Escape work early and have a drink at one of these stylish alfresco spots that are perfect for sunset drinks in Dubai… 

1. Jetty Lounge

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Arguably one of the prettiest beach bars in the city, with tables right out on the sand, Jetty Lounge is the perfect spot for sundowners. Sip a cocktail while gazing out over the ocean and watch The Palm light up.

One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh Road, Dubai, daily 2pm till late. Tel: (04) 3999999. Taxi: One&Only Royal Mirage.

2. 40 Kong

As the highest rooftop lounge in the emirate, this stylish cocktail bar owns some serious bragging rights. Located on the 40th floor of the H Hotel, it is best enjoyed at sunset.

H Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, daily 8pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 3558896. Metro: World Trade Centre.

3. Uptown Bar

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Located on the 24th floor of the iconic Jumeirah Beach Hotel, the city spreads out before you like a carpet way down below from here: a great backdrop for a drink. Popping the question? She’d say yes up here.

Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai, daily 5pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 4068999. Taxi: Jumeirah Beach Hotel.

4. Garden On 8

Wedged on the eighth floor of the Media One Hotel, the recently refurbished Garden On 8 is greener than your average bar. Informal bench seating and sofas made from recycled materials sit on astro turf, with garden walls overflowing with fresh herbs enclosing you in a green oasis. The kitchen serves British favourites such as fish ‘n’ chips, alongside ales and cocktails. Keeping cool is no problem as large canopies deflect the sun’s strongest rays.

Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, Dubai, daily 12pm to 12am. Tel: (04) 4271000. Metro: Nakheel.

5. Cove Beach

This popular outdoor beach club at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel is a tranquil Ibiza-style place to sip a sundowner while looking effortlessly cool in those new sunglasses you just bought. With a chilled out soundtrack from DJs, Cove Beach serves French and Italian food. There’s also a selection of wines made especially for the club.

Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai, daily 11am to 3am. Tel: (800) 2683. Taxi: Jumeirah Beach Hotel.

6. Sun&


Hidden out on the Palm, this bright bar and restaurant radiates a fresh Mediterranean feel with whitewashed tables, ornate floor tiles and orange trees. For the best seat in the house, head to the stylish outdoor patio – spot on for a sangria and a sunset. The sundowners brunch on Fridays runs from 5pm to 8pm, and includes six sharing dishes and three house drinks for Dhs202.

Palm Views West, The Palm, Dubai, Mon to Sun noon to midnight. Tel: (04) 3759333. Taxi: Palm Views West, before Marina Residence 1.

7. The Edge


Sitting on the 14th floor of the Hilton on the Creek, The Edge does drinks and a good casual menu of mezze, seafood and Arabic nibbles. But who actually cares about the food when you’ve got views of the Dubai skyline and the creek like those on offer here? Dubai just got a new selfie spot.

Hilton Dubai Creek, Deira, Dubai, daily 7am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 2127551. Metro: Al Rigga.

8. Beach Lounge 

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The furniture at this new outdoor bar, Beach Lounge, may be distressed, but you won’t be after sitting here with a sundowner.  Situated on the sand in front of Villa Beach restaurant, this bar’s faded blue and white colour scheme gives off the vibe of somewhere in Greece, with a splash of Ibiza thrown in.

You enter via a pathway of decking to a space filled with big squishy sofas, cabanas, and armchairs. Some tables are cubes of rough, whitewashed wood, while others are a glass circle on top of a tangle of branches. Lanterns dangle from the cabana beams. If you think all this sounds nice, wait until you see the view: the Burj Al Arab is smack bang in front of you, and the Jumeirah Beach Hotel is behind you; if you have guests in town, this is the place to take them.

The cocktails start at about Dhs75 and contain some nice fresh ingredients, while the bar nibbles come from the Med: cheese croquettes, goat’s cheese crostini, fried calamari, and mini pizzas. Beach Lounge is going to become a major player in the list of Dubai sundowner spots.

Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai, daily 9am to 2am. Tel: (04) 432 3232. Taxi: Jumeirah Beach Hotel.

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