After a long hot summer, trapped inside with the AC, it's time to get alfresco once again, Dubai! Here, we've rounded up 20 of the very best rooftop bars, from striking views of the concrete jungle to a sunset over the dunes, there’s something for everyone...
1. 40 Kong
With views over DIFC and the Sheikh Zayed Road, this this rooftop bar and lounge has incredible panoramic views of the city that are made even better with its creative drinks menu and live music sets. The bar is re-opening for a new season on October 10.
2. Pure Sky Lounge
Located at the Hilton Dubai The Walk Hotel on JBR, this lounge has an amazing sea view. Definitely one to take your guests to, with its cool blue and white interiors. Plus, there is a wide variety of drinks and food choices, with their barbecued options proving to be pretty popular. Just make sure you're there for sunset.
3. Level 43 Sky Lounge
If you want iconic views of Sheikh Zayed Road, head on over to this relaxed lounge where you’ll be able to see everything from Burj Khalifa to the Atlantis The Palm. The creative mixed drinks menu and live DJ playing all night long make it great for a chill night out.
4. Tamanya Terrace
Located in Dubai Media City, this terrace is a great after work spot as it has beautiful views of the sea and skyline. You can enjoy classic drinks and famous DJs who will keep the atmosphere buzzing.
5. Cielo Sky Lounge
Located on the top floor of the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Cielo has created quite a reputation for itself as its views at sunset are unbeatable. Expect an Ibiza beach bar vibe with its chic white décor.
6. Mercury Lounge
A super cool atmosphere can be found at Mercury Lounge, at the Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, which boasts amazing city views. Traditional Arabian architecture seamlessly fits in with the ultra-modern sections of this rooftop bar. It does have a strictly enforced dress code you should keep in mind of.
7. Iris Dubai
Head to Iris Dubai at the Oberoi Dubai for striking views from Business Bay. Its cool hipster interior have made it a favourite place to unwind for the UAE's coolest, who take in its laid-back atmosphere with some drinks and equally chill music which often includes live music sets.
8. Treehouse Lounge
True to its name, the greenery here makes you feel like you aren’t in the concrete jungle that is Dubai. The views of the skyline are fabulous with Burj Khalifa taking centre stage. The interior is also modelled after the treehouse aesthetic with wooden tables and stools. A must visit at the Taj Dubai.
9. Vii Terrace Bar & Lounge
An indoor lounge leads to a secret garden that gives off fantasy land vibes with its heavy mirrors mounted on the wall covered with leaves. This trendy bar at the Conrad Dubai has a view of Sheikh Zayed Road with a variety of exciting concoctions available.
10. Skyview Bar
Indulge in luxurious drinks and service in the sky with this bar located at the Burj Al Arab. The interior is grand as you'd exoect it to be, and alfresco on the terrace you can enjoy a drink from its extensive menu whilst overlooking the clear blue water.
11. Uptown Bar
The terrace section of Jumeirah Beach Hotel bar has a view of the Burj Al Arab and out over Jumeirah. Perfect for sunset as its right next to the water with a chill atmosphere that allows you to talk while enjoying your drinks and the view.
12. The Rooftop Terrace
Overlooking the Arabian Gulf, this super relaxed rooftop bar at the One & Only Royal Mirage is great for those looking to unwind away from the bustling city. The interior is comfortable couches inspired by Majlis seating and it offers Arabic bar snacks to accompany drinks.
13. The Lotus Lounge
Floor-to-ceiling windows make the sunset from here a must-see due to its Anantara The Palm Dubai location. This Thai inspired lounge has Asian snacks and drinks that are perfect for your night out. There is also a resident DJ who spins all your favourite tunes.
14. Al Sarab Rooftop
Get a break from the city by venturing out to the desert for the Al Sarab Rooftop at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa. The sun setting over the sand dunes makes for quite a view for a drink at this relaxing lounge.
15. Siddharta Lounge
This revamped poolside lounge is from the same people behind Buddha Bar - it has great views of the Dubai Marina skyline from one side and Arabian Gulf from the other. The interior is white to maintain the cool aesthetic and its resident DJ is there every night playing house music.
16. Tomo Restaurant & Bar
The Tomo terrace has one of the best views in town, looking out over the spectacular Dubai skyline. The drinks at this Raffles Dubai bar are Japanese themed, as are the delicious bites on the menu.
You'll find Shades at The Address Dubai Marina, surrounded by the skyscrapers on Sheikh Zayed Road. It's a chill spot you can go to unwind after a day’s work, the bean bags next to the pool make it hard not to relax.
18. Atelier M
Located at Pier 7, this rooftop terrace has insane views of the Dubai Marina, the interior is as glitzy as its surroundings.
19. Luna Sky Bar
Offering creative cocktails, this bar has breath taking views of DIFC and the Burj Khalifa. The Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre bar is super stylish with black and gold interiors that add the right amount of glam to the scene.
20. The Dek on 8
Situated right in the centre of Dubai Media City, this poolside bar, at Media One Hotel, is great for relaxing in after a busy day. Chill by the pool, enjoying signature drinks and munching on snacks.
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