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17 Things to Do in Dubai at Night [2021]

17 Things to Do in Dubai at Night [2021]

Wondering what to do in Dubai at night, after your day’s activities are over? Here you’ll find 17 amazing options to enjoy Dubai’s nightlife, an experience you’ll never forget!

If you thought Dubai was a hectic and mesmerizing city during the day…wait until you see it at night time, with all of its buildings lighting up and countless night attractions in Dubai waiting for you to have the time of your life! (yes, I quoted the song, and now you know what to look forward to!)

Whether you’re looking for things to do in Dubai at night with family or planning a Dubai ladies night out with your friends, there’s a possibility for everyone. Let’s explore them so you can plan your best night out in Dubai (or nights!) 

See Dubai from At the Top – Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa, with its 828 meters, is the tallest tower in the world, and one of the most popular attractions in Dubai. It’s probably already on your day-time itinerary…but how about you go to the Dubai Burj Khalifa at night? 

This skyscraper is probably the best place to visit in Dubai at night if you’re looking for views to take your breath away. The Dubai skyline at night is a sight to remember, and there’s no place to enjoy it better than from the tallest vantage point in the city. 

I recommend going up before sunset so you can view the city right daytime, at sunset, and at night time with one single ticket.

➤ While the Burj Khalifa accepts admissions until 11 PM, it’s wise to book your slot beforehand so you can choose the time that suits you best and don’t run the risk of it being unavailable. With the ticket, you’ll ride in the world’s fastest elevator all the way to the 125th floor, where you can enjoy a 360-degree night view of Dubai stretching out over the Persian Gulf. ➥ BOOK IT HERE 

 ➤ If you want to skip the lines at the entrance and elevator, you can get this Burj Khalifa Premium Experience Ticket that grants you access to levels 124, 125 and 148 along with complimentary refreshments, luxury lounges at your leisure and interactive stations to explore other landmarks and learn more about the UAE. The last admissions are at 9PM. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Enjoy the Dubai Fountain Show

As you may have noticed, Dubai is home to many world’s record-breaking landmarks and attractions, and the Dubai Fountain Show is one of them. This fantastic water performance, with its lights and synchronized music, is the largest choreographed fountain system in the world, with the jets shooting 150 meters into the air.   

The Dubai Fountain is situated on the Burj Lake, right in front of the Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa, and this captivating spectacle can be seen daily every 30 minutes, starting at 6 PM. Some of the show’s most popular tracks include I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston, Thriller by Michael Jackson and Perfect by Ed Sheeran, as well as Arabic classics. 

There are a number of ways in which you can catch the performance and make your night in Dubai more memorable:

Enjoy the Dubai Fountain Show from the Burj Khalifa. This vantage point not only grants you the best Dubai view at night, but also the most privileged sights of the colorful jets swaying to the different melodies. 

Stroll along the 272-metre brand-new Boardwalk, a floating platform situated within the Dubai Fountain to get a whole new perspective of the performance. Even if you already saw it multiple times, this will be like watching an entirely new show.

• For an even more special experience, set sail on a traditional abra to appreciate the show from the Burj Lake itself. You’ll see the dancing jets from the water and enjoy one of the most exciting night activities in Dubai.

An Evening Stroll through Al Seef

Al Seef is a district that blends the traditions and history of Old Dubai with modern designs and a newly-developed area, combining the best of both worlds and quickly becoming a tourist’s hotspot. 

Situated by the Dubai Creek, Al Seef is one of the best places to visit in Dubai at night, as it lights up after sunset and offers charming views of the Dubai creek at night and the Deira district across it. I would recommend coming here in the late afternoon and stay through the night. You can easily combine it with a visit to the Dubai Gold Souk and an abra ride on the Dubai Creek.

You can choose one of its many restaurants for dinner and take a stroll along the promenade afterward, a beautiful thing to do in Dubai in the evening if you want some quiet to end your hectic day. If you’re planning the perfect date night in Dubai, this is a lovely spot to consider! 

➤ For a fun alternative, you can check out the Museum of Illusions, where you’ll surely have a blast. From optical illusions that will blow your mind to brain teasers and puzzles, it’s one of the most fun things to do in Dubai at night…or at any time for that matter. Children in particular will love it! ➥ BOOK IT HERE 

Dubai Nightlife

There’s no limit to what Dubai’s nightlife has to offer, and you’ll find a fantastic plan for every taste; from unwinding in a bar on your first Friday night in Dubai to staying up until dawn.

