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A Guide to Dubai Nightlife

 
  • Dubai’s claim to fame is its vibrant nightlife. The excellent scenes of Dubai nightlife with the large choice of bars and nightclubs to be enjoyed.

    Apart from the parties and bar’s one can also indulge in various recreational activities that take part only after the sun set. And these things to do in Dubai at night gives one a chance to explore the shimmering city post dawn.

    Take part in something truly unique as you do some yoga under a full moon, marvel at the elegance of the Dubai fountain and take part in the iconic night desert safari and so much more. 

    Here is the guide to Dubai nightlife

  • 01Mcgettigans

    Unique décor, delicious Irish food & drinks, the best Irish and international entertainment and sporting events are the ingredients that have made McGettigan’s Irish Pubs such a success in the United Arab Emirates. The kitchen team at McGettigan’s pride themselves at serving top class award winning food. Their menu includes classic dishes such as Irish Stew, Beer Battered Fish and Chips, the ‘Full Irish’ Breakfast and signature McGettigan’s favorites such as the ‘Buffalo Hot Wings’, ‘Atlantic Salmon’ and ‘Beef and Guinness Puff Pastry Pie’.


    Locations: This well-renowned pub has made its mark in various locations around Dubai - JLT Dubai, DWTC Dubai, DXB Dubai.

    Price: Cost for two is approximately 300 AED 

    Opening Hours: Daily between 12 Noon to 2 AM 

    Happy Hours: 2 PM to 7 PM, only from Sunday to Wednesday

  • 02 Belgian Beer Café

    The Belgian Beer Café is an authentic experience of a vintage bistro from early 1920s Belgium. Coupled with two outdoor terraces overlooking the Burj Al Arab, Atlantis and the Madinat Jumeirah – this cafe offers a warm welcome, matched with the best views in Dubai. Belgian Beer Café offers a wide range of Belgian specialty beers, ranging from the renowned brands to local beers. On top, it also offers many more experiences besides the sampling of Belgian beers. The hearty dishes and the excellent service in an authentic atmosphere make Belgian Beer Café the place where you can come for every occasion. 




    Location: Grand Millennium Dubai, Madinat Jumeirah, Festival City Dubai. 

    Price: Cost for two is approximately 350 AED. 

    Opening Hours: Daily from 12 Noon to 2 AM

  • 03The Buddha Bar

    Buddha Bar takes sophistication to new heights. Indulge in a fusion of delicious flavors with an innovative new menu inspired by the cuisines of China, Japan, and Thailand in the sensational restaurant, or relax at the stunning lounge bar upstairs while enjoying the selection of delicious hand-crafted cocktails, courtesy of Buddha-Bar’s expert team of mixologists. As one of the largest venues of this international chain, Buddha Bar Dubai has an impressively spacious dining room with striking red and gold chandeliers. The main bar and dining area is dominated by the brand’s famous four-metre high gilded statue and an entire wall of glass, while large bay windows provide exceptional views of the marina


    Location: Dubai Marina, Dubai 

    Price: Cost for two is approximately 600 AED 

    Opening Hours: Saturday to Wednesday between 8 PM and 2 AM; Thursday and Friday between 8 PM and 3 AM

  • 04Koubba Bar

    This is a richly decorated nightspot with a vintage Arabian feel and a great list of mixed drinks. It is undoubtedly cozy, with its plush booths and Arabesque awnings dividing the venue up into little booths. Take in the sweeping views of the resort or simply sink into the comfy sofas under the warm lighting of our Arabesque lanterns – it’s a great way to finish a day’s exploring. At Koubba Bar, you can enjoy delicious pre-dinner drinks in the bars beautiful surroundings, with sunset-themed cocktails from our mixology trolley to complement the moment. Linger on later to enjoy the musical talents of Heart & Soul, performing Monday to Saturday, from 08 :15 PM to midnight.


    Location: Lobby Floor, Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah

    Price: Cost for two is approximately 550 AED 

    Opening Hours: Saturday to Wednesday from 5 PM to 2 PM, Thursday from 5 PM to 3 AM, and Friday from 4 PM to 3 AM 


  • 05 Dubliner’s

    The Dubliner’s is softly lit and lush, surrounded by greenery and pathways, live band outdoor seating, a sports bar, and an amazing brunch. It’s a dimly lit place and proves to be a refugee from the scorching Dubai heat. The place is spacious and airy and is the perfect place to grab a beer with your friends. The staffs are friendly and service is well coupled with amazing ambiance. This bar has a rustic Irish look and feels to it and the décor compliments the theme. The food is delicious and features typical bar grub food. This place is quite famous for The Big Fat Dubliner's Brunch ever Friday.

