Dubai weather: Bars where you can watch the rain, thunder and lightning

It's looking stormy outside, so check out these great indoor spots in Dubai

This incredible picture from a previous storm shows how the sky can light up over Dubai
This incredible picture from a previous storm shows how the sky can light up over Dubai

There's quite a bit of stormy weather across Dubai , with rain as well as thunder and lightning spotted over the city.

Luckily, there's still plenty to do without getting absolutely soaked.

There are loads of cool bars dotted about where you can take shelter, kick back and while away a few hours watching some spectacular rainfall with equally spectacular views. 

Here are the bars you should make a bee-line for the next time it starts to get a bit grizzly. 

Bidi Bondi

One of the Palm’s top spots for a cracking time, whether it’s day or night, Bidi Bondi is a brilliant place to watch it slating it down. If you go at the right time you might also be treated to the sight of daring beachgoers trying to leg it inside in a panic. With a great selection of drinks and sport almost constantly on loop, we can’t think of many better ways to sit it out for a few hours.
Open daily 10am-midnight. Shoreline Apartments, Palm Jumeirah (04 427 0515).


One of the city’s longest serving pubs, D&A at Jumeirah Beach Hotel has these huge windows that, on a nice day, offer some pretty special views at sunset in the shadow of the Burj Al Arab. When it’s raining, you’re in for an equally spectacular sight, just for completely different reasons. Grab a drink and while away the storm in this comfy, cosy, long-standing Dubai institution.
Open daily noon-2am. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (04 432 3232).

Karma Kafé

Head to Souk Al Bahar for a view of The Dubai Fountain while it’s raining cats and dogs and get two water shows for the price of one. Take a seat on the sheltered terrace area at this trendy bar and enjoy cracking views of the downpour plus a neck-cricking view of the Burj Khalifa. 
Open Sun-Thu 3pm-2am, Fri-Sat noon-2am. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 423 0909).


Okay, it’s not necessarily a bar as such, but this restaurant at Al Qasr is guaranteed to offer you one of the most stunning, protected views of the rain that you’re going to find in Dubai. Grab a table for some food or a few drinks next to the enormous bay windows that just so happen to overlook the Burj Al Arab and Arabian Gulf. Perfection. 
Open Sat-Thu 12.30pm-3pm, 6pm-11pm; Fri 12.30pm-4pm, 6.30pm-11pm. Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 6705).

The Tap House

Another entry on the Palm Jumeirah has huge bay windows if you’re sitting inside (much like its few-doors-down neighbour Breeze Beach Grill) at this Club Vista Mare spot. Equally, if you want to smell the rain too, take a seat in the outdoors area under its built-in shelter. 
Open Sat-Wed noon-1am, Thu-Fri noon-2am. Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah (04 514 3778).

The Observatory

One of the city’s top spots to take your touristy visitors, this longstanding Dubai Marina haunt is appropriately named owing to its spectacular views across the city. With rain hammering down on its massive windows, there are many worse places to hide away from the storm.
Open daily noon-1am. Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites, Dubai Marina (04 319 4795).

Zero Gravity

While our Beach Club of the Year is known for its massive pool, private beach and fun-loving outdoors play area, it’s easy to forget that you enter Zero Gravity through a pretty swanky indoors area, which has huge bay windows facing out across its playground and out to sea. 
Open Sun-Mon 9am-3am; Tue 10am-3.30am;Wed 9am-3am; Thu 10am-3.30am; Fri-Sat 10am-3am. Skydive Dubai Drop Zone, Dubai Marina (04 399 0009).

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