The world’s first and highest 360-degree infinity pool is launching in mid-November in Dubai – and newly released photographs show the stunning views that guests will have from the top.
The Aura Skypool is located on the 50th floor of the 52-storey Palm Tower on Palm Jumeirah island – a staggering 200m (656ft) above the ground.
Photographs show that as guests float in the record-breaking lagoon, they will be able to soak up views of the Persian Gulf and Dubai’s renowned skyline.
Aura Skypool is launching in mid-November in Dubai. Pictured is the southerly view from the 360-degree infinity pool
This photograph shows the view from the eastern side of the pool, looking over Dubai’s fancy marina
A photograph of the view from the eastern side of the pool shows the glittering skyscrapers of Dubai Marina.
The Burj Al Arab features in the north-facing view, while from the west, the Palm Jumeirah archipelago stretches out into the gulf.
Ain Dubai – the world’s largest and tallest observation wheel – is in sight in a fourth photograph, of the view south.
To access Aura Skypool, created by Sunset Hospitality, guests will be swept up to the 50th floor in dedicated elevators.
They’ll step out into an area that’s divided into two spaces – a pool deck and a bar-lounge.
Photographs of the infinity pool have yet to be released, but renderings show that the water will wrap around a 750-square-metre (8,000 sq ft) deck, with loungers dotted along the poolside.
A statement reads: ‘Home to chic yet comfortable custom-made sunbeds and lounges, guests are treated to a 360-degree swimming experience with a stunning backdrop to capture that picture-perfect photo.’
To the west, the Palm Jumeirah archipelago (pictured above) stretches out into the Persian Gulf
The Burj Al Arab (pictured centre rear) features in the north-facing view from the pool, which is a staggering 200m (656ft) above the ground
Natural materials, stone and concrete were implemented in designing the space, and touches of modern geometrical accents can be found throughout.’
The statement adds: ‘Lush greenery and natural design elements fuse with high-end interior finishes, creating an elegant oasis fuelled by a socially energetic atmosphere.’
The lounge area, meanwhile, is where visitors will be able to order international dishes with a Pan-Asian spin.
Head chef Craig Best will be behind the menus, which promise to feature sticky confit duck salad, glazed miso salmon, loaded grilled cauliflower and marinated pineapple sundae for dessert.
Renderings show the water will wrap around a 750-square-metre (8,000 sq ft) deck, with loungers dotted along the poolside
Three time-slots will be available for Aura Skypool tickets – morning, afternoon, or a full day by the poolside
Two floors above, on the 52nd storey, lies The View at The Palm, a 360-degree observation deck that opened to the public in April.
A St Regis hotel with 264 guest rooms and 26 suites opened in The Palm Tower in May, occupying the first 18 floors of the skyscraper. It also houses 432 luxury residences and a variety of dining and leisure facilities.
The Palm Tower is directly connected to the Nakheel Mall, a luxury shopping centre with 350 shops, restaurants and attractions.
Ahead of the opening, Antonio Gonzalez, CEO of Sunset Hospitality, said: ‘Aura is truly unlike any other destination in the UAE and the world.
‘With 360-degree views of some of the world’s most iconic sights, from the man-made Palm Jumeirah – celebrating this year 20 years since its construction – through to Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa and Ain Dubai – all in one view, it’s a breathtaking new destination that will continue to showcase the very best of Dubai.’
Pictured is the indoor lounge. Natural materials, stone and concrete were implemented in designing the space
Omar Khoory, Chief Assets Officer at Nakheel, added: ‘We are excited to be adding a record-breaking destination like Aura to The Palm Tower, one of Nakheel’s most prestigious buildings in Palm Jumeirah.
‘As the first and highest 360-degree infinity pool, Aura will not only offer an exceptional experience but will also act as another focal destination that provides visitors with panoramic access to Palm Jumeirah’s brilliant architecture as well as key surrounding landmarks that have been pivotal to Dubai’s growth as a touristic destination.’
Aura Skypool will be open each day from 10am until sunset. Three time-slots will be available for tickets – morning, afternoon, or a full day by the poolside. Tickets will cost from £34 (AED 170) per person. All bookings include a sunbed, access to the lounge and a ‘bespoke welcome pack’, according to the statement, which adds that bathers will enjoy ‘an experience like no other’. For more information, tickets and reservations, visit auraskypool.com.