Dubai has an abundance of rooftop bars dotted across the city, but not so many in this part of town. Bur Dubai’s Meliá Hotel is an exception, and a welcome one at that. This al fresco lounge impresses greatly with its uninterrupted views of Sheikh Zayed Road’s striking silhouette and the record-breaking Burj Khalifa. Estrellas really comes into its own when the sun goes down and the city’s lights go up. At the heart of the space is a huge swimming pool, lined by tables and comfy beanbags, though the glittering Dubai backdrop is the real star of the lounge’s aesthetic. While the tables by the pool are lovely, try, if you can, to bag a seat on the upper deck. From here you get a better view, and not just of the skyline. To get to this area, you’ll find yourself walking across a glass floor that reveals a plunging, dizzying drop right down to the hotel’s reception. While admittedly rather daunting to tip-toe across, it’s another thing that sets this impressive and unassuming Bur Dubai nightspot apart. Excellent service, noteworthy drinks and a stunning view make for a pretty decent evening on the town. And if that doesn’t take your breath away, perhaps the glass flooring will.
Estrellas Skyline Lounge