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, or you’re looking for a taste of Dubai’s nightlife and party scene, there’s a Dubai rooftop perfect for you!
In this Dubai rooftop guide, we will take you through
- The best rooftop bars in Downtown Dubai
- The best rooftop bars in Dubai Marina
- The best rooftop bars for ocean views in Dubai
- Best of the rest, other top rooftop bars, restaurants and terraces around Dubai
- Tips and rules to be aware of visiting Dubai’s rooftop bars
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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 Roof Top 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 6pm to 8pm. Ladies nights are on a Tuesday or enjoy their resident saxophonist on a Wednesday or a Saturday evening Learn more at www.level43lounge.com
Opening hours and rules: 2pm to 2am daily. 21 years+ smart casual.
Stay: Four Points by Sheraton
Neos & Zeta
The Address Downtown is basically the place to be seen and to see the city of Dubai at it’s glittering finest. Neos on the 63rd floor commands a magnificent view over Downtown and Burj Khalifa (though technically it’s indoors!)
Then there’s fine dining to be found on the 5th-floor restaurant and terrace at Zeta. Expect delicious food, premium cocktails and a spectacular show over Dubai’s skyline.
Specials: Happy Hour 5pm to 8pm. Children discounted rates at Zeta Learn more at www.addresshotels.com
Opening hours and rules: 5pm to 2.30am. Dress code Urban Chic
Stay: Address Downtown
Above 2.0 Rooftop Lounge
Want some awesome close-up views of the Burj Khalifa? Above 2.0 on the rooftop of the Sofitel Downtown is fairly recently renovated and offers Mediterranean treats over dinner which transforms to a party atmosphere later in the evening. Why not look into a day pass to enjoy one of the city’s most superb infinity pools?
Specials: Happy Hour 6pm to 9pm Learn more at www.sofitel-dubai-downtown.com
Opening hours and rules: 6pm to 3am daily
Stay: Sofitel Dubai 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 (4pm to 9pm).
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: Loads of event happening throughout the year – Learn more at www.treehouse.ae
Opening hours and rules: Sat-Wed 6pm to 2am, Thu-Fri 6pm to 3am.
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 places 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.
The Oberoi Dubai is also home to Latin restaurant Waka which offers superb Friday afternoon and Friday evening brunch options.
Specials: Happy Hour 5pm to 8pm Learn more at www.irisdubai.com
Opening hours and rules: 5pm to 2am Pre-booking recommended.
Stay: The Oberoi Dubai
Dubai’s Best Roof Top 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 its 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.
Opening hours and rules: Lounge & rooftop 6pm to 2am; Restaurant 7pm 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!
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.
Shades has a great cocktail list and a huge range of dining options from BBQ plates to Far east cuisine. Shisha is served after 6pm. Look out for their Friday Infinity Brunch.
Specials: Happy hour daily 6pm to 8pm Learn more at www.addresshoels.com
Opening hours and rules: 9am to 1am. Under 21’s only until 10pm.
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 cozy 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: Happy Hour 5pm to 8pm Learn more at www.oneandonly resorts.com
Opening hours and rules: 5pm to 2am. Evening Chic
One of Dubai’s most famous rooftop lounges situated on the rooftop of Grosvenor House Hotel and Appartments (also home to 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.
Specials: Happy Hour 5pm to 8pm Daily Learn more at Siddhartalounge.com
Opening hours and rules: 5pm to midnight (1am Thu/Fri)
Dubai’s Best Roof Top Bars with beach views
To enjoy the best of the Dubai’s Arabian Gulf waterfront, you need to head to the Jumeirah Beach part of town and JBR – The Walk. Here are a few options 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 to one of Dubai’s best party spots at night. Don’t miss their late Friday Sunset Brunch 5.30pm to 9pm.
Specials: Sunset O’clock Promotion from 5pm to 7pm and Happy Hour from 7pm to 9pm. Look out for The Entertainer dining offers too. Learn more at www3.hilton.com
Opening hours and rules: 5pm until late
Stay: Hilton Dubai the Walk
Located on the 24th floor of the luxury Jumeirah Beach Hotel, this is where you’ll get your stunning Gulf and Burj Al Arab views. The open-air terrace offers comfy sofas, classy drinks and a tapas menu with relaxing background music to accompany your cocktails and tapas menu. Best one if you still like to hear yourself talk while enjoying the views!
Specials: Happy hour 5pm to 8pm Sat-Thu, Fri 4pm to 7pm, Ladies night Tuesday. Learn more at www.jumierah.com
Opening hours and rules: Sat-Wed 5pm to 2am, Thu 5pm to 3am, Fri 4pm to 3am. Smart Casual
Stay: Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Bibé Rooftop Bar
This one is a little further out of town situated in JA Lake View Hotel, close to Jebel Ali Beach. Fantastic golf course and Arabian Gulf views, come to enjoy a great range of cocktails, including their signature Co2 cocktails, specialised Gin bar and shisha in this super-relaxed waterfront setting with DJ beats keeping the rooftop vibe.
Specials: Learn more at www.jaresortshotels.com
Opening hours and rules: 6pm to 2am
Stay: JA Lake View Hotel
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 it’s 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 5pm to 8pm selected drinks. Learn more at www.tomo.ae
Opening hours and rules: 12.30pm to 2,45pm, 6.45pm to midnight, pre-booking recommended. Smart casual
Stay: Raffles Dubai
From the 19th floor of Park Regis Kris Kin enjoy 360-degree views from Old Dubai back to new Dubai in one direction and Sharjah in the other. The amazing pool is only available to hotel residents, but that in itself might be a great excuse for trying out Old Dubai (normally at much preferable rates to staying right in Downtown).
Specials: Sundowners 5pm to 8pm. Also pops up on The Entertainer, monthly offers and on Cheers Learn more at www.parkregiskriskin.ae
Opening hours and rules: 6pm to 1am
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, including Retro Wednesdays and Ladies night Tuesdays.
Specials: Ladies night Tuesday
Opening hours and rules: 5pm to 2am
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: Learn more at www.dubaigolf.com
Opening hours and rules: 5pm to 3am (4pm to 3am 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 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 night clubs). 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 Years 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 of 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 to 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 correct at time of publishing January 2020, but 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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