Chameleon Club

This Chameleon makes no attempt to blend in to surroundings 10 Reviews

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It’s indisputable that the person in charge of designing Byblos TECOM’s new nightclub had an awful lot of fun doing so. Neon lights of varying colour and intensity beam from every available surface, while the pièce de résistance, a giant chameleon with an outstretched tongue, glows ominously from its position over the bar. In case you missed it in this description, these really are the most flamboyant interiors Dubai has seen since Atlantis first unveiled its lobby, and you’d better arrive ready to embrace them.

Things get off to a shaky start, however, with the somewhat hostile demeanour of the club’s door staff leaving guests feeling a little ungraciously received, and after you’ve been carelessly barged aside a few times by the staff on busier nights, it becomes a little difficult not to feel downright unwelcome. When the music policy seems to be bad tech-house and you’re paying upwards of Dhs40 for many drinks, it’s hard to find a reason to stick around.

There are areas inside set up for lounging and snacking, though average sushi and near-incinerated tempura mean its wiser to forget eating altogether. This is one Chameleon that makes no attempt to blend in to its surroundings, though this could work to its advantage – there’s no real club competition in the TECOM area, meaning a change in music, a focus on drinks deals and the inclination to take itself slightly less seriously could see this place stick out for all the right reasons.

By Holly Sands
Time Out Dubai,

Time Out reviews bars anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.

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  • Location: Byblos Hotel, TECOM, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 448 8000
  • Travel: Sheikh Zayed Road
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Posted by: Tania on 07 Apr ' 13 at 06:29
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? No

Bad vibe and VERY expenssive.
Club has a potential, looking good with good music BUT :
1. bad organisation - just to enter the club takes ages and feels like you are about to enter VVVIP club , which is far from
2. Taking ages as well to get drinks! waited to open a tab 30 min at the bar!
3. WAY to expenssive - I never paid VODKA bottle so much, not even in real VIP clubs- 1600 for Grey goose?? On top - felt cheeted as - if you ask for a bottle they said they have only high end vodka's. But if you ask for a glass- they will serve Smirnof!!! However - SMirnof is not available for sale on bottle!!!
No way I am ever coming back . If I am to pay VIP prices will go to real VIP clubs where I can get VIP service. This is just "wannabe " cool club

Posted by: John Tobart on 27 Mar ' 13 at 10:49
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

Great Music / Atmosphere thanks for the many good nights

Posted by: Ahmed on 23 Nov ' 12 at 19:06
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? No

Posted by: Stu Laurie on 03 Jun ' 12 at 07:47
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Great atmosphere and vibe.. Think the problems of the time out review have been dealt with.. Great Music, staff are freindly

Posted by: Maria R. on 04 May ' 12 at 23:26
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

I love the ambiance in the club - it is very stylish and cool. The music that the DJ played was really amazing - latest songs and some popular evergreens which were very well remixed into house versions. The staff was very friendly and also enjoying. GREAT

Posted by: vicky on 13 Apr ' 12 at 07:33
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? No

Edited by TimeOutDubai.com

Ordinarily I wouldn'tpost onto a forum for reviews but after the attrocious rudeness of the staff at Chameleon last night I felt I had to! The time out reviewer is 100% correct with her comments on hostile and unfriendly staff. I can safely say the only redeeming feature is the giant chameleon. If you feel like rude abuse from door staff only to get into a slightly tacky and not too great club with just as rude staff upstairs then this would be a good place to visit!

Posted by: Migo on 18 Mar ' 12 at 16:52
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  • Best for: VIP areas
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

The atmosphere of the club is amazing,first of all go-go dancers which they have are professional in the way they look and dance,staff is very kind and hostile you don't need to wait for your order for half an hour,which is most important when you are going somewhere. to chill. I went there once and up till now am a regular guest there!!!!!!!!

Posted by: dave-the greens on 29 Dec ' 11 at 08:13
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? No

awfull door staff,felt like i was turning up to a ticket only club .

would be better to do away with the stupid red carpt and barrier and make people welcome.

i was greated with no smile no welcome ,these guys are door staff not guarding the gates to heaven.I was so annoyed my self and wife went to the bar and just walked back out .while also phoning our 10 friends to meet us some where else.......
they need to change the set up and reply on this post to show they at least care !
Dave - the greens

Posted by: matt on 14 Dec ' 11 at 12:23
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  • Best for: VIP areas
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? No

As with the rest of the Dubai nightclub scene. It's impossible to get in here if you are not with any women.

The security staff glare at you while you sip at an expensive (50+ AED) redbull and vodka.This is the strongest negative vibe about the club. Their security staff need to step back and learn how to blend in.

Other than than that, there are more exclusive clubs in Dubai (Armani..etc) To be honest. I think these guys have let the rush of air get to their heads.

On a positive note, the interior is amazing. The bar staff extremely skilled in their craft and are multilingual (Arabic, Russian, English..). I think the Russian nightclubs have influenced the music here. It would be much better suited to electro-jazz, Downtempo house, electro-funk or even house. It was bringing back serious 90's industrial memories. --MT.

Posted by: Ahmed on 25 Nov ' 11 at 19:08
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

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