In a city full of skyscrapers, it’s no surprise that there is a happening rooftop bar scene in Dubai. And the good news is, they are spread all over the city for plenty of different views from the stunning Downtown fountains and Burj Khalifa, through to the chic Dubai Marina, and fabulous ocean sunset views over the Arabian Gulf.
Whether you simply want to sip your cocktail or mocktail at sunset, romance your loved one with an unforgettable view on your honeymoon, or you’re looking for a taste of Dubai’s nightlife and party scene, there’s a Dubai rooftop perfect for you!
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Note, although most of Dubai’s rooftop bars and terraces are attached to hotels due to licensing laws, you do not need to be a paying guest to enjoy drinks or dining (there will be cover charges though to use any pools and other facilities). We have included links to the attached hotel as well in case you wanted to base yourself close by (and enjoy these fabulous views from your room too!)
Dubai’s Best Rooftop Bars in Downtown Dubai & in amongst the highrises
If you want to dine amongst Dubai’s highrises or marvel at the world’s tallest tower Burj Khalifa, there are several hot spots around Downtown Dubai and Business Bay to get on your Dubai bucket list:
Level 43 Sky Lounge
Iconic views down Sheikh Zayed Road can be found from – you guessed it – Level 43 of the Four Points by Sheraton on Sheikh Zayed Road. Enjoy panoramic views of the Burj Khalifa, all the way to the Burj al Arab and Jumeirah in the distance.
Full bar menu with an extensive choice of cocktails and nibbles through to share plates and mains are available. It’s a popular one so can be busy but maintains a classy atmosphere and chilled vibe with Resident DJ playing all evening. Hotel guests only can enjoy the rooftop pool and bar, there is a separate bar for drop-in visitors.
Specials: Daily happy hour runs from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and all day on a Saturday. Various specials run nightly, including Geisha Night from 9:00 pm to 12:00 am on a Sunday, where ladies enjoy live DJ and unlimited sparkling, white and red with a sushi platter for AED 99, Ladies Night every Tuesday from 9:00 pm to 12:00 am with free-flowing red, white, and sparkling at AED 99, and Cocktail Dreams every Wednesday from 8:00 pm onwards with their signature cocktail selection at AED 50, live DJ, great vibes and spectacular views.
Opening hours and rules: 2:00 pm to 2:00 am daily. 21 years+ smart casual.
Stay: Four Points by Sheraton
Neos & Zeta
The Address Downtown is the place to be seen and to see the city of Dubai at its glittering finest. Neos on the 63rd floor commands a magnificent view over Downtown and Burj Khalifa (though technically it’s indoors!)
Perched on the 63rd floor, the lounge offers tempting dishes and beverages that are just as inspiring as the view. Expect delicious food, premium cocktails and a spectacular show over Dubai’s skyline.
Specials: Live Music from Wednesday to Saturday. A daily Happy Hour from 5:00 pm to 8:00pm. Various specials run through the week, including Ladies Night every Wednesday and Saturday from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm where ladies each receive two glasses of grape, this is coupled with a special offer where ladies can then buy 5 house beverages for 150 AED and gentlemen can purchase the same for 165 AED. Every Thursday and Friday Neos offers a food platter and unlimited house beverages for 349 AED per person.
Opening hours and rules: 5:00 pm to 3:00 am, Monday to Saturday. Dress code Urban Chic
Stay: Address Downtown
Situated atop the Taj Dubai the Treehouse is a bustling post-work catch-up bar hidden away in the Business Bay district of Dubai but also entices a great weekend crowd who come for the Friday Brunch and stay for the Hidden Brunch after-party (4:00 pm to 9:00 pm). Treehouse is an urban hideaway for effortlessly chic people of taste. With its rich Renaissance décor, lush furnishings and ornate trees, this decadent rooftop lounge is styled as a house turned inside out.
Burj Khalifa views are of course a crowd drawcard, as well as vistas over the Business Bay area. “Innovative” is how the drinks list is often described so this is definitely one for the cocktail-lovers amongst you who want to try something new in this lush rooftop setting in the heart of the city.
Specials: Happy Hour, known as “Komorebi” from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Saturday-Thursday. Ladies Night every Tuesday where Ladies can enjoy unlimited bubbles, grape and selected cocktails for 149 AED.
