Weekend pool and beach parties that turn into evening dance-offs are a big thing in Dubai, thanks to the sunny climes.
Zero Gravity (taxi: Skydive Dubai, +971 4 399 0009) is famed for its huge poolside and a beachside brunch that kicks off at 1pm on Fri and Sat, but you can bag a spot on the beach from 8am and stay long into the evening. In fact, the fun never really stops here, making it hands’ down the biggest party in Dubai.
All the way over the other side of town, Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE (taxi: Golden Tulip, Ghantoot, +971 56 1133400) brings a slice of Ibiza to the Dubai/Abu Dhabi border. It opens on the weekend only (Fri and Sat), hosting a weekend brunch from 1pm and then throwing the mother of all parties that takes you from glittering sunshine to a night under the stars.
The Penthouse Dubai (taxi: FIVE Dubai, Palm Jumeirah, +9714 455 9989) on the 16th floor is a lively adults-only rooftop day club and evening lounge offering spectacular views of the stunning Dubai skyline. Featuring two glass-lined swimming pools, guests can enjoy the sunset overlooking the Palm. It’s open Sat to Wed 12pm-3am, while on Thu-Fri it stays open until an eye-watering 5am. Do you have the stamina to last the distance?
Nikki Beach Dubai (taxi: Pearl Jumeira, +9714 376 6000) is as plush as you’d expect from the upscale global brand. There are deals and themed nights throughout the week, but Fridays is when the real party starts in earnest from lunchtime. Open 11am-8pm daily.