A smoking shisha pipe glowing in the dark

15 Superb Shisha Places in Dubai You Need to Try in 2024

by Dubai Travel Planner

Known for its luxurious lifestyle and vibrant nightlife, Dubai offers an array of exceptional shisha lounges that blend traditional Middle Eastern culture with modern sophistication.

Whether you’re a seasoned shisha enthusiast or looking to experience this relaxing pastime for the first time, our list showcases top-rated venues known for their quality shisha, inviting ambience, and outstanding service.

From rooftop lounges with stunning skyline views to cosy spots rich in Arabian charm, discover the perfect place to unwind and savour the flavours of Dubai.

What is Shisha?

Shisha goes by many names, such as hookah, water pipe, narghile or even Hubble-bubble smoking, and they all involve smoking flavoured tobacco. This form of smoking was invented around the 15th century and became very famous during the Ottoman Empire.

Nowadays, Shisha smoking is prevalent in the Middle East, Southeast Asia and North African countries, but recently, more Shisha cafes have started opening across the world. It’s becoming increasingly popular with the younger generation and the United Arab Emirates is no exception.

A typical Shisha consists of different components. The bowl or the shisha head is where tobacco heated with charcoal is held for the smoking session. A vase at the bottom holds the water that cools and filters the smoke and a hose is attached (or often more than one hose) with a mouthpiece.

lumps of charcoal on a shisha

When the Shisha user starts to suck the air through the hose, heat is drawn in on the tobacco, which sends the smoke down to the water.

Fruit flavours, such as lemon, orange, mango, grapefruit and apple, are added to the water. This is so that when the smoke subsequently goes up above the water surface in the water base, through the hose to reach the mouth of the user, it has a sweet flavour.

A social affair, shisha can be shared (with each smoker having their own detachable mouthpiece), or enjoy one per person; it’s entirely up to you how you enjoy your shisha in Dubai!

Top Dubai Shisha Lounges, Bars & Cafes

With so many Dubai shisha lounges to choose from, offering either extensive menus, spectacular views or even both, here are a few top Dubai shisha bars and lounges to partake in this relaxing experience.

1. HUQQA

This Turkish venue is one of Dubai’s most well-known indoor shisha lounges for its excellent location. Make your way to HUQQA after some serious retail therapy at Dubai Mall and enjoy indoor shisha while admiring stunning views of the city’s cityscape and Dubai fountain show

On the menu are a range of exotic shisha flavours, priced between AED 100 to AED 200, and some delicious Turkish cuisine.

Location: The Dubai Mall, Level 3 Fashion Avenue

Timings: 10:00 AM to 2:00 AM daily

Contact: +971 521 733 376 | huqqa.com

2. Buhayra Lounge

Not too far away is this Arabian Nights-inspired shisha lounge. The Buhayra Lounge, located at the Palace Downtown, overlooks the iconic Burj Khalifa and Burj Park and is undoubtedly one of the best shisha places in Dubai.

Popular for its Bedouin-like experience where you can smoke inside Arabian-style tents next to a palm-infringed pool. Choose to dine their delectable Arabic cuisine, mezze and refreshing beverages while enjoying soothing music. Shisha flavours on the menu are priced at AED 115, and their signature 3-flavour blend, Palace Shisha, is AED 170.

Location: Palace Downtown, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai

Timings: Daily from 8:00 am to 1:00 am, with shisha only available from 04:00 pm

Contact: +971 4 428 7961 | dineatpalacedowntown@addresshotels.com

3. The Courtyards, One and Only Royal Mirage

Staying on the theme of Arabian tents, The Courtyards is a perfect location for a laid-back shisha evening under the stars and archways of The Palace and Arabian Court. Make yourselves at home with majlis-style seating, Bedouin tent print cushions, and Arabian lanterns.

It serves an array of Arabian dishes, with hot and cold mezze you can share with your friends, as you round it off with Arabic tea and different exotic flavoured shishas. This is the perfect place for an unforgettable Middle east experience.

