The 5 best rooftop bars to get the full Dubai experience
Dubai has grown to become the world’s most cosmopolitan city, and the living embodiment of over-the-top luxury.
A lavish playground for those who seek out the finer things in life, Dubai is a cacophony of exquisite bars, world-class nightclubs and super cool beachside hangouts. But as many people will agree, there’s probably no better place to take it all in than from up high.
Here are our top 5 Dubai rooftop bars for spectacular views and an extra shot of glitz and glam.
Set on the rooftop of FIVE Palm Jumeirah, this glamorous party hotspot is one of the most famous venues in Dubai, and a must-visit if you’re only in town for a short time. Sleek, trendy and uber-Instagrammable, with a jaw-dropping skyline view, this is the perfect spot for sunset drinks that draw out well into the evening, where you’ll be dancing the night away surrounded by beautiful people.
Another definite favorite, this one will let you get up close and personal with the Burj Khalifa – truly a sight to behold. Set atop the Taj Dubai, right in the heart of the Business Bay district, this airy, verdant after work hangout also draws a great weekend crowd (the Friday Brunch and its after-party are a must). Menu-wise, the innovative, carefully crafted cocktails and delicious Mediterranean eats are just as great as the view.
CE LA VI
The sky’s the limit at this stunning 54th-floor restaurant and lounge. The Dubai location of popular nightlife brand CE LA VI is just as awe-inspiring as its sister locations around the world. Perched on the Sky Bridge of the Address Sky View, the scenic views over the Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai and beyond are virtually unrivalled. Come for lunch or dinner and enjoy a curated contemporary Asian culinary experience prepared by award-winning chefs, who take Asian cuisine a whole new level.
While it used to be housed on the rooftop of The Oberoi in Business Bay, Iris Dubai has now been moved to the ground floor of the Meydan Grandstand complex – but the sprawling, sparking skyline view from this distance is a definite upgrade if you ask us. This modern and expansive open-air lounge is one of the top places to start the night before hitting one of the super clubs nearby. Be sure to book ahead to snag some seats and enjoy their delicious food, perfectly paired with the inventive cocktails on the menu.
The legendary Buddha Bar’s upstairs counterpart, Siddharta Lounge at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Dubai Marina is definitely one of Dubai’s must-visit rooftop lounges. With exclusive views on both the Marina skyline and the Arabian Gulf, you’ll feel right in the middle of the action at this sleek and sophisticated venue. Comfy seating, smooth electronic tunes and a distinctly glamorous crowd all help make this the quintessential Dubai experience.