Dubai at night is absolutely unlike anything you’ll experience anywhere else in the world.
The city is world-famous for its wild nightlife, and it’s something you definitely have to see for yourself.
There are so many choices when it comes to Dubai nightclubs that it can be difficult to know where to start – so we’ve compiled a listing of some of the best nightclubs in Dubai with focuses from DJ’s to live acts and everything in between.
Let’s see what Dubai has to offer after dark.
Information originally published February 2020, updates have been made as of May 2022. Always check with the venue prior to visiting in case there are special opening hours, restricted hours or changes in special offers.
Not only is White Dubai one of the best nightclubs in Dubai, but it’s also frequently considered one of the top 100 nightclubs in the entire world. Located on an open-air rooftop, this club often hosts world-famous musical acts playing music on a state-of-the-art sound system.
Additionally, White Dubai features spectacular light shows and an incredible view of downtown Dubai. It also has two ladies’ nights a week. This award-winning venue is simply a must-see for anyone visiting Dubai.
Where to find White Dubai: Meydan Racecourse Grandstand Rooftop, Dubai
Learn more at whitedubai.com
Drai’s Dubai is widely considered one of the best hip hop clubs in Dubai. It was once a relaxed daytime pool club. Now it’s 100 percent focused on serving the Dubai nightlife scene with its incredible hip hop and R&B performances.
Like others on this list, Drai’s Dubai has hosted some big names. These include Wiz Khalifa, Ne-Yo, and Nelly. It also has ladies’ night once a week in which complimentary drinks are served for the girls. Doors open 10:00 PM to 4:00 AM.
Where to find Drai’s Dubai: Gate B, Meydan Racecourse Grandstand, Dubai
Learn more at draisdxb.com
Once you’ve had your meal, you can get ready to party. The club is equally well-known for its music and light shows as it is for its meals.
Billionaire Society is a part of the Billionaire Life brand, which was the brainchild of entrepreneur, Flavio Briatore. Today, it is one of the best clubs in Dubai. The adjacent restaurant is actually just as famous as the nightclub itself. It offers a variety of authentic Italian and Japanese dishes.
Where to find Billionaire Mansion: Taj Hotel, Business Bay, Downtown Dubai
Learn more at billionairesociety.com
One of Dubai’s best dance clubs can be found on the 32nd floor of the V Hotel. As a result, it offers incredible views of the Arabian Gulf and Dubai Water Canal. This club is known for its ultra-luxurious interior and wide range of music. Depending on when you go, you can hear anything from R&B to urban to pop.
Where to find BLU: V Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
Learn more at bludubai.ae
Zero Gravity is unique because it’s an open-air club that’s right next to the beach. By day, it’s a nice place to relax by the ocean. But once the sun goes down, it transforms into a party zone with a fun, vibrant atmosphere.
This club features delicious cuisine and international DJs playing music every weekend. It’s a great place to visit if you’re looking for a lively nightclub with a spectacular view.
Where to find Zero Gravity: Dubai Marina, Skydive Dubai Dropzone, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, Dubai
Learn more at 0-gravity.ae
Barasti is another classic Dubai institution that happily transports revellers from day into night. The legendary Beach Bar is open from 9:00 AM for your sunseekers, all the way through until 2:00 AM.
Expect classic DJ hits and a relaxed nightlife vibe
Where to find Barasti: Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Souf Road, Jumeirah Beach, Dubai
Learn more at instagram.com/barastibeach
1OAK stands for one of a kind, and this club certainly lives up to its name. It’s one of the best nightclubs in Dubai for singles and a frequent hangout spot for celebrities. Its interior has a futuristic atmosphere, and it’s the perfect place to go if you want to feel like a rockstar.
Unlike several other clubs on this list, 1OAK’s music focuses more on local DJs than big-name performers. This makes it an excellent place to dance, party, and enjoy Dubai at night.
Where to find 1OAK: JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
Learn more at 1oak-dubai.com
One of the top five clubs in the UAE, Club Boudoir has hosted over 200 international celebrities since opening it’s doors back in 2002.
Over the last 13 years, the name ‘Boudoir’ has become a legacy for the partying crowd in Dubai.
Where to find Boudoir: Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah St, Jumeirah, Dubai
Learn more at dxbmarine.com
Soho Garden Palm Jumeriah
Capturing the essence of Dubai living, Soho Garden Palm Jumeriah is the ultimate in cosmopolitan lifestyle. One part buzzing urban scene, one-part tranquil-walled garden there is something for everyone in this happening spot.
Where to find Soho Garden Palm Jumeriah: Rooftop West, Nakheel Mall, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
Learn more at sohogardendxb.com
The very essence of Dubai nightlife, Sky 2.0 is the ultimate Dubai Dance Club night no party-seeking visitor should leave off their Dubai itinerary! Designed with a spaceship feel, dance-goers will love the modern sound systems, bendable screens and light show here.
Sky 2.0 is open every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:30 PM to 4:00 AM. Thursday’s are all about urban locale – HipHop, RnB, and Afro beats; Fridays expect plenty of neon for the Boom Box disco party, and Signature Saturdays will take you from HipHop to House mashups.
Where to find Sky 2.0: Dubai Design District, Dubai
Learn more at skydubai.com
The nightclubbing scene is constantly evolving in Dubai, so make sure you check back in before your trip to Dubai to see what’s new, what’s closed (we miss you 360 Dubai!), and where the party is at.
You may also like to pop on over and see what’s happening during the day, Dubai’s hottest beach clubs can be found here.
Things visitors should know about the Nightclubbing scene in Dubai
The legal drinking age in Dubai is 21 years of age and Dubai nightclubs adhere to this rule very strictly. Don’t even think about driving if you’ve had a drink as there is zero tolerance for drink driving and you’ll almost guarantee yourself in front of the courts if you are caught by police.
For visitors to Dubai, a passport is an acceptable form of ID, while residents will need their Emirates ID or a driving license. Whilst 21 is the legal drinking age, some clubs may limit entry to those 25+.
Although skimpy party wear, in general, is frowned upon in public places in Dubai, nightclubbing attire is a whole different ball game. Dubai nightclubs are really dress to impress places – for ladies, this means short skirts and microminis wouldn’t be turned away, and gents will want their nicest shirts and trousers.
If you are catching transport on the way to a nightclub, it would be advisable for ladies to cover up. If you are casually dressed in jeans, shorts, or flip flops, other than at beach clubs you are likely to be turned away.
You can read more about the dress code in Dubai here.
This is highly variable. Some will extend the party all the way from brunch closing through to the early hours, whereas some won’t open until restaurants close. You can bet on most being open until at least 3:00 AM.
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