Dubai’s buzzling nightlife scene is anything but ordinary. Whether you’re looking to unwind on a rooftop bar, party the night away or to celebrate business success, Dubai has an option for everyone. Here are your guide to some of 5 Dubai’s best party & chill out spots.
1. Koubba’s Vintage Arabian Ambiance is Always a Good Idea
A richly decorated nightspot with a vintage, Arabian feel and an extensive drinks menu, Koubba is undoubtedly a cosy venue and a good place to catch up with friends. Staff are eager to help and readily available without overwhelming the guests. Take in the sweeping views of Madinat Jumeirah or simply sink into comfy sofas under the warm lighting of the many Arabesque lanterns. Enjoy the beautiful Dubai sunset accompanied by an array of themed cocktails. A truly memorable way to round-off a day’s exploration of the city.
Koubba – Jumeirah Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, Umm Suqeim 3, Dubai, United Arab Emirates | Reservations: +971 4 432 3232 | www.jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/dubai/madinat-jumeirah/restaurants–bars/koubba-bar
2. A Modern Chill Out Experience at Iris
Looking for a spot to enjoy the sunset in style but don’t have the time to travel far from the centre of Dubai? Head to Iris in The Oberoi Hotel in Business Bay where the city’s trendiest set hang out whilst relaxing to some sensational live music acts. Here the drinks are all made from fresh ingredients by a talented roster of bar staff. The area is divided into indoor and outdoor spaces and the bar offers plenty of happy-hour deals amidst stunning skyline views. On Fridays the bar becomes a gleaming brunch spot that has the whole city vying for a spot.
Iris – The Oberoi Dubai, The Oberoi Centre, Al A’amal Street, Business Bay Dubai, United Arab Emirates | Reservations: +971 4 444 1 444 | www.irisdubai.com
3. Experience a Clubber’s Paradise at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
A club goer’s paradise, this plush beach bar only opens on the weekends and is busiest on Fridays when it hosts a day-to-night party accompanied by a playlist of commercial house and techno. Located at a secluded beach spot at the Golden Tulip Al-Jazira, Ghantoot, The Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE guarantees a good time. It is usually filled with young expats and holiday-makers from all over the globe making it the perfect spot to have fun while networking and meeting new people. It is also a great spot to simply relax and watch the sun set with some chillout tracks adding to the ambience.
Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE – The Golden Tulip Al-Jazira, Ghantoot, United Arab Emirates | Reservations: +971 56 1133 400 | www.bluemarlinibiza-uae.com
4. Step into New York’s Trendiest Neighborhood at Tr!beca Kitchen + Bar
Tr!beca Kitchen and Bar offers a slice of the Big Apple right in the heart of Dubai. Designed with the industrial and urban feel that bars and buildings in New York are known for, Dubai’s Tribeca is an attractive venue. Here you can find quirky and custom-made accessories, as well as special organic beverage options, with attentive staff who are able to advise on the best options. You may not find exclusivity here, but it is Tr!beca’s friendly and relaxed atmosphere that brings New York to life on a busy Dubai street corner.
Tr!beca Kitchen and Bar – JA Ocean View Hotel – Dubai Marina, United Arab Emirates | Reservations: +971 50 345 6067 | www.tribeca.ae
5. A Truly Oriental Experience at Asia Asia
Located on the sixth floor of Dubai Marina’s Pier 7, visitors will be greeted with atmospheric music and a very oriental vibe from the surrounding décor. Here you will be entertained and served by the helpful and highly trained bartenders amidst relaxing water features and candle-holding statues, as well terracotta army style figures located amongst the giant stone tables on the balcony outside. Aside from being a great chill-out spot, Asia Asia is perfect for entertaining guests. Don’t forget to go outside for breathtaking views across the Marina.
Asia Asia – Marina Promenade, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, United Arab Emirates | Reservations: +971 4 276 5900 | www.asia-asia.com
Bars in Dubai are almost always located in hotels as per the country’s licensing laws and doormen are required to ask for your ID or proof that you have reached the legal drinking age of 21 years old.
Text and photos courtesy of Dubai Tourism