Opening hours and rules: Sat-Wed 6:00 pm to 2:00 am, Thu-Fri 6:00 pm to 3:00 am.
Stay: Taj Dubai
A sophisticated setting and amazing city views, this is another Business Bay hotspot on the 27th floor of The Oberoi Dubai. Come cashed-up as this one’s pretty exclusive and the cocktails don’t come cheap but they have a wide range of cocktails and spirits and it’s the place to be seen!
The big event of the week like many places in Dubai is Friday brunch “Le Brunch” where you can secure a buffet lunch and endless cocktails alongside live music for a set price. But that’s not all Iris has to offer, with its Soul and R&B nights on a Monday, Sushi Sundays and fantastic sunset sessions on a Thursday and Saturday, there is something for everyone.
The Oberoi Dubai is also home to Latin restaurant Waka which offers superb Friday afternoon and Friday evening brunch options.
Specials: Happy Hour 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Every Tuesday is Ladies Night, where you can get 2 hours of free-flow house beverages and a food platter for 160 AED. Sunset Sessions on Thursday and Saturday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, where for 150 AED you can have an Iris charcuterie board and free flow Happy Hours beverages for two hours.
Opening hours and rules: 5:00 pm to 2:00 am Pre-booking recommended.
Stay: The Oberoi Dubai
Cé La Vi
Situated on the Sky Bridge of the new Address Sky View, this rooftop restaurant, Sky Bar and lounge boasts one of the best unrivalled views of the Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai.
Serving contemporary Asian cuisine, Cé La Vi is open for both lunch and dinner daily, with a spectacular Friday Brunch offering “Brunch on 54”.
Opening hours and rules: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm for lunch (set menu lunch runs 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm) and dinner 6:00 pm to 12:30 am. Night Lounge is open from 6:00 pm to 3:00 am.
Stay: Address Sky View
Dubai’s Best Rooftop Bars in Dubai Marina
Is this THE place to be seen in Dubai at night? Part of the incredible Pier 7 complex in Dubai Marina, this is floor to floor entertainment with Atelier M covering the top three floors. It really epitomises the glitzy glamourous side of Dubai.
The venue serves as a restaurant, art deco-inspired indoor lounge and rooftop bar, so it’s perfect no matter the time of year of the weather for a party. The menus have a Meditteranean theme with distinctly Asian touches and an extensive bar menu as you would expect – enjoy cocktails through to bubble buckets.
There are different specials throughout the week with Tuesday ladies night, Thursday RnB night and Friday Funky Flava Brunch.
Specials: Happy Hour in the Lounge 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm Sun, Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat. Also, look for dining offers in The Entertainer Fine Dining Dubai.
Opening hours and rules: Lounge & rooftop 6:00 pm to 2:00 am; Restaurant 7:00 pm to Midnight
Elsewhere in Pier 7…. The whole building is dedicated to fab views, chic dining and entertainment. We would also recommend Asis Asia on the 6th floor for Pan-Asian cuisine, including The Spice Route Brunch on a Friday, Go Geisha ladies night on a Tuesday, a sax player every Thursday. And of course, great terrace views!
Wane by SoMiya
Not as high as many Dubai rooftops, but the 4th-floor terrace of the Address Hotel, Dubai Marina gives you magnificent views over the picturesque Dubai Marina area of the city, and one of the largest infinity pools (non-hotel guests with a fee). You will feel completely in the hub of Dubai’s nighttime action here.
Wane by SoMiya offers weekly pool party events on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
Specials: TBC for this winter.
Opening hours and rules: 8:00 am to 3:00 am. Under 21’s only until 10:00 pm.
Stay: Address Dubai Marina
The Rooftop Terrace and Sports Bar
Again, not the highest spot in the city but this outdoor terrace attached to the One & Only Mirage Resort Dubai, Dubai Marina is known for its great next between lively sports bar inside and romantic chilled vibes on the cosy outdoor terrace with panoramic Jumeirah and sea views.
Intricate Arabian styling for that authentic Dubai touch and classic cocktails to craft beers or champagne for your romantic occasion. This one has a reputation as one of the quieter and cosier spots.
