Dubai is a modern and vibrant metro city. One of the world’s top financial and trading centers, Dubai is also a major transport hub. The emirate city has air connectivity with most destinations around the world. Dubai is also very popular with tourists for the many entertainment and shopping options in the city. But is there any nightlife in Dubai? Many first-time visitors ask this question as there are several restrictions in the United Arab Emirates. It is after all a country in the Gulf region.
You may be surprised to know that the nightlife in Dubai is actually very rich. It is the city that never sleeps, which is why Dubai is often compared with Las Vegas. There are many things to see and do after dark.
The Burj Khalifa
The world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa attracts tourists from all over the world. It is a star attraction in the daytime and also at the night. Go up the skyscraper to catch a stunning night view of the city. You will get the best views from the 124th-floor deck. You can also admire the Dubai Fountain in the gardens, at the base of the tower. It is the 2nd largest choreographed fountain show in the world. The fountain really comes to life in the evening.
The Dubai Creek is also most spectacular at night. The creek is the lifeline of the city and separates the Deira and Bur Dubai. You can hop on to one of the boats called Abra and enjoy the view of the city from the river. An Abra can also take you to a souk.
Nightlife in Dubai – The Glow Garden
The Glow Garden has impressive artwork by more than 150 artists. See them glowing in the dark. This park is spread across 40 acres and is home to the star attraction by Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
This is the largest Glow Garden in the world. It is made of recycled glow-in-the-dark fabrics, cups, and bottles. Nearly, a million tourists come here every year. Visit the various zones like the Dinosaur Park, Art Park, Garden Glow, and Happiness street. You can find replicas of Dubai’s most famous landmarks in this garden.
Dhow Dinner Cruise
You are sure to enjoy the 2-hour cruise aboard a traditional dhow boat. It comes with a buffet dinner and the ‘Tanura” dance. The cruise takes you around the Dubai Marina. You can choose from open-air or closed-air sitting.
Nightlife in Dubai – Skiing in the Desert
Dubai is a desert city. But it has created an artificial hill with snow. Experience minus temperature in the sultry desert heat. This ski resort is 22,500 square meters and has a temperature of -1 degree to 2 degrees Celsius, throughout the year. It is a part of the Mall of the Emirates. There are a variety of outdoor snow activities.
Overnight Desert Safari
Spend your night in a posh desert camp, under the stars, and feast on the best barbeques. You can also enjoy a camel safari, dune bashing, quad biking, and sandboarding. The bumpy rides will surely give you an adrenaline rush.
Enjoy a games night at Souk Madinat Jumeirah. There is an Amphitheatre and courtyards where you can play Jenga, chess, and other games like Uno. There are theme nights during the weekend. Arabic Nights are held on Sundays, Circus on Fridays.
The Global Village is a carnival, a center of shopping, fun, and entertainment. There are cultural shows, dance performances, stage shows, exhibitions, fairs, many rides, firework displays on Thursdays and Fridays after 9 pm. More than 5 million people visit the Global Village every year. There are many shops and eateries.
Nightlife in Dubai – Shopping in Dubai
Dubai is a paradise for shoppers. You can head to the Bur Dubai Souk, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, the WAFI Mall, Dragon Mart, Dubai Marina Mall, Ripe Night Market, IBN Battuta Mall, the Jumeirah Emirates Shopping Boulevard, and many more places. Many malls stay open till 3 in the night on weekends. There is the Meena Bazaar for fashion goods, gold, or gifts. There is also the Ramadan night market, which opens for 10 days.
Big Bus Tours
The bus trip covers many major landmarks of the city, like the Emirates Tower, Jumeira Lake, Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa, Raffles Hotel, and the Dubai Mall. These are 2-storied buses with an open-air roof. You can also enjoy the light show at Wafi City. Also visit the Khan Murjan Souk. There is a live commentary with the bus tour.
Nightlife in Dubai – Bars and Clubs
The city is packed with bars and nightclubs. The best places to visit are,
- Barasti Bar
- Budha Bar
- GQ Bar
- Cavalli Club
- The Irish Village
You can also party on top of the Burj Khalifa at the Sky View Bar.
Where to Eat at Night
You can either spend a fortune in the city like at Atmosphere in Burj Khalifa or eat street food to save money. Some of the best places are Al Dhiyafa, Al Muna, Al Reef Bakery, Arboretum, Boulvar, and Dusit Dell.
Head to the backstreet, lanes in the neighborhood for authentic Dubai street food. The Bur Dubai neighborhood has some really nice places to eat. You can also head to Satwa and Al Karama.
You will find many great places also at the Meena Bazaar. Don’t miss the kababs at Special Ostadi on Al Musallah Road. Satwa is famous for Persian, Pakistani, Lebanese, and Indian food.