XL Dubai

In Dubai, bigger means better, which is probably why the Habtoor Grand’s beach club is called XL. Not S, M or L, but XL. The biggest size there is without looking like a series of kisses at the end of an email. Why XL resembles a medieval jousting venue is unclear. But as fun as a Dubai-based jousting competition would be, XL instead houses a sizeable courtyard punctuated by low white sofas, and features a DJ stage and pool. The area is surrounded by private cabanas, complete with their own Jacuzzi, lounge and bathroom. For big events, large cabanas can be hired out for a mere Dhs15,000 (housing up to 20 guests, whose entry fee is discounted from the overall cost), while smaller cabanas cost Dhs10,000. Judging from the events that have taken place here thus far (the Nikki Beach Party being the prime example), it would appear that XL is positioning itself as Dubai’s answer to Plastic — all-day pool parties attended by bikini-clad lovelies and preening hunks. And the party doesn’t stop when the temperature soars - in true Dubai style, the Habtoor has built a roof on the outdoor venue, ensuring air conditioned partying throughout the hot months.

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