13 epic pool parties are making waves in Abu Dhabi right now
There’s no party like a pool party in the summer in the UAE…
You have two choices on a summer in the UAE, you can head inside and soak up the coolness of the air conditioning, or you can head to the coolness of the pool for fun without the cold… We know what we prefer to do at the moment…
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Cove Beach Abu Dhabi
This place racks up a monster four-to-one tally on the pool party scoreboard. Based on a stretch of Reem Island coastline, Cove Beach offers a sunny beachside fiesta itinerary for the capital’s bohemian beach. There’s Aqua Cove on Fridays, with three hours of free drinks for Dhs159 (between 3pm and 6pm) with choooons courtesy of the captain on decks, DJ Eldar Stuff. This is closely followed by ‘Rosé All Night’, also on Fridays, where women can enjoy FOUR hours (9pm to 1am) of unlimited drinking for just 99 Dhs. Saturday is Garden of Cove (8pm til late) – an evening of big atmospheric beats from DJ Bambina, DJ Monkeye and DJ Eldar Stuff, with a three-hour drinks package at Dhs249 for men, while girls get four free select drinks and a buy-one-get-one on shisha. On Sundays we relax, by the pool of course for Rosé All Day (12-5pm) – girls get FIVE hours of unlimited sips and a platter of food for Dhs149 (shisha Dhs49), guys get these same five hours for 249 Dhs, with the food platter.
Cove Beach, Makers District, Reem Island. Tel: (056) 407 5405, @covebeachabudhabi
BBQ Pool Party at Cafe Del Mar
Straight out of Ibiza’s Baleric beat factory, Cafe Del Mar has landed on the waterfront next to the Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island. There’s an infinity pool, a cheeky little man-made beach, a pool bar, and a fitting soundtrack. Access is free for adjacent Hilton guests, for all others daily passes are available for 250 Dhs Monday to Friday (with 150 Dhs back as F&B credit), weekends it’s 350 Dhs (also with 150 Dhs in return as credit). There is also now a BBQ pool party, which takes place between 1pm and 5pm every Saturday, the price of Dhs 499 includes unlimited selection of drinks, unlimited BBQ plates, access to the pool, towels, a lounge chair and some absolutely epic bass cone candy. It’s 150% atmosphere.
Cafe Del Mar, Yas Bay Waterfront, pool party BBQ every Saturday, 1-4pm, Dhs499. Tel: (050) 402 2283@cafedelmarabudhabi
Cancun Wet Wednesday in Amerigos
Amerigos brings Latin fuego all year round, but the thing about fuego is that it needs a place to cool off. Step into the Wet Wednesday pool side of Cancun. Live entertainment, three hours of unlimited drinks and it wouldn’t be a Mexican fiesta without food. There’s 50% off the menu, and that’s worth it.
Park Inn by Radisson Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., 89 Dhs for women, 159 Dhs for men. Tel: (02) 656 2000, @amerigosyasisland
Al Maya Island Pool Party
Yes, we take you back to the island, Al Maya Island and Resort to be precise. It takes place every Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. And you have our full permission to get excited – because there is no rave, like a rave where you can swim. Tickets are priced at Dhs 250, which includes Dhs 100 credit for food and drink and your boat transfers. Like the setlist, the DJ roster gets a weekly mix, creating a festival of heart-pounding beats, sunny seats and fiesta meals.
Ferry service to Al Maya Island departs from a pier near the Presidential Palace. The duration of the boat transfer is between 10 and 15 minutes (depending on the ship and the conditions. The cost of the trip is included in your day pass.
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Departing to the island, ferry times are hourly from 10am to 5pm.
