Forget the comparison of Dubai in the 90s’ vs. the 20s. Social Media is abuzz with transition videos of Dubai during the day vs. the night. When the sun is out, you will see Dubai basking in its rich culture and heritage, dominated by sky-piercing skyscrapers, innovative landmarks, unending shopping malls, and a number of crazy things to do. However, when the stars come out, the city lights up with a different glow, everything accentuated with unbridled luxury. The city of gold offers as much diversity in nightlife, thanks to bars at 154 levels, and beach clubs cradled in the Arabian Gulf.
No wonder the city is a top preference among many businessmen, ex-pats, and millions of tourists that flock to the city every year. In fact, nightlife in Dubai makes it to the world’s top ten destinations. What’s peculiar about the city’s night culture is the plethora of ultra-modern bars hosted regularly by the most famous international DJs. Get ready to start your weekend on a Thursday night, because that’s when the clubbing scene begins. Exclusive Ladies Nights take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Where to experience the best nightlife in Dubai?
The best Clubs in Dubai
“Dance the night away” is very literal when it comes to clubs in Dubai. This Emirate host ample famous musicians ready to take your clubbing mood to the next level.
Constant on the list of best clubs in Dubai is the WHITE Dubai. The massive open-air nightclub makes it to the top 20 nightclubs in the world. International music sensations like Jason Derulo, Flo Rida, BIG SEAN, Rita Ora, and Wiz Khalifa have jetted their best performances here. You won’t be disappointed by the jaw-dropping light displays on weekend, followed by an incredible night view from the rooftop. And about the music on the dance floor? You simply dance the night away.
Open Thursday-Saturday 11 pm-4 am. Meydan Racecourse Grandstand, Nad Al Sheba (050 443 0933).
As the name suggests, it is a garden, but not just a garden. The swanky outdoor is blended with a cozy Soho-inspired bar, that creates a stellar setting for any kind of clubbing mood. There are four separate bars, each with its own distinct vibe. There’s a relaxed Glasshouse, the stylish Bellini Bar, the Italian-inspired Negroni bar, and the traditional Tiki Bar with exotic cocktails. Each set will make you wonder if you are in the same place. From the intimate space to a superclub with blasting music from famed DJs. Don’t miss this venue for yet another incredible experience at Meydan Racecourse.
Open Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday from 8 pm-3 am, Friday 1 pm-3 am. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (052 388 8849).
The Secret Room
Have you seen a supercar rolling on the dance floor to make a grand entrance? You might just see it in this intimate nightclub at FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai. This intimate space boasts 18th-century style with a swank. From street-style graffiti to a hand-painted mural, and antique candelabrums, The Secret Room has already developed a loyal tribe. You need to call to get on the guest list, for that’s the only way you’re getting in. It’s that exclusive!
Open Tue, Thursday-Friday 11 pm-3 am. FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai (058 869 8996).
Inspired by fashion designer Roberto Cavalli, the Cavalli Club is one of the most famous clubs in Dubai. Talk about the innovation of this club! With a revamp in 2019 this over-the-top lounge bar is now tended by a robot. The charm of the restaurant remains to be old-school luxury with over-sized chandeliers, and eye-popping textiles. It is one of the most glamorous and extravagant nightclubs hosting international artists, and acclaimed DJs to get the party started. Unlike other clubs, Cavalli Club gives several deals throughout the week including ladies’ night and dinner deals.
Open daily 8.30 pm-3 am. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 9260).
With a capacity of 2,500 people, Drai’s Dubai is one of the biggest nightclubs that garnered wide accolades in 2019. It features the city’s best hip hop and R&B music while boasting a roster of huge names like French Montana, Nelly, Migos, and more. As Dubai is also known to be nicknamed “Las Vegas” of the east, Drai’s Dubai is a Vegas enterprise owned by Victor Drai, regarded by many as the “Father of the Las Vegas after-hours scene.” If you enjoy wild Vegas-like parties, do not miss out on Drai’s Dubai.
Open Tue & Fri, 10pm-4am. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (052 388 8857).
The best Bars in Dubai:
The bars in Dubai go beyond the basics. From the must-try beach bars to the ones cushioned in high-end restaurants, you’re in for an incredible nightlife in Dubai experience.
