Koubba is a tattily upholstered but intimate bar at Al Qasr in Dubai's Madinat Jumeirah

  • Koubba
Koubba Bar is to Al Qasr what Bahri Bar is to Mina A’Salam – a richly decorated nightspot with a vintage, Arabian feel and a great mixed drinks list. Except, it’s just not quite as impressive. While its neighbour is a no-brainer destination for wowing guests (and was long before its recent revamp), Koubba has always felt a little like a missed opportunity, and one that is rapidly dating.

It is undoubtedly cosy, with its plush booths and Arabesque awnings dividing the venue up into little booths, but those velvety, tassel-wearing cushions scream ’60s living room louder than majestic old Arabia.

Décor aside, there’s a huge outdoor terrace (which could do with some higher tables to make the most of the view) and it’s a good spot for a catch-up. Staff are eager but don’t hover. Prices aren’t exactly keen, but you’re in a five-star, landmark hotel, so what were you expecting?

On weekends, there’s a muted buzz throughout, which can grow a little louder after at the end of Friday brunches around the Madinat. But it never rises to hectic – unlike Bahri, which we’d recommend avoiding at all costs on a Friday after 5pm, unless you’ve been indulging at one of the city’s all-day events.

The bottom line Good drinks and great privacy. But it needs a facelift to make the most of it. Koubba
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By Time Out Dubai staff | 23 September 2015

Location: - Umm Suqeim
Tel: 04 432 3232
Travel: Al Sufouh Road
Experiences: Outdoor seating, Romantic, Live music
Times: Open daily 5pm-1.30am
Credit Cards Accepted: Yes
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  • Zeinab Sep 09, 2012 03:59 pm
    Would you go back to this bar/club?
    Koubba in Arabic doesn't mean "tomb" as u described, but it means a "Dome" . The style n architecture is the one of a Dome!
  • rebecca Cathcart May 19, 2011 09:09 pm
    Would you go back to this bar/club?
    Thank you for being descriptive. What exactly makes this "one of the best bars in the city"? Have you even been there?
  • Matthew Wilder May 19, 2009 12:00 am
    Would you go back to this bar/club?
    Best for:
    My wife and I travel from Miami, Florida each year Mid-June through Mid-July and always stay at Al Qasr and each night we have drinks at Koubba. The atmosphere is relaxing, the staff professional and pleasant and it is an excellent place to enjoy pre-dinner, post-dinner or late night. I enjoy smoking my favorite cuban cigar here while enjoying the live music. Koubba is a must in Dubai.

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