In a city full of skyscrapers, it’s no surprise that there is a happening rooftop bar scene in Dubai. And the good news is they are spread all over the city for plenty of different views, from the stunning Downtown fountains and Burj Khalifa to the chic Dubai Marina and fabulous ocean sunset views over the Persian Gulf.
Whether you want to sip your cocktail or mocktail at sunset, romance your loved one with an unforgettable view on your honeymoon, or you’re looking for a taste of Dubai’s nightlife and party scene, there’s a Dubai rooftop perfect for you!
In this Dubai rooftop guide, we will take you through
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Note, although most of Dubai’s rooftop bars and terraces are attached to hotels due to licensing laws, you do not need to be a paying guest to enjoy drinks or dining (there will be cover charges though to use any pools and other facilities). We have included links to the attached hotel as well, in case you want to base yourself close by (and enjoy these fabulous views from your room, too!)
Dubai’s Best Rooftop Bars in Downtown Dubai & in amongst the highrises
If you want to dine amongst Dubai’s highrises or marvel at the world’s tallest tower Burj Khalifa, there are several hot spots around Downtown Dubai and Business Bay to get on your Dubai bucket list:
Level 43 Sky Lounge
Iconic views down Sheikh Zayed Road can be found from – you guessed it – the 43rd floor of the Four Points by Sheraton on Sheikh Zayed Road. Enjoy panoramic views of the Burj Khalifa, all the way to the Burj al Arab and Jumeirah in the distance.
Enjoy a full bar menu with an extensive choice of cocktails and nibbles through to share plates and mains are available. It’s a popular one, so it can be busy but maintains a classy atmosphere and chilled vibe with Resident DJ playing all evening. Hotel guests only can enjoy the rooftop pool and bar; there is a separate bar for drop-in visitors.
Specials: Daily happy hour runs from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm, and all day on a Saturday. Various specials run nightly, including Sushi Night from 6:00 pm until 12.00midnight on a Monday, where you can enjoy a set sushi menu and sparkling wines for AED 243. There’s a Ladies Night every Tuesday from 9:00 pm to 12:00 am with free-flowing house wines for AED 43 and 43% off food.
Opening hours and rules: 2:00 pm to 3:00 am daily. 21 years+ smart casual.
Stay: Four Points by Sheraton
Situated atop the Taj Dubai, Treehouse is a bustling post-work catch-up bar hidden away in the Business Bay district of Dubai but also entices a great weekend crowd who come for the Friday Brunch and stay for the Hidden Brunch after-party (4:00 pm to 9:00 pm).
Treehouse is an urban hideaway for effortlessly chic people of taste. With its rich Renaissance décor, lush furnishings and ornate trees, this decadent rooftop lounge is styled as a house turned inside out.
Treehouse offers some of the best views of Burj Khalifa as well as vistas over the Business Bay area. “Innovative” is how the drinks list is often described, so this is definitely one for the cocktail lovers amongst you who want to try something new in this lush rooftop setting in the heart of the city.
Specials: Ladies’ Night every Tuesday, where Ladies can enjoy unlimited bubbles, grapes and selected cocktails for AED 149.
Opening hours and rules: Sat-Wed 6:00 pm to 2:00 am, Thu-Fri 6:00 pm to 3:00 am.
Stay: Taj Dubai
With a sophisticated setting and fantastic city views, this is another Business Bay hotspot on the 27th floor of The Oberoi Dubai. Come cashed-up as this one’s pretty exclusive, and the delicious cocktails don’t come cheap, but they have a wide range of cocktails and spirits, and it’s the place to be seen!
The big event of the week, like many places in Dubai, is Friday brunch, “Le Brunch”, where you can secure a buffet lunch and endless cocktails alongside live music for a set price.
But that’s not all Iris has to offer; with its Soul and R&B nights on a Monday, Sushi Sundays and fantastic sunset sessions on Thursday and Saturday, there is something for everyone, making this one of the best Dubai rooftop bars in Downtown.
Specials: Happy Hour 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Every Tuesday is Ladies Night, where you can get 2 hours of free-flow house beverages and a food platter for AED 160. Sunset Sessions on Thursday and Saturday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, where for AED 150 you can have an Iris charcuterie board and free flow Happy Hours beverages for two hours.
Opening hours and rules: Sunday to Friday 6:00 pm until 2:00 am, Saturday 1.00 pm until 3.00 am. Pre-booking recommended.
Stay: The Oberoi Dubai
Cé La Vi
Situated on the Sky Bridge of the new Address Sky View, this rooftop restaurant, Sky Bar and lounge is one of the best places to dine with unrivalled views of the Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai.
