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Best things to do in Dubai at night

Dubai is fantastic city at any time day but especially at night when there’s so much to do and see. Here’s our pick of the top things to do in Dubai at night whether you’re looking to spend time with the family or feel like having a bit of an adventure…

Best things to do in Dubai at night…. for free

1. See the Dubai Fountains at the Burj Khalifa

You can see the Dubai Fountain show at most times of day but at night it’s a sight to behold. You don’t need to spend any money to enjoy it, just take a stroll around the lake outside Dubai Mall and enjoy the free shows.

2. Watch the sunset on a public beach

There’s plenty of great public beaches in Dubai which are perfect for a sundowner picnic and drink. Check out the best of them here.

Image by Dubai Sunset

3. Window shop at Dubai Mall (open until midnight on weekends)

You might not have the budget for the likes of Dubai Mall’s Tiffany, Alexander McQueen, Jimmy Choo or Chanel, but there’s no harm in window shopping is there?!

4. Go camping

This is one of the best things you can do at night in Dubai and it doesn’t need to cost a dirham if you have the right gear. Fortunately, if you choose a good time of year you don’t need much equipment – a tent, sleeping bag and firewood are enough (as well as some good bbq food of course!) Click here for the best camping spots in the UAE.

Best things to do in Dubai at night…. for families

1. Soak up the atmosphere at Global Village

This huge outdoor market-come-funfair is one of the most popular things to do in Dubai at night and attracts millions of guests every season. If you’ve got kids, add it to your Dubai at night bucketlist.

Image by Khaleej

2. See a show at the Dubai Opera

The Dubai Opera doesn’t just stick to opera, it hosts musicals, ballet, comedy, family shows and almost every other entertainment genre you can think of. Check out the current schedule here.

Image by Dubai Opera

3. Visit a Dubai night market

When the temperatures creep up during the day you’ll find even more things to do in Dubai at night. One of the firm family favorites are the many night markets that start popping up as summer approaches.

4. Take a Dubai dhow dinner cruise along Dubai Creek

There are a huge number of companies offering evening cruises along Dubai Creek, which are a fantastic thing to do as a family. Choose your cuisine and your boat, and off you sail!

Best things to do at night…. for adventurers

1. Catch a concert at MusicHall Dubai

Dubai’s MusicHall is a sort of theater and club hybrid, with a great line up throughout the year. You’ll get to see some wonderful entertainment while enjoying a fantastic menu at your private table.

2. Take the BigBus Dubai Night Tour

This is the best – and easiest – way to see the major landmarks of Dubai at night. It’s not a hop-on/hop-off bus tour like the daytime trips, but it’s a brilliant way to see all of Dubai’s most famous sights all lit up. You can pre-book here.

3. Take a night photography workshop with Gulf Photo Plus

This course is a brilliant course for anyone with a passion for photography. You’ll learn all about the techniques needed for shooting in the dark including shutter speeds and light trails.

4. Book a full moon yoga class at Talise Spa at Madinat Jumeirah

Why take a yoga class in a sweaty studio when you could be doing it under the stars?!

Image by Talise Spa

Best things to do at night…. for foodies

1. Catch a movie while enjoying a menu by a Michelin-starred chef at Theatre

This concept is unlike any ‘dinner and a movie’ you’re likely to have experienced! You can enjoy a meal from a menu created by Gary Rhodes while sitting at reclining seats with cushions and blankets, as well as in-cinema waiter service with your own call button at your seat.

2. Sample the famous Ravi’s restaurant

Ravi’s Pakistani restaurant in Satwa, Dubai, is something of an institution. Unlike most of the city’s other top restaurants, there are no silver spoons or five-star service. Instead, ask the waiters what’s best and trust in their recommendations. You won’t be disappointed.

Image by Steve Dolinski

3. Dine in the dark at Noire

Sit down at Noire and be prepared for a 1.5 hour experience of dining in the dark (the waiters wear night vision goggles, don’t panic) which is designed to enhance your senses and give you a meal like you’ve never had before. Booking is required.

4. Eat fish at the Bu Qtair fish shack in Jumeirah

This is another institution in Dubai and one of the best things to do at night if you enjoy good food. It started life in Jumeirah as a small fish shack and hasn’t strayed very far from its roots. There’s usually only a couple of choices of fish – spicy or non-spicy – but it gets very, very busy which is testament to the cooking. You’ll find it at Old 32B Street, Umm Suqeim 2.

Image by Bu Qtair Restaurant

*Content first published in June 2018. Prices correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change and/or availability.

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