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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 25 June 2018

Dubai expands night swimming with second flood-lit beach

Lifeguards on hand as families enjoy cooler evenings

Lifeguards turn night watchmen as night swimming begins at Umm Suqeim Beach in Dubai on Sunday. Anna Nielsen for The National
Lifeguards turn night watchmen as night swimming begins at Umm Suqeim Beach in Dubai on Sunday. Anna Nielsen for The National

Dubai's night swimming drive is being expanded with a second beach to host floodlights and lifeguards throughout the evening.

Mamzar Beach will be fitted with a large illuminated pole similar to that on Umm Seqeim Beach, further down the coast, which allows parents and lifeguards to see for more than 100 metres at night.

“Since the inauguration of the Umm Suqeim night swimming beach in May, we have noticed the great demand from families to visit the beach, especially from Arab families.

"The beach is an outlet that allows families to take their children to enjoy a unique, fun experience in summer without the exposure to sun, and in a safe environment in terms of availability of all elements and requirements of security and safety," Alia Al Harmoudi, Director of Environment Department at Dubai Municipality.

“The facilities include a main rescue station and a qualified crew of rescuers equipped with all safety, rescue, ambulance and communication equipment, as well as beach and water rescue bikes that ensure a safe environment for beach visitors.

"Swimming at night is prohibited on the public beaches in the Emirate of Dubai because it poses a danger to the safety of swimmers, except for the beach mentioned and equipped specifically for this purpose."

She said that during the Eid Al Fitr holidays, Umm Suqeim witnessed a large crowd of visitors of different nationalities, who enjoyed the nighttime activities..