Sponsored: Visit Bluewaters Island during the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) for world-class dining surrounded by stunning light displays…

Dubai has been transformed into one giant light show for the Dubai Shopping Festival, with spectacular installations right across the city. Pay a visit to Bluewaters Island between now and the end of January for top-notch dining surrounded by shimmering lights.

Plus, when you dine alfresco on Bluewaters Island, you’ll have a front-row seat for the daily drone show, which takes place at 7pm and 9.30pm each night.

Where to eat on Bluewaters Island


alici bluewaters island best restaurants

Italian-accented seafood is the star of the show at this beautiful restaurant, which boasts a chic blue-and-white colour palette and breezy terrace overlooking JBR and the Arabian Sea.

Alici, Bluewaters Island, daily 12pm to 3.30pm, 7pm to 12am. Tel: (04) 275 2577. @alicidubai

The London Project


A lush, leafy retreat, this British-inspired restaurant and bar is known for its botanical drinks and eclectic menu inspired by the melting pot of London.

The London Project, Bluewaters Island, daily 12pm to 12am. Tel: 054 306 1822. thelondonproject.com

The Selfish Bull

Alfresco restaurants The Selfish Bull

This smart steakhouse specialises in expertly grilled meats and seafood, from Tomahawk steaks to Canadian lobsters. With its waterfront terrace, it’s the ideal spot for sundowners and alfresco dinners with views of the drone show.

The Selfish Bull, Bluewaters Island, Sat to Wed 12pm to 12am, Thu and Fri 12pm to 1am. Tel: (04) 399 3638. theselfishbull.com

Puerto 99

Puerto 99 Bluewaters Island

The vibrant flavours of Mexico are on show at this lively south-of-the-border eatery. Tuck into tacos, tostadas and ceviche, while a DJ adds to the party vibe.

Puerto 99, Bluewaters Island, Sat to Mon 12.30pm to 1.30am, Tue to Fri 12.30pm to 2.30am. Tel: (04) 557 6627. puerto99.ae

Un Dimanche a Paris

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Be transported to the Saint-Germain at this chic Parisian eatery, serving pretty patisserie, colourful salads, and elegant cafe fare.

Un Dimanche a Paris, Bluewaters Island, daily 8am to 12am. Tel: (04) 564 0044. @undimancheaparisuae

Ketch Up


American comfort food is the order of the day at Ketch Up, with juicy steaks and burgers the standouts. With affordable prices and a stylishly casual setting, Ketch Up is sure to appeal to all ages.

Ketch Up, Bluewaters Island, daily 12am to 12pm. Tel: 050 750 7424. @ketchup.dxb

The Coffee Club

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From breakfasts of chia pudding and pancakes to satisfying lunchtime salads and sandwiches, and international mains, there’s something for everyone at the Coffee Club.

The Coffee Club, Bluewaters Island, Sat to Wed 8am to 10pm, Thu and Fri 8am to 11pm. Tel: (04) 399 1536. thecoffeeclubme.com

Leen’s Casual to Gourmet


At Leen’s Casual to Gourmet, the premise is simple: gourmet food, without the fuss. Settle into the relaxed dining room for a globe-trotting dining experience that takes you from Japanese sushi to Mexican tacos.

Leen’s Casual to Gourmet, Bluewaters Island, Sun to Thu 8am to 11pm, Fri and Sat 8am to 12am. Tel: (04) 392 0606. leens.com

Basanti & Co


Savour contemporary Indian cuisine at this waterfront restaurant, offering aromatic curries, biryanis and signature dishes that are brimming with flavour.

Basanti & Co, Bluewaters Island, daily 12pm to 12am. Tel: (04) 557 6947. bluewatersdubai.ae/en/dine/basanti-co

This is Hot Dog

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For some of Dubai’s most inventive hot dogs and sliders, slip into this fun, fast-casual eatery on Bluewaters Island. And the best part? They’re open until 2am to satisfy those late-night cravings.

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This is Hot Dog, Bluewaters Island, daily 10am to 2am. Tel: 800 844. thisishotdog.com

Daily drone light show


Time your visit to Bluewaters Island to coincide with the spectacular daily drone show. Each night, at 7pm and 9.30pm, the DSF Drone Light Show sees hundreds drones take to the skies above Bluewaters Island and the Beach opposite JBR.

The first show sees Modesh and Dana explore the city in “Dubai, A City of Adventure”, while the second looks at transformation of the emirate in “Dubai, From the Past to the Present”.

It’s free to watch – and the best place to catch it is from your favourite restaurant on Bluewaters Island.

DSF runs from December 17 until January 30, with more than 1,000 brands participating across 4,000 venues, and savings of up to 75 per cent. visitdubai.com/en/whats-on/dsf