    Location: Méridien Village Terrace, Le Méridien, Dubai 

    Price: Cost for two is approximately 300 AED 

    Opening Hour: Daily from 12 noon to 2 AM

  • 06Qube Sports Bar

    The key to Qube is in the name – there’s a huge, four-sided screen at the center. An upmarket sports bar. This unique venue features state-of-the-art big screen technology, games tables and a fantastic menu making it the perfect place to take in an action-packed afternoon of sport into the early hours with a group of friends. The Qube Sports Bar is more than just a venue where sporting actions are shown all year round, guests can also enjoy their own victory on the darts boards, pool tables, and shuffleboard. All house beverages priced at 25 AED including selected draft & bottled beer during their amazing happy hours.


    Location: The Meydan Hotel, Meydan Racecourse

    Price: Cost for two is approximately 300 AED

    Opening Hours: Daily from 12 noon to 3 AM


  • 07Fibber Magee’s

    Glugging pints of the black stuff and tapping your toes along to Celtic music isn’t just reserved for St. Patrick’s Day. Every day at this Irish watering hole is cause for the occasion, with live music on Mondays, Wednesdays and at weekends. Tagged as “Dubai’s Best Kept Secret” by its owners because finding the actual bar can be tricky for a newcomer to the city. Food and drinks are distinctly Irish. Comfort foods abound on the lengthy menu, such as bangers and mash, cottage pie and fish and chips, as well as drams of imported famous Gaelic short drinks. 

    Location: Close to Crowne Plaza Dubai on Sheikh Zayed Road 

    Price: Cost for two is approximately 300 AED 

    Opening Hours: Open every day from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM 

    Happy Hours: Monday Madness - eat and drink for 210 AED from 8 PM until 11.20 PM.

  • 08Dubai Fountain

    Image Credit : NatalieTracy

    Bring out your inner child as you enjoy this mesmerising fountain in Dubai. Set on the 24-acre Burj Lake, The Dubai Fountain features colourful jets of water as high as 450ft (140 metres), which is equivalent to a 45-storey building. The Dubai Fountain is 900 ft (275 metres) long, has five circles of varying sizes and two central arcs and is a must see for tourists and travellers alike. Dubai Fountain has an array of performances daily, with a repertoire of over 35 songs, including Sama Dubai; Baba Yetu, an award-winning song in Swahili; classical songs from the Arab world; and the signature piece of world-renowned Andrea Bocelli, Con te Partiro.

    Image Credits : Cory M. Grenier


    Highlights: The best thing about the fountain is the shimmering lights which make the whole area glow at the night time. This is definitely the place you should visit during the night. Location: The Dubai fountain is on the Burj Lake outside the Dubai mall. 

    Timing: You can visit the fountain from 5:45 PM- 11:15 PM. 

    Price: The approximate price starts from 65 AED per person 

  • 09Camping with Barbeque Dinner and Belly Dancing

    There is no better way of exploring Dubai than indulging in a traditional Desert Safari. Enjoy a spectacular camping experience at the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve once you pitch the luxury tents gear up for a mouth-watering barbeque dinner. Relish the lip-smacking charcoal cooked Middle- Eastern cuisine while enjoying a delightful belly dance performed by the trained artists and dancers. Sleep under the star decked sky while enthralling in this amazing activity that provides you with true flavours of Dubai. You will be transferred for the exotic camping activity via legendary 4*4 vehicles. Your entire desert camping will be led by a trained guide who will ensure that you have the best and the finest experience. 

    Image Credits : Andreas Hunziker

    Highlights: Enjoy a dune bashing session while exploring the desert. Satiate your adventure thirst by embarking on quad biking or sand skiing session led by trained instructors and guides. For those who wish to know more about the traditional desert, lifestyle can indulge in henna painting, sheesha and exciting camel rides. End the day with Middle-Eastern cuisine and the traditional Arabian Coffee. 