Serving contemporary Asian cuisine, Cé La Vi is open for both lunch and dinner daily, with a spectacular Friday Brunch offering, “Brunch on 54”.
Specials: Mondays bring ladies’ night to Ce La Vi. Ladies can enjoy unlimited drinks from 10.00 pm until 2.00 am for AED 150.
Opening hours and rules: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm for lunch (set menu lunch runs 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm) and dinner 6:00 pm to 12:30 am. Night Lounge is open from 6:00 pm to 3:00 am.
Stay: Address Sky View
Dubai’s Best Rooftop Bars in Dubai Marina
Is this THE place to be seen in Dubai at night? Part of the incredible Pier 7 complex in Dubai Marina, this is floor-to-floor entertainment with Atelier M covering the top three floors. It really epitomises the glitzy, glamorous side of Dubai.
The venue serves as a restaurant, art deco-inspired indoor lounge and rooftop bar, so it’s perfect no matter the time of year of the weather for a party. The menus have a Mediterranean theme with distinctly Asian touches and an extensive bar menu, as you would expect – enjoy cocktails through to bubble buckets.
There are different specials throughout the week, with Tuesday ladies’ night, Thursday RnB night and Friday Funky Flava Brunch.
Specials: Happy Hour in the Lounge 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm Sun, Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat. Tuesday is ladies’ night with three courses and three drinks for AED 159. Also, look for dining offers in The Entertainer Fine Dining Dubai.
Opening hours and rules: Lounge & rooftop Sunday to Friday 5:00 pm to 2:00 am, Saturday 2.00 pm until 3.00 am; Restaurant 7:00 pm to Midnight
Elsewhere in Pier 7…. The whole building is dedicated to fab views, chic dining and entertainment. We would also recommend Asis Asia on the 6th floor for Pan-Asian cuisine, including The Spice Route Brunch on a Friday, Go Geisha ladies’ night on a Tuesday, and Sushi Sundays. And, of course, great terrace views!
Wane by SoMiya
Not as high as many Dubai rooftops, but the 4th-floor terrace of the Address Hotel, Dubai Marina, gives you magnificent views over the picturesque Dubai Marina area of the city and one of the largest infinity pools (non-hotel guests with a fee). You will feel completely in the hub of Dubai’s nighttime action here.
Wane by SoMiya offers weekly pool party events on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Specials: TBC for this winter.
Opening hours and rules: 8:00 am to 4:00 am. Under 21’s only allowed until 10:00 pm.
Stay: Address Dubai Marina
The Rooftop Terrace and Sports Bar
Again, not the highest spot in the city, but this stylish terrace, attached to the One & Only Mirage Resort Dubai, Dubai Marina, is known for its great next between lively sports bar inside and romantic chilled vibes on the cosy outdoor terrace with panoramic Jumeirah and sea views.
Intricate Arabian styling for that authentic Dubai touch and classic cocktails to craft beers or champagne for your romantic occasion. This one has a reputation as one of the quieter and cosier spots.
Specials: TBC for this winter
Opening hours and rules: 2:00 pm to 1:00 am, last orders 12:30 am
Dress code: Evening Chic
One of Dubai’s most famous rooftop lounges is situated on the rooftop of Grosvenor House Hotel and Appartments (also home to the infamous Buddha Bar downstairs).
The Siddharta Lounge has great cosy lounge seating, cabanas, as well as tables overlooking the Dubai Marina skyline to one side and the Arabian Gulf to the other. The cool white interior and smooth house hits make it one of Dubai’s most sophisticated night spots.
Opening hours and rules: 1.00 pm until 4.00 pm and 6:00 pm until 1:00 am Monday to Friday, 5.00 pm until 2.00 am on Saturdays and 6.00 pm until 1.00 am on Sundays. Smart Casual. No flip flops or mules.
Dubai’s Best Roof Top Bars With Beach & Ocean Views
To enjoy the best of Dubai’s Arabian Gulf waterfront, you need to head to the Jumeirah Beach part of town and JBR – The Walk. You may also want to check out our guide to sundowner drinks in Dubai, which includes beachfront bars as well as rooftop offerings.
Here are just a few of our favourite beachside rooftops to try:
Pure Sky Lounge
A rooftop bar as well as a restaurant situated on the 35th floor of Hilton Dubai The Walk, this is another popular favourite with tourists and residents alike seeking out those stunning sunset views over the water and Palm Jumeirah in this chic white-furnished setting.
