Friday fun

Make the most of your free time at our top beachfront hangouts

1. Saadiyat Beach Club
Relax on a sun-shaded terrace along this pristine stretch of beach and indulge in an al fresco feast of mouthwatering BBQ grills, live cooking stations, a seafood spread and a cheese bar, every Friday from 1-4pm. One of Abu Dhabi’s most iconic spots, enjoy live music plus you can avail of a day pass package, allowing you to spend the whole day by the ocean.

Saadiyat Beach Club in Abu Dhabi

2. Zaya Nurai Island
Only 10 minutes by boat from Saadiyat Island, Zara Nurai is a secluded boutique resort, east of Abu Dhabi. Boats depart every hour from the Zara Nurai Welcome Center to take you to this beautiful retreat. Zaya Nurai offers a Friday brunch from 12:30-4PM at their Frangipani restaurant with live music, where you can savour uninterrupted views of the Arabian Gulf.

Zaya Nurai Island Resort

3. Caesars Bluewaters
Sit back and chill beachside at the Sandbar Bar & Grill at Caesars Bluewaters, Dubai. The Sandbar offers beach access and a kids club as well as the freshest seafood, mouthwatering salads, gourmet sandwiches and burgers. Enjoy a delicious set lunch from midday-3pm every day. Pool access is from 10am-7pm and the dress code is casual or beach attire.

4. RIVA Beach Club
Located on the iconic Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, RIVA allows stunning views of the Arabian Gulf, the Burj Al Arab and Dubai city skyline. Expect a relaxed, family-friendly environment where you can kick back along 300 metres of pristine sand. Known for its fantastic food, brunch is served every Friday from 12.30-4pm or get yourself a day pass for pool and beach access.

5. Nikki Beach Resort and Spa
The buzzing Nikki Beach is located on the waterfront of Pearl Jumeirah, gifting panoramic views of Dubai’s cityscape and the ocean from every corner of the property. Guests are invited to enjoy a long brunch or an a la carte menu beachside on a plush sun bed surrounded by the venue’s signature all-white decor. Splash out by renting a luxury cabana with its own pool, terrace and changing facilities.

6. Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort
Escape to this elegant hideaway in Ras al Khaimah, set along a white-sand beach and facilitating breath-taking views of the Hajjar Mountains. Located opposite Al Hamra Golf Club and 9km from Jazira Alhamra Old Village, enjoy beach access, plus an 18-hole golf course.

7. Blue Marlin Ibiza
This beachfront club in Ghantoot Al Jazira Island, Abu Dhabi is surrounded by white canopies and a lush, turquoise bay. Late breakfasts, lazy lunches and gourmet spreads can be served in the comfort of a private cabana on the beach. A regular Saturday brunch invites a pool party vibe or watch out for a pop-up brunch on Fridays.