The best indoor swimming pools in Dubai
Sweating under-water is a thing, and we don’t like it…
Swimming is one of the joys we Dubaians can regularly enjoy during the winter, with easy access to plenty of pools from the luxurious to the free. In summer swimming gets a bit more tricky, with scorching temperatures putting us off going for a dip. Luckily there are several gorgeous indoor pools so you don’t need to lather on the SPF 50 just to do some lengths.
Here’s our top picks for Dubai’s indoor pools.
Hamdan Sports Complex
This fitness facility is located just off the Emirates Road. The wave-shaped building contains one of the biggest multi-purpose facilities in the world, with a convertible long and short course pool. The are two 60-metre swimming pools, both of Olympic standards with advanced technology of moveable floors, which means they can be transformed into 25-metre pools at differing depths. There are also diving stages at 10m, 7.5m, 5m, 3m and 1m. A day pass costs Dhs60 for swimming or gym and sauna, or Dhs100 for all three.
Hamdan Sports Complex, Emirates Road, daily 6am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 306 2666. hamdansc.com
At FitRepublik in Sports City, you’ll find an eight-lane 50-metre Olympic size swimming pool, surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows, with a grandstand and acoustics for spectators to cheer you on. Perfect for those who want to include a gym workout with your swimming training, memberships start from Dhs1,706 for three months.
The Dhs150 day pass includes access to the entire facility: pool, gym, more than 350 studios classes, MMA facilities, grappling and wrestling mats, the cage and Olympic gymnastics facility (with trampolines, foam pits, and gymnastics apparatus) from 5.30am to 10pm.
FitRepublik Fitness Centre, The Academies, Sports City, daily, 5.30am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 556 1800. fitrepublik.com
The Burj Club
Fancy swimming inside the world’s tallest building? Burj Khalifa’s gym facility Burj Club has an indoor and outdoor pool, open to anyone. There’s even special ladies’ only days and a kids’ summer camp. Prices for a day pass start from Dhs90 per person.
Burj Club, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, daily, 6am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 888 3900. burjkhalifa.ae
Four Seasons Jumeirah
Set under a glass dome and surrounded by Romanesque columns, this climate controlled pool is part of Four Seasons’ fitness centre. Open to hotel guests, spa customers and those with a fitness membership, this exclusive indoor pool is a haven for cooling off in the summer. Treatments start from Dhs390 at the spa.
The Pearl Spa, Four Seasons Jumeirah, daily 8am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 270 7732. fourseasons.com
Emerald Palace Kempinski
Claiming to be one of the largest indoor pools in Dubai, luxury resort Emerald Palace Kempinski offers guests the chance to swim in complete tranquility. You won’t find yourself being splashed by other swimmers or ducking into the lane dividers here. But you’ll have to pay for the privilege, Emerald Palace’s day pass for the pool and beach facilities will set you back Dhs400 on the weekdays and Dhs600 on the weekend.
Emerald Palace Kempinski, Palm Jumeirah, daily 9am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 248 8800. kempinski.com
Burj Al Arab
No seven-star hotel would be complete without a luxurious infinity pool overlooking the whole of Dubai. The resort actually has three outdoor and two indoor pools reserved for hotel guests to use. Visitors of Talise Spa can use the indoor pool, as well as jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and plunge pool. This might be one for the bucket-list, as treatments are upward of Dhs520 for 30 minutes.
Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah, daily, 9am to 9pm. Tel: (04) 301 7365. jumeirah.com
This 25-metre indoor pool looks straight out onto the sea, so you can pretend you’re swimming with the fish from the safety of your temperature-controlled pool. There’s also a row of relaxing four-poster beds for once you’ve finished your lengths. Spa guests have full use of the facilities, with treatments ranging from Dhs400 for a 30 minute facial, up to Dhs4,500 for a 180-minute Royal Lulur treatment.
Buglari Resort, Jumeira Bay Island, Jumeira 2, daily, 9am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 777 5555. bulgarihotels.com