8 awesome rooftop bars in Dubai

From sundowners to late-night partying, here are eight of the best rooftop venues you’re likely to find in Dubai.

EDGAR staff November 4, 2014

If there's a city anywhere in the world that beats Dubai for rooftop bars, we haven't seen it. The sheer number of venues means that in order to be popular and successful, a rooftop bar in Dubai must have great food, an excellent drinks selection and, above all, a view that will take your breath away. Here are eight of the finest in the city:

Above - Sofitel Dubai Downtown Above Sofitel Dubai Downtown. Boasting completely unobstructed views of the iconic Burj Khalifa, Above is the jewell in the crown of the brand-spanking-new Sofitel Dubai Downtown. Serving excellent mixed drinks alongside a large menu of international cuisine, it's perfect for everything from relaxed sundowners to late-night partying. Details: abovedxb.com

Go Because: The view of the Burj Khalifa is simply breathtaking.

Uptown - Jumeirah Beach Hotel Uptown, Jumeirah Beach Hotel.

Nestled on the 24th floor of the iconic Jumeriah Beach Hotel, Uptown is a rooftop cocktail bar that provides picture-perfect views of the Buj Al Arab and out into the Arabian Gulf. Running theme nights through the week and special post-brunch offers on Fridays, it's hard to beat for chilled-out sundowners with a stunning sea view. Details: jumeirah.com

Go Because: It has ocean views on one side and city views on the other, meaning you get two for the price of one!

Level 43 Sky Lounge - Four Points by Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed Road Level 43 Sky Lounge, Dubai. Currently the highest rooftop bar in Dubai (although at the pace new developments spring up in this city, who knows how long it'll keep that title), Level 43 Sky Lounge sits right at the top of the Four Points by Sheraton. Good for both dining and drinks, it offers a spectacular 360-degree view of Dubai's skyline. Details: level43lounge.com

Go Because: It's the highest rooftop bar in Dubai... for now.

The Rooftop Terrace & Sports Lounge - The One&Only Royal Mirage The Rooftop Terrace, One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai. Not what you'd usually think of when considering rooftop bars, this offering from One&Only Royal Mirage is a peaceful Arabian-inspired venue that calms the senses. While sports are shown inside, the real draw is the serene outdoor terrace, offering unobstructed views out to sea. Details: royalmirage.oneandonlyresorts.com

Go Because: It's