The tallest building in the world boasts quite a few interesting bars. The Lounge, resting among the clouds in 152, 153, and 154 levels is a grand place to enjoy drinks with a view. The venue features famous DJs and you stand 585 meters above Dubai, so what more can you ask? Oh yes, the company, that must be great too.
The sophisticated dining-to-drinks bar boasts a 360-degree view of Dubai Marina from their secret and swanky terrace lounge. But this is not the only reason why Atelier M gets it hype. Starting from the weekly Sunset Brunch starting at only AED 149 per person to exclusive ladies night at AED 159, the sophisticated bar is the go-to place for besties night out or a date night out. The restaurant occupies the top three floors of Pier 7 and there’s much to see, love, and explore.
The Penthouse at FIVE Palm Jumeirah
Burj Khalifa, The Lounge is not the only bar to enjoy good views and music while taking a lot of amazing pictures. Try The Penthouse Dubai rooftop bar & lounge that offers unforgettable views of the stunning Dubai skyline and hosts the best parties in the city. On Thursdays, the terrace turns into a groovy dancefloor for you to dance under the stars. The multiple award-winning bars has garnered high acclaim for its signature Japanese cuisine while serving live entertainment by famous artists 7 days a week.
The award-winning contemporary Peruvian venue is a fan-favorite of the residents. The colorful spot is decked with tasteful Peruvian art and the entire set is divided into three sections; one exclusive bar for members, a dining room, and the Pisco Lounge. The window seats offer views of Downtown Dubai. Expect to be mind blown by Peruvian-inspired cocktails and an immersive gastronomical experience inspired by the vibrant Latin American culture.
Stylish on the outside, classy on the inside. This Buddha-Bar spin-off serves Mediterranean and Asian with refreshing world-class cocktails curated by mixologists. The ambiance sets you on a zen-mode with low white couches and an illuminated swimming pool made livelier by oriental touches. High on entertainment, the music here trends on #SiddhartaVibes.
Also, note that some of the most seductive bars are found in high-end restaurants in and around the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). Honorable mentions include the Italian spot Roberto’s Salotto Lounge Bar that serves free snacks and exquisite martinis. Zuma Bar & Lounge is a Japanese Sake bar epically offering a slice of Japan. The Lion by Nick & Scott is a cool English sports bar where you can play darts or pool while enjoying a beer with your friends.
The best Beach Clubs in Dubai
Beach clubs during the day are for relaxing, but that may turn into sunset-sipping leisure, which may as well be an all-night party at the beach. Here are the best beach, opened to cater to the buzzing nightlife in Dubai.
A staple of Dubai’s go-to beach club offers a 130-foot (40-meter) glass infinity pool that makes for surreal sunsets and crazy night parties. Voted as the city’s best beach club, the venue serves good food and consistent great deals. Not a surprise that Zero Gravity continues to be an all-time favorite of ex-pats, tourists, and the residents. Located on the edge of the Drop Zone for Skydive Dubai in the marina, Zero Gravity has an adventure of its own.
Competing with Zero Dubai is an equally vibrant beach club at Le Meridien Mina Syahi Beach Resort & Marina. Barasti features live music, sports on a big screen, varieties of cuisine, a festive pool that turns into a huge dance party scene at night. The spacious outdoor setting boasts a scenic Dubai Marina on the backdrop. Barasti is all about having a fun time at the beach.
World Island: The Royal Island Beach Club
World Island is an iconic archipelago of small manmade islands constructed in the shape of a world map. Just 30 minutes out into the Arabian Gulf, the Royal Island Beach Club offers a 180-degree view of Dubai’s skyline. The island itself stands to be 38,941 square meters and can accommodate more than 2,000 people, however for any exclusive event 500 pax is allowed logistically. The party venue has a comfortable swimming pool and a top-class restaurant.
The best Comedy Clubs in Dubai
Believe it or not, Dubai’s other feather on the cap is the claim as the comedy capital of the region. The Las Vegas of the east may be a party hub, but for those who do not enjoy night parties, then comedy clubs are definitely a place for you. Discover the funny side of the city and enjoy hearty good laughter.
