Superstar performers, epic surroundings and packed every night. Enough said
Upon our first visit to BASE in d3 (Dubai Design District), we could see potential.
Upon our second visit to BASE, we could see a popular nightspot that was drawing in massive crowds. Now, a couple of seasons completed since its 2017 opening, BASE is the top nightclub destination in Dubai.
The main reason for that comes down to its ludicrous ambition. When it first elbowed its way onto the scene, BASE brought with it names like 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes and Axwell (from Swedish House Mafia), and continued to bring in top billing artists throughout the winter months too, with 2018 beginning with Jason Derulo and Rita Ora coming to town.
This star pulling-power, coupled with a wildly ambitious venue construct, a monstrous lighting, visuals and audio rig that lurks imperiously over the club, and a devoted and growing fan base of regulars, has put BASE beyond its competitors – purely for the fact that it has just not hung around since opening in April 2017.
Its bar prices are reasonable, entry, on most nights, is free (barring the odd exception), and this amphitheatrical arena is open until 4am.
New nights are constantly being added to the calendar, as to make sure that BASE doesn’t lose its appeal, that new features and concepts keep bringing people back for the odd night when it doesn’t have a superstar name in town.
So if you’re at that point in your night where you know it’s going to be a big one, we can’t think of any better places to go than this right now
Open Thu-Sat 10pm-4am. d3, Ras Al Khor Road (055 313 4999).
A seven-nights-a-week party hotspot that never gets old
As you make your way through the entrance of the super-premium, celebrity laden nightlife hotspot that is Cavalli Club, you feel like you’re entering somewhere with an air of exclusivity.
That’s probably because, as the nightclub franchise from Italian luxury designer Roberto Cavalli, you are. As the only major nightclub in Dubai that’s open seven days a week, you’ll never be short of an option for a good night out if you’re landed in the middle of Dubai on a Monday, desperate to hit the tiles.
Likewise, at the weekend, when this place gets slammed as residents across the city blow off some steam following a marathon nine-to-five (and beyond) effort.
Here, you’ll find top international DJs, you’ll find throwback nights full of ’80s and ’90s pop nostalgia, you’ll find midnight brunches, you’ll find unlimited ladies’ nights, and so much more.
Once you make your way up the fur-lined corridor, through the doors and into this multi-levelled nightclub with aerial dancers hanging from the ceiling – hours have passed before you realise it, and it’s time that you’ve spent very, very well.
Open daily 8.30pm-3am. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 9260).
An outdoor supervenue that’s still a top night out
Amid the unrelenting pace of development at Meydan – what with the arrival of Soho Garden and all – WHITE Dubai remains a pillar of nightlife in Dubai.
Perched atop the Meydan Racecourse Grandstand, WHITE Dubai underwent something of a transformation over the winter, and continues to transform every night of the weekend. That’s because, from Thursday to Saturday, the venue changes its layout every night.
So too, does it bring top international talent. UK rap and hip hop star Tinie Tempah runs the Disturbing Dubai night every Friday, and will swing by from time to time to perform a free live gig in the wee hours. Stars from the rap world will fly in for the weekend, and often round off their trip with a performance at URBN on a Saturday night.
Three thousand partygoers can cram into this sizeable Meydan rooftop club, and you’ll frequently find WHITE bursting at the seams, with many of Dubai’s partgoing elite choosing clubs like this to spend an evening. You’ll also bump into the odd celeb vacationing in the city, so get ready to go into selfie mode when the moment comes.
If you’re sizing up your next massive night out – this is among the city’s biggest.
Open Thu-Sat 11pm-4am. Meydan Grandstand, Nad Al Sheba (050 443 0933).
Iconic nightspot located at the end of a jetty with stunning views of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. Hope on a golf cart out to sea, and enjoy some eponymous in-the-round views of Dubai.
Sun-Sat 5pm-2am. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (04 432 3232).
Big party nights, a sprawling terrace and great views out from the 32nd floor of this Al Habtoor City club. Host to some of the swankiest and pumping parties you’re going to find around town.
Open daily 8pm-3am. W Dubai, Al Habtoor City (056 501 2039)
This multi-venue, award-winning bar has a great vibe to match its lush interior, karaoke rooms, Japanese Sumosan, Italian restaurant and the outdoor bar and terrace.
Open Tue-Sun 7pm-3am. Taj Dubai, Business Bay (04 510 3100).
Cirque Le Soir
Offers unparalleled thrills and extraordinary experiences with an incredible circus atmosphere. If you don’t leave while trying to scrape your jaw off the floor, you’ve probably haven’t done this place well enough.
Open Mon 11pm-3am, Wed-Fri 11pm-3am Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 995 5400).
London’s Polynesian-themed celeb hangout in Dubai remains incredibly popular, with sensational deals for ladies throughout the week. Head here six nights a week for a top quality, luxurious evening.
Open Mon-Sat 7pm-3am. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (055 216 0181).
Super-swanky hangout that oozes exclusivity – a VIP experience imported from the popular New York City original. Make sure you dress the part too, because this is a big-name nightclub at the Four Seasons Resort.
Open Wed-Fri and Sun midnight-3am Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah Beach Road (055 211 8222).
Rock bottom cafÉ
A perennially popular late-night club that is fun-loving, unpretentious and utterly packed in the wee hours of the weekend with chilled-out partygoers.
Open daily 7pm-3am. Ramee Rose Hotel, Barsha Heights (04 450 0111).