There are many places to visit in Dubai at night, for couples and families as well as groups of friends. When on vacation, it can always be perplexing figuring out what to do after sundown. Luckily, you’re never short of options in the exciting city of Dubai.
The affluent Emirati metropolis is full of indoor and outdoor attractions designed to capture the imagination of every kind of traveller. And of course, you can have your pick of dazzling rooftop bars and cocktail lounges to bring in the evening in style (many of which are famous for their ladies’ nights).
In our list, we will also cover spectacular sunset points and places where you can indulge in a lot of adventurous activities. So let’s look at the best places to visit in Dubai at night.
Set along the canal, Dubai Marina is one of the most posh neighbourhoods in the city, and a hub of activity in the night. Walk along the promenade (called Dubai Marina Walk) lined with rotating markets and cafes or head to Dubai Marina Mall for some high-end retail therapy. Enjoy panoramic views of the Dubai Marina on a luxury dinner cruise. You can also choose to cruise on a traditional dhow for the authentic Dubai experience. It’s also fun spotting yachts weaving their way through the water, while others engage in exciting jet-skiing and even skydiving. The area is also home to The Beach at JBR, full of wonderful dining options and a gorgeous beach.
The Arabian desert is one of the best places to visit a dazzling sunset, followed by exciting cultural performances and a buffet dinner under the open air. You can also go for an evening desert safari and enjoy a barbecue dinner afterwards. Or maybe, it’s a camel safari that will really get your heart racing. Another innovative way to experience the desert’s mysteries at night is to go for a sunset hot-air balloon ride. Dubai’s proximity to the Arabian Desert is one of the reasons why it’s such an unbeatable vacation destination. Whenever you need a break from the city, you can quickly get to the austere desert.
Dubai is a prosperous urban metropolis, and at night, the city is bejewelled in all kinds of night lights. From the lofty Burj Khalifa, you enjoy some of the most stunning views of night-time Dubai. The viewing platform is located on the 124th floor of the tower, and you can peer through telescopes to get a close look at the Dubai Marina, the palm-shaped Palm Jumeirah, and many other landmarks of the city.
Once you’re done with taking photographs and marvelling at the panorama, head to At.mosphere, a stunning open-air bar and lounge on the 122nd floor of Burj Khalifa. Though you’re sure to have cocktails on your mind, remember that the food here is also known to be really amazing.
Dubai Garden Glow is a unique destination for families and kids, comprising of a glow garden, an ice park, dinosaur park, and art park. Visiting the park complex at night is bound to be an enchanting experience as all the fixtures come alive in myriad lights and colours. What’s more, the gardens are designed to be eco-friendly as well.
The Glow Garden consists of tons of energy-saving bulbs and resplendent, recycled fabric. Over 120 animatronic dinosaurs can be seen at the dinosaur park, while the ice park is populated with ice sculptures in a glacial climate. Recycling enthusiasts will love the art park, where there are scores of recycled items including ceramics, electronics, and receptacles.
La Perle Theatre
La Perle is the only permanent theatre show in Dubai, and a must-see at night. Creative director Franco Dragone is behind the aqua theatre concept, which includes stunningly real waterfalls and rainfall that dries up like magic. You will witness 65 performers from all over the world skilled in everything from acrobatics to diving, flying, and gravity-defying motorcycling. The dazzling and extravagant La Perle show is followed by a lavish dinner.
Jetty Lounge, One&Only Royal Mirage
As far as beach bars in Dubai go, Jetty Lounge at the luxurious One&Only Royal Mirage is definitely among the best. You enjoy stunning sunset views over the Dubai skyline while being plied with the best of food and beverages in an Arabian-inspired, yet modern ambiance. As for snacks, you can feast on local delights like mezze platters and international delicacies like quiches and various cheeses and dips.
The main attraction here is the relaxing lounge music and the magical vibe that is sure to put you in a great mood. The lounge is open daily from 2 PM to 2 AM, and chic casuals are allowed. It might be a beach bar but make sure you’re not wearing flip flops or t-shirts and shorts.
Mercury Lounge, Four Seasons Resort Dubai
Located at the top of Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Mercury Lounge is one of the best and swankiest rooftop bars in the city. It’s also a great viewing point in the night, especially if you’re not going to At.mosphere at Burj Khalifa. In fact, you can see both the Burj Khalifa and the Arabian Gulf from Mercury Lounge, with the skyscrapers of Dubai in between.
The design is suitably glamorous and as the hours advance, many guests take to the dance floor to keep the party going. As for the menu, it features a large variety of Mediterranean delicacies served as sharing plates or single entrees. The spritz and martini cocktails come highly recommended. Mercury Lounge is open until 2 AM or 3 AM, and the dress code is smart casuals. On Thursdays, a full dinner is served.