There are two terraces here, one for restaurant guests and one which is more of a lounge hangout – both with superb views. Renowned for its sunset happy hour, cocktails, bar bites and al a carte menu are all on offer. It transforms into one of Dubai’s best party spots at night. Don’t miss their late Friday Sunset Brunch from 5.30 pm to 9:00 pm.
Specials: Sunset Brunch every Saturday from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Ladies and Gents Night every Wednesday from 9:00 pm until midnight.
Opening hours and rules: 5:00 pm until 1.00 am
Stay: Hilton Dubai the Walk
Sitting atop the Four Seasons at Jumeirah Beach, Mercury Lounge brings a glamorous taste of Monaco to Dubai. With 360-degree panoramic views, catch the sunset over the Arabian Gulf to one side and enjoy picturesque views back to Downtown Dubai and the Burj Khalifa.
Enjoy tastes from the Meditteranean in their open-air lounge or book yourself a private rooftop cabana. Even more exclusive, you can book the rooftop private Majilis for your special private dining occasions. It is one of the more exclusive and glamorous rooftop venues, combining music, culinary delights and amazing views.
Specials: None publicised for Winter 2023/4.
Opening hours and rules: Daily from 6:00 pm to 3:00 am (last orders for food 2:30 am). Guests under 21 years of age are allowed in the venue until 11.00 pm and only if accompanied by their parents.
Tasca Infinity Bar
Exuding the seaside vibes of the Algarve, this seasonal winter rooftop offering at Tasca is situated on the 6th floor of Mandarin Oriental, Jumeira 1. It is home to classy cocktails and chilled-out tunes; all served with Portuguese bites to enjoy with your sunset water views over the Gulf. Also not to miss is the adults-only rooftop infinity pool.
Specials: TBC for this winter.
Opening hours and rules: Dinner from 6:30 pm until 11:00 pm (Tue to Sun).
Dress code: Smart casual for lunch & brunch and smart elegant for dinner. National attire is welcome.
For spectacular 360-degree views of the Palm Jumeirah, head to Bar CouCou on the 52nd floor of the Palm Tower. The sophisticated nocturnal venue contains a restaurant space, a cosy lounge and a stylish speakeasy bar.
As well as looking down onto the Palm, you can see the twinkling city skyline and shimmering Arabian Gulf. You really won’t find another view like it. Alongside stunning views of the city, you’ll also find delicious Mediterranean-style food and a wide selection of signature cocktails and international beverages.
Specials: TBC for this winter.
Opening hours and rules: Open daily 8.00 am until 2.00 pm
Barfly by Buddha Bar
On the 13th floor of the Hilton Dubai, Palm Jumeirah, this colourful and expansive open-air terrace offers stunning views over Palm West Beach and towards Dubai Marina. This is a beautiful place for sundowners and to see the city lights come alive.
With delicious food and a variety of live entertainment, including dance and fire shows, magicians and illusionists and live DJs, this is one place you really must include in your Dubai itinerary.
Specials: Saturday Soirée Brunch AED 365, Sushi Social (every Tuesday 7.00 pm until 11.00 pm) AED 199, Glamour Ladies Night (every Thursday from 7.00 pm) offers ladies unlimited drinks for AED 149 for 2 hours. There’s also a sunset happy hour between 5.00 pm and 7.00 pm daily with 30% off food and selected beverages.
Opening hours and rules: Monday to Friday, 5.00 pm until 1.00 am and 5.00 pm to 2.00 am on Fridays and Saturdays.
Zeta Seventy Seven
Looking for a new Dubai rooftop bar with a serious wow-factor? Located on the 77th floor of the Address Beach Resort, the outdoor oasis of Zeta Seventy Seven offers breathtaking views across the Arabian Gulf and Palm Jumeirah.
Service is of an exceptionally high standard, and attention to detail is second to none. The Asian fusion seafood-inspired menu is something really special and includes iced oysters, crispy fried prawns and miso lobster. As well as exceptional seafood, Zeta also serves up a delicious Wagyu steak!
Zeta is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion or to round off a trip to Dubai with yet another highlight. Set adjacent to the world’s highest infinity pool, this stunning lounge bar really does have the wow factor and best views along the coast.
This is a highly exclusive location, and tables must be booked in advance. Pre-payment is also required, and minimum spend is applicable. Private Cabanas can also be booked in advance.
Specials: Monday nights offer Monday Temptation with unlimited house beverages and a snack platter for AED 277 for ladies and AED 377 for gents.
Opening hours and rules: 12.00 noon until 2.00 am daily. There is usually a minimum spend of AED 477 per person from 6.00 pm (with the exception of promotional events) over 21s only. Advanced booking and pre-payment are required.
