The best beach bars in Dubai
Whether it’s for a relaxed day in the sun, a chilled out evening meal or a full-on party, Dubai has a beach bar for every occasion.EDGAR staff October 19, 2014
Now summer is over and the temperature has dropped, we're well into the season when the whole world is jealous of the UAE. With warm, sunny days and mild nights, the best way to really enjoy the amazing weather is to get yourself to one of Dubai's many beach clubs.
Whether you're a sun-worshipper and looking for the best place to top up your tan, you prefer to come out at night and enjoy shisha and drinks by the sea, or you enjoy nothing more than a full-on Ibiza-style beachside rave, there's a beach club in Dubai for you. Here are 10 of our favourites:
La Baie Lounge
In the middle of JBR yet somehow still calm and peaceful, the Ritz-Carlton's beachside offering combines an extensive international menu with an elegant lounge area perfect for enjoying a sophisticated evening drink or two. Details: ritzcarlton.com
Go because: It's a chilled-out hideaway on the ever-busy JBR beach.
Although its not actually on the beach, the beautifully landscaped gardens, azure waters of the pool and hidden-away daybeds at Purobeach mean that even though you're on the sixth floor of the Conrad, you'll think you're right by the ocean. Details: conraddubai.com
Go because: You can have the all the best bits of the beach without leaving the city.
Marina Bar, Oceana Beach Club
Enjoy drinks or a shisha while watching the spectacular sunset over Dubai Marina or indulge in a sumptuous meal at excellent on-site steakhouse West 14th followed by a few drinks in the chilled-out beach bar. Details: west14th.ae
Go because: It serves steak to rival anywhere in Dubai.
Overlooking the drop zone of Sky Dive Dubai, Zero Gravity's great food, extensive drinks menu and lively atmosphere mean that it's one of the hottest hangouts in the city at the moment. Details: 0-gravity.ae
Go because: Where else can you see skydivers while you sunbathe?
Accessed by a winding path through the lush gardens of the One&Only Royal Mirage, it offers sweeping views of the Arabian Gulf and the Palm. As beach bars go, this one is pretty special and a surefire way to impress visitors. Details: royalmirage.oneandonlyresorts.com
Go because: Your guests will be amazed by the beauty of the place.
No list of beach bars would be complete without the Dubai institution that is Barasti. Although it's open in the daytime, it really comes into its own at night, when the post-brunch crowd gather to party the night away Details: barastibeach.com
Go because: It's the daddy of lively Dubai beach bars.
Set in the Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotel and Resort about a 25-minute drive south of Dubai, Blue Marlin provides excellent food in the daytime and an even better party atmosphere at night. Details: bluemarlinibiza-uae.com
Go because: It's an all-day and all-night party.
Spend a day relaxing on the pristine white beaches of the Palm, grazing on fresh seafood and light salads, or spend a lively evening with friends to the soundtrack of top guest DJs and live musicians. Details: atlantisthepalm.com
Go because: It has the best live music offerings you're likely to find in Dubai.
Best for freshly grilled seafood and relaxing in the tranquil waters of the beachside infinity pools by day, the venue livens up later with the nighttime crowd filtering in to enjoy drinks by the sand. Details: meydanbeach.com
Go because: It feels like your own little slice of Monte Carlo on JBR.
Set in the Sheraton JBR, Bliss Lounge is perfect for lovers of sushi and tapas, classy cocktails and chilled-out beats. Details: blissloungedubai.com
Go because: It's perfect for a low-key evening of food and light bites with friends.