If you’re wondering where to go in Dubai at night to make your wildest dreams come true, you’re in the right place. Check out this list of Dubai’s greatest nightclubs and bars to round off a day of adventures.

Bla Bla Dubai is new in the Dubai night scheme, but has already revolutionized the city with its unique concept of all-day entertainment. Bla Bla comprises several options to keep you fed and amused from morning to morning, offering fantastic breakfasts at the restaurant, a beach club to swim or relax with a drink and daily all-night parties at The Tent, an iconic Dubai night club with a dozen bars to choose from.   

Opening hours: Daily from 8 AM to 3 AM

Gravity is another great beach club with a restaurant, a concert venue and the best resident DJs to dance by the poolside. The club boasts a huge swimming pool and a beautiful beach, and its premium service promises to take your nights in Dubai to the next level. 

Ever wondered what the Dubai beach looks like at night? Well, here’s your chance to find out.

Opening hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 AM to 2 AM. Wednesdays and Fridays to Sundays from 10 AM to 9 PM. Closes on Mondays.  

➤ At White Dubai you’ll find everything from night brunches to live shows, fantastic meals and a great dance floor. This award-winning open-air club is a favorite in the city for its rooftop vibes, thumping music and delicious cocktails. You can dine watching the skyline of Dubai at night time, then stay for a loud, all-night wild party that’ll make it to the top of your iconic nights list. Get there early to guarantee your entrance, and remember to dress up!

Opening hours: Daily from 8 PM to 3 AM

➤ For a fancy night in Dubai head to Cavalli Club, one of the city’s icons. You should expect nothing but glamour here, from animal print decoration to a fashionable lounge, exquisite Italian plates and hanging chandeliers that add to the charming atmosphere.

Swarovski crystals sparkle all around and when dinner time is over, the tables give way to a phenomenal dance floor where you’ll dance until your feet hurt. Cavalli Club hosts live shows and international DJs regularly, so you’re in for a good time.

Remember to take your fanciest clothes out of the suitcase, as you want to be elegant for this venue. In case you need a clue of the club’s level, amongst the VIP guests that it has welcomed are JLO and Will Smith. 

Opening Hours: Daily from 8.30 PM to 3 AM. 

The Jetty Lounge is a spectacular beachside bar with both indoor and outdoor seating, so you can kick off your shoes and bury them in the sand as you sip your sophisticated cocktail. The bar prides itself in its chilled vibe and offers beautiful sunset views, as well as an upmarket menu. 

Opening Hours: Daily from 5 PM to 1 AM. Last order at 12.30 AM.

Explore the Dubai Marina at Night

The Dubai Marina is a fantastic neighborhood that brightens up when the night falls, offering the magnificent view of glittering skyscrapers reflecting their lights on the water. 

Just strolling around the Marina is one of the greatest evening activities in Dubai, especially if you head to the Marina Walk, a beachfront paved walkway where you’ll find over 60 restaurants to choose from, and hundreds of outlets to get a souvenir. 

If you’re heading to Dubai Marina for dinner or a drink, I suggest that you choose one of the restaurants or bars in the Walk, or a rooftop with a view: it’s a shame going to Dubai Marina at night and hiding yourself in a building! 

For great rooftops, Siddharta Lounge by Buddha Bar and Atelier M at Pier 7 are fantastic options to consider. 

If you’re up to some shopping after walking around, the Dubai Marina Mall at night is one of the best places to go; less crowded and with over 100 stores, from world-renowned brands to local ones. The Mall opens from Saturday to Wednesday from 10 AM to 10 PM; on Thursday and Friday it stays open until 11 PM. 

If you want to boost your night and explore the Marina in a fun, original way, go on a Marina Dinner Cruise with Drinks & Live Music. On this 1.5-hour cruise you’ll enjoy an international buffet dinner with unlimited non-alcoholic drinks, and the opportunity to see the breathtaking views of Dubai Marina from the canal, all while listening to the melodic live music in one of the best Dubai at night tours. ➥ BOOK IT HERE 

Visit the Dubai Aquarium at Night

Head to downtown Dubai at night for an experience like no other! The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is a really fun activity at any time of day, but visiting it at night has an added charm. 

