Dubai’s diverse and varied nightlife has much to offer in the late-night entertainment stakes and the Emirate regularly hosts some of the most in-demand artists in the world including Tyga, David Guetta, 50 Cent, Calvin Harris, and Migos as well as the more underground artists that visit Dubai on a weekly basis.
There is a wide range of bars and nightclubs in Dubai, but due to the various licensing laws in the UAE most of these are located inside or are connected to hotels. The legal drinking age in Dubai is 21 years of age and night clubs always adhere to this rule.
For visitors, a passport is an acceptable form of ID, while for residents, an Emirates ID or a driving license will suffice. If you plan on drinking alcohol make sure you take a cab back home or wherever you plan on going after; the UAE has absolutely a zero-tolerance approach to drinking and driving and police are very vigilant; getting caught will guarantee jail time.
As the regular working week starts on a Sunday and ends on a Thursday, the majority of clubs such as White Dubai, Industrial Avenue, Cavalli Club, Stereo Arcade and Blue Marlin Ibiza are at their busiest on Thursdays and Fridays. This is the case apart from the many popular hotspots that host a ladies’ night, this usually takes place on either Tuesday or Wednesday and this will see ladies entering for free and are even offered free drinks and food.
While most clubs open at around 9/10pm and typically close by 3:00am, there are certain clubs such as BASE Dubai and White Dubai that remain open until 4AM, this is usually as a result of a special license being granted. So, whether you’re looking to dress up for a night out at one of Dubai’s best night clubs or just a casual night out with some friends, there are plenty of party spots to pick from.
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Looking for more information on Dubai nightclubs? Check out our club guides below.
Don’t forget – we also have a free mobile app that you can download here. Use the app to see who’s spinning, sign up for guestlists, buy tickets, and book bottle service!
Dubai Nightlife FAQ
What are the hottest clubs in Dubai?
The best nightclubs in Dubai include: White, 1 Oak, Base, Drai’s, Soho Garden, Billionaire’s Mansion, Skybar 2.0, and Secret Room.
What are the best EDM clubs in Dubai?
The best clubs in Dubai that play electronic music include: Analog Room, The Hatch, and Industrial Avenue.
What are the best hip hop clubs in Dubai?
The best hip hop clubs include Base, Drai’s Dubai, Secret Room, Billinaire’s Mansion, and 1 OAK Dubai.
What are the best pool parties in Dubai?
The best pool parties in Dubai include:
- Nikki Beach Dubai
- Cove Beach Dubai
- Soho Beach
- Azure Beach
- Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
- Summersalt Dubai
- Zero Gravity
- Barasti Dubai
- Andreeas Dubai
What are the best day drinking spots / dayparties in Dubai?
All the pool parties listed above are great spots for day drinking!
What part of Dubai has the best nightlife?
Nightlife in Dubai is pretty spread out – all the biggest bars and clubs are part of hotels. There’s not really an area where you can go and walk from bar to bar on foot. The area with the most bars is probably the Marina area.
What are the best gay clubs/bars in Dubai?
Homosexuality is illegal across the entire United Arab Emirates, punishable by death! However, each Emirate has its own legal system, with Dubai the least severe, whereby homosexuality is punishable by imprisonment and/or a fine instead of death. Like in many Arabic countries, homosexuality is a massive taboo and is not accepted by society.
As such there are no gay bars or gay clubs available in Dubai.
What time do clubs close in Dubai?
Clubs typically close around 3 AM, but there are a few clubs that are open until 4 AM because they have a special license. These include BASE Dubai and White Dubai.
What are the best music festivals in Dubai?
The best Dubai music festivals include: Sensation, Party in the Park, Red Fest DXB, Dubai Jazz Fest, and Piknic Electronik.
Is weed legal in Dubai?
Not only is cannabis possession illegal in Dubai, even testing positive in a blood test for trace amounts of cannabis metabolites from cannabis consumed before arrival is considered possession and you will be jailed.
People have been jailed in Dubai (four year mandatory minimum) and elsewhere in the Emirates for possessing three milligrams of cannabis (a pinhead-sized speck) detected by swabbing the soles of their shoes. I’ve recommended that musician buddies visiting Dubal buy new luggage and shoes before visiting, and change into the new shoes on the plane and throw the old ones away.
It’s one of the last places in the world you want to get caught with cannabis. Yes, you can find cannabis in Dubai, but if you need it that badly, stay home.
Can you drink in public in Dubai?
Dubai’s licensing laws require venues serving alcohol be attached to hotels or a private clubs. It is illegal to drink in the street or in a public space, or be under the influence of alcohol in a public space. The legal drinking age is 21.