Places to Visit in Dubai at Night

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Dubai is majestic, especially when the sun has sunk and the night is on the clock. From a surreal overnight desert safari, to the ultra-modern attractions, there are some splendid things to do and places to visit in the night.

Perhaps rivaled by the extraordinary architecture, pristine desert safari, and photogenic scenes, Dubai also boasts a remarkably diverse nightlife scene. We all know how Dubai is a lot of fun in the day, but it unleashes the best flavors and something wonderful in the night. There is a cornucopia of choices that light the emirate, showing its different perspective and making it feel like the right place for tourism.

Whether you're angling for a lavish dinner on a terrace overlooking the softly lit streets or want to dance away all of your stress in a night club, there's something for everyone. Here is a list of some favorite things, among the many options available in Dubai.

Things to do in Dubai at Night with Family

Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina, Photo by Adam Le Sommer on Unsplash

Take a moonlit stroll around Dubai Marina Landmarks

Dubai Marina is filled with plenty of skyscrapers and yachts that make it feel like a treat to the eyes. At night it shifts to a more bubbly atmosphere with an active and energetic vibe. It is one of the famous spots where tourist families and residents are excited to go, and why not, as it contains beauty, shopping desires and gastronomical delights, all in one place.

Spend the night under the sky at Overnight Desert Safari

To sum it up in one word, this experience is unforgettable. Most typical desert safaris offer extreme dune bashing, camel riding, sand boarding, quad biking and sunset photography. But if you want to ride off-road and do something different, choose the overnight option. If you do, the fun doesn't end with the dinner, you will also be able to sleep under the stars. You will get to stay in the Bedouin tents all night long beneath the star-studded sky in great comfort and safety. In the morning you are also served a scrumptious breakfast.

Dance club

Dance Club, Photo by Emmanuel on Unsplash

Put on your dancing shoes

Dubai is known for endless entertainment options, from nightclubs to bars and speakeasies. Contemporary options like White Dubai and Cirque Le Soir, Italian options like Cavalli Club and Japanese choices like Billionaire Mansion are few of the best go-to party destinations for the past few years. Just remember that you must be above 21, and that's it, now you are ready to hit the dance floor.

Dhow Cruise, photo by Shivam Khandelwal

Dhow Cruise, photo by Shivam Khandelwal

Take in the glittering city on a Dhow Cruise

Kicking aside all the ideas of tourism, the Dhow Cruise in Dubai is a lot more inviting and exciting. You have the most astounding views of Dubai as the wooden-boat-transformed luxury yacht is gliding along the Creek. Finding the utmost solace on the trip, you are left enchanted by the diverse architecture that the emirate has to offer. This sailing is complemented by the live entertainment and a delicious dinner presented in your service.

Dubai Fountain

Dubai Fountain

Feast your eyes on the Dubai Fountain from Burj Khalifa

You will want to seize the moment when you watch the dreamlike Dubai Fountain dancing gracefully to the rhythm. It brings peace to the chaotic ambiance and leaves you mesmerized. But nothing is better than being in the water and relishing the show. Yes, you can have a lake ride and witness this spectacle from just a few feet away.

Glow Garden

Glow Garden, photo by Shivam Khandelwal

Explore the Glow Garden

Spread across 40 acres of Zabeel Park, Dubai Glow Garden holds a world of imagination. It is an artistic splendor which is brought into action by 500 eminent craftsmen, engineers and architects. Audiences from all age groups can explore the magic of the place, from the display of Dubai's monuments, giant colorful lanterns, nature and wildlife, ice age, dinosaurs and a lot more. There are add-ons like the live shows and food.

Dubai Yacht

Dubai Yacht, photo by Shivam Khandelwal

Go Yachting

Dubai is world renowned for its royal luxury and opulence. When you are in this rich emirate, it would be cheating to not be a part of its extravagance. So, book a yacht and sail in the night. It is a great way to throw a party or stage a romantic dinner night. Set a candlelight dinner, enjoy fishing, do snorkeling and the highlight is you get to sleep under the stars. Overall, it's a brilliant trip idea for friends, family and bae.

Global Village in Dubai

Global Village in Dubai, photo by Shivam Khandelwal

Eat, shop and party at Global Village

The first family destination in Dubai, Global Village is a multicultural and entertainment hub. Thrill seekers can rotate on the iconic Wheel of the World, while shopping freaks can buy from the Floating Market and kids can rejoice at the Circus.

Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa

Go up on the tallest building in the world

Burj Khalifa is beyond belief. You can go to the top of this building and you can sip and nibble at its award-winning restaurant, the Atmosphere. You can have the panorama views of the city from the observatory deck. And you can escalate in the fastest elevator ever.

For Adventurers

Ski in the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East

The resort is the size of three football fields, and perfect for anyone who loves to go beyond the boundaries. This ice skiing in the desert-born emirate is an amusing activity to be a part of.

Take the Big Bus Dubai Night Tour

The Big Bus is the simplest way to discover the exotic nightlife of Dubai, hassle-free and inexpensive.

Book a full moon yoga

Don’t underestimate the power of yoga when you are on a tour, and thus get yourself a mat under the stars at Talise Spa at Madinat Jumeirah.

For Foodies

All those who travel to try different cuisine and devour the best dishes of the city should drop by these restaurants that are favored by gorgeous views and ambiance:

  • Noire
  • The Gallery
  • Al Sarab Rooftop Lounge
  • Al Grissino
  • Le Patio
  • Skyview Bar
  • Uptown Bar

Places to Visit in Dubai at Night for Free

  • Walk inside the Camel Museum which tells the history of camels in UAE.
  • For all the fitness freaks, there are free yoga classes in Deira Creek, BurDubai Creek, Zabeel Park, JLT Park, and Internet City.
  • At Pyramids Rooftop Complex in Wafi complex, you get to watch free movies under the stars.
  • The view of Dubai Fountain and Dubai Aquarium comes free.
  • Explore the Gold Souks for free.

After sundown, not only are there a variety of free and inexpensive things to do, but Dubai also caters to all ages, interests, and styles. So, go on an adventure, admire the scenes and eat the incredible cuisine. Simply adopt these ideas and you'll have a great time.

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