Dubai at night is absolutely unlike anything you’ll experience anywhere else in the world.
The city is world-famous for its wild nightlife, and it’s something you definitely have to see for yourself.
There are so many choices when it comes to Dubai nightclubs that it can be difficult to know where to start – so we’ve compiled a listing of some of the best nightclubs in Dubai with focuses from DJ’s to live acts and everything in between.
Let’s see what Dubai has to offer after dark.
Updates have been made to our selection as of December 2023 – but the nightclubbing world is ever changing! Always check with the venue prior to visiting in case there are special opening hours or changes in special offers.
See a complete Dubai Nightclub listing here
Billionaire Dubai (formerly known as Billionaire Mansion) is a part of the Billionaire Life brand, the brainchild of entrepreneur Flavio Briatore. Today, it is one of the best dinner-come-night clubs in Dubai. The restaurant is just as famous as the nightclub, offering various authentic Italian and New Asian dishes.
Once you’ve had your meal and enjoyed the entertainment at this classy Downtown establishment, get ready to party. This is the perfect venue if you are looking for a complete evening of entertainment followed by dancing the night away with internationally renowned acts making regular appearances and stunning vistas over the city.
Where to find Billionaire Mansion: Taj Hotel, Business Bay, Downtown Dubai
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM
One of Dubai’s best dance clubs can be found on the 32nd floor of the V Hotel. As a result, it offers spectacular views of the Arabian Gulf and Dubai Water Canal. This club is known for its ultra-luxurious interior, dynamic visual and lighting effects, and wide range of music.
Depending on when you go, you can hear anything from R&B to urban to pop with a carefully curated line- up combining both premier and up-and-coming DJs and internationally renowned artists.
Where to find BLU: V Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
Open Hours: Open daily 9:00 AM to 4:00 AM
Zero Gravity is a unique club in Dubai because it’s open-air and right next to the beach. By day, it’s a nice place to relax by the ocean as one of Dubai’s premier beach clubs. But once the sun goes down, it transforms into a party zone with a fun, vibrant atmosphere.
This club features delicious cuisine and international DJs playing music every weekend. It’s a great place to visit if you’re looking for a lively nightclub with a spectacular view.
Where to find Zero Gravity: Dubai Marina, Skydive Dubai Dropzone, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, Dubai
Open hours: daily (except Wednesdays) until 9:00 PM, Fridays open until 2:00 AM.
Barasti is another classic Dubai institution that happily transports revellers from day to night. The legendary Beach Bar is open from 9:00 AM for your sunseekers all the way through until 2:00 AM.
Expect classic DJ hits, live performances and a relaxed vibe at one of the city’s most popular nightclubs.
Where to find Barasti: Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Souf Road, Jumeirah Beach, Dubai
Learn more at instagram.com/barastibeach
1OAK stands for “One of a kind”, and this club certainly lives up to its name. It’s one of the best nightclubs in Dubai for singles and a frequent hangout spot for celebrities. Its interior has a futuristic atmosphere and is the perfect place to go if you want to feel like a rockstar.
Unlike several other clubs on this list, 1OAK’s music focuses more on local DJs than big-name performers. This makes it an excellent place to dance, party, and enjoy Dubai at night.
In 2022, they welcomed a new opening, “The Terrace” on Dubai Canal, to extend the party atmosphere outdoors.
Where to find 1OAK: JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
Open hours: 1OAK is open nightly 9:00 PM to 3:00 AM.
Soho Garden Palm Jumeriah
Capturing the essence of Dubai living, Soho Garden Palm Jumeirah is the ultimate in cosmopolitan lifestyle. One part buzzing urban scene, one-part tranquil-walled garden, there is something for everyone in this happening night club.
Where to find Soho Garden Palm Jumeirah: Rooftop West, Nakheel Mall, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
Open hours: Open Tuesday to Sunday 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Also see their original flagship venue sohogardendxb.com
The very essence of Dubai nightlife, Sky2.0 is the ultimate Dubai dance club night no party-seeking visitor should leave off their Dubai itinerary! Designed with a spaceship feel, dance-goers will love the state of the art sound systems, bendable screens and light show here.
Thursdays at Sky2.0 are all about urban locale – Hip Hop, RnB, and Afro beats; Fridays expect plenty of neon for the Boom Box disco party, and GOAT Saturdays deliver the greatest hits of all time.
