VIP Room

New JW Marriott Marquis club is a glam new Business Bay hangout Reviews

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Going hand in hand with Dubai’s recent surge in economic prosperity, the past 12 months have seen the city’s high-end nightlife scene snowball. And in the increasingly competitive field of exclusive clubbing, it seems venues are looking for new ways to appeal to the elite: enticing celebrities through the door to be papped is no longer enough. These days, venues need to wear their elitist credentials even more obviously on their sleeves.

That seems to be what’s happened at VIP Room anyway, where the very title appears to command that you need at least D-list status to gain admission. Surely real celebrities shy away from such flagrant flouting, you say, and the ‘VIP’ title is simply a way to appeal to ego-inflated bankers with pretensions to importance? Not so, apparently – Madonna is a regular at the original VIP Room in Paris.

So we weren’t desperately surprised to find an eager mob of party people swarming the barriers with a desperate look in their eyes when we visited. Edging into the packed club following an anxious wait outside felt like sneaking into a private party without an invite. And it was a decent party for sure, crammed with impeccably dressed folk, glamorous women outweighing their slick male counterparts.

The room itself – a large circular space lit in moody hues, with LCD screens spurting jagged contours across the walls – feels a little claustrophobic, which isn’t helped by the lack of a real dancefloor. Instead there are tables at every turn; like a mess of islands scattered in the sea, there’s nowhere for the boats to flow. The fact that about half the club seems to be cordoned off for more exclusive tables (VVIPs and VVVIPs, we presume) really doesn’t make the average clubber feel any more welcome: we spotted three sparklers in the first 15 minutes of arrival, signalling a trio of punters who had ordered the priciest drink on the menu.

Surveying the room, the heavy XX-chromosome count and the scantily clad podium dancers suggest this would be a playboy’s paradise. But we think the venue could have more to offer. The large space and lively atmosphere set VIP Room apart from some of its more lounge-like boutique contemporaries. Here it will be the clientele that define the club.

By Time Out Dubai staff
Time Out Dubai,

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


  • Location: JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
  • Tel: 052 881 8888
  • Travel: Sheikh Zayed Road
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  • Times: Open Tue, Thu, Fri 11pm-3am
  • Credit Cards Accepted: Yes

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  • Users voted this bar/club most suitable for: VIP areas

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Posted by: Jennifer Summers on 02 Aug ' 14 at 09:24
  • Best for: VIP areas
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? No

We were 5 people, it was no so full, but everyone and I mean everyone treads on your toes including the incessant cleaners who are constantly behind you and feel no qualms about hitting your feet with the pan.
Meanwhile it was boiling hot and the DJ was soooo bad, so cheesey, playing the most uninteresting music and even then hopping from track to track before you could even try and get into it. Calamity!
I thought as it was next to GQ bar there would be some good taste here, but sadly, devoid of chic.

Posted by: monique on 22 Oct ' 13 at 20:33
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? No

Posted by: Not Andy Buchan on 05 Jul ' 13 at 16:03
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? No

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Went to VIP Room by chance as we were dining at Positano. Definitely recommend this place if you are pretentious, love buying over-priced drinks and surrounded by medallion clad hairy chested men. Yet another pointless location for the bottomless pit of insecure lemmings.

Posted by: ujjwal on 15 Mar ' 13 at 11:33
  • Best for: DJ
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

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want's to be enjoy

Posted by: Mr NonVip on 02 Feb ' 13 at 13:26
  • Best for: VIP areas
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

They need to serice their air condition(Non vip table section) . Felt like I was in a steem room
Or maybe i was mistaken for the usuall club tactics. ☺

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