Above at the Sofitel Dubai Downtown is the new, impressive rooftop lounge of the five-star hotel. The opening marks the first all-season luxury venue with breathtaking, unobstructed views of the iconic Burj Khalifa in the heart of the city’s vibrant downtown area.
While the new venue can be enjoyed day or night, an evening visit is recommended. When we arrived, we were immediately enthralled by the picture-perfect views.
A vast space of 11,800 square feet with a retractable roof, Above is a destination to relax and unwind in, and soak up the city atmosphere. The great thing about the open-air rooftop venue, is that it can be enjoyed in warmer weather as well. Large air conditioners are carefully dotted around the venue and are built into the walls, so guests remain cool. The elegant yet chic décor gives the venue a sophisticated vibe without it becoming pretentious. The striking all-white bar and lounge area and private terrace is adorned with palm trees, a reflection pool and private cabanas.
Walking into Above, we were immediately greeted by a well-dressed and smiling hostess, who offered us a choice of seating before suggesting sitting at the front of the bar directly in front of the Burj Khalifa. Ensuring that we were happy with our seats, a waiter then presented us with a leather-bound menu detailing an attractive array of beverages. It included fruity signature mixed drinks as well as house specials, shorts and premium beverages. The waiter then asked our drink preferences based on our taste, and we decided to take his recommendation of a sweet mixed concoction, which was light and tasty without becoming too sickly.
It can be tough to find good service in some of Dubai’s venues, so it was refreshing to find top-quality consistent service throughout the evening. Small things such as setting your napkin down under your drink, checking in to see if everything meets your expectations and lingering nearby to see if we need assistance, made us relax instantly. Overall the staff were genuinely friendly people who were extremely helpful and clearly on the ball.
With a live DJ nightly playing a fusion of lounge house and electric music, the venue has the potential to be a lively spot for dancing the night away. Its elegant and modern luxury surroundings make it stand out among Dubai’s rooftop bar scene. Above is no doubt set to become a favourite amongst residents and visitors.