Stay: The Address Beach Resort
Old Dubai and Everything In Between
There are so many fun and classy areas popping up across the city, so this is a real mix of classic rooftop favourites and newer rooftop bars that have opened in developing areas of Dubai.
Based on the 17th floor of Raffles in Oud Metha (the pyramid-shaped building near WAFI Mall), this Japanese restaurant is a Dubai favourite not only for its unforgettable Dubai sunsets but also for its great Japanese food (there are plenty of non-Japanese options such as burgers), as well as a great variety of Sake and Sochu.
Enjoy indoor and outdoor drinks and dining, and the Tatami Terrace in the cooler months of the year, with low Japanese-style seating and killer views of the Burj Khalifa.
Specials: TBC for winter 2023-24
Opening hours and rules: 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm, 6:30 pm to midnight (last orders 11:30 pm), pre-booking recommended.
Dress code: Smart casual
Stay: Raffles Dubai
Some Place Else
Situated on top of Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City, on the 8th floor, get your dance on while enjoying those cocktails. Opposite the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, it makes an equally great after-concert venue as it does after-work drinks with the glitzy Dubai skyline as your view.
Enjoy different themed nights with live DJs, keeping the atmosphere.
Specials: Happy Hour from 3.00 pm until 8.00 pm Monday to Friday, sugaholic Brunch every Saturday from 2.00 pm until 5.00 pm.
Opening hours and rules: 12:00 noon to 1:00 m Sunday – Friday, Saturdays 2.00 pm to 2.00 am. Closed on Mondays.
Cielo Sky Lounge
An oldie but a goldie, Cielo Sky Lounge is a great all-rounder on the rooftop of Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. It’s the perfect place to chill out with a drink in hand or shisha, with light Mediterranean-inspired tapas served. The view takes you from Dubai Creek all the way to the modern skyline of Downtown for an unforgettable Dubai experience.
The Boardwalk restaurant on the shoreline of Dubai Creek here also provides delicious seafood meals with an amazing ambience overlooking the Marina and Dubai skyline. It’s the perfect setting for a relaxed evening waterside.
Specials: Happy Hour daily 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Opening hours and rules: 5:00 pm to 2:00 am (Monday – Thursday), 5:00 pm to 3:00 am (Friday – Sunday)
Stay: Attached to a sporting club rather than a hotel, stay nearby at Park Hyatt Hotel Dubai
A few things to note about rooftop bars in Dubai
AGE LIMITS: The legal drinking age in Dubai is 21, so most rooftop bars are restricted to those 21+ or have time limits for when those under age are permitted or must be with a guardian. Some nightclubs have an age limit of 25.
SMOKING: Laws in the UAE for smoking are not as strict as in other countries. Shisha smoking is a big thing, and many bars will have a special shisha menu. Do note that it is prohibited to bring e-cigarettes into the country. Rules on their use are not explicit, but generally accept it’s not allowed in public.
DRESS CODE: Most will enforce only a smart casual dress standard, normally being more restrictive on male dress than female (you can basically forget most of the things we told you here about conservative dress in Dubai when it comes to bars and nightclubs). During the day, however, you may find it’s more casual and shorts and T-shirts will be fine – we recommend you check with each venue, though, so you don’t get turned away at the door.
ENTRY FEES: Most bars and restaurants allow free rooftop or terrace entry on the basis that you will be purchasing food and drinks. The more nightclub-driven rooftops may have entry fees, or for special events such as New Year or fireworks nights, there may be entry fees payable.
How to get to Dubai’s rooftop bars
Dubai’s best rooftop bars are spread all over the city. Some are accessible from the Dubai Metro, but the easiest way to get between locations at night is to use a public taxi, Careem or Uber, which can be ordered from your phone or the hotel concierge at the venue can assist you.
The best time to visit Dubai’s rooftop bars
Your best time to visit a rooftop bar in Dubai is in the late afternoon and around sunset to capture the best of Dubai, turning from day to night. We only recommend visiting many rooftop bars von this list during the day if you have pool access, as for most of the year, you’ll find it pretty steamy on the rooftop.
In the middle of summer, do note many hotels will close their rooftop terraces, with big reopening parties happening around the end of September and into October.
Ramadan used to signal the end of party time as you hit the hotter months, but as Ramadan creeps forward by 10 days every year, and Ramadan dining rules have become A LOT more flexible, this is no longer the case. With most outdoor bars and terraces stretching their season even as far as June – but be warned, even after dark, this can be sweltering!
Information originally published January 2020, fully updated with additional venues in November 2023. Always check with the venue prior to visiting in case there are special opening hours, restricted hours or changes in special offers.
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