If nightlife in the Middle East was a jungle, Dubai would be its uncontested king. Sure, Cairo and Beirut come alive at night, but Dubai turns into one big burlesque house after sundown. The City of Gold emits more light in one night than most cities do in a week, and for good reason. An oasis in the Arabian desert, Dubai once invited visionaries from all corners of the globe to dream it up into the buzzing metropolis it is today. So now, motherfuckers is thirsty! Then Dubai said, “let there be watering holes” and the rest is history. Today, Dubai’s nightlife scene is one of the best in the world, making its clubs, bars, and lounges some of the city’s most frequented establishments – they’re basically attractions now. So if you’re planning a trip to Dubai soon or if you’re moving there in pursuit of the Emirati Dream, here are the spots you should – nay MUST – have on your club-hopping itinerary.
LUCKY VOICEvia Lucky Voice
This massive edifice is where the city’s cool kids gather to practice ‘the ancient Japanese art of Karaok-ay’, but the club/bar also serves up urban sounds, sick beats, and live music, hosting some of the most capable DJs around. Don’t forget to try their delectable pizza and sliders, they pair well with everything, even water!
Location: Grand Millennium Hotel, Barsha Heights
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STEREO ARCADEvia Stereo Arcade
An arcade, club, and bar all rolled into one Back to the Future-esque complex. Get all retro, put on your leg warmers, and roll on there for a laid back hangout, packed with vintage games, 80s tunes, beer, and cocktails.
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence.
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Contact Number: +971 52 816 4242
WHITE DUBAIvia White Dubai
Hands down, Dubai's best nightclub, White Dubai has garnered a reputation for extravagance and lavishness. It is, after all, where international heavyweights like Rita Ora and Armen van Burren have performed and made party history. To go to Dubai and not pay White a visit (and a kidney) is sacrilege0.
Location: Meydan Racecourse Grandstand Rooftop, Nad Al Sheba 1.
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Contact Number: +971 50 443 0933
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BLUE MARLIN IBIZA UAEvia Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
This one is clubbing institution, it's where the city's genetic lottery winners hang, so you want to get your photo taken there. At this beachside club, the party is day-to-night, so bring your bathing suit and tanning oil. But also don't drink and swim, and don't forget to eat. We're talking 15 consecutive hours of partying!
Location: Golden Tulip Al Jazira
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Armani Prive is one of the most luxurious clubs you'll ever see, just like its namesake, except these guys know have to have fun. It is one of those places where partying, poor decisions, and getting sh*& faced is done with class.
Location: Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa.
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CAVALLI CLUBvia Cavalli
The Cavalli Club is a local legend that predates the Dubai clubbing scene itself. It's a hall of famer, so keep that in mind as you walk in and show some respect. It is also a bit of a celebrity sighting hotbed; both Jenny from the Block (all hail JLo) and the Fresh Prince of Bel Air himself, Mr. Will Smith, were spotted working the dance floor there a few years ago.
Location: Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road.
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Contact Number: 050 9910400 or 04 332-9260
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BILLIONAIRE MANSIONvia Billionaire Mansion
There is literally nothing more affluent-sounding than the words 'billionaire' and 'mansion' coming together for a brand name. Your overall sense of self-worth will improve when you step in and find that the club actually does live up to its name. And if the name suggests it's an airtight boys' club, fear not, their Ladies Night is legendary!
Location: Burj Khalifa Blvd, Taj Hotel.
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Contact Number: +971 4 510 3100
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CIRQUE LE SOIRvia Cirque le Soir
The world famous Cirque le Soir is a mix of eccentricity and glamour that together form an irresistible clubbing experience. The club stays true to its circus theme, all while keeping the beats fresh and the drinks even fresher - nothing freaky there! And for that, Dubai's party-goers have been grateful and so will you!
Location: Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road
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Contact Number: +971 50 995 5400
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One of the city's oldest clubs, Barasti captures the imagination thanks to its beachside location at the Dubai Marina. If you're looking for a laid back atmosphere and a chill crowd who don't roll their eyes at you for not being a celebrity, Barasti is a must-visit.
Location: Le Meridien Mina Syahi, Beach Resort & Marina, Dubai Marina
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Contact Number: +971 4 318 1313 or +971 4 399 3333
NASIMI BEACHvia Nasimi Beach
Nasimi Beach might as well be a clubbing landmark, as it has hosted international artists like the late Avicii, but it's also a great place to party from sunrise til dawn and enjoy all-year-round colorful summer cocktails by the beach.
Location: Atlantis the Palm
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IRIS DUBAIvia Iris
Iris is every Arab/North African party animal's pride and glory given its status as a big homegrown club franchise originating in Lebanon. From Beirut, to Sahel, to Dubai, Iris has united more Middle Easterners than most major historic events in our long and shared history!
Location: The Oberoi Hotel, 27th floor, Business Bay.
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Contact Number: +971 569 511 442
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