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
Located at Dubai Mall, the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is a great place to take your kids after sundown. To call it an aquarium would be a huge understatement – as the place features a long walk-through tunnel beneath a tank filled with sharks and rays! There are many attractions at the underwater zoo, including a reptile zone that is home to various snakes.
Over 30,000 fishes and undersea creatures reside at the aquarium and at a capacity of 10 million litres, the tank is among the world’s most massive suspended aquariums. The aquarium boasts of the most extensive array of Sand Tiger Sharks in the globe, along with more than 300 sharks and rays. One can go snorkelling in the tank for a safe underwater experience or even go diving with the sharks! Alternatively, a glass-bottom boat ride allows you to look right inside the tank.
Don’t miss out on seeing the biggest choreographed fountain system in the world at Burj Khalifa! Constructed atop the huge Burj Khalifa Lake, the fountain has been designed by world-renowned experts. 6600 lights and numerous colour projectors go into creating the visual marvel that the fountain transforms into at night. Huge jets of water shoot up in sync with music, ranging from Arabic to international and contemporary beats.
In just a single second, the fountain throws up almost 22,000 gallons of water! The fountain works are spread out across five circular areas, and during special occasions like New Year’s Eve, extra effects are added. The water jets are so advanced that they almost appear to be dancing to the music with their expertly synchronized moves!
The Lost Chambers Aquarium
Dubai is home to not one, but two world-class aquariums! So if your kids love fishes and undersea creatures, you’re in luck. The Lost Chambers Aquarium is housed at Atlantis the Palm hotel and the biggest aquarium in the United Arab Emirates. With more than 65000 marine denizens, there’s no chance of being bored at the aquarium.
There’s a lot more to do than just gawk – you can explore the ruins of the ancient city of Atlantis, go diving with the ray and sharks, and learn about the life and care of marine creatures from the on-site experts and marine biologists. Among the many species at the aquarium are jellyfish, black tip reef sharks, and stingrays. It’s a good idea to get a pass that gives you entry to both the Lost Chambers and the Atlantis Aquaventure water park.
Once darkness sets in, it’s always a good idea to spend some time at the plethora of indoor attractions in the malls and shopping complexes of Dubai. If you fancy experiencing the thrill of a snowy winter in Dubai, head to Ski Dubai at Mall of the Emirates. Here you can try skiing in a temperature of -1 to 2 degree Celsius.
There are five different tracks covering various levels of difficulty. If you’re a proficient skier, you can try the 400 meter run which descends at 60 meters! Apart from skiing, you can also try snowboarding and tobogganing at this one-of-a-kind indoor ski resort. Children will enjoy interacting with the King and Gentoo penguins at the resort. You can also go for private ski lessons.
Dubai is home to some really scenic beaches, and one of the best post-sunset activities is to chill by the beach and enjoy the views. The white-sand Jumeirah Beach is probably the most famous of Dubai’s beaches and forms a part of a larger beach park. Here, you can visit a desert garden, take your kids to the playground, or get something to eat at a café. Lifeguards ensure a safe playing environment.
Other sandy stretches worth visiting in Dubai are Umm Suqeim Beach, Al Mamzar Beach Park, JBR Open Beach, Kite Beach, Black Palace Beach, and Royal Island Beach Club. Of these, Kite Beach and JBR Open Beach are particularly lovely. The former is a favourite for beach sports and kite surfing, while the latter is Dubai’s first public beach.
Any of Dubai’s glitzy malls are a good place to be at night, but Dubai Mall is arguably the largest and most exciting. Set next to the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall’s area equals around 200 football pitches! More than a thousand retail outlets call out to the shopper in you, with entire levels dedicated to shoes and gold.
You can also enjoy a meal at various fine dining establishments, check out the indoor fountain, and the resident dinosaur remains. There’s also an indoor cinema, a humongous ice rink, Kidzania for the kids, and the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. You can also spend some time wandering around The Village, a themed shopping area famous for its floating umbrellas.
The Global Village is a multicultural fair on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road Dubai. For a small admission fee, you get to witness performances by world-famous musicians, actors, and other artistes. Apart from events and concerts, the fairground is also home to a dining area, shopping area, and carnival section full of funfairs and amusement rides. The program is renewed with new acts every year, and there are pavilions representing 90 countries and cultures across the world. Global Village as a concept has been around since 1996 and sees a huge footfall each year.
For lovers of theatre, there is no better night-time destination than the plush Dubai Opera. With 2000 seats and numerous venues and spaces, the opera hosts a variety of performing arts and musical shows. It is housed in the dhow-shaped building that you might have seen from many points in the city. The architecture adapts itself to the type of event, thus making the Dubai Opera a great showcasing platform for fashion shows, art exhibitions, and conferences as well.
You can check the online program to book tickets for the show of your choice. The rich and the famous have even used Dubai Opera as a wedding venue. After the show, you can enjoy some food and drinks at the rooftop restaurant and sky gardens with panoramic views of the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain.