In little more than a decade, Dubai has sprung from the sand in the form of hundreds of startling skyscrapers – it is, quite literally, a city on the up. This means some of its best nightspots sport fantastic vantage points, which is why we thought we’d recommend 10 of the best – or 10 great ways to spend an evening among the stars.
360°,Jumeirah Beach Hotel: With the sky as your limitless ceiling, 360° offers a sweeping view of the Arabian Gulf as well as the iconic Burj Al Arab. This pier-based bar is an ideal place for sundowners, especially at weekends when music is hosted by international DJs. Dress code: casual. Open Tue-Thu 6pm-2am; Fri-Sat 4pm-2am. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, www.jumeirah.com (04 406 8744)
At.mosphere Lounge, Burj Khalifa: Drinking at the world’s highest bar will set you back a minimum spend of Dhs200 per person, but with a breathtaking view of Dubai from 122 storeys (that’s 411m) high. If you feel peckish, you can pop next door to the At.mosphere Grill for meaty steak treats. Dress code: smart elegant. Open daily 12.30pm-3pm; 7pm-11.30pm. Downtown Burj Khalifa, www.atmosphereburjkhalifa.com (04 888 3828)
Neos, The Address, Downtown Dubai: This 63rd-floor bar offers a splendid view of the city and Dubai Fountain, as well as the nearby Burj Khalifa (although even at 63 floors up, you’ll struggle to see the top of the Burj tower). There’s also a DJ, live music and food, or take advantage of the premium bubble for ‘only’ Dhs575. Reservations essential. Dress code: smart elegant. Open daily 7pm-2.30am. The Address, Downtown Dubai, www.theaddress.com (04 436 8880)
The Terrace, Park Hyatt Dubai: Get the best of old Dubai and a ground-floor view by enjoying drinks at heritage-themed bar The Terrace overlooking the creek. Indoor and outdoor seating are available, and the full-length windows enable everyone to take in the gorgeous view. Food is quite pricey, so consider this a sunset/evening drinks spot. Dress code: casual. Open daily 4pm-2am. Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira, www.dubai.park.hyatt.com (04 602 1234)
Uptown Bar, Jumeirah Beach Hotel: The romantic beachside bar has an unforgettable Burj Al Arab view. As well as the sky-rise panoramas, however, this venue also offers an alternative vista, giving guests a glimpse of the low-rise villas of Jumeirah spreading into the distance. Uptown serves bar snacks and a wide range of drinks. Dress code: smart casual. Open daily 7pm-2am. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, www.jumeirah.com (04 406 8999)
Vu’s Bar, Jumeirah Emirates Towers: Located on the 51st level of Emirates Towers’ hotel block, Vu’s Bar serves outstanding cocktails crafted by an award-winning bartender. What we love most, though, is its unique slanted geometric windows that reveal the glitz and glamour of Dubai near Sheikh Zayed Road. Dress code: smart casual. Open daily 6pm-3am. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.jumeirah.com (04 319 8088)