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Nightlife in Dubai

By Viator, March 2014

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While the nightlife in the United Arab Emirates tends to be much mellower than in other parts of the world, it’s at its best in Dubai, the hottest nightlife city anywhere in the Middle East. With a happening bar and club scene, a few performing arts options and a bit of local flavor, there’s a diversity to Dubai’s nightlife that should satisfy just about any traveler. 

Dubai’s nightclubs and bars are top notch, and they tend to be exclusive, so visitors are encouraged to dress to the nines. The city’s hotels hold most of the liquor licenses, and therefore house many of the best clubs. If you’re on a budget, ask around for ladies nights and drink specials.

Locals in Dubai typically hang out in shisha cafes, smaller affairs where friends gather to share a traditional water pipe in the evening. Be aware that these types of bars rarely have licenses to serve alcohol.

If you want to sample it all, embark on a Dubai Nightlife Tour. Dress to impress before getting picked up by a local guide for an unforgettable night on the town, including a stop at a local shisha bar, the Dubai Mall fountain show, a photo op in front of the world’s tallest building, a complimentary cocktail at one of the city’s top nightclubs and al fresco dancing at a beachside bar.

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Luxury Desert Experience: Dinner and Emirati Activities with Vintage Land Rover Transport from Dubai

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Pass through the desert in a vintage Land Rover and spend an evening dining under the stars at a Bedouin-inspired camp, tucked away in the grounds of a royal ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $135.00

Dhow Boat Dinner Cruise in Dubai

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Cruise along Dubai Creek by 'dhow,' a Middle Eastern wooden boat, and see the sights of nighttime Deira while savoring a buffet feast! One of the city’s oldest ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.00

Dubai Nightlife Tour: Nightclub, Bars and Dubai Mall Fountain Show

3 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

Don your most glamorous outfit and head out on a 5-hour Dubai nightlife tour to discover what the city has to offer after the sun sets. With a local guide at ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $148.00

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