Where to find Sky 2.0: Dubai Design District, Dubai
Open hours: Sky2.0 is open every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:30 PM to 4:00 AM
Suave and sophisticated, Armani/Prive is everything you expect of a premium nightclub inside the world’s tallest, Burj Khalifa. Socialise and dance in the lounge and terrace designed by Giorgio Armani himself, with vibrant beats coming from resident and visiting international artists and DJs.
Where to find Armani/Prive: Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, Dubai
Open hours: 11:00 PM to 3:00 AM (Closed Mondays and Wednesdays)
New in 2023, ICY offers a luxury nightclub experience with VIP booths, a VVIP private room and a 36 sqm screen. Self-billed as ‘the most technologically advanced nightclub in Dubai,’ it’s quickly catapulted itself to be one of Dubai’s most popular nightclubs.
Where to find Icy: Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
Open hours: Entry strictly by guest list and reservation confirmation only – open 11:00 PM to 4:00 AM, Thursday to Saturday.
Always making a regular appearance in the top ten clubs in the UAE, Club Boudoir has hosted over 200 international celebrities since opening its doors back in 2002.
Over the last 14 years, the name ‘Boudoir’ has become a legacy for the partying crowd in Dubai.
Where to find Boudoir: Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah St, Jumeirah, Dubai
Open hours: Daily 10:00 PM to 4:00 AM.
(TBC reopening date for 2023/24 season)
How does it sound to go partying on the top of the world-famous cruise ship, QE2? Permanently docked at Port Rashid, Float boasts stunning city views, a huge dance floor and open rooftop vibes that make it a favourite among partygoers in Dubai in the winter.
Where to Find Float: QE2, Port Rashid, Dubai
Open hours: Friday and Saturday, 11:00 PM to 4:00 AM
Learn more at floatdxb.com
Not only has White Dubai been one of the best nightclubs in Dubai in recent years, but it’s also frequently been considered one of the top 100 nightclubs in the entire world. Located on an open-air rooftop at Meydan Racecourse, this club often hosts world-famous musical acts playing music on a state-of-the-art sound system.
Additionally, White Dubai features spectacular light shows and an incredible view of downtown Dubai. It also has two ladies’ nights a week. This award-winning venue is simply a must-see for anyone visiting Dubai.
Where to find White Dubai: Meydan Racecourse, Dubai
Open hours: Open daily 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM 9Wednesday and Thursday 4:00 AM)
The nightclubbing scene is constantly evolving in Dubai, so make sure you check back in before your trip to Dubai to see what’s new, what’s closed, and where the party is at.
New Nightclubs in Dubai
If you fancy something fresh, some new venues we hope to review soon and possibly move up the top of our list include:
NB – a few that have closed in recent years that some websites/YouTubers continue to regurgitate still as “the best nightclubs in Dubai” include BASE, 360, Cue, Chi @ The Lodge, People By Crystal, Drai’s Dubai.
You may also like to pop on over and see what’s happening during the day, Dubai’s hottest beach clubs can be found here, and we’ve curated this selection of the best evening entertainment, venues that offer dinner and a show
Things visitors should know about the nightclubbing scene in Dubai
The legal drinking age in Dubai is 21 years of age, and Dubai nightclubs adhere to this rule very strictly. Don’t even think about driving if you’ve had a drink, as there is zero tolerance for drink driving and you’ll almost guarantee yourself in front of the courts if you are caught by police.
For visitors to Dubai, a passport is an acceptable form of ID, while residents will need their Emirates ID or a driving license. Whilst 21 is the legal drinking age, some clubs may limit entry to those 25+.
Although skimpy party wear, in general, is frowned upon in public places in Dubai, nightclubbing attire is a whole different ball game. Dubai nightclubs are really dress to impress places – for ladies, this means short skirts and microminis wouldn’t be turned away, and gents will want their nicest shirts and trousers.
If you are catching transport on the way to a nightclub, it would be advisable for ladies to cover up. If you are casually dressed in jeans, shorts, or flip flops, other than at beach clubs you are likely to be turned away.
You can read more about the dress code in Dubai here.
This is highly variable. Some will extend the party all the way from brunch closing through to the early hours, whereas some won’t open until restaurants close. You can bet on most being open until at least 3:00 AM.
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