An indoor rooftop bar with Dubai Marina views
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Time Out Says

Dubai is home to some of the best high-rise bars in the world but does Skyland stand out from the crowd? Unfortunately not.

Located on the 31st floor of the Stella Di Mare, we visit the relatively new nightspot with high hopes of spending the summer soaking in the Dubai Marina vistas and enjoying the daily happy hour offering.

But it’s a weekend, and it’s mostly empty.

Thrown off by the dark surroundings and lack of vibe, we head to the bar to order a drink from the extensive drinks menu. It’s an inventive list that includes creative-sounding mixed drinks featuring ingredients like rose, vanilla, rosemary and passion fruit, as well as mocktails and a decent selection of hops, grape and house drinks.

But despite the lack of guests, the service is also very slow. After what seems to be an eternal wait, our drinks finally make their way over and they’re accompanied by a bowl of bar nuts – which is probably the highlight.

And that’s what you should stick with – the bar nuts.

A portion of mozzarella carrozza tastes like it’s been pulled from the freezer and whacked in the microwave, the bruschetta is okay at best and the truffle “fries” are in fact tiny potato wedges with only the faintest whiff of truffle.

Skyland feels like it’s trying too hard to replicate a high-end fancy Dubai bar that exudes a sophisticated air but it just misses the mark on more level than one.

It’s a shame, as Skyland upped its game, it would be a decent addition to the area.

An indoor rooftop bar with Dubai Marina views

For the free bar nuts

26 Jun 2019

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Dubai, Dubai Marina, Stella Di Mare, Dubai Marina

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