Dubai is known for nightlife - and these are the best places to party in town
Time Out Dubai staff
360°: Located on a circular island a kilometre out to sea, with sunset views that make us gasp on a weekly basis, there’s really nowhere on earth like 360°. Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 406 8999).
People by Crystal: People has won this award two years running, but can Crystal’s super-club keep the crown for another year? Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).
Armani/Privé: Armani’s superclub hosts a pumping dancefloor, strong regular nights – and the largest LCD screen in the world. Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).
Boudoir: Now celebrating ten years in Dubai, boutique club Boudoir remains a top draw. Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah (04 345 5995).
Mahiki: More than a year after opening renowned Tiki nightspot Mahiki continues to be reliably rammed with fun-loving folk. Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 380 7731).
Movida: The winner of our Best New Club award last year, effortlessly exclusive Movida is still many celebs’ spot of choice for a tipple. Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).
N’Dulge: Atlantis’ super-club may have changed its regular nights a few times in the last 12 months, but it still hosts one of the best dancefloors in town. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0561).
XL Beach Club: Sitting next to a pool and bringing over some notable guests, XL hosts some of Dubai’s livliest outdoor parties. Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa (056 640 6161).
VIP Room: This exclusive nightspot has rippled waves across the Dubai scene since opening in late 2012. JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay (04 388 1400).
i2: It was a tragedy when the original i2 closed down with the rest of the Metropolitan Hotel – but this new Habtoor Grand venue is like welcoming back an old friend. The Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa (050 889 2578).
MusicHall: Arriving in the same month that the Beirut original celebrated its tenth birthday, theatrical music venue MusicHall is a major addition to Dubai’s nightlife scene. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (056 270 8670).
White X Beach & Lounge: With a prime location at the farthest end of the Palm’s frond, White X offers a pristine spot of beach and hosts top club nights. Rixos The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 5555).
Café del Mar: The legendary Ibiza chill out brand has arrived at a pristine spot on JBR, offering unrivalled sunset views and trademark tunes. Meydan Beach Club, JBR The Walk (04 433 3777).
Cash Club: Blinging nightspot Cash Club offers all the glitz the name commands. Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate (050 966 6402).
Club Silk: A welcome new nightspot in Barsha offering a range of nights and live music. Grand Excelsior Hotel, Barsha (050 179 3179).