Dubai is an emirate with no shortage of nightlife and entertainment. Emphasizing the development of tourism, the authorities of Dubai are trying to soften the requirements of Islam, so that foreign tourists can relax and have fun in the familiar European way. Bars, discotheques, and restaurants having the corresponding license are free to serve alcohol (to people over 21, non-Muslims), live music.
Entertainment and drinking in the UAE is quite expensive. A glass of beer will cost DHS 15-20, a cocktail DHS 20-25. Most discos are paid, the entrance ticket costs DHS 50 – 100.
There are some free discos, but in such, as a rule, rather high prices for drinks and non-European visitors prevail.
The most popular and frequented by foreign tourists clubs and discos in Dubai:
SCARLETTS (at EMIRATES TOWER Hotel) – free disco with European music. Sunday and Thursday – “women’s day”. (free drink for the ladies).
SAVAGE GARDEN (in the hotel CAPITOL) – rousing disco for fans of Latin American music. Admission DHS 50. Thursdays only for club members.
ATLANTIS (next to the DUBAI PARK hotel) – A big lively disco on the edge of the city.You may need a car to get there, and you can easily rent it at evolve.ae. DHS 30 admission ticket (free for hotel guests). Saturday – closed Sunday – “women’s day”. (free drink for the ladies). The advantage of this disco is that in the same building there is HARD ROCK CAFE, where you can also spend your time with rock bands playing. Admission to HARD ROCK CAFE is free, although drinks and food are expensive and children are welcome.
ROCK BOTTOM (in the REGENT PALACE hotel) is a pub and disco. The entry fee is DHS 100, but drinks and snacks are cheap. Live European music and almost no locals. Sunday and Tuesday – “women’s day”, Friday – karaoke party.
KASBAR (in the hotel ROYAL MIRAGE) – a prestigious disco with European and Arabic music, refined interiors. Entrance DHS 50. The dress code is respectable, jeans and sneakers are not allowed.
ALAMO (in DUBAI MARINE RESORT hotel) – free disco pub with live music (English band) from 22:00 to 03:00, except Wednesday. Sunday and Tuesday are “lady’s days”. (free drink for the ladies).
ARBAT nightclub (CARLTON TOWER) is a Russian nightclub. Tearful Russian romances are performed live and the cuisine is “à la russe”.
ZINC (CROWN PLAZA HOTEL, Sheikh Zayed Road) is a large and popular disco. Only women and couples are allowed. First as judged by a contest of one of the local magazines. In addition to the disco, there is a restaurant, bar, chillout. Order and quality service is provided by a large number of staff. Music ranges from live performances, rock ‘n’ roll, and ’70s disco, to reggae, R&B, and techno. One of the biggest and busiest dance floors in Dubai. Open from 18:00 to 03:00, disco starts at 22:00, gets busiest after midnight. The busiest day is Thursday. The clothes are loose but good. ZINC is recommended by various foreign sites.
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