    Price: Approximate price starts from 252.455 AED

  • 10Film Screenings at Claw BBQ

    Claw is one stop destination that promises amazing food and some super 80’s classic’s at its new movie nights. What makes this place unique is not their vintage movie collection but their customized food and drinks menu depending upon the movie that is being screened for the night. Well, so all the Bond Lovers get ready to gulp down those sparkling Martinis. 

    Location: CLAW, Souk Al Bahar Bridge, Downtown Dubai, Dubai 

    Timings: Movie screenings usually begins at 08:00 PM, however, the scheduled movies list is released monthly. 

    Price:  300 AED, the price includes all food and drinks while it is recommended to make prior bookings before you hop into this awesome delight.


  • 11Night Diving with Al Boom

    With the onset of night, just like the life on land the scene under the water goes for a spin as well, the day creatures retire and the nocturnal species come into action. With this appealing night diving with Al Boom, grab the opportunity of witnessing beautiful underwater world with the aid of your dive torch. 

    Highlights: Light handling and communication techniques under water, entering - exciting and navigating in the dark, and identifying how plants and animals differ or change their behaviour at night. 

    Getting there: You can reach this place from The main center is located on the East Coast at Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort which is just a 10 minutes’ drive from the local harbour. Al Boom Diving offers a shuttle bus service from the Dubai dive center on Al Wasl Road.

    Price: 1400 AED, the price includes manual, certification and equipment rental charges as well.

  • 12Night Golf at Emirates Golf Club

    If heat constricts you from following your passion for golf during day time then Emirates Golf Club brings you with a happy treat! This exclusive 18-hole course in Dubai enables golfers to delight in a full round 18-hole championship golf that too right in the heart of the city. Since its pioneering year in 2010, night golf continues to allure tourists and passionate sportsmen from all around the world for this enthralling activity. 

    Highlights: With the increasing demand of the Night golf pass people can get an easy pass. Another interesting thing about the golf course is the lighting which makes it outstanding. 

    Timings: This exciting championship is conducted every day, beginning from 04:00 PM in the evening until midnight. 

    Price: The prices for night golf course begins from 450 AED for 18 holes and 280 AED for 9 holes. The prices, however, varies for weekdays and weekends.


  • 13Full Moon Horseback Riding at Mushrif Park

    Fulfil your dream of enthralling in a horseback ride while the bright blaze of the full moon lights your way ahead. This stunning twilight excursion will be led by a trainer who will take you along the silent tracks into the desert forests through beautiful pathways adorned with trees on both sides. The horseback riding lasts for 90 minutes. 

    Location: Mushrif Park, Dubai 

    Things to Remember: The activity is open for anyone above 11 years of age. The weight limit for participants is 90kgs. Pregnant women are advised to not participate in horseback riding. Ensure you check-in 15 minutes prior to the booked slot as you will be briefed about Do’s and Don’ts.

    Price: Approximate price ranges from 300 AED 
  • 14Full Moon Yoga at Talise Spa

    Held once in a month, Full Moon Yoga takes place at Madinat Jumeirah on the beach between Burj Al Arab and Pierchic. Guests are transferred to the sprawling 3km sandy beach at Madinat Jumeirah via buggy provided by Talise Spa itself where this soothing activity takes place.This stunning setting along the coastline makes the session even more effective and therapeutic, the calm sound of the waves enhances relaxation. 

    Location: Al Sufouh Road, Jumeira, Dubai 

    Things to Remember: All guests are expected to maintain personal hygiene. It is recommended that all the guests avoid the use of any non-discretionary fragrances, strong perfumes or colognes and it has also been observed that strong odours often hurdles meditation and other relaxation exercises.

    Price: Approximate price ranges from 119 AED per person.
  • 15 Shopping at Meena Bazaar

    Well, it is indeed surprising that Cosmo lane earned its new name by taxi drivers who began calling this happening shopping hub by ‘Meena Bazaar’ because of the well-draped mannequins in the textile stores. It is ironic, that contrary to the extravagant shopping malls of Dubai, Meena bazaar is a street shopping complex. From Indo- Pakistani stores selling traditional ethnic wear to haute-couture fashion boutiques, you name it and the snaky lanes of this bustling street have it. 

    Timings: The shops begin opening at around 09:30 AM and shut for lunch by 01:00 PM. If you like shopping as the sun sets, then, visit in the evening by 05:00 PM. On Fridays, Meena Bazaar remains open till midnight, however, on the other days, the shops begin closing at around 10:00 PM.


