Known for its breathtaking architecture and unparalleled shopping scene, there is no shortage of things to do when in the UAE city of Dubai. Due to the relative conservatism of the UAE, most of Dubai’s bars and clubs are confined to hotels. However, decked out down in various hotel lower levels, or glittering up on their rooftops, you will find venues as stylish and glamorous as anything in cosmopolitan Europe. All the venues we highlight here feature something unique and exciting, making them well worth visiting. From sky-high bars for cocktails with a view, to sightseeing musts to unexpected activities for the adventurous, these are our picks of the best things to do at night in Dubai.
Your journey up to the 27th floor takes place in a rapid panoramic lift. Once there, however, the mood takes a slower pace. Enjoy afternoon tea or evening cocktails while admiring a privileged view of Dubai and the Arabian Gulf, and the bar’s experienced mixologists can custom make any cocktail to suit your taste and mood. Try a signature cocktail like the Eyes Looking At Heaven, very fitting 650ft up in the air, and look out over the city from floor-to-ceiling windows.
Far from the first city to come to mind as a ski destination, Dubai offers a respite from the desert climate with the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East. Inside Mall of the Emirates a wintry mountain scene awaits. Ski Dubai spans massive 242,187 sq ft – the size of three football fields – comprising five runs covered in real snow all year round. Visitors can be transported to the likes of Aspen with an indoor black run, beginner slopes, freestyle zone and chair lift. Ski Dubai typically stays open until 11pm or later, so you can hit the slopes even after the sun goes down outside.