6 indoor swimming pools in Dubai
If there’s one sentence that makes us question someone’s sanity during summer it’s, “Are you coming to the pool?” Rocketing temperatures make swimming more of a torture mechanism than a workout with the sun beaming its almighty rays.
But there is a hidden trove of indoor pools in Dubai, perfect for those who like to relax, or put in some serious lengths. Front crawl, butterfly or doggy paddle your way through this lot…
Burj Al Arab
This place has two indoor pools but, being a seven star hotel, both of them are infinity and located a whopping 150 metres above the Arabian Gulf. Enjoy 180 views of Dubai’s skyline from either the mixed-pool or female only pool.
Details: Pool use is reserved for hotel guest and spa members. It’s got to be a bit exclusive, doesn’t it?
Talise Ottoman Spa, Zabeel Saray Hotel
This is actually two pools, one for men, one for women. The indoor salt water swimming pools at Talise Ottoman Spa are flanked by beautiful Turkish-style alcoves ideal for relaxing in. Primarily set-up for those who like to chill, they're also big enough to get in some exercise.
Details: AED250 for use of the pool and spa facilities. Male and female areas are separate.
Ahasees Spa & Club at Grand Hyatt Dubai
Surrounded by glass windows, and full of natural light, it’s the next best thing to actually being outside. There’s even an underwater sound system to keep you going while you’re doing laps of this 20-metre pool.
Details: AED300 on weekdays and AED400 on weekends.
Talise Fitness (Madinat Jumeirah)
This majestic indoor pool looks likes the sort you find in the opening montage of a slick crime drama in Miami. The deep blue tiles and neo-classical surrounds is a stunning setting for a few laps if you're staying in one of Jumeirah's palatial hotels in this ever-popular complex.
Details: Non-members can access facilities for AED 150 per day. There are also swim classes for all ages on offer at the pool.
Four Seasons Resort Dubai
Romaesque columns and oversized coffee pots in recessed porticos makes these feel more like a luxury villa than spa, but the the climate-controlled indoor pool is ideal for post workout cool-downs. Must be aged 16 or over.
Details: Exclusive for in-house hotel or spa guests
Hamdan Sports Complex
Serious athletes, length lovers and exercise enthusiasts, this is one for you. The swimming pool at Hamdan Sports Complex is huge – 50 metres to be precise – and is open for public use, competitions, and events.
Details: Check schedule for public swimming times.