Location: One&Only Royal Mirage, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud St, Dubai Marina

Timings: Open daily from 05:00 pm to 01:00 am

Contact: +971 4 399 9999 | restaurants@oneandonlyroyalmirage.ae

4. Treehouse Lounge

This urban hideaway above the bustling city is an ideal rooftop escape for shisha lovers looking for an outdoor environment with spectacular urban views. Overlooking the iconic Burj Khalifa and lights of Business Bay, Treehouse is one of the city;’s most attractive shisha lounges, adding a touch of luxury to the experience.

This stylish lounge offers mouth-watering Mediterranean-Asian cuisine to go with a handpicked selection of creative shisha flavours, cocktails and champagnes. Enjoy these to the music of a resident DJ, sure to add groove to your evening.

Location: Taj Dubai, Burj Khalifa Street, Business Bay

Timings: 06:00 pm to 02:00 am from Saturday to Wednesday | 06:00 pm to 03:00 am on Thursday and Friday

Contact: +971 588 272 763, reservations@treehousedubai.ae

5. Smoky Beach

Smoky Beach is your prime location for a unique shisha experience in Dubai with the coolest vibes. Located at The Beach opposite JBR, Smoky Beach boasts fantastic views of the vast Arabian Gulf and the famous landmark Ain Dubai.

Open day and night, it is one of the best shisha places in Dubai for a comfortable and relaxing time with your friends as you enjoy sipping colourful cocktails and healthy smoothies while digging into a selection of sushi, salads and sandwiches.

As for the shisha by the beach, this lounge serves a variety of exotic flavours starting from AED 100, while their Smoky Super Shisha is AED 153. Grab a bean bag, sit back and relax; this is the perfect outdoor Dubai shisha setting!

Location: Jumeirah Beach Residence

Timings: Open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 AM

Contact: +971 4 270 3222 | smoky.ae

6. The Royal Moon Cafe (Previously Nurai)

One of the most frequently visited restaurants by shisha enthusiasts, well known for its shisha flavours and refreshing drinks. Located in the busy neighbourhood of Business Bay with Burj Khalifa views, the Royal Moon Cafe offers one of the best Lebanese and international cuisines.

Shisha here starts at AED 73, served with natural coal.

Location: Ground floor, Westwharf Tower, Abraj Street, Business Bay (Also a second location has opened in Motor City)

Timings: Open daily 10:00 AM to 01:00 AM

Contact: +971 567 982 017

7. Pipes Shisha Lounge and Cafe

New on the block and popular with the young crowd is this hip and laid-back shisha lounge located at Al Safa. With its glowing artwork on walls, colourful cocktails, printed coffees and an in-house DJ playing upbeat music, this instagrammable lounge has a cool vibe.

Their choice of shisha flavours includes single classic flavours priced at AED 70, Pipes Shisha cocktails (AED 100), and Pipes Special Shisha (AED 150), serving an exotic blend of flavours.

Location: Shop 8, Al Wadi Building, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Safa, Dubai

Timings: Open daily 11:00 am to 01:00 am

Contact: +971 585 898 588

8. The Exit Sports Lounge

Nothing brings together a group of people like game night, and top indoor shisha is perfect for sports fans. With as many as eight big screens to watch your favourite sports team play, a sports lounge-style menu and an extensive range of drinks, the atmosphere at this gastropub is always lively.

Plus, shisha lovers can grab a shisha to smoke on their outdoor terrace and even enjoy some music.

Location: Mercure Dubai, Barsha Heights, Sheikh Zayed Road

Timings: Open daily from 12:00 PM to 3:00 AM

Contact: +971 4 381 8889

9. Old Castello Restaurant and Cafe

Regulars have been visiting the Old Castello for more than a decade now, and it’s all down to the excellent environment here. Serving both Indian and Arabic cuisine, the menu has been curated specially for food lovers.

Enjoy live entertainment by stellar bands and sing to your heart’s content on karaoke nights, not to mention the exotic shisha flavours, which are all under AED 80.

Location: Street 10 C, Jumeirah 1

Timings: Open daily 12:00 PM to 3:00 AM

Contact: +971 529 422 000 | oldcastello.com

10. ILA Restaurant and Cafe, Al Seef

A contemporary-chic space with a glamorous shisha bar, set against the backdrop of Dubai’s famous Creek. At ILA expect a unique combination of contemporary Arabic and Multicuisine dishes, with a special plant-based menu for vegetarian and vegan customers, too.

