This is the best beach club in Dubai – it’s as simple as that
Ladies and gentlemen of Dubai – whether you’re a tourist, a recent expat or a well-rooted, long-term resident – if you’re looking to hit the beach by day, or party by night then Zero Gravity should be on your must list.
This is one of the city’s most perennially popular party destinations, which is why it’s our Best Beach Club for the second year running. At the weekend you can laze by the pool or brunch – at the Ritual Brunch on a Friday and Supernatural Saturdays, both of which come in at under Dhs300 for four hours of unlimited drinks and food, accompanied by some top beats. And the party ramps up later in the evening when DJs take to the stage.
Zero Gravity is more than just a weekend hangout though, and midweek is a massive draw for ladies’ across town thanks to its two consecutive ladies’ day offerings – on a Tuesday and a Wednesday – and a ladies’ night on Tuesday.
The beach club has also ramped up its efforts to put itself at the forefront of the nightlife scene. Early 2018 saw Rudimental, Fatboy Slim, Chase & Status, Judge Jules, Kungs and more all take the stage, and its every-so-often festival One Big Friday continues to rake in huge international acts.
So whether you’re chilling out in the temperature controlled, 39-metre, glass-fronted infinity pool, the Jacuzzi or down by the sea – you’ve got everything you need here. You’ll love it, trust us.
Open Sun-Mon 10am-9pm; Tue 9am-1am; Wed 10am-9pm; Thu 10am-2am; Fri 8am-3am; Sat 8am-1am. Next to Skydive Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 399 0009).
A sprawling, magnificently casual party hotspot with no pretention in sight
We love Barasti, we’ll put that out there right now. More than 20 years old, this Dubai institution is as popular today as it has ever been.
The reason for that is multi-faceted. On the top deck, you’ll find the club’s famous gigantic telly, always showing the day’s choice match or event – and the bar has a particular penchant for footie and a spot of rugger during the major tournaments. Its huge, central tiki hut-esque bar is, too, surrounded by smaller screens – just in case your team isn’t popular enough to make it on to the biggun’. Inside, you’ll find yet more screens, making this a dream of a sports bar on Saturday and Sunday.
On the lower deck, another bar and recently opened swimming pool make this a chilled-out spot for beachgoers throughout the week, and the beachfront looking out towards the Palm on one side and the Ain Dubai on the other only adds to the relaxed vibe.
But, this place is also capable of throwing a pumping party, and does so with brilliant regularity. International DJs arrive in town and thousands of beach-going party people can dance the night away barefoot on the sand.
It’s one of the city’s most famous clubs for a reason.
Open Sat-Wed 10am-1am, Thu-Fri 10am-2.30am. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (04 318 1313).
Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
A Balearic import perennially popular among Dubai’s young expats
Hailing from the White Isle, Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE is one of the swankiest, trendiest, most happening places among partygoers who love feeling the heavy beat of EDM (and some sand) beneath their feet.
Set just outside the city, Blue Marlin is home to a cracking Saturday barbecue brunch, but the party really kicks off on a Friday. This spot isn’t one where you’ll be donning your sort-of-alright swim shorts that may or may not be slightly threadbare, either. It’s a swanky, upmarket place – and people dress up.
Blue Marlin knows how to throw a party – a magnificent party at that.
From international legends, such as Pete Tong, to award-winning resident Frederick Stone, Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE attracts some of the finest DJs. It also leans on its Ibiza connections to bring in the world’s leading party brands – it recently hosted Paradise, as well as the fun-loving, super-famous Elrow.
If you fancy dancing by the sea, waving around with your arms aloft, nodding your head to the outstanding beats of world-renowned DJs, this is the place for you.
Open Fri 1pm-11pm; Sat 1pm-9pm. Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotel And Resort Ghantoot (056 1133 400).
A mainstay on the Dubai scene with stunning views out over the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah – few beach clubs manage to top its views and laid-back vibes.
Open daily 11am-3am. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (050 454 6920)
The famous Ibiza beach club also has a sister in Dubai. Enjoy chilled-out vibes, cool, minimal décor, party nights and beachside brunches.
Open Sun 10am-5.30pm, 7pm-midnight; Tue-Thu 10am-5.30pm, 7.30pm-midnight; Fri 10am-midnight; Sat 10am-8pm. Rixos The Palm Dubai, Palm Jumeirah (04 277 9180).
Laid-back beach club and party hotspot found on the sands of the Palm Jumeirah. In the shadow of Atlantis the Palm, this place also knows how to throw massive soirées attracting top DJ names, too.
Open Sun-Thu 11am-midnight; Fri-Sat 9am-1am. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Nikki Beach Club
The world famous beach club has an outpost at Pearl Jumeira, which is exclusive, luxurious and has stunning views out across the Arabian Gulf.
Open daily 11am-8pm. Pearl Jumeira (04 376 6162).