The Courtyard Playhouse
Dubai’s only KHDA licensed venue for improv and comedy is a small theatre that boasts big names in comedy. On Sunday nights you can catch an improv competition and on Monday nights they have the Gorilla Improv featuring the most skilled actors directing each other. However, throughout the week, there is something or the other happening anyway. Equipped with great lighting, sound, and projection system, you will often find yourself immersed in a live experience like never before.
The Laughter Factory
The most anticipated comedy gigs are from The Laughter Factory and their event is held at different locations including Jumeirah Beach Residence and Movenpick JBR. Renowned comedians like Russell Peters, Ross Noble, Adam Hills, Kevin Bridges, Frankie Boyle, and Dara O Brian have captivated the audience via this collective. The Laughter Factory presents a two-hour stand-up comedy special every month when three of the world’s best comics. Follow The Laughter Factory on Social Media and stay updated on where are they performing next. We really need laughter, any day, and night.
Makati Comedy Bar
This comedy bar is on the seventh floor of the Asiana Hotel and is known for its intimate atmosphere. It’s a place to rewind, laugh, and sing your heart out. The Karaoke offer tracks in several languages including Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, and Filipino. International and local comedians perform as you relish the choicest Filipino cuisine. We recommend the popular fried chicken fingers and crispy pita.
The best Festivals in Dubai
Adding to the best nightlife in Dubai, there are a bunch of intriguing festivals that attract tourists from all over the world. Here are the must-experience festivals in Dubai.
Dubai Shopping Festival
Dubai Shopping Festival is not just a shopping festival. It is an extravagant affair that showcases the grandeur of the city. Ever since it is inaugural in 1996, the annual festival takes place every year from December to February. The huge malls of Dubai give unbelievable discounts on every store and attract shoppers from across the globe. If you love shopping, wintertime would be best to visit Dubai.
Dubai International Film Festival
One of the biggest film festivals in the Middle East started in 2004 and has attracted films from beyond the Arab world. It is held annually and is attended by Oscar winners, celebrities, cinephiles, and more. Dubai International Film Festival features as the World’s Top 15 Film Festivals according to Conde Nast Traveler.
International Jazz Festival
Launched in 2003, Dubai Jazz Festival is an annual music festival that takes place in the city. The Festival has grown over the years and attracts more than 500,000 people from across the globe. The festival has different venues and features Award-winning artists, legendary musicians, and acclaimed Jazz and Contemporary musicians.
The best Stargazing site in Dubai
If you are one of the quitter night owls and your ideal night out is to look at the sky, then here we go with the best stargazing sites in Dubai.
Granted, that to get the best view of the Milkyway, you need to head a little away from the city confines, but it is totally worth it.
A must-visit stargazing site is the Liwa Oasis, about 350km from Dubai. This small village has been the backdrop of films like Fast and Furious 7 and even Star Wars: The Force Awakens. An ideal place to enjoy camping under the stars.
UAE has so much more to give, so if you are visiting Dubai, ensure to visit nearby cities including Abu Dhabi, the capital.
Do’s and Don’t’s in Dubai
- The legal age for drinking alcohol is 21 in Dubai, so carry your ID with you.
- Men and women are dressed to the nines at nightclubs, so leave your jeans if you do not want to feel out of place.
- Quite a few venues offer a Ladies Night, that offers free drinks and complimentary snacks or discounts on dining, so check the deals and decide where you want to go.
- While tourists are permitted to drink alcohol in licensed venues in Dubai, being drunk in public is illegal. You will get into serious trouble for drunk driving.
- Dubai has taxis as well as the rideshare apps like Uber and Careem.
- The local mode of transportation is the Dubai Metro, an automated railway system. Tickets must be bought as a Nol card, which you may also use to pay for the bus, tram, and taxis. There are many air-conditioned buses driving around the city at night. The water bus takes you between four stops in the Dubai Marina: Marina Terrace, Marina Walk, Dubai Marina Mall, and Marina Promenade.
So here we present the fabulous nightlife in Dubai. It is very distinct from Dubai’s day tour but is equally intriguing. The dynamic city is full of life, and if you want to visit any attraction, get the cheapest tickets from TicketsToDo.
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