Saadiyat Beach Club, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi
By far the most beautiful beach club in the UAE, this award-winning venue boasts a prime position on Saadiyat Beach, just outside of Abu Dhabi. With 9km of sandy, white beach and a certified Blue Flag eco label, this is easily one of the most breath-taking spots in the Middle East. Lounge on the powdery sands listening to the sounds of the crashing waves from a plush lounger or relax poolside in a private cabana, enjoying a spot of shisha or a refreshing drink. Furthermore, Saadiyat Beach Club offers a fully-equipped workout room where you can pump some iron gazing at the view from the floor-to-ceiling windows before sinking into a cushioned sofa and enjoying delicious food from one of 4 restaurants and lounges or a cocktail around the firepits as the sun slowly sinks into the horizon.
Annual membership stars at AED 5,000 or AED 7,500 for a couple of family. Day passes are available at AED 220 for an adult weekday pass and AED 420 for an adult weekend pass.
Zero Gravity, Dubai
It seems Zero Gravity can do no wrong as of late and with international VIPs frequenting its uber stylish beach, its popularity doesn’t look set to waiver anytime soon. The perfect day to night venue, indulge yourself in some sun-worshipping from the private beach or take to the newly inaugurated infinity pool with its photo-worthy glass-front. Feast on a wide selection of food directly on the beach and whittle away the weekend hours with a drink in hand, before donning some heels with your kimono and dancing the night away to one of the frequent international DJs that play here.
Weekday passes start at AED 100 for children and AED 150 for adults with weekend prices AED 250 per adult or AED 450 per couple.
Nikki Beach, Pearl Jumeirah Dubai
The newest kid on Dubai’s beach club scene, it was only a matter of time before internationally renowned Nikki Beach launched in the Middle East. A haunt of the beautiful, Nikki Beach has always been a place to see and be seen and Dubai’s offering is no different. Featuring the iconic all-white décor, Nikki Beach pampers its guests with lavish parties, comfortable loungers and stunning waterfront views. You can even hide behind your oversized sunnies from the privacy of a VIP cabana or enjoy a refreshing drink from the swim-up bar. No one under the age of 21 is allowed at Nikki Beach so this is a venue best enjoyed with friends rather than little ones.
Riva Beach Club, Palm Jumeirah Dubai
It’s an old favourite but with its prime Palm Jumeirah location and optional watersports, Riva Beach Club is one of the more competitively priced locations for a days sun worshipping. With beachside loungers a plenty and a temperature controlled infinity pool, join the Jumeirah Janes for a peaceful day off, soothed by the gentle lullaby of chilled out beats as a backdrop. The restaurant here is really rather good too, so enjoy a healthy lunch of huge, fresh salads or build up an appetite and enjoy a wood-fired pizza delivered directly to the beach.
Prices start at AED on weekdays and AED 175 at weekends.
Nasimi Beach Club, Atlantis Hotel, Palm Jumeirah Dubai
Not just a spot for after-dark debauchery, Nasimi Beach is a great adults-only daytime spot to sunbathe with friends and enjoy the very best of this famed beachside venue at the iconic Atlantis. It’s super popular and sunbeds are on a first-come-first-serve basis so we recommend getting there early but once you’re there you can spend the whole day playing on the beach under the shadow of the sprawling Atlantis.
AED 150 (minimum spend on f&b) weekdays and AED 250 (minimum spend) at weekends.
Cove Beach, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai
Boasting a laid-back Riviera vibe, Cove Beach is a lot smaller than many of the other beach clubs which adds to its exclusive nature. With the Burj Al Arab as a backdrop, this is a seriously cool contender and the neutral wicker furnishings make Cove one for the style set.
Prices start from AED 100 on weekdays and AED 200 on weekends and for loungers AED 300 on weekends.