Make a splash without spending too much cash…

According to all sources, the pool’s the place to go when the mercury starts tickling the top end of the thermometer. And if you fancy going out and getting yourself absolutely soaking wet, here’s where to find all the city’s best pool days, starting at just Dhs50.


Set against marina skyline views, the secluded pool at Abu Dhabi EDITION is the perfect setting for a chilled-out pool day. Relax cabana-side and graze on light bites from Alba Terrace, with a weekday pool pass priced at Dhs150, which is fully redeemable, or a weekend pass priced at Dhs225, of which you’ll get Dhs150 back to spend on food and drink.

Al Bateen Marina, daily 7am to 9pm. Tel: 2 208 0000,

Al Maya Island & Resort

What price paradise? This dreamy island resort is just a 10 minute boat trip southwest of Abu Dhabi’s mainland. They’re offering a Horizon pool and beach pass from Dhs200 (weekdays) with Dhs100 back to spend on food and beverages at the hotel. Weekends are a little higher at Dhs250 but you get a cool Dhs100 chunk of that back to spend on dining and drinking in the resort (or unlimited hops between midday and 3pm). Return boat transfers are included in the cost of your pass.

Al Maya Island, from Dhs200, near Presidential Palace Gate One, (use the Google Map location for Al Maya Boat Dock), 10am to 8pm. Tel: (02) 667 7777,

Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi Hotel


Pair your pool day with a view of one of Abu Dhabi’s most charismatic natural habitats, the mangrove forests. You can get day pass access to Anantara’s expansive pool complex for Dhs150 every day. On weekdays, you’ll get that full Dhs150 back to spend on refreshments, while on weekends there’s Dhs100 redeemable.

Anantara Eastern Mangroves, Al Kheeran. Tel: (05) 503 5121@anantaraeasternmangroves

Cafe Del Mar

Straight from the Balearic beat factory of Ibiza, Cafe Del Mar has landed on the waterfront next to Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island. There’s an infinity pool, a cheeky little manmade beach, a swim-up pool bar, and an appropriately slamming soundtrack. Access is free for the adjacent Hilton guests, for everybody else day passes are available for Dhs250 between Monday to Friday (with Dhs150 back as F&B credit), weekends its Dhs350 (also with Dhs150 back as credit). There’s also couple rates priced at Dhs350 through the week and Dhs500 on weekends, both of which come with Dhs150 back.

Yas Bay, Yas Island, daily 9am to midnight (1am on Thu and Fri), from Dhs250. @cafedelmarabudhabi

Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers

Hit the beach (or pool) with a day pass to Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers. There’s a choice of three swimming pools to dip your toes into, as well as a long 2,200 metre stretch of private beach. You’ll pay Dhs160 on weekdays and Dhs210 on weekends for entry only.

West Corniche, Abu Dhabi, . Tel: (0)2 811 5555,

Courtyard by Marriott, World Trade Center

The Courtyard by Marriott, World Trade Center offers what is probably one of the best value pool passes we’ve seen. It’s just Dhs50 for a full day (7am to 8pm) during the week, and Dhs75 for a weekend daym, best of all it’s located within quick skipping distance of Up & Below.

Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Center, daily 7am to 8pm. Tel: (052) 914 1207, @courtyardabudhabi

Cove Beach Abu Dhabi

Cove Beach Abu Dhabi’s pool and beach pass is Dhs200 on weekdays and Dhs300 on weekends, and you’ll get the full amount back to spend on food and drink. They have a dazzling array of promotions throughout the week that really are worth checking out too. Take their ladies’ day for example on Sundays, where ladies get unlimited beverages from 12pm to 5pm and a lunch platter for Dhs149. Gents enjoy the same deal for Dhs249.

Cove Beach, Makers District, Reem Island, Thu from midday, packages from Dhs200. Tel: (056) 407 5405, @covebeachabudhabi

Emirates Palace

Get the royal treatment with a weekday pool pass at Emirates Palace. Adults can gain access to the pool and beach facilities from Dhs320 (with Dhs100 credit for Cascades restaurant). Kids aged four to 20 get in for Dhs160 with Dhs50 back as credit. At weekends, adults are Dhs425 and it’s Dhs210 for kids without a dining voucher. Discounts are available for couples and families.

Emirates Palace, Corniche Rd W – Al Ras Al Akhdar. Tel: (02) 690 7311, @emiratespalace

Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residences Emirates Pearl

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This summer, it’s just Dhs69 for pool and beach access at the Grand Hyatt’s beautiful facilities whether you visit on a weekday or on a weekend. And the best part is, you get the full amount back to spend on food and drink. Now that really is the high life.

Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residences Emirates Pearl, West Corniche, Corniche Rd, 8am to 8pm, Dhs69. Tel: (02) 510 1234, @grandhyattabudhabi 

InterContinental Abu Dhabi

InterContinental Abu Dhabi Beach

InterContinental Abu Dhabi’s Bayshore Beach Club offers day pass access to the property’s extensive outdoor chill space. You can enter this leisure lagoon for Dhs100 as an adult during the week (Dhs50 kids or nanny), or for Dhs130 at the weekend (kids Dhs60). Facilities include the private beach, infinity pool, kids pool (although the slide is currently closed), gym and Bayshore restaurant.

