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Dubai Nightlife

As befits the city dubbed 'the Las Vegas of the Middle East', there's no shortage of things to do once the sun sets in Dubai – although gambling is not one of them. Most of the action happens in hotels, the only places allowed alcohol licences, but there's no shortage of choice.

Prices range from the eye watering (anything at the Burj Dubai) to cheap and cheerful (Irish Village), and everything in between. The city is also home to several bars run by fashion houses, so dress up or get turfed out by the style police. Kissing on the dancefloor will get you chucked out by the real police, so keep your hands to yourself.

Bars in Dubai

Barasti Bar

One of Dubai's most popular expat hangouts, Barasti sits on the beach outside the Le Meridien Mina Seyahi hotel and specialises in screening sports events. Its theme nights are also popular, as are the cheap drinks and the laidback vibe. Don't expect to get much in the way of table service on Thursday nights when it's crammed with revellers.

Address: Marina, Al Sufouh Road, Dubai,
Telephone: +971 4 318 1313.
Website: http://www.barastibeach.com

Buddha Bar

Huge and seriously hip, the Buddha Bar is one of the many places in Dubai to see and be seen – all the while sipping on one of the bar's excellent cocktails. Like other Buddha Bars, the music is chilled out and the décor oriental, and a new facelift has given this popular spot a new lease of verve.

Address: Marina, Al Sufouh Road, Dubai,
Telephone: +971 4 317 6000.
Website: http://www.buddhabar-dubai.com


One of Downtown Dubai's coolest bars, Calabar sits within The Address Hotel and has a fabulous terrace that overlooks the Dubai Fountain. Slick and modern in design, its bounty of beanbags give it a chilled out feel, as does the lounge-style beats played by the in-house DJ every night of the week.

Address: Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Dubai,
Telephone: +971 4 436 8888.
Website: http://www.theaddress.com

Zero Gravity

Zero Gravity is an all-inclusive Beach, Restaurant and Bar ideally located in close proximity to Al Sufouh, Dubai media city and Dubai marina. The complex also includes pools, lounges and gardens to suit your every mood, whether you’re looking for an atmosphere or just a quiet place to relax.

Address: , Al Sufouh Road, Dubai,
Telephone: +971 4 399 0009.
Website: http://0-gravity.ae/

Clubs in Dubai


This swanky, wannabe Parisian club, which mainly attracts a Lebanese crowd and a few expats, has long been one of Dubai's most glamorous. Despite being dimly lit, clubbers are expected to dress to impress or they won't get past the door staff. Different nights play host to various music genres.

Address: Jumeirah, Jumeirah Road, Dubai,
Telephone: +971 4 345 5995.
Website: http://www.boudoirdubai.com

Cavalli Club

Opened under the auspices of Roberto Cavalli, the Cavalli Club is a luxurious spot that is true to the Italian designer's opulent style. Expect lashings of animal print, plenty of gold-coloured glass and crystal-encrusted walls. Low key it ain't, but it is good for star spotting – if you can afford the prices.

Address: Deira, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai,
Telephone: +971 4 332 9260.
Website: http://dubai.cavalliclub.com

The Apartment Lounge & Club

Set within the hideously expensive Jumeirah Beach Hotel, The Apartment has long been popular with the city’s cool crowd and regularly attracts top international DJs. Don’t forget to dress up – the place overflows with fashionable types and you won’t make much headway with the bouncers if you turn up in jeans.

Address: Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai,
Telephone: +971 4 406 8999.
Website: http://www.jumeirah.com

Live music in Dubai


Set at the end of a pier outside the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, 360 boasts (you got it) a 360-degree view and is easily one of the nicest sundowner venues in Dubai. It also does an excellent line in DJs, including some international names. The only downside is that it’s closes during the summer, as it gets too hot.

Address: Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai,
Telephone: +971 55 500 8518.
Website: http://www.jumeirah.com

Sheikh Rashid Hall

Part of the sprawling World Trade Center complex, the glass and steel Sheikh Rashid Hall is a futuristic 2,500 seat auditorium that regularly plays host to big name bands, string quartets and orchestral recitals. When it's not, the huge space hosts sporting events and the occasional banquet.

Address: Deira, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai,
Telephone: +971 4 332 1000.
Website: http://www.dwtc.com

The Irish Village

One of the oldest expat bars in Dubai, The Irish Village is the main place to go for live music washed down with a pint of Guinness. Along with local bands, it also attracts retro outfits from around the world (think The Pretenders) as well as up-and-coming indie bands on the make.

Address: Garhoud, Casablanca Street, Dubai,
Telephone: +971 4 282 4750.
Website: http://www.theirishvillage.com

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InterContinental Dubai Festival City

Set in one of Dubai’s many shopping, culinary and entertainment destinations, InterContinental Dubai Festival City offers a luxury yet affordable experience. It is also conveniently located by a massive Event Centre, with exclusive direct access to Dubai Festival City Mall.

Jumeirah Emirates Towers

These two ultra-modern skyscrapers are among the tallest buildings in the Middle East. Part office, part hotel, each state-of-the-art room is geared towards business guests and have all the essentials, including super-speedy Wi-Fi. Although most of the rooms are ultra-modern, the deluxe rooms come with their own opulent chaises longue.

Grand Hyatt

Few business hotels come with a lobby floor decorated with mosaic tiles made from real gold but then again this is Dubai. Away from the lobby things are a bit less bling and very comfortable – think huge cushions and beds with crisp white sheets. It also boasts good restaurants and an excellent spa.


Citymax has targeted the budget market in a bold way, opening large properties in Al Barsha and in the heart of the central Bur Dubai district. Its Al Barsha hotel is conveniently close to Mall of the Emirates and boasts comfortable, clean rooms – all within striking distance of the beaches and nightlife of the Marina.

EasyHotel Dubai

Sunglasses at the ready – Dubai's EasyHotel is almost entirely decked out in the Easy brand's trademark bright orange and white. That said, the hotel is comfortable and super-cheap, and offers free Wi-Fi in all of its rooms. The main downside is the location – Jebel Ali is about 25km (16 miles) from Jumeirah.

Desert Palm Dubai

Set away from the hustle and bustle of Dubai proper, the Desert Palm Dubai is a peaceful spot that conspicuously lacks the bling that characterises many of the city’s ultra-luxe hotels. Gorgeous gardens and a full-size polo field surround it, while the onsite spa is particularly good.