Koubba is a tattily upholstered but intimate bar at Al Qasr in Dubai's Madinat Jumeirah
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
Zeinab Sep 09, 2012 03:59 pm
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
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
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.