  • 16Have a Drink in Icy Surroundings at Chillout Bar

    First ice lounge in the Middle East, Chillout Bar showcases a beautiful fusion of sub-zero temperatures along with a unique interior design that matches well with the entire concept. Before they hop into the lounge that is maintained at 5 degrees temperatures, guests are advised to stay in the buffer zone for a couple of minutes so that they get acclimatised with the temperature.


    Timings: The lounge opens from 10:00 AM till 10:00 PM on Saturdays till Wednesdays and from 10:00 AM till 12:00 in the midnight on Thursdays and Fridays. 

    Price: 75 AED for adults and 35 AED for children aged 5-13 years. The lounge provides a complimentary admission to children below 5 years age. The mentioned price includes a welcome drink and thermal clothing which includes – jacket, woollen gloves, shoes and socks (as per the requirement)


  • 17Experience Authentic Dinner on a Cruise

    Image Credit : Masrur Ashraf - Flickr

    Experience ultimate luxury while you engage in a dinner cruise. What can be better than cruising on a beautiful boat, exploring the city of Dubai from the waters and indulging in a lavish dinner? Dinner cruises or dhow cruises are quite famous in Dubai and each one outdoes the other with amazing ambiance, entertainment, and vibes. Pass top Dubai attractions including the Clock Tower and Al Maktoum Bridge, and the dinner cruises offer a whole lot more apart from lavish delicious dinner, you are in store for live music shows, breathtaking sightseeing and much more.

    Image Credits : Fintrvlr - Flickr


    Location: Dubai Marina and Dubai Creek are the two locations where these cruises headline. 

    Price: Approximate 700 AED to 1000 AED for two.

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  • 18Romantic Dinner in Burj Al Arab

    Money can’t buy you love, we know, but it certainly gets you an incredible amount of romance at ‘the world’s only seven-star hotel. 

    Addura: It’s an ultra-exclusive private dining room that is tucked away at the back, beneath the aquarium, for a quiet and private time. Bathed in candlelight with a giant table strewn with at least 100 velvet red roses and petals and sumptuous setting with a six-course degustation menu will undoubtedly satisfy even the most discerning food connoisseurs. 

    Price: The cost for a romantic dinner starts from 5,850 AED per couple


    Al Iwan: In the heart of the world's tallest atrium, is Al Iwan, where you can enjoy a taste of the finest Arabic cuisine. With spectacular sea views during the day, Al Iwan is transformed into an intimate dining room by night, with sumptuous tables, flickering candles and a sumptuous four-course menu offering exquisite dishes, bespoke selection of drinks and delectable desserts. 

    Price: The cost for a romantic dinner starts from 3,030 AED per couple

  • 19The Bateaux Dinner Cruise

    Image Credit : Darren Wood - Flickr

    There are wide varieties of boats offering a night of food and entertainment on Dubai Creek, most of them serving buffets and complete with flashing lights and gaudy performances. Bateaux Dubai is an altogether classier affair.

    Image Credits : J c - Flickr


    Highlights: The views of old Dubai are also fantastic as the boat takes a 3 hour long trip along the creek. This is not an old wooden dhow, instead a long vessel with glass windows and relaxing viewing decks. It includes soothing music from a pianist, slick and attentive service, and an inventive set menu.

    Price: The cost for this activity is approximately around 500 AED.

    Timings: Opened daily from 8.30pm to 11pm, boarding starts at 7.45pm near Emirates NBD & Dubai Chamber on Banyas Road.


  • 20Private Night Safari and Star Gazing

    Image Credit : Kyle Taylor - Flickr

    Dubai provides you with the best night beauty in all possible forms, once the sun drops get ready for a delightful night safari under the supervision of a trained guide who will ensure you are safe as well you the relish your night exploration of the desert and the nocturnal species that you are most likely to see during this trip.

    Enjoy a spectacular telescope views of the mesmerizing night sky decked with billions of stars in a star gazing experience like never before. 

    Timings: The duration is likely to vary with different tour operators. However, the average time of the activity is approximately 5 hours and begins in the evening. The experience can be availed on request via tour operators in Dubai.

    Highlights: This delightful activity is conducted on ever-so-stylish legendary vintage Land Rover. Enjoy the spectacular views with night-vision binoculars and head lamps.