When asking where to stay in Dubai for nightlife, there are just a few areas suitable for the party type, which we discuss in this article. Enjoying nightlife is costly as the taxation on alcohol is hefty. But in return, enjoying the nightlife in Dubai is rewarding with some of the most exclusive and exciting parties. At the bottom of this article, after answering where to stay in Dubai for nightlife, you find a section with commonly asked questions regarding nightlife in Dubai to make your stay in Dubai as pleasant as possible. With that being said, let’s jump to the results.
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Where to stay in Dubai for nightlife? Keep reading!
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What are the best areas in Dubai for nightlife?


The best areas in Dubai for nightlife are Dubai Marina & Jumeirah Beach Residence, Jumeirah Palm and Downtown Dubai. Keep in mind that Dubai does not have any specific street where you find all sorts of bars and nightclubs centralized, contrary to many tourist destinations. Most bars and clubs are inside luxury hotels and resorts, spread over the city, so it’s recommended to do your research before heading out and having a (small) list of venues that might suit your taste. In the next paragraphs, we dive deeper into each recommended area. 
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The best areas to stay in Dubai for nightlife are:

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1. Dubai Marina & Jumeirah Beach Residence


Often dubbed as Dubai's nightlife area, these two parts of Dubai, which are actually in the same area, are home to many impressive hotels. While the next recommended area, the Jumeirah Palm, is even more luxurious, both Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence are easily accessible for pedestrians where you have a view of the skyline and luxurious yachts from many leisure venues such as bars. At Dubai Marina, there is an abundance of food, both international and middle-eastern and those who take things to a higher place can enjoy a sky bar, for example, the Vero Sky Bar. There are several nightclubs located in this area as well, such as The Boss Lounge and Stereo Arcade. But for a regular bar visit where you can have a decent conversation without the bass pumping through your ears, there are good options available too. One venue that never gets bored is the Barasti Beach club.

During the weekends, head over to Madinat Jumeirah, which is located eight kilometres northeast of Dubai Marine Walk. This 1001 Arabian night-themed luxurious resort also has a large variety of hotels, shops and a so-called Souk (market). It is here where people love to spend their evenings dressed as movie stars. It's an experience you must witness yourself. 

Some of the most recommended hotels for nightlife in Dubai in this area are visually listed below.
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2. Downtown Dubai


As you might expect, at Dubai's touristic epicentre where you can find city highlights such as the Burj Khalifa, you can find loads of leisure venues for tourists, including nightlife places. First of all, during the evening, many gather around the largest building on the planet as it turns into a spectacular light show. Sitting on a terrace enjoying an ice-cold beverage is certainly a good start to the evening. Later on, head over to places like Mantis Dubai, Mafia Dubai or XO Clu Dubai. If you travel even a bit more north, you can visit Muscovites Night Club & Lounge, Boudoir, Omni Club Dubai Night club and Hangover Nightclub. Although these venues are spread over the city, there is a good variety here to enjoy Dubai's nightlife. The other good part is that you're close to the city's highlights, which you can visit during the day. There are a few hotels located in Downtown Dubai that have a nightclub, which include JW Marriott Marquis Dubai (downtown), Raffles, Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown and Address Sky View.


Some of the most recommended hotels for nightlife in Dubai in this area are visually listed below.
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3. Jumeirah Palm


There are two palm islands in Dubai, both obviously man-made, and the one that hosts many ultra-luxurious hotels is called Jumeirah Palm. Here, exclusiveness gets a completely new definition and each palm leaf has its own beach. The resorts offer a good variety of bars and the fact that all have access to the beach means that you can find amazing places to sip your cocktail or champagne. While Dubai Marina is much more vibrant, there are nice bars and restaurants to be found around The Palm Fountain and AlIttihad Park such as KnoX, ABOVE 21 and Phantom House.  Places like the FIVE Palm Jumeirah Hotel, Atlantis The Palm and Raffles The Palm Dubai are luxury resorts that do have a nightclub, which all are popular venues. Storm Dubai is one of the newest nightclubs opened in this area and visitors can enjoy the ultimate VIP experience in this exclusive venue.

Some of the most recommended hotels for nightlife in Dubai in this area are visually listed below.
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FAQs regarding where to stay in Dubai for nightlife

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Is nightlife in Dubai safe?


Absolutely. During the day and during the night, Dubai is safe. As authorities understand that tourism will be one of their major income sources for the emirates, they do everything to protect tourists. 
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At what time does Dubai’s nightlife start and what times does it end?


Most nightclubs are open in the early evenings and start filling around 10:30 until 03:00 or 04:00. Bars and other venues are open during the day, but get more crowded at 09:00. Keep in mind that the weekends are on Friday and Saturday, not like the usual Saturday and Sunday. So the clubs are busy on Thursdays and Fridays. 
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What is the legal age for enjoying the nightlife in Dubai?


The legal age for drinking alcohol in Dubai is 21. To enter most nightclubs, however, you have to be 25 years old. Those younger than 21 and still want to enjoy alcohol could consider a visit to the nearby Abu Dhabi, where the legal age for drinking is 18 years old. 
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What should I wear when visiting nightlife in Dubai?


Although you might expect that a conservative place like Dubai is strict about what you wear, the contrary is actually true. There is of course a certain limit, but you can basically wear the same outfit that you wear in Southeast Asia or Europe when going to a nightclub. But nightclubs, like in Europe and Southeast Asia, do maintain a dress code, but this is to prevent those wearing tank-tops, flip-flops and swimming shorts to enter their venue.
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Are there laws that I should know of regarding nightlife in Dubai?


Public drunkenness is illegal, however, the authorities do understand that tourists come to enjoy time in Dubai and if you’re behaving in some sort of good matter, you will be fine. There are limits, similar to all the nightlife cities in the world. However, when driving under influence, you are in trouble. This is something that authorities will tolerate. This also goes for drugs. Use your brains, don’t do anything stupid and enjoy Dubai for what it is. 
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