Dubai Opens World’s Highest 360-Degree Infinity Pool

Located on the 50th floor of The Palm Tower, Aura Skypool offers jaw-dropping vistas of the city’s skyline.

The pool deck at the brand-new Aura Skypool in Dubai. (All photos courtesy of Aura Skypool)

As international travel continues to pick up in the next few months, chances are that one record-breaking addition to Dubai’s tourism scene will begin popping up on our Instagram feeds. The newest attraction in the Palm Jumeirah, Aura Skypool is perched 200 meters above the ground — just nine meters higher than the renowned infinity pool atop Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands. It’s billed as the highest 360-degree infinity pool anywhere in the world, and is situated in the same tower as The St. Regis Dubai and The View at The Palm, a recently opened observation deck. Guests here can soak up panoramic views of the Dubai skyline, with landmarks like Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa clearly visible, while taking a dip or lounging on custom-made sun beds.

The 750-square-meter pool deck is open daily from 10 a.m. until sunset, and visitors have the option of booking a morning or afternoon session, or buying a full-day pass. Although the pool wraps around the tower, it seems unlikely that guests will be able to swim a full circuit, as Aura is divided into three areas based on different prices: there are orange and green zones as well as a VIP “island.” Entry fees start from AED 170 (about US$46), inclusive of a sunbed and lounge access; a full-day pass to the VIP zone will set you back AED 600 (US$163).

The attached dining lounge at Aura Skypool offers bites from an international menu that leans pan-Asian: think Vietnamese-inspired lamb skewers, watermelon salad with Thai basil and feta, and king tiger prawns with pickled papaya relish. Its signature cocktails take a similar approach. “Day dreamer” combines pandan-infused rum with white cacao, pineapple, lime, and sweetened milk, while “kanpai” mixes Roku gin, yuzu, and lemongrass with St.-Germain and Pinot Grigio. The nods to tropical Southeast Asia are not wholly unexpected, given Aura’s overarching concept as an “island in the sky.”

Panoramic views over the Palm Jumeirah await from Aura Skypool’s 50th-floor perch.

Guests who buy an entry pass to Aura are guaranteed a sunbed.

Aura Skypool is open daily from 10 a.m. to sunset.

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