InterContinental, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud St. Tel: (02) 666 6888,

Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island


You can enjoy access to the beautiful beach and shimmering pool at Jumeirah Saadiyat Island throughout the week for Dhs375, and you’ll get Dhs200 of that back to spend on food and drink. For children, access is Dhs125 with Dhs50 redeemable. There’s a ladies’ day deal on a Monday too, where access is priced at Dhs200 with Dhs150 redeemable on food and drink. On weekends, access is exclusive to in-house guests.

Saadiyat Island. Tel: (0)2 811 4444,

Marriott Al Forsan

We all know that Marriott Al Forsan is home to some pretty wild sporting adventures, but did you know that it balances those out with epic opportunities to chill out as well? Take the pool pass for example, take a dip in the huge palm-fringed pool, complete with swim-up bar for just Dhs100 during weekdays and Dhs120 at weekends.

Al Forsan International Sports Resort Khalifa City A – 12th St. Tel: (04) 201 4000,

Radisson BLU Abu Dhabi Corniche

This hotel has a beautiful pool complex that’s perfect for families. You can pick up weekday passes for Dhs150 and weekend ones for Dhs200. Regardless of which day you go, you get Dhs100 of that back to spend as F&B credit.

 Corniche Road, Al Bateen. Tel: (02) 681 1900, @radissonbluauh

Radisson BLU Al Ain

From Sundays to Thursdays you can spend a full day at the resort, from 8am to sunset, for Dhs89 per adult, and Dhs60 for kids.

Al Sarouj. Tel: (03) 768 6666, @radissonblualain

Saadiyat Beach Club

This particular private pool complex is without doubt in the top tier of beach clubs for looks and facilities. Entry prices differ each day during summer: Mondays are Dhs200 with Dhs100 back on food and drink; on Tuesdays it’s Dhs199 for ladies with unlimited drinks from 1pm to 5pm while guys pay Dhs250 for entry only; Wednesday is Dhs250 per person, though it’s all redeemable through the Darna App; Thursday is Dhs199 with three hours of bubbly from 1pm to 3pm; Friday it’s Dhs120 for ladies and Dhs250 for gents. On the weekend, single entry is Dhs350, couples pay Dhs525. On Saturday, there’s also a summer brunch with beach access for Dhs399.

Saadiyat Beach Club, Saadiyat Island, 8am to 8pm. Book on the website, Tel: (02) 656 3500

Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi

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The daycation package at Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri includes access to the hotel’s seductive ensemble of five-star facilities between 10am and 6pm, including the pool and beach, a bottle of house wine or bucket of beer, and a gourmet sharing platter perfect for a spot of poolside snacking. All this for just Dhs208, kids under six are free and those aged between six and 12 gain access to amenities for Dhs60.

Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, Khor Al Makta, June 1 until September 30, 10am to 6pm daily, Dhs208. Tel: (02) 509 8555,

The St. Regis Abu Dhabi

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Make a splash at The Nation Riviera Beach Club this summer and enjoy weekday entry for Dhs105 if you’re a member or Dhs160 if you’re a non-member. There’s a deal for couples, which gets you entry for two for Dhs210 if you are members or Dhs265 if you’re not. on weekends, the rate increases for non-members to Dhs230 for single entry or Dhs345 for couples. There’s also a special rate for families, where two adults and two children can enjoy a day on the sand for Dhs370 in the week and Dhs465 on weekends. Day passes don’t include access to the kids club and gym facilities.

The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Tower, Corniche. Tel: (0)2 694 4780. @stregisabudhabi

Telal Resort Al Ain

For a daycation that represents a real escape, Telal should always be on your radar. Their day pass includes complimentary use of the magnificent outdoor infinity lounge pool overlooking the desert dunes, use of the sunken pool, access to recreation area, and a delicious three course set menu. Priced at Dhs255 per person, or Dhs400 for a couple on weekdays (Mon to Fri). At weekends it’s Dhs288 per person; or Dhs558 for couples (Sat and Sun). Kids are just Dhs99 and that price includes paddle boat activity and kid’s lunch menu.

Al Ain. Tel: (03) 702 0000, @telalresortalain

West Bay

Gorgeous Corniche-front leisure complex, West Bay recently opened a new wave pool and lazy river combo, to add to the already considerable lineup of fun-time facilities. And lazy rivers are amongst that small collection of things (which also includes cheesecake, salary SMSs and the music of Bob Marley) that literally nobody dislikes. Access to the pool and the lazy river comes free with West Bay day passes. For weekdays, adults get in for Dhs150, but get Dhs100 of that back on food. At weekends it’s Dhs200 but you still get the Dhs100 back as credit.

West Bay, Abu Dhabi Corniche, pool and adventure park 10am to 6pm, day passes available from Dhs150 (with Dhs100 back for food and beverage purchases). Tel: (02) 692 437, @westbayabudhabi

Zaya Nurai

Take a trip to the paradise shores of Abu Dhabi’s own Bond Island — Zaya Nurai. Their day pass is Dhs480 (but you get a full Dhs420 of that back to spend on food and beverages at a selection of the resort’s luxurious restaurants or the spa) and includes return sea transfers, beach and pool access, and entry to the waterpark

Zaya Nurai, is a 15 minute boat ride from the Welcome Centre on the east side of Saadiyat Island, near exit 14 of Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Highway. Tel: (02) 506 6229,

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