has an excellent nightlife scene (except for Monday's
which tends to be pretty dead) with a large choice
of bars and nightclubs for you to be able to enjoy
whilst there. Below is a list of some of the more
popular bars, with a review that will help you to
choose where to go and when. You will need to know
that most of the bars that can serve alcohol are only
in hotels, there are though a few exceptions, and
most of these are reviewed here. Dubai also has some
interesting laws regarding clubs; they all must close
at 3 am, you must be 21 to drink alcohol, 25 to enter
a nightclub, and interestingly they are not allowed
by law to refuse entrance to anyone, including members
only clubs. Having said that this does not mean that
you will be able to walk into any members club free
of charge, a lot of the members clubs have very high
entrance fees, that they will charge you if you do
insist on applying the law and entering the club.
This to be honest is a good thing as it allows the
clubs to ensure a good mixture of clientele. We have
included below tips on how to get into some of the
most exclusive clubs, so please do read the reviews
thoroughly. Have a great time.
people expect the U.A.E., being an Islamic country,
to have a pretty tame nightlife. This is definitely
not the case in Dubai. There are plenty of bars and
clubs (most based in hotels in order to serve alcohol)
attracting a lively and eclectic crowd. Most nightclubs
have cover charges, and drinks tend to be pricey.
Virtually every bar in town has a resident band and
deejay, and there are a few jazz bars and piano lounges
with excellent live performers.
bars don't start filling up until at least 9 pm, and
the nightclubs are practically empty until about 11
pm. Thursday is always busy because it's the start
of most people's weekend. Tuesday is Ladies Night
at many places. Most bars and clubs close by about
3 am, and there are usually plenty of cabs waiting
outside to take you home. The great thing about Dubai
is that crime is virtually unheard of, so you are
perfectly safe getting a cab or walking back to your
hotel even in the early hours of the morning.
it isn't openly discussed, some bars and clubs have
a "door policy," which is sometimes blatantly
racist. If you find this is the case, arguing with
the doorman rarely makes a difference -- just don't
give that place your business.