AURA SKYPOOL: Water Meets Sky at the World’s Highest Wrap-Around Infinity Pool

Boasting spectacular views across the Dubai skyline, AURA SKYPOOL is the world's highest 360° infinity pool. Despite its ultra-urban location at the top of the Palm Tower skyscraper on the man-made Jumeirah archipelago, the interior’s design takes cues from the natural world. That includes a rock formation-inspired sculptural wall, reclaimed wood, and plentiful plants. From the outset, AURA SKYPOOL sets an exclusive tone thanks to dedicated elevators transporting guests to the building's 50th floor, 210 meters above the ground. Its doors open onto an urban oasis, imagined as ‘an island in the sky’. At its heart is an angular travertino plaster centerpiece, appearing as natural boulders. In keeping with the lounge’s island theme, ceiling drapes evoke beachside cabanas while window curtains act as a useful sunscreen in Dubai’s unforgiving heat. Surrounding the central lounge like a shoreline is a wooden deck, replete with sun loungers and tables. From here, guests look across the mirror-like infinity pool that circumnavigates the tower to spectacular city and ocean vistas beyond. The auxiliary facilities are imagined as an atmospheric underwater cave on level 49, functions include changing rooms, staff areas, and a retail kiosk. An absence of daylight contrasts with the sun-bright atmosphere above, reinforcing the cave motif. The project’s remit was to frame and contextualize the location’s breathtaking views. It achieves this through a design dialogue between outdoor and indoor; manmade islands versus imagined ones; above water and below.