Posted by: englishdubai | September 3, 2006

Life is a beach

I took a few days off last week as I welcomed my second guest to Dubai. It was very pleasant to be able to joy the sights and sounds of Dubai without having to worry about work matters and allowed me to engage full holiday mode.

In between the eating out and shopping – we took one day to visit the beach. While there are a number of public beaches in Dubai for me and my guests’ visit to a Dubai beach we thougt it would a good idea to go to a beach club and have use of their facilities.

In the vincity of Dubai Marina there are about half a dozen hotels each offering the option to use their pool and beach facilities for a charge. A few colleagues at work suggested that the best value option was the Oasis Beach Hotel – and good value it was.

The normal rate for a day visit is 85AED but on production of a DIC/DMC card this is cut in half to a very reasonable 42.50AED.

While the Oasis Beach Hotel may not be as salubrious as say the Hilton or Le Merdien the pool and beach facilities were great.

Upon entry they offer a wide range of water sports and climate information:

There was a large jacuzzi pool, a covered kids pool and a main chilled pool with a shaded swim up bar area – great for lazy, boozy days:

The walk to beach is all of two minutes from the pool area and through a nice grassed area:

The beach itself has a football and volleyball courts alongside the usual Sun lounges and water sports areas:

My friend and I had a very relaxing day – I was slightly surprised by the number of Liverpool FC shirts I saw indicating a high proportion of holidaying brits staying at this value hotel. I was also a little worries that the noise from the construction of the JBR appartments would cause a disturbance – but in reality it did not bother me at all and was lost in the the regular background noise.

Overall 8/10 – great value, big pool and quiet beach. I will be a regular.


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