While it seems as if the city’s longest serving beach club never really slowed down, Barasti is definitely back into full swing now that the summer season is in the rear view mirror, and it’s returning to open-air fun again. While the summer was all about the World Cup (giant tents, “Barasti Park”, fan zones for thousands of people etc.), winter is all about the beach again, and the return of Sunsets Festival for 2018 is sure to do just that. From Thursday October 25 to Saturday 27, the beach will be transformed into a 100 percent sustainable, zero-waste beach bar, to go alongside two world-class headline acts for the weekend. The acts are yet to be announced, but they’re sure to be terrific. Don’t miss the return of this fun-loving longstanding Dubai destination.
Open Sat-Wed 11am-1.30am, Thu-Fri 11am-3am. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (04 318 1313).
Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
This Balearic import from the White Island is returning for its seventh season in Ghantoot Marina, and is promising a massive one this time around. It says it’s going to be the “ultimate collection of good vibes”, and we like the sound of that. This season is lining up more of the same cracking Ibiza DJs, with names like Oliver Huntemann, Raxon and PÔNGO having graced the stage on the opening weekend, and with major names Black Coffee and Themba hitting the decks this weekend (Friday September 28). Brunch is also back, so make your way to Ghantoot for a full day-to-night party. With huge light shows, pyrotechnics and dance performances, this is one of the most happening beach clubs around.
Open Fri-Sat 1pm-11pm. Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotels & Resort, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).
From one famous brand import to another, beach club (albeit not actually by the sea)Drai’s Dubai burst its way on to the Dubai scene earlier this year with some top international acts jetting into the city for one-off performances. We’re talking about acts like Nelly, Craig David, T.I., Tory Lanez and more. Now, the swanky club has undergone a summer revamp, and looks simply magnificent. Drai’s popular ladies’ day is back every Tuesday, too, offering an open bar and a bed for just Dhs100 from 11am until 9pm. Weekends throughout the season will invariably see some more top acts on stage every Thursday and Friday night, much like its opening season.
Open Sat, Tue 11am-9pm, Thu 11am-11pm, Fri 11am-midnight. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (052 388 8857).
Drift Beach Dubai
This premium location at the One&Only Royal Mirage is one of the newest beach clubs on the circuit. It’s back for a new season, and with some pretty mega views of the Dubai Marina on one side and the Palm on the other, you’re guaranteed a visually impressive backdrop to your chilled-out pool and beach day. There are a variety of packages and options available to suit your budget, with prices starting from Dhs250 per person during the week, ranging up to Dhs3,000 for two – if that’s the sort of thing you’re after.
Open daily 10.30am-8pm. One&Only Royal Mirage, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (04 315 2200).
Zero Gravity back, and it is back in some style. Our current Beach Club of the Year at Dubai Marina has slammed down the gauntlet for a massive new season, with huge DJs and international acts announced until the end of 2018, with some day-to-night brunches chucked in for good measure. There’s a massive range of top acts coming to the beach club this season, from Basement Jaxx to DJ EZ, with ’90s Europoppers Vengaboys in between, there’s tonnes in store, whatever you’re looking for.
Open Sun 10am-1am, Mon 10am-9pm, Tue 9am-3am, Wed 10am-9am, Thu 10am-3am, Fri 8am-3am, Sat 8am-1am. Skydive Dubai Drop Zone, Dubai Marina (04 399 0009).
New nights, live performances, swanky décor, VIP tables and more make this US celebrity-laden nightclub one of the city’s more exclusive places to be seen this winter. UK rapper Ramz opened the season earlier in September, bringing with him his chart smash hit “Barking” plus a whole host of new tunes. Expect more of the same from the club this season, as well as new night 1OAK Nation, where ladies get free drinks all night long, from 11pm until 3am, accompanied by the freshest hip-hop and R&B sounds. Talk about a bargain.
Open Sun, Tue, Thu-Fri 11pm-3am. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay (052 881 8888).