This attraction is home to thousands of aquatic animals living in a 10 million litre tank, and you’ll be able to see from crocodiles to otters, penguins, sharks and rays, as well as several different kinds of fish. The aquarium tunnel makes you feel like you’re in the middle of it all, and the place is going to be much less crowded than during the day, so you’ll enjoy it more at your leisure. 

The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo Day Ticket grants you access on the day of your choosing without having to book a time slot, so you can get there whenever you feel like it. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Opening hours: Daily from 10 AM to 10 PM. 

READ ALSO: Visiting the Dubai Aquarium: Tickets & Tips

Be Mesmerized by La Perle by Dragone Show

La Perle by Dragone is Dubai’s first permanent and #1 show, a fusion of aquatic theatrics, artistic and gravity defying performances and the use of high-tech that enables the impossible to happen. An aqua-stage, filled with 2.7 million litres of water that transforms into a dry platform in less than a minute, is the aim of flying performers who jump from unimaginable heights, and the arena for amazing water displays. 

The quality seal is given by the mastermind behind this project, artistic director Franco Dragone, one of the world’s most sought-after professionals and the man responsible for reinventing the genre of theatre and transforming the shows in Las Vegas.  

If you appreciate theatre or art in any expression, this spellbinding show should certainly be on your list, and it’s likely to become a highlight of your visit to Dubai. ➥ BUY YOUR TICKET HERE

La Perle’s theatre is at Al Habtoor City – 260 Sheikh Zayed Rd. 

Go on a Desert Safari

Who said going on a desert safari was only a day-time activity? Well, they were wrong. Dubai Safari night is probably the most exotic plan you can think of, and one you’ll want to brag about for a long time to come. For your Dubai desert night you’ll need to take a tour, so I’ve selected the most comprehensive ones to make sure you get the complete experience. 

➤ The Heritage Dinner Desert Safari starts early in the afternoon, with wildlife exploration in legendary 1950’s Land Rovers, camel riding, henna tattoos, and shisha smoking. In this Dubai night safari you’ll also enjoy a falcon training demonstration, Arabic coffee and bread making in an authentic Bedouin camp and a delicious dinner under the stars. ➥ BOOK IT HERE 

➤ For a slightly different desert night tour in Dubai, check out the Desert Safari, Quad Bike, Camel Ride & Al Khayma Camp tour, that lasts a total of 7 hours and offers you all possible desert activities, from dune bashing to camel riding, sandboarding, quad bike rides and henna tattoos, among others. You’ll enjoy an Arabic makeover, entertainment shows and a BBQ dinner at the camp. Pickup and drop off are included. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Visit the Global Village

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Global Village is the place to go if you want to see the world without leaving Dubai, if you’re in a Carnival mood, craving a thrilling theme-park ride or a delicious treat. Basically, Global Village is the go-to place for a fantastically fun day, no matter your age. 

In Global Village Dubai you’ll find pavilions recreating global landmarks, over 30 theme-park rides to leave you breathless (don’t worry, there are kid-friendly ones as well) and more than a hundred skill and arcade games to try your luck. Live shows, choreographed car chases and fabulous fireworks come together to enlighten the Carnival spirit in this exciting fair. 

Global Village has been successfully running since 1995, and it broke 25 Guinness World Records in honour of its 25th anniversary. The fair is one of the most awaited events every fall, as each season ends right before the summer. If you’re lucky to visit while it’s running, don’t miss it! ➥ BUY YOUR TICKET HERE 

Book a Traditional Dhow Cruise

One of the prettiest views of Dubai at night time is from a certain distance, to admire the whole picture and take in the magnitude of this constantly bright city. If you’re not at the top of the Burj Khalifa or taking a helicopter ride, the best way to get a fantastic skyline while treating yourself is with a Dubai night cruise. 

Take a traditional dhow dinner cruise to taste great Arabic or international food, sail on the quiet waters of the Dubai Creek and enjoy the breathtaking views while listening to music in a memorable Dubai night tour.  

➤ The Dhow Dinner Cruise along Dubai Creek offers you 90 minutes of relaxation with a delicious buffet dinner on board, live music and entertainment and transfer from and to your hotel. You’ll pass the illuminated souks (markets) and iconic landmarks in the historic center of Dubai. ➥ BOOK IT HERE 

➤ If you’d like a fancier experience, check out the Mega Yacht Tour with Buffet Dinner. You’ll be treated with welcome drinks on arrival, a five-star buffet dinner with unlimited non-alcoholic drinks and access to several areas of the largest luxury mega yacht in the city. During the 2-hour trip you’ll enjoy views of Dubai Marina, the Atlantis Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Residence and Dubai Ferris Wheel, as well as the beautiful city skyline. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

MORE FUN THINGS TO DO IN DUBAI AT NIGHT 

Already have your pick? Keep reading anyway: some of the following options might change your mind!

