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Waterside Drinking, Dining, and Dancing in Dubai

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There are few lovelier ways to spend a night in Dubai than on the waterside, especially in winter when the weather's still warm and in summer when you'll welcome the balmy sea breezes. Start at Bahri Bar overlooking the ocean or at Uptown. Move on to dinner at over-the-water restaurant PierChic. Then hit beachside Barasti Bar before rounding off the night with some seaside dancing under the stars at 360°.
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Jumeirah Mina A'Salam, Madinat Jumeirah - Jumeira Road, Umm Suqeim 3 - دبي - United Arab Emirates
During the many years I lived in Dubai, I must have sipped drinks on the wide, breezy veranda of Bahri Bar hundreds of times. It was the bar I took my many visitors to Dubai—from my Mum to my old school friends—on their first night in the city and...
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24th Floor, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Road - Umm Suqeim - دبي - United Arab Emirates
Don't come for the atmosphere or decor, which are usually big draws in Dubai where bars are often extravagant and over-the-top. The interior of this compact watering hole up on the 24th floor of Jumeirah Beach Hotel won't win any design awards. I...
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Madinat Jumeirah - Jumeira Road، Umm Suqeim 3 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Chefs have come and gone over the years and with them the seafood-based cuisine has changed. One thing that has remained, however, at this over-water restaurant is the enchanting views. In one direction there's the illuminated sail-shaped Burj Al...
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What could be better than the catch of the day eaten while your toes are still digging in the sand? This cheap and cheerful seafood shack in the shadow of Burj Al Arab is incredibly popular with the locals, so get there early (6PM) to avoid the...
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Dubai Marina - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
For an enchanting view of the city, take a cruise on Dubai Creek on a dhow—the traditional boats of the region. There are a wide variety of options, including dinner cruises, allowing you a chance to soak up a sunset and watch as the lights...
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Marina Walk,Dubai Marina near the waterfront - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
As places to have a few drinks go, this is probably as good as it gets. With a backdrop of the world's tallest building, and the fountains at Dubai Mall, shaded by palm trees, and sitting on sofas or bean bags. The music wasn't half bad either, as...
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Le Meridien Mina Syahi Beach Resort & Marina Dubai Marina - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Whether it's during the day lounging on beach beds or in the evening sipping cocktails, Barasti Beach Bar is a great place to hang out with friends. No one is going to write home about the food, but this bar proves that location, location,...
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Jumeirah Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah - King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, Umm Suqeim 3 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
For a bar located in Al Qasr, one of Dubai's most luxurious hotels, Koubba remains something of a secret. While it may not be Dubai's most buzziest bar, it's arguably one of its most romantic and makes a lovely spot for a pre-dinner cocktail or...
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Jumeirah St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Jutting out to sea at the end of a walkway at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel marina, 360 offers breathtaking panoramic views from its rooftop lounge-bar: cocktail in hand, you can see the Arabian Sea, Burj Al Arab, and the sweep of the coastline. Arrive...
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Mina A'Salam Hotel - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
There are few more lovelier and laidback spots to down some icy cold beers on a balmy winter's evening in Dubai -- or a blistering night the rest of the year -- than from one of the comfy bean bags on the alfresco terrace at Barzar at the Madinat...
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Ground floor, Jumeirah Emirates Towers - Sheikh Zayed Road, DIFC - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
One of the downsides of drinking in Dubai is that the vast majority of bars are located in hotels (some are in licensed venues like sporting clubs), meaning it's hard to not feel like a tourist. The best opportunities to do some sipping with the...