Specials: TBC for this winter
Opening hours and rules: 5:00 pm to 1:00 am, last orders 12:30 am
Dress code: Evening Chic
One of Dubai’s most famous rooftop lounges is situated on the rooftop of Grosvenor House Hotel and Appartments (also home to the infamous Buddha Bar downstairs).
The Siddharta Lounge has great cosy lounge seating, cabanas, as well as tables overlooking the Dubai Marina skyline to one side and the Arabian Gulf to the other. The cool white interior and smooth house hits make it one of Dubai’s most sophisticated night spots.
Opening hours and rules: 6:00 pm to 1:00 am
Dubai’s Best Roof Top Bars with beach & ocean views
To enjoy the best of Dubai’s Arabian Gulf waterfront, you need to head to the Jumeirah Beach part of town and JBR – The Walk. You may also want to check out our guide to sundowner drinks in Dubai which includes beachfront bars as well as rooftop offerings.
Here are just a few of our favourite beachside rooftops to try:
Pure Sky Lounge
A rooftop bar as well as a restaurant situated on the 35th floor of Hilton Dubai The Walk, this is another popular favourite with tourists and residents alike seeking out those stunning sunset views over the water and Palm Jumeirah in this chic white-furnished setting.
There are two terraces here, one for restaurant guests and one which is more of a lounge hangout – both with superb views. Renowned for its sunset happy hour, cocktails, bar bites and al a carte menu are all on offer. It transforms into one of Dubai’s best party spots at night. Don’t miss their late Friday Sunset Brunch from 5.30 pm to 9:00 pm.
Specials: Happy Hour Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Ladies Night every Wednesday from 9:00 pm to midnight. Look out for The Entertainer dining offers too.
Opening hours and rules: 5:00 pm until late
Stay: Hilton Dubai the Walk
Sitting atop the Four Seasons at Jumeirah Beach, Mercury Lounge brings a glamorous taste of Monaco to Dubai. With 360 degree views, catch the sunset over the Arabian Gulf to one side and enjoy picturesque views back to Downtown Dubai and the Burj Khalifa.
Enjoy tastes from the Meditteranean in their open-air lounge or book yourself a private rooftop cabana. Even more exclusive, you can book the rooftop private Majilis for your special private dining occasions. It is one of the more exclusive and glamorous rooftop venues combining music, culinary delights and amazing views.
Specials: Ladies night on a Wednesday 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm, all Ladies will receive two complimentary glasses of bubbles. Apertivo, daily from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm wind down from your busy day with a beverage concoction of your choice and receive three mini aperitivo bites, carefully created by Chef Andrea.
Opening hours and rules: Daily from 6:00 pm to 2:00 am (3:00 am Wed to Fri).
Tasca Infinity Bar
Exuding seaside vibes of the Algarve, this seasonal winter rooftop offering at Tasca is situated on the 6th floor of Mandarin Oriental, Jumeira 1. It is home to classy cocktails and chilled out tunes all served with Portuguese bites to enjoy with your sunset water views over the Gulf. Also not to miss, the adults-only rooftop infinity pool.
Specials: TBC for this winter.
Opening hours and rules: Dinner from 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm (Tue to Sun).
Dress code: Smart casual for lunch & brunch and smart elegant for dinner. National attire is welcome.
Looking for a little touch of Tokyo in Dubai? Japanese speciality restaurant and bar HANAMI situated on the rooftop of Andaz Dubai the Palm delivers with cocktails and Tokyo street-eat bites while enjoying breathtaking 360-degree views over the Palm Jumeirah and the iconic Burj Al Arab.
Enjoy mixology masterpieces including their signature Shinjuku and Shinagawa cocktails, or dip into their speciality gins while socialising in this suave and sophisticated sunset venue.
Specials: Nichibotsu Happy Hour 2-4-1 sundowners 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Monday’s Spirited Away Ladies Night 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm for 150AED.
Opening hours and rules: Monday to Saturday 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Old Dubai and everything in between
There are so many fun and classy areas popping up across the city, so this is a real mix of classic rooftop favourites and newer rooftop bars that have opened in developing areas of Dubai.