Go for an Evening Brunch

Brunches in Dubai are a solid trend, but forget about the 11 AM mimosas and coffee…we’re talking about evening brunches here. While the original concept may be lost, the UAE has adopted the idea of brunch as the free flowing of drinks and food to be enjoyed at any time, and most restaurants have an evening brunch menu to make your stomach start growling. 

Everything from Asian food to classics from the USA, Italian cuisine and Arabic options can be found in the city, and there are brunch options for every wallet. Here are some of the most popular ones: 

On a budget
Atelier M at Pier 7 in Dubai Marina serves opulent brunches on its rooftop on Fridays from 4 PM to 7 PM. 
Farriers Restaurant has a menu inspired in the ‘90s and live DJs playing music from that decade to complement the vibe. Kids under 6 dine for free here. Brunch is served on Thursdays from 7 PM to 11 PM. 

Mid-ranged: Epicure offers a three-hour window for you to brunch and enjoy the free-flowing drinks at the time slot that suits you best, from 1 PM to 8 PM every Friday. 

Fancy: Blushing Dragon at Karma Kafé offers the best of the Pan-Asian cuisine on Thursdays and Fridays from 8 PM to 11 PM. The café overlooks the Burj Khalifa and Fountain, so on top of the good food you’ll get amazing views while you brunch. Prices vary depending on your beverage choices.

Check Out the Dubai Garden Glow

Dubai Garden Glow is a theme-park with over 500 installations, all nature-inspired, that glow in the dark, presenting a colorful and almost magical display. 

This gigantic garden is mostly made from recyclable items and uses energy-saving bulbs to promote the issue of global warming and have as little impact as possible in the environment, seeking not only to dazzle the public but to educate as well.  

The various attractions, including the floating aquatic life installation, the dinosaur park and ice sculptures, are likely to keep the kids and grown-ups very entertained, therefore making the Garden one of the best places to go in Dubai at night.  

The exhibit features a brand new theme every season, and besides the fine art you’ll encounter at the Art Park, you’ll wonder at the optical illusions and 3D art installations at the Magic Park and enjoy the live performances and mesmerizing shows of color and lights. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

If you’re craving more art inspired in nature after this visit, the Dubai Miracle Garden at night is indeed a miracle. The world’s largest natural flower garden has more than 60 million flowers on display, creating delightful forms and shapes that will leave you with your mouth open. 

Hit the Slopes at Ski Dubai

Is the city’s heat too much for you, even in the evenings? You can still go out and enjoy a night in Dubai by visiting the world’s largest indoor ski park: the Ski Dubai in Mall of the Emirates.

It’s a terrific activity for both children and adults, and you’ll believe you’re somewhere else entirely while skiing or snowboarding down the slopes. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you can try out the 5 different runs of varying length and difficulty. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Spend the Evening at La Mer Beach

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Head to La Mer for a perfect Dubai night at the beach. Besides the charming beachside with its dramatic backdrop of palm trees and buildings, La Mer features wide open spaces and boulevards, perfect for your night sightseeing plans in Dubai. You’ll find retail stores, food carts, street art and tons of entertainment options in one of the best beaches in Dubai. 

The boulevard and inner streets light up at night and everything acquires an attractiveness worth witnessing. If you’re already planning a beach day, head to La Mer in the afternoon and stay after sunset to stroll around. 

Go Shopping at Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall, the largest mall in the world, at night is slightly less crowded than during the day, so it’s a great time to do your shopping without the long lines or occupied toilets. 

There are literally hundreds of restaurants and cafés if you’d like to have your dinner indoors, with food options from all over the world; British, Chinese, Indian, French, American cuisine offering from fast food menus to bakery treats. 

If your goal is shopping, not eating, you’ll not be short of options either. From the most world-renowned brands to local clothing and jewelry stores, homeware, souvenirs and school supplies. No matter the occasion, there’s something to be found in Dubai Mall.  

Opening Hours: Sunday to Wednesday from 10 AM to 12 AM, Thursday to Saturday from 10 AM to 1 AM.