Returning from the island, these return trips depart from Al Maya every hour from 1:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Al Maya Island & Resort, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tel: (02) 667 7777, @almayaisland
Saturday Sunset Brunch at Emirates Palace
Brand new to the beach brunch scene and bristling with bohemian glamour, the Emirates Palace Saturday Sunset Brunch at Las Brisas takes place on the last Saturday of every month. Descending between 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., the fiesta includes food and drink, a bonfire by the beach, and access to the expansive pool complex — perfect for starry baths. The drinks are Latin-inspired and the bites take the shape of a ‘master menu‘. The food offering is built on a mix of wild opulence and more tried and true brunch classics. Expect oysters and caviar to appear alongside fish and chips, wagyu burgers, sushi, shrimp tacos and a collection of live grilled dishes. And the curly octopus… *chef’s kiss*.
Emirates Palace, W Cornich Road, from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., 495 Dhs. Tel: (02) 690 9000, @emiratespalace
La Loca at Saadiyat Beach Club
Ricky Martin insisted on life la vida loca over the past two decades, and you know what Ricky, we finally have you. Taking place this Saturday September 3rd (next date TBD) at Saadiyat Beach Club – entry for women is only Dhs 90 and you get four free drinks. Guys you know the exercise it’s Dhs250 and you get a big wet zero on the free tab (although table packages are available). Tracks are laid by some of the hottest talents on the UAE’s turntables – DJ Kaboo, Dj Bliss and DJ Nuff Said and you have the opportunity to score yourself super exclusive intimacy in a cabana.
Saadiyat Beach Club, Saadiyat Island, from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m., ladies 90 Dhs, gentlemen Dhs 250. Tel: (054) 581 6260, @saadiyatbeachclub
Liquid x Dip Fest at Aloft
Held at this scorching good times hacienda, Aloft Abu Dhabi – this event is essentially a nightly brunch with perks, culminating in a frothy climax with a southern-soaked foam party. There are free drink packages from 8pm to 11pm for 199 Dhs. Expect outlandish inflatables, local legend DJs lighting up the decks, and some seriously crazy water adventures. The next session is scheduled for Friday, September 2, with a “white” theme – come dressed in 50 shades of pale without having to worry about messy spills, because spoiler alert, you’re going to get wet.
Aloft, ADNEC zone, 8 p.m. to 3 a.m., brunch package from 199 Dhs. Tel: (02) 654 5193, @dipfestabudhabi
Neon Nights at Yas Waterworld
This one is for families. The Yas Waterworld Neon Nights series lit up our summer. In what’s probably the ultimate after-dark water park glow, guests will be able to plug in from 10 a.m., but things start to heat up after sunset with a neon-lit splash session. until 9 p.m. Along with kaleidoscopic light-up visuals, there’s the only neon-lit lazy river in the UAE, a live DJ, LED dance shows and board games including glow-in-the-dark tic-tac-toe, Jenga and Connect Four.
Yas Waterworld, Yas Island, every Saturday until September 4, adults 270 Dhs children 220 Dhs. Advance booking is essential, including for Annual Pass holders, tickets 10am-9pm, yaswaterworld.com
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With the dizzying array of entertainment inside the hotel and point-blank access to Yas Island, the new WB Hotel really didn’t need to go that far with sunset bars. sun, but here we are. The Overlook features a rooftop infinity pool with panoramic views of the mangroves and Yas Golf Club. Featured theme nights have included Cloud 7 Brunch and Acoustic Nights – but its views, beer mixes and good times with whoever you choose – make it the perfect spot
The WB Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, daily from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Tel: (02) 815,0000hilton.com
This one is less of a party in itself, but you already know that W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island is an all-key vibe, so it follows that their pool complex would be the preferred poolside lounging space for savvy connoisseurs of the capital. Their ‘Daydream at Wet Deck’ offer from Monday to Saturday is only Dhs 150 per adult and you get the full amount back to deposit on food and drink. Relax in sublime lying position between noon and 8 p.m., with a Wet Deck welcome pack that includes a bottle of water, popsicles and access to those luxurious purple cushions.
W Lounge, W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island. Tel: (02) 656 0000, @WAbuDhabi