Based on the 17th floor of Raffles in Oud Metha (the pyramid-shaped building near WAFI Mall), this Japanese restaurant is a Dubai favourite not only for its unforgettable Dubai sunsets, but it’s great Japanese food (there are plenty of non-Japanese options too such as burgers), as well as a great variety of Sake and Sochu.
Enjoy indoor and outdoor drinks and dining and the Tatami Terrace in the cooler months of the year, low Japanese-style seating with killer views of the Burj Khalifa.
Specials: Happy Hour 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, 50% off selected drinks.
Opening hours and rules: 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm (last orders 2:45 pm), 6:30 pm to midnight (last orders 11:30 pm), pre-booking recommended.
Dress code: Smart casual
Stay: Raffles Dubai
This one’s for you dance lovers! Situated on top of Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City on the 8th floor, get your dance on while enjoying those cocktails. Opposite the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, it makes an equally great after concert venue as it does after-work drinks with the glitzy Dubai skyline as your view.
Enjoy different themed nights with live DJ’s keeping the atmosphere.
Specials: Sunset Sessions, daily 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm 149 AED for free-flowing house beverages. Birds of Paradise Ladies Night, every Wednesday from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm five selected house beverages, a selection of TIKI snacks, and free-flowing frozen cocktails for only 99 AED.
Opening hours and rules: 4:00 pm to 1:00 am Sunday – Friday
Cielo Sky Lounge
An oldie but a goldie, Cielo Sky Lounge is a great all-rounder on the rooftop of Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. It’s the perfect place to chill out with a drink in hand or shisha, with light Mediterranean-inspired tapas served. The view takes you from Dubai Creek all the way to the modern skyline of Downtown for an unforgettable Dubai experience.
The Boardwalk restaurant on the shoreline of Dubai Creek here also provides delicious seafood meals with an amazing ambience overlooking the Marina and Dubai skyline.
Specials: Happy Hour daily 5:00pm – 8:00 pm
Opening hours and rules: 5:00 pm to 2:00 am (Monday – Wednesday, Saturday), 5:00 pm to 3:00 am (Thursday – Friday)
Stay: Attached to a sporting club rather than a hotel, stay nearby at Park Hyatt Hotel Dubai
A few things to note about rooftop bars in Dubai
AGE LIMITS: The legal drinking age in Dubai is 21, so most rooftop bars are restricted to those 21+ or have time limits for when those under age are permitted or must be with a guardian. Some nightclubs have an age limit of 25.
SMOKING: Laws in the UAE for smoking are not as strict as in other countries. Shisha smoking is a big thing and many bars will have a special shisha menu. Do note, it is prohibited to bring e-cigarettes into the country. Rules on their use are not explicit but generally accept it’s not allowed in public.
DRESS CODE: Most will enforce only a smart casual dress standard, normally being more restrictive on male dress than female (you can basically forget most of the things we told you here about conservative dress in Dubai when it comes to bars and nightclubs). During the day, however, you may find it’s more casual and shorts and t-shirts will be fine – we recommend you check with each venue though so you don’t get turned away at the door
ENTRY FEES: Most bars and restaurants allow free rooftop or terrace entry, on the basis that you will be purchasing food and drinks. The more nightclub driven rooftops may have entry fees, or for special events such as New Year or firework nights, there may be entry fees payable.
How to get to Dubai’s rooftop bars
Dubai’s best rooftop bars are spread all over the city. Some are accessible from the Dubai Metro, but the easiest way to get between locations at night is to use a public taxi, Careem or Uber which can be ordered from your phone or the hotel concierge at the venue can assist you.
The best time to visit Dubai’s rooftop bars
You best time to visit a rooftop bar in Dubai is in the late afternoon and around sunset to capture the best of Dubai turning from day to night. We only recommend for many rooftop bars visiting during the day if you have pool access as for most of the year you’ll find it pretty steamy on the rooftop.
In the middle of summer, do note, many hotels will close their rooftop terraces with big reopening parties happening around the end of September and into October.
Ramadan used to signal the end of party time as you hit the hotter months, but as summer creeps forward and Ramadan rules are becoming more flexible, this is not the case with most outdoor bars and terraces stretching their season even as far as June – but be warned even after dark this can be sweltering!
Information originally published January 2020, updates have been made as of November 2021. Always check with the venue prior to visiting in case there are special opening hours, restricted hours or changes in special offers.
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