It’s our club of the year, and BASE returned on Thursday September 20 with a whole new line-up of smashing talent to see through the first half of the winter season. When it promises the “UAE’s biggest fire show performance” as part of its weekly Thursday night LYFE, our interest is piqued, especially as the club has been spruced up by street artist Demsky. A range of high-octane performances from pyrotechnic group Fahrenheit kick-start every Thursday, while Tony Vegas, Lil Jon, DJ Cruz and more are lined up to hit the decks beteen now and Christmas.
Open Thu-Sat 10pm-4am. d3, Ras Al Khor Road (055 313 4999).
Gotha Club Dubai
Few clubs made more of an immediate impact than Gotha, when it smashed its way onto the Dubai scene at the start of 2018. The Cannes-born superclub swung open its doors with performances from Tïesto, Martin Solveig, Idris Elba and more (as well as playing host to the Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards After-party), before knocking it out of the park with the long-anticipated debut Dubai performance from P Diddy. This season sees the launch of new nights throughout the week, including C’est Chic every Friday, with local DJ Skinny Loop providing the soundtrack to a night offering free drinks for ladies from 11pm until 1am. There’s a lot more set to arrive at the club this winter, of that we’re sure.
Open Thu-Sat 11pm-3am. Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Waterfront, Business Bay (04 872 8585).
It’s set to be a triumphant return to cooler climes for our Best New Nightlife Venue, with Soho Garden running away with the gong at this year’s Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards. This places oozes cool, and it’s bringing a whole mixed bag of tricks in for the winter season. Soho Social every Wednesday offers free grape for ladies from 8pm until midnight, with beats provided by Time Out Dubai award-nominated DJ Adam Graca. Thursdays and Fridays bring two big nights full of DJ action: Thursdays at Soho and Café Mambo respectively. While Saturdays see live music coming from highly commended Best Original Act Stephon LaMar, whose crooning acoustic tones and soulful tunes will see the weekend out in superbly chilled out fashion.
Open Sun-Thu 5pm-2am, Fri-Sat 5pm-3am. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (056 822 2559).
Toy Room Dubai
This fun-loving London export nightclub has moved from its old location in Downtown Dubai and re-opened right next door to Soho Garden in Meydan. New nights include Hip-Hop with Frank (the mascot bear) every Monday, which offers up a whole bunch of urban, hip-hop and R&B tunes, plus free drinks for ladies until 1am. Other nights throughout the week see international DJs coming to town, including We Are Toy Room Wednesdays. One for the fun-loving partygoers of Dubai.
Open Mon, Thu,Fri 11pm-4am, Wed 12.30am-4am. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (052 463 3338)
WHITE returned for another season doing what it does best on Thursday September 20 and it’s set to bring top acts and international nights to Dubai’s clubbing scene for season five. With the configuration and layout changing for each of the three weekly nights it’s open for, the club is a huge operation, and promises big urban and R&B nights every Saturday at URBN, hip-hop and grime at Disturbing Dubai (a night from UK rap star Tinie Tempah) every Thursday, and Bizaar every Friday – a night hosted by top Lebanese DJ Chabz. It has a bit of everything, and the season will surely be punctuated with some massive acts coming to town.
Open Thu-Sat 11pm-4am. Meydan Racecourse Grandstand, Nad Al Sheba (050 443 0933).
Once one of the city’s most popular beach clubs found at one of the city’s most iconic destinations, opposite the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Cove will be making its way across town very soon. Details of the launch date have yet to be confirmed, but Cove Beach is all set to vacate its Jumeirah Beach Hotel location, and set up at the forthcoming Caesars Palace Dubai on Bluewaters Island, which is set to swing open its doors before the end of the year.
Coming soon. Caesars Palace Dubai, Bluewaters Island, www.covebeach.com.
While not arriving this side of New Year, 2019 is set to see the arrival of celebrity hangout Nammos, with the Mykonos-based hotspot due to bring its Greek island vibes to Dubai for the first time. Coming to the Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Dubai’s beach club scene is going to be reigniting this winter.
Coming soon. Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah, www.nammos.gr