Dubai, in the last few years has seen the influx of extremely rich tourists and residents who go clubbing every weekend.
As such, nightclubs have sprung like mushrooms and will probably continue to do so when you hear the eventual city plan is to have 20 million visitors a year.
Before we start, it’s important to realize that, like many world cities, Dubai is an expensive place, particularly the night club scene here. Drinks will probably cost about the same as they do in places like London and Paris, although there are often concessions for the ladies. Also it’s important to recognise before it’s too late that Dubai is a primarily Islamic country, with customs and regulations that must be obeyed and adhered to. For example, public drunkenness is a definite no-no which can land you in prison, so you must make sure to get a taxi from the club to the hotel. The drinking age here is 21, and ID must usually be shown.
Named possibly after the 70’s Barry Manilow hit, the Copa Cabbana has become popular among the increasingly large young and trendy crowd in Dubai. Sandy floors and Bamboo Railings give it quite an interesting look unique from many rivalling establishments. The club is also renowned for having fantastic snacks. The entry fee is 50 Dhs (€10) and you must be over 25 to enter in order to keep out those who are too “junior”.
With styling ripped off Parisian Nightclubs, Boudoir throws up a fancy dress code and a couple’s bias, and is definitely one of the most opulent and luxurious nightclubs in Dubai, resplendent with crystal chandeliers and royal red sofas. However, the place is a victim of its own success, as it’s too packed to breathe on some nights here.
Located in the Prestigious Crowne Plaza Dubai, Zinc has become one of Dubai’s most popular nightclubs, with an incredibly cool glowing decor, RnB and Hip Hop nights, Famous DJ’s, and Endless variety. Nearly every week something new happens here. Ladies go free many nights.
Located in Jumeirah, one of Dubai’s most upmarket beachfront neighbourhoods, and part of the One & Only Royal Mirage Hotel, built by one of South Africa’s most flamboyant millionaires, Sol Kerzner, this bar/club caters to all nationalities, with the DJ keeping the music pumping with English, Spanish, Arabic, and many other tunes to keep everyone happy. Don’t come if you’re expecting to dance the night away though – the crowd mostly consists of relaxed hotel guests soaking in the ambience.
On the 51st floor of one of Dubai’s most recognisable monoliths, the Emirates Towers, Vu’s offers a selection of 200 cocktails to choose from (really). Extremely expensive, it tends to attract a decidedly upmarket crowd. It can also be considered quite a romantic place to take a loved one to enjoy the sunset view of Dubai before getting into the cocktails and chic sophistication of the place.
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Photo of Burj ar Arab at night, Dubai, UAE, by Lori Greig