Enjoy your shisha fix as you chill out against the breezy air of Al Seef, complete with their affordable meal deals, which include shisha.

Location: Al Seef Waterfront,

Timings: Open daily 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (Weekends 1:30 AM)

Contact: +971 553 995 355 | ilacafeuae@gmail.com

11. The Kana Cafe

Now boasting several locations, the most picturesque spot among the highrises of Dubai is their Business Bay Branch. Offering a vibrant atmosphere and an international menu, you’ll find plenty of indoor seating here as well as their outdoor terrace, the perfect Dubai shisha cafe

Location: Ground Floor, Fifty One Tower, Marasi Dr, Business Bay

Timings: Open daily 10:00 AM to 3:00 AM

Contact: +971 4 430 8454 | info@thekanacafe.com

12. Cloud 9 Shisha Cafe

This classic Dubai hookah cafe can be found on the creekside in Deira. Offering reasonably priced shisha in a chilled environment, you can also enjoy delicious teas, milkshakes and mocktails with cool city views. It’s also a great place to catch sporting action, with a choice of indoor and outdoor seating (seasonal).

Location: 18th Street, Deira Al Rigga

Timings: Open daily 6:00 PM to 3:00 AM

Contact: +971 4 222 4555

13. The Sheesha Factory Cafe (TSF Cafe)

Nestled in the streets of Oud Metha, to our knowledge, this is the only 24-hour hookah bar you’ll find in Dubai.

Enjoy over 100 unique shisha blends alongside Indian dishes, mocktails and even a gaming zone thrown in. This 6,000-square foot factory-themed cafe is a bit of an institution for Dubai hookah-lovers and certainly, one to try if you’re after a uniquely Dubai experience!

Location: Ground Floor, Building 99, Oud Metha

Timings: Open 24/7

Contact: +971 562 157 383 | thesheeshafactory.com

14. Smoke Lab Cafe

Another Dubai hooka lounge that locals love, The Smoke Lab is known for its innovative flavours and fun atomsphere. If you are looking for a great value hookah in Dubai, this is the place to come, with prices starting from AED 41 through to AED 91 for premium blends.

Location: 196 Khalid Bin Al Waleed Rd, Karama

Timings: Open daily 12:00 PM to 3:00 AM

Contact: +971 545 499 447 | thesheeshafactory.com

15. Shimmers

Finishing our list with one of the most elegant Dubai shisha lounges on the beach. Shimmer is a Greek-inspired beachfront dining experience, including an extensive menu of upscale Meditteranean cuisine, finished off with delectable wines, desserts and shisha.

With the iconic Burj Al Arab as your backdrop, this is the perfect way to complete your Dubai experience beside the Persian Gulf.

Location: Shimmers on the Beach, Jumeirah Mina A Salam, Madinat Jumeirah

Timings: Open daily 12:30 PM to 1:00 AM

Contact: +800 323 232

Want your own shisha to take home as a souvenir from your time in Dubai? Check out our best Dubai souvenirs guide to pick up your very own to enjoy at home.

More Frequently Asked Questions About Shisha in Dubai

How much does Shisha cost in Dubai?

Depending on the flavour and blend you choose, prices for Shisha can start from AED 50 and go up to AED 200.

Is Shisha allowed in Dubai?

Smoking Shisha is only allowed at Shisha cafes.

Shisha smoking in public spaces, private cars when a child under the age of 12 is present, in houses of worship, educational institutions (such as universities and schools), and health and sports facilities is forbidden.

Dubai Municipality forbids smoking shisha in parks, beaches and all public recreational areas in Dubai. It also prohibits pregnant women from entering shisha cafes; regardless of their intention to smoke.

Is Shisha worse than cigarettes?

It can be argued that smoking Shisha is much worse than smoking cigarettes due to the high levels of toxic compounds, including tar, carbon monoxide, heavy metals and cancer-causing chemicals (carcinogens).


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