It might be getting hotter but that doesn’t mean things are slowing down…
Dubai is renowned for its scores of stunning rooftop terraces and beautiful spots for alfresco drinking and dining. With the intense Dubai heat, some, not in the know, might be forgiven for thinking they’ll be confined to being indoors all summer.
In actual fact, some of our favourite spots are prepared for the heat, putting up awesome summer tents so we can still feel the outside vibes whilst staying cool.
Whilst you might miss the epic views of the Burj Khalifa and Downtown skyline, the tent at Treehouse turns it into a magical greenhouse with twinkly gold lights and pretty foliage hanging down. They have live music nights and events as usual.
Treehouse, Taj Dubai, Burj Khalifa Street, Dubai, Sat to Wed 7pm to 2am, Thurs 7pm to 3am, Fri 1pm to 3am. Tel: (058) 827 2763. treehousedubai.ae
Barasti is the cheeky, charming bar that has maintained its popularity despite being open for twenty-something years. Their summer tent each year is epically themed, with recent years including Jurassic Park. This year the theme is House of Whatever and you can expect an array of spontaneous events throughout the summer.
Barasti, Le Meridien Mina Syahi Beach Resort & Marina Dubai Marina, Dubai, Sat to Wed 10am to 1.30am, Thurs & Fri 9am to 3am. Tel: (04) 318 1313. barastibeach.com
Garden on 8
If you’re looking for relaxed vibes and total chills, Garden on 8 is a fantastic place to head. They’ve got their summer tent up now so you can spend the afternoon outside watching sports on the big screen and making the most of their two for one happy hour from 4pm to 8pm each day, available on house drinks.
Garden on 8, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, Sun to Wed 12pm to 12am, Thurs to Sat 12pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 427 1000. facebook.com/gardenon8DXB
Eve Penthouse & Lounge
This fancy rooftop bar at Dubai Creek is the ultimate indulgent luxury with plush velvet interiors set off by warm woods and pretty green foliage inside. They’ve just put up their summer tent, where you can enjoy a daily happy hour from 4.30pm to 7pm with 50 percent off selected drinks or their value-for-money Friday evening brunch for Dhs250 from 5pm to 9pm.
Eve Penthouse & Lounge, Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights, Dubai, daily 4.30pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 553 1214. eveloungedubai.com
Luna Sky Bar
Luna Sky Bar is the cool rooftop bar perched up amongst the dramatic buildings of Downtown Dubai. During the summer, their summer tent will allow its visitors to soiree in sophistication in a stylish, undercover setting, checking out the new menu of cocktails which includes Le Grand Fizz, an elegant blend of elderflower, fresh lime and more, or sip on the bespoke Luna Eclipse infused with agave, mandarin juice, ginger and a dash of pineapple.
Luna Sky Bar, Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre, Downtown Dubai, daily 5pm to 3am. 04 506 0300. facebook.com/lunadubai/
Fish is a top destination to head in Dubai with cool Santorini vibes coming from cobbled pathways, white-washed stone walls and blue accents transporting you to the idyllic Greek island. Previously only functional through the winter months, they now have a new glass cover.
Fish Beach Taverna, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, daily 12pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 511 7139. fish-dubai.com
One of the best things about UBK is its relaxed pub-garden feel outdoors so fans of this urban spot will be pleased to know that their ‘Indoor Gardens’ tent will be up during summer with extended deals on food.
UBK, Movenpick Hotel, Cluster A, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Sat to Wed 12pm to 2am, Thurs & Fri 12pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 438 0000. movenpick.com
This great canal-side spot is a little known hidden gem tucked away at the back of the JW Marriot Marquis. It’s an import from Lebanon with a sleek design complete with a leafy back wall, giving it that little bit of a garden theme that seems to be so popular in Dubai. Their pergola will be covered over and air conditioned throughout the summer.
Seven Sisters, JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay, Sat to Thur 6pm to 3am, Fri 3pm to 3am. Tel: (056) 775 4777. 7sistersdubai.com
This awesome little rooftop spot is a bit of a hidden gem in Dubai Media City – perfect for those after work sundowners. Over the summer, they are putting up their ‘Tiki Tent’ which will have a tropical theme.
Tamanya Terrace, Radisson Blu, Dubai Media City, Dubai, daily 5pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 366 9111. radissonblu.com
Ninive is a stunning Arabic restaurant nestled in the heart of DIFC. With a beautiful outdoor majlis setting, it has plush seating, abundant with rich purples and golds and overlooked by palm trees. They had a fabulous tent up for Ramadan last month, which will be staying all summer long.
Ninive, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai, Sat to Wed 4pm to 2am, Thur and Fri 4pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 3266105. Metro: Emirates Towers. ninive.ae