So you can say you've been there

Updated: Mar 20, 2019

Dubai is home to some truly iconic venues. Here's a trio you can enjoy with a drink in hand.

1. Despite often mistakenly referred to as a seven-star hotel (five stars are the classification maximum, we think you'll find) there's no doubting the pulling power of Burj al Arab. You don't have to stay here to get a peak inside, but you do have to book ahead for drinks at Gold On 27 (taxi: Burj al Arab, +971 4 301 7600), which, as the name suggests, takes a sledgehammer to subtlety.

2. You don't have to try hard to imagine what the QE2 (taxi: QE2, +971 4 526 8888) was like in her heyday, when it ferried Britain's Queen Elizabeth II to overseas engagements - purposefully, the decor is pretty much unchanged. No doubt a former favourite of the Queen Mother's, the Gin Bar stocks 40 varieties of the spirit and is open daily from 5-11pm. Elsewhere onboard, The Golden Lion is an old-school pub.

3. No must-do list for your holiday in Dubai would be complete without a mention of At.Mosphere (taxi: Burj Khalifa, +9714 888 3828) in the world’s tallest tower. You’re so high up here (122 floors) that you’ll almost think you’re seeing the earth’s curvature. With such a spectacular view you almost forget that the plush interior is matched by some seriously good (and seriously pricey) drinks.

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