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Nightlife in Dubai

Nightlife in Dubai, UAE

Rating (8/10)

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From September to May

Dubai has a great nightlife with a wide range of options when it comes to eating, drinking, clubbing and entertainments. All nationalities and age groups are catered for and whether you are after five star luxury or cheap and cheerful, you will find somewhere to suit.

Bars come in all shapes and sizes from high end to no nonsense pubs. The live entertainment scene does not compare with London, Paris or New York but with the opening of new theatres, entertainment venues and with more international big names performing in Dubai, it is improving all the time.

Restaurants cater for an international clientel with more eateries achieving Michelin star status as international chefs are attracted to Dubai. Food can be minimalistic and very pricey or wholesome and cheap depends on your budget and mood. The standard of service is generally attentive but not showy, another big plus for food enjoyment in Dubai.

Bars open at 6pm and generally close at 11pm, happy hours are between 6 and 7 pm. Nightclubs usually stay open to 3am. Smart casual dress is expected, shorts ad tee shirts are not acceptable in clubs and high end bars.

Favourite Bars

Dubai has many bars, none are independent of hotels. Drinking in Dubai is only for non muslims, however Dubai is tolerant of the drinking culture but conversely it has a zero tolerance towards alcohol related problems such as drink driving and bad behaviour. That said always take a taxi, they are cheap and it will give you peace of mind and will guarantee you a carefree night out.

Favourite bars are Skybar at SAS Radisson, Media Cit, Rooftop at The One and Only, Dubai Marina, Budha Bar at Grosvenor House at Dubai Marina, Level 24 and the Der Keller, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Observatory at the Harbour View Hotel, Dubai Marina, The Agency, Trader Vics, Left Bank And Bar Zar at Madinat Souk, Irish Village at the Aviation Club, Long Bar at the Towers Rotana, Oscars Wine Bar at Crowne Plaza. The Barasti Bar at The Meridien, Dubai Marina was voted the best beach bar in the world.

 

Favourite Night Clubs

Chi at Al Nasr Leisureland Lodge, Double Decker at the Al Marooj Rotana, Zinc at Crowne Plaza, 360 and The Apartment at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jam Base andTrilogy at Madinat Jumeriah, New Asia at Raffles Hotel, Scarlets at the Emirates Towers

 

Events

UAE Desert Challenge
Starts: Thursday 1 October
Ends: Friday 30 October
Urban Desert Festival
Starts: Wednesday 1 April
Ends: Thursday 30 April