Pool party season is back with a splash

Bid farewell to summer and say hello to pool party season with these lively events for friends and families

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In most parts of the world, people are celebrating the changing colours of leaves, wrapping up in scarves and probably anticipating rain as summer turns to autumn. But in Abu Dhabi, the end of summer means perfect temperatures, blue sky and eternal sunshine – and the return of pool and beach parties. Here are some of the city’s best events for making a splash.

Abu Dhabi Golf Club 

Save the date and gather up the gang for the first Ultra Pool Fest on 8th September. Don your best swim wear and dive into the cool waters while enjoying party music complete with dazzling visuals courtesy of foreign DJs, D Roc from the US and Risit and Lee from Europe. AED 100 per person with two drinks. Over 21s and couples only. Sas Al Nakhl. From 7pm. Contact: 056 536 2230, events@adgolfclub.ae 

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Saadiyat Beach Club

This sprawling property, built on the stunning shores of the Arabian Gulf, is home to the stylish night pool party, Cachée. The luxury beach club comes alive with performances and entertainment like water drummers, gourmet dining and drinks packages, and DJs Slim and Saif & Sound spinning RnB and hip-hop tunes until the early morning. 8th September. AED 50 ladies, AED 200 gents. Over 21s and couples only. Saadiyat Island. 8pm-2am. Contact: 02 656 3500, info@saadiyatbeachclub.ae

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Yas Beach

Take out that floral shirt, don a lei around your neck and sip refreshing fruity drinks to mark the Aloha Pool Party. Get your tropical groove on as DJ Emir plays hit tunes while guests enjoy unlimited pool access until the evening. If the pool is getting too crowded for your taste, feel free to venture down to the beach. 8th September. AED 100. Over 21s, couples and mixed groups only. Yas Island. 1pm-8pm. Contact: 056 523 4334, facebook.com/yasbeach

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Aloft Abu Dhabi

If rain machines and foam canons sound like the ideal way to let your hair down for the weekend, then head to the infamous Liquid Rain and Foam Pool Party at this hotel’s rooftop pool. Making sure to get the party going are dance tunes blaring through the speakers all night long. 8th September. Ladies free before midnight, AED 50 thereafter, gents AED 100. Over 21s only. ADNEC, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street. 8pm-3am. Contact:
02 654 5193, aloftabudhabi.com 

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Al Maya Island

Leave the city’s hustle and bustle and cool down at the weekly Maya Fridays pool party off the coast of Abu Dhabi. Soak in the sunshine while moving to the music of guest DJs Rob Forrest, Chad Phunk and Stew Magoo. Take a dip in the pool or venture down to the white sandy beach for that true island getaway experience. Every Friday. AED 100, ladies free before 1pm. Over 21s, couples and mixed groups only. Entry fee includes boat trip from Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana before 1pm; AED 100 fare after 1pm. 11am-9pm. Contact: 055 114 5311, almayaislandresorts.com  

Hiltonia Beach Club

This popular leisure spot will host the third season of its evening pool party series, DIPFest. With the Arabian Gulf serving as a backdrop, partygoers are free to take a plunge and dance the night away. Gauging from past instalments, you can expect loads of wacky pool activities – we’re told mermaids might make an appearance – to keep the fun factor turned up. 15th September. Ladies free before midnight, AED 100 after, AED 100 for gents. Over 21s only. Hilton Abu Dhabi, Corniche West. 9pm-3am. Contact: info@theprojectuae.com 

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Aloft Al Ain

Reminisce about your campus days at this one-off Back-to-School themed pool party. Enjoy a hearty barbecue brunch featuring beef and seafood-grilled specialities and a host of other dishes to fuel you up. But the real fun happens at The Rooftop pool, where brunchers get complimentary access to take part in the revelry until the early morning. Supplying the beats is a guest DJ, who will play music from today as well as nostalgic tracks from days gone by. 29th September. AED 125 per person for brunch and pool party, AED 100 for two drinks and access to pool party. Over 21s only. Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium Development, Al Towwaya, Al Ain. 5pm-3am. Contact: 03 713 8888,
alain.bnf@alofthotels.com   

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Yas Waterworld

For a family-friendly soiree, check out Yas Waterworld’s new Neon Nights event, taking place every Friday evening. The popular waterpark lights up with illuminating displays, a flying Hydrojet show, a line-up of entertainment and performances, plus a live DJ. The waterpark’s pools, rides and slides – all glowing brighter than ever – are on standby for children and adults to try throughout the evening. Weekly until 29th September, excluding 15th September. From AED 250 per person, children under three free. Yas Island. 7pm-10pm. Contact: 02 496 8008, yaswaterworld.com

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