a 25-me­tre, tem­per­a­ture con­trolled pool as well as two smaller ver­sions for chil­dren, a shaded play area and a beach hut-style cafe within stretch­ing dis­tance. Fri­days are sorted for fam­i­lies from break­fast to sun­set. The catch? It’s a pri­vate fa­cil­ity, so the best way to check it out is by tag­ging along with a mem­ber or try­ing it out for a day (or even a month) with an eye to get­ting a mem­ber­ship. Mina Sadiyat, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6731111. The-club.com

Jumeirah at Saadiyat Is­land Re­sort

This ho­tel doesn’t even open un­til the 11th of this month, but we are al­ready ex­cited about the beach club. Ae­rial views show a long pri­vate beach run­ning the length of the prop­erty; one mas­sive pool and an­other, smaller one. There is the plan to co­hab­i­tate with the lo­cal flora and fauna of man­groves, tur­tles and dol­phins, and keep the prop­erty free of plas­tic. A sneak peek pic­ture of the kids club shows a funky, colour­ful grassy area while the pool­side Mare Mare restau­rant looks to have a chill vibe, with rat­tan, nat­u­ral wood and white ac­cents.

Saadiyat Is­land, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 8115555. jumeirah. com

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