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Combining two of the city’s best-known traits – skyscrapers and amazing weather – Dubai is home to a host of must-visit rooftop lounges and elevated al fresco terraces. Whether you’re looking for a party crowd or finding time to catch-up with a close friend, Dubai has a rooftop lounge that will suit your vibe. Make like a local and head skywards to one of our favourite spots for a night of memorable views, great food and warm company.
Catch views of both the illuminated Burj Khalifa and iconic Downtown district in the distance from this classic lounge. Perched atop the Four Seasons five-star resort along Jumeirah Beach Road, it’s a chic spot with lots of variety across its reasonably-priced menus. Signature dishes here include the Wagyu beef tagliata, mixed grill seafood platter and salt-crusted seabass. It does get busier as the night wears on, which will keep social butterflies happy.
Four Seasons Resort Dubai, Jumeirah Beach
+971 4 270 7777
Watch the abras cut through the waters of the Madinat Jumeirah’s canals from this foodie favourite’s al fresco terrace. The duo’s seasonal menu will tickle tastebuds with British flavours and fresh ingredients, while you take in the district’s palm tree-lined canal views and the almost-close-enough-to-touch Burj Al Arab. For special occasions, you can’t go wrong with a dining experience at The Windtower, a romantic spot with a two-seat table that presents magnificent views and a bespoke menu.
Souk Madinat, Madinat Jumeirah
+971 4 430 8535
An urban rooftop oasis that overlooks the Burj Khalifa and Business Bay skyline, Treehouse at Taj Dubai is no ordinary lounge. With an emphasis on quality, the expansive outdoor patio serves up superb service, chilled tunes and delicious Mediterranean-Asian fusion bites. Try the Emirati fries dusted with sumac and zaatar spices or the Wagyu short rib sliders and Chinese-style grilled lamb chops – all utterly irresistible.
Burj Khalifa Street, Business Bay
Pool-meets-lounge at this spectacular spot. Situated amongst the sand-castle towers of Dubai Marina and above Dubai Marina Mall, Shades is a sun-seeker's dream. Pull up a lounger alongside the stunning infinity pool and while away the day soaking up the sun and snacking from the venue’s gourmet poolside menu. Inspired by cuisines from around the world – from the Mediterranean to the Far East – dine on homemade pizzas and pastas, Arabic grills, delicious salads, sandwiches and more.
Address Dubai Marina, Dubai Marina
+971 4 888 3444
For a chilled evening of tunes and treats, head to Iris Dubai. Found on the 27th floor of The Oberoi hotel, Iris is a social sanctuary in the heart of the decidedly more serious Business Bay. Attracting everyone from clocked-off office workers, to fresh-from-the-sun-lounger vacationers, the rooftop terrace has a fun vibe that picks up the pace from 10pm onwards. The floor-to-ceiling windows and open roof mean everyone gets a bird’s eye view of the Downtown district.
The Oberoi, Business Bay
+971 56 961 1442
Opening from 2pm daily, this sleek lounge is made for the cool crowd, drawing a mix of Dubai’s beautiful people and socialites. Located 43 floors up at the Four Points by Sheraton, its prime location along the city’s main artery, Sheikh Zayed Road, presents unbeatable views. Pull up a comfy chair and enjoy the city’s bright lights and lively buzz. While more of a lounge than a fully-fledged restaurant, the modern Japanese menu offers plenty of choice with fresh seafood dominating orders.
Four Points by Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed Road
With views and slick service, Luna at Four Seasons Hotel is a popular after-dusk spot in the city’s bustling financial district. A place to see and be see, this chic Downtown Dubai lounge also hosts regular events with the tempo picking up later in the night. With the record-breaking Burj Khalifa in the distance, dine on delectable Pan-Asian bites from the expansive terrace. Favourites include the truffle chicken dumplings with onion ponzu and smoked beef brisket.
Four Seasons Hotel, 8th Floor, Building 9, Gate Village, DIFC
Mingle with the city’s socialites at Atelier M. Perched high atop the Pier 7 dining destination, this stunning lounge has it all – a chic vibe, friendly service and incredible views of the Dubai Marina skyline. Open from 6pm nightly, this is the ideal spot to enjoy an alfresco evening. The menu delights with a penchant for Mediterranean cuisine with Asian influences. Think homemade vegetable dumplings, creamy burrata and salmon carpaccio.
7 and 7M Floor, Pier 7, Dubai Marina
+971 4 450 7766
A sleek all-day playground, The Penthouse at FIVE Palm Jumeirah raises the roof with stunning skyline views, glass-lined swimming pools and an upbeat soundtrack. There’s an exceptional Asian menu too, so you can kick-start your holiday with spicy edamame, chicken gyoza, beef sliders, shrimp skewers and more. Soak in the sunshine with weekday pool deals, or simply take in a spectacular sunset with friends from the gorgeous al fresco rooftop. Sweet dreams are made of this.
FIVE Palm Jumeirah Hotel, Palm Jumeirah
+971 4 455 9989
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