Dining by the Creek on a sunny day is one of the must-do experiences for visitors and residents in Dubai. A gentle breeze will stop you getting too hot and just sitting back in The Boardwalk and watching birds make an occasional dive into the water is about as much activity as you could wish for.
The Irish Village in Garhoud has been a Dubai institution since before Time Out existed. It is as close to a British country pub or beer garden as you will find anywhere in Dubai. Grab a table and say goodbye to the rest of the day.
The ultimate in outdoor cool, 360° at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel is built on a private pier. With panoramic views of the Dubai coastline and within shouting distance of the Burj Al Arab it is a poseur’s paradise and painfully cool.
Still a relative newcomer to Dubai’s nightlife scene Crossroads shows every sign of becoming an instant favourite for the after-work drinks crowd. Not much in the way of food but for an outdoor bar with a view you will be hard pressed to find a more chilled out venue.
Customers lured to the newly re-opened Bussola will find the gentle sea breeze drifting romantically through their locks, the stars lighting up the night sky, and the gentle swish of the sea from the beachside terrace.
Talk about café culture in Dubai and it is hard not to mention More. The Garhoud branch has a good-sized outside terrace and a cosmopolitan crowd can be seen soaking up the sun and the restaurant quality food.
Seville’s is another bar/restaurant which shines thanks to the large outdoor terrace. Sit inside and you are in danger of having conversation drowned out by resident flamenco guitarists. But step outside and you can enjoy regular drinks promotions, reasonable food and an occasional visit from a resident cat.
Not as trendy or obviously stylish as some entries on this list. But Al Mallah on Al Dhiyafah Road is always an interesting place to sample some genuine street life. Take a seat at the outside seating area and you can enjoy a shawarma as the world, in all its many shapes and sizes, walks by.
Outdoor dining is one of the joys of the Madinat. A handful of restaurants offer a combination of drinks and bites. Try the Bahri Bar if you’re not too worried about the food but want a nice outdoor venue with a good atmosphere and a spectacular view.
More famous for it’s British take on Indian food than its dining areas. The Rupee Room actually has a very pleasant al fresco section along the Marina Walk. Grab a seat outdoors and remind yourself of home – whether you are from Scotland or India.