This American export arrived in Dubai with a huge buzz of excitement. While it hasn’t quite managed to reach the same heights of its Los Angeles and Las Vegas counterparts, it’s still a strong addition to Dubai’s nightclub scene.
Open Sun, Tue, Thu & Fri 11pm-3am. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay (052 881 8888).
A staggeringly impressive construct that stands out proudly as a glowing beacon emitting from d3, BASE is home to massive acts on a regular basis. Weekly ladies’ nights, a huge arena layout and a whopping-great light and sound system add to what is a massive night out and one of the jewels in the Dubai nightlife crown. A club that you absolutely have to visit at least once.
Open Thu-Sat 10pm-4am. d3, Ras Al Khor Road (055 313 4999).
This is a thoroughly trendy spot – we mean it, no scruffy attire allowed – that really picks up as the night goes on. Spread over a range of levels this lounge bar has an effortlessly relaxed vibe, and is classy in equal measure.
Open daily 8pm-3am. V Hotel Dubai, Curio Collection by Hilton, Al Habtoor City (056 501 2039).
An inductee into Time Out Dubai’s Hall of Fame nstitution on the Dubai scene that manages to transform from lounge to club every single night of the week so if you’re looking for a party, you’ll find it here.
Open daily 8.30pm-3am. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 9260).
This club is phenomenal. Having started life as a day-to-night pool club that mostly closed at 9pm, Drai’s made a huge transformation to become a dedicated open-air nightclub at the end of 2018 and hasn’t looked back. Home to some massive acts on an impressively regular basis (Tinie Tempah being the most recent), this spot has absolutely stolen the hearts of the city’s clubbing fans, since it’s almost constantly packed. Bravo.
Open Tue & Fri, 10pm-4am. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (052 388 8857).
The club that’s trying to be anything but a club has done everything to be recognised as an alternative club to go to. No fireworks firing out of enormous bottles and no VIP areas.
Open Tue, Thu & Fri 9pm-3am. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Road (052 293 5907).
If you’re a fan of Pac-man, Street Fighter and the like you’ll love this. Once you’re inside it’s like any other club in the city, except a bit on the small side.
Open daily 6pm-3am. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai – Jumeirah Beach, The Walk, JBR (052 618 2424).
The Secret Room
A fairly new entrant on the Dubai nightlife scene, this intimate nightclub has already developed a luxury feel and a loyal following. Call to get on the guest list, for to get into this very exclusive club.
Open Tue, Thu-Fri 11pm-3am. FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai (058 869 8996).
Toy Room Dubai
The second version of this famous London nightclub is roomier and swankier than its predecessor, although Frank the Bear remains. There are regular deals for ladies and weekly themed nights, to boot.
Open Mon, Wed-Fri 11pm-4am. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (055 246 4555).
A behemoth of the city’s nightlife scene, and home to some huge gigs and three different themed nights per week, WHITE is undeniably excellent, and sits atop Meydan Racecourse. Stellar views, ladies’ nights and more make this one of the top spots in town.
Open Thu-Sat 11pm-4am. Meydan Racecourse Grandstand, Nad Al Sheba (050 443 0933).