Movie Night…with a Twist!

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Fancy watching a movie, but don’t feel like having the traditional night out you would back home? Not a problem! You already know this, but Dubai is home to the fantastically weird, original and mind-blowing…so it’s not a surprise that movie nights have been revolutionized as well. Let’s check out the different cinema experiences you can have while in the city. 

Movie with Dinner

Forget about dinner before the movie…you can have both at the same time

Cinemas like Novo 7 Star and Reel Cinemas feature seats with tables at the side or in front of them, so you can order your menu (some options include several courses, for the hungry ones) and bite into that burger without taking your eyes off the screen. 

Novo 7 Star also offers a blanket and cushion for added comfort. 

Movie in the Snow 

Oh, yes! The disagreeable biting cold can be combined with the epitome of comfort in this city, and you’ll find that at Vox Cinemas at Ski Dubai

Be at ease, you won’t suffer the cold thanks to the blanket, gloves and hot chocolate you’ll get with your ticket. Popcorn is also included, and you’ll experience one of the most fun movie nights ever. 

If you’re already at Ski Dubai for a snowboarding session, what better way to end your evening than with a hot cocoa and a movie? 

Luxury cinemas

Feel like stretching out in really comfy seats while sipping a drink as you watch your movie? There are options for that too, although be prepared to pay for that extra luxury. 

Roxy Platinum Plus is the equivalent of business class; plush reclining leather seats, buttons to order service from a butler, blankets and pillows to snuggle after your snacks or dinner…This is definitely a complete experience, not just a night out to the movies. 

The Roxy Cinema at BoxPark goes even further with its retro setting; scarlet armchairs, personal lamps and dim lighting.

The Outdoor Cinema at ALOFT Deira City Centre offers you spacious seats, gourmet food and drinks while you watch your selected movie under the stars and surrounded by views of the Creek. If your movie night is a romantic one, get the VIP couch package for a really comfy two-person couch (hello snuggling!) and snacks. 

Want to be part of the action? Dubai is home to the UAE’s first ScreenX, a 170-degree screen that covers three of the cinema walls, surrounding you completely. It’s especially enjoyable with action and adventure movies, as you’ll be immersed in them much more than you would with a comedy. Movies are adapted to fit the screen, and the effect can be better appreciated if you sit in the back. 

Take Advantage of Ladies Night in Dubai

Dubai has a fantastic tradition in which, on certain days of the week, ladies get free drinks, discounts on meals or entrance fees, complimentary pool or beach access and many more benefits, depending on the nightclub or restaurant you’re visiting. 

To enjoy the best Ladies Night out in Dubai, check out the places with offers that day of the week and choose the one with the most benefits! You can find all the options on the Ladies Night Dubai website.   

If you’re out for a Ladies Night in Dubai Marina, you’ll find plenty of choices, including the rooftop bars suggested above. In fact, all of the nightclubs and bars mentioned in this post have their offers, from a free bar to complimentary dinners, free flow of sparkling or cocktails and preferent entrance. 

If you want a night to remember but don’t have that much money to spend on drinks…you now know what to do! Men are welcome in all the bars and clubs with ladies night offers as well, they just won’t get the freebies. 

THINGS TO DO IN DUBAI AT NIGHT FAQ

Is Dubai safe at night?

Dubai is a really safe place to visit, either during the day or at night time. Since the nightlife is so active, you’ll be surrounded by people until pretty late, adding to the feeling of safety. 
Of course, as in all places, you should stay in the main tourist areas, avoid sketchy and dark places and keep an eye on your personal belongings. 

What can you do for free at night in Dubai?

There are many free activities in Dubai at night! Besides the ones mentioned in this article, you can go night camping in Dubai (Al Quadra Lake is a great free camping spot), go stargazing with the Dubai Astronomy Group, or head to the beach, one of the best places to visit in Dubai at night for free!

Can you visit the Dubai Frame at night?

Yes! The Dubai Frame can be visited at night, and the color lights illuminating it create a beautiful spectacle to see. Opening times are from 9 AM to 9 PM, with the last entry at 8.30 PM. 

Can you go on a Big Bus Dubai night tour?

Going on a Dubay by night tour is a fantastic plan, especially because of the illuminated landmarks and skylines you’ll get to see. And even though there are many night tours in Dubai (you can find the best ones in this post!) Big Bus doesn’t operate during the night. 


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