The fantastic nightlife scene of Dubai
Dubai has a fantastic nightlife scene. Life actually begins in the evening here, given its hot climate during the day, and it is not until 9 pm that people will come out and play, often hanging out until midnight. A great variety of bars and nightclubs can be found in Dubai. The main party districts are places with high concentration of hotels, like the Jumeirah and Al Barsha districts in New Dubai, and the Deira and Bur Dubai districts in the older part of the city. The party places here are mostly located in the Oud Metha, Al Rigga and Al Karama districts and largely inhabited by Indians. Nightlife in Dubai is a hub of joyful activities and high spirited pensive outings. The bars in Dubai are nice places to hang out and have amazing options for a relaxed night.
The legal age for drinking in Dubai is 21 years of age. The bars that serve alcohol tend to be the ones found in hotels. In Dubai, nightclubs are required to close by 3 am; heavy fines are levied if music continues beyond this hour. If you happen to visit Dubai during Ramadan period, check first to see if they are open, as majority of the bars will be closed during this month, and ones that are open will be very subdued, with no live music or dancing allowed. However, apart from this period, nightclubs in Dubai have a lively atmosphere, some with world-class DJs spotted on a regular basis.
There are plenty of nightclubs, bars, restaurants and cafes in Bur Dubai. There are several Indian places, such as the Bollywood Bar or the Chill Rooftop Club, with great ambience. Deira is the place to go for a taste of Arabic atmosphere. There is the Al Mushref Bar with belly dancers, the Arabic nightclub, and the Iranian nightclub, all at the Al Zumorrof. Deira is also filled with Indian and Filipino clubs. The Kasbah Nightclub is a Moroccan-themed nightclub located in the Royal Mirage Hotel in Dubai, and is one of the biggest nightclubs here.
Oeno Wine Bar at the Westin Hotel is a fine place to enjoy some of the best kept wines in Dubai. Select from a range of imported wines, vintage champagnes, rum and other liquor options to make a night full of memories. Part of Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Barasti is a stunning beachside bar with outside seating area. They also have a huge screen streaming live sports events. They don’t charge any entrance fee and you are eligible for an evening amid creative cocktails, delicious food, great conversations and DJ sessions.
Dubai hotels offer an international variety of nightclub entertainment experiences, everything from German and English pubs to Russian discos. The Aviation Club, located along the Dubai Creek, is a great place for beer, while other places such as Trilogy at the Madinat Jumeirah complex and Atlantis, The Palm have hi-tech discos. The Dubai Marina complex offers forty different bars and lounges, including the popular Buddha Bar—a hot spot for parties.
Like in most countries, women and couples will have an easier time getting into a nightclub than men. To discourage racism, it is against the law to wear the local Middle Eastern dress in bars and nightclubs in Dubai; anyone dressed like that is usually denied entry. In addition, during the Ramadan period, Muslims are denied entry into nightclubs and bars here. In Dubai, as the weekend falls on Thursday and Friday, Thursday night is the best time to go out. However, Saturdays are also quite popular.