Dubai Marina is one of the most beautiful urban sights in the world but how to best admire it in full glory? Where to go to soak up all of it: the turquoise waters, unobstructed view of the towers and the hip young atmosphere of classic Dubai indulgence in life? Here’s some quick tips. First: get a front row sit on all the action by visiting one of the 6 amazing rooftop bars from the list. Second: get a drink. Views are always better with a drink. Cheers!
1. Pure Sky Lounge
In some places, when people want to escape the noise and chaos of the city they go to the suburbs. In Dubai, they take an elevator and simply leave the hectic life far below. Located at the 35th floor at Hilton Dubai The Walk, Pure is an oasis of calm and quiet. The décor is minimalistic and cool with white and turquoise calming the senses. The sun shades resemble sails and the whole place has a nice seaside feel to it. Thanks to the great location, this rooftop bars offers sweeping views over the Arabian Gulf, the Palm and JBR. The sunsets are simply spectacular here and as if that wasn’t good enough there’s a sunset happy hour! Every day, between 6pm and 8pm you can enjoy drinks for 35 dirhams each. Martini fans, you’re in luck. Pure Sky Lounge serves six different signature martinis that you are guaranteed to have never tried before!
Where: Hilton Dubai The Walk in Jumeirah Beach Residence
Best for: Sunset happy hour to relax after a long day
2. Siddharta Lounge by Buddha Bar
Buddha Bar is an iconic cocktail bar at the Grosvenor House that is now giving you even more of the good stuff with a magnificent rooftop bar. Siddharta Lounge boasts 360 degree views over Dubai Marina, the Arabian Gulf and the Palm making it one of the most picturesque locations in town and a stylish one, too! With giant comfy sofas as well as a big dancefloor this is a rare place that caters to both the party animals and the wallflowers. And they have regular club nights so you can enjoy the beats against the backdrop of the city lights. What more can you ask for?
Where: Grosvenor House Dubai Marina
Best for: A classy night out with friends
3. Atelier M at Pier 7
Atelier M is hiding one of the biggest gems in Dubai Marina and I’m about to let you in on the secret. This fine-dining restaurant has much more up its sleeve than a refined French menu and an extravagant art deco bar. Even though the name of Pier 7 might lead you to believe that there are seven floors, there’s in fact an extra floor called 7M! Those who are in the know about this secret rooftop are rewarded with possibly the best views of Marina right at its very centre. You can rent the rooftop lounge for a private event during the day or come here for a night out with an amazing twinkling backdrop of Marina lights. On Sundays and Mondays, they have special offers on drinks and shisha to ease you into the week in style.
Where: Pier 7, next to Marina Mall
Best for: Envy-inducing photos of Dubai Marina
Shades is located only on the 4th floor which might seem unimpressive by Dubai standards. Don’t let this discourage you! This rooftop bar is right at the heart of Marina with the glimmering skyscrapers towering over it and yachts cruising by. Amazing views and Instagram-worthy photo opportunities guaranteed. Romantic atmosphere makes it perfect for a candlelit dinner date and if the night requires more excitement, Pier 7 with all its bars is just a few steps away. On the weekends, you can indulge in a fancy brunch accompanied by a saxophonist (as if the views weren’t enough to tempt you already).
Where: Address Dubai Marina
Best for: Romantic date night
5. Ramusake at Hilton DoubleTree
If you don’t want to be bombarded with all the lights of Marina towers at once and prefer your views as a side dish rather than a main, then Ramusake is the perfect place for you. Their dim-lit terrace with paper lanterns and lush plants is a thing of beauty in itself and the views just add to its charm. Ramusake has all it takes to become an instant hit with the expats: great food, relaxed atmosphere and cool, edgy interiors. The Japanese fusion theme is strong with this one, they serve classic sushi rolls alongside more unusual flavours like tuna sashimi pizza or rib and foie gras gyozas. The cocktail menu is bound to surprise you consisting entirely of signature Japan-inspired cocktails mixed with sake, plum umeshu liquor and other Asian alcohols. Sake aficionados rejoice! This place not only has an exhaustive selection of finest sakes but also an especially designated Sake Bar & Lounge.
Where: Hilton DoubleTree in Jumeirah Beach Residence
Best for: No-nonsense dining experience
6. Tamanya Terrace
Tamanya Terrace on the 8th floor of Radisson Blu Hotel is a real party spot. During the week you can lounge on their comfy sofas and appreciate the skyline but on Thursday and Friday nights it gets real busy with the party crowd. In the barely lit club, the twinkle of the city lights will guide you as you dance your way through to the bar for another drink. This rooftop bar is a bit further from Marina than the other ones but it offers the most glorious views of the Tallest Block (Marina’s tallest residential towers). Sometimes you need some distance to get a good perspective on things, right? Applies to life choices and rooftop bars, alike.
Where: Radisson Blu Hotel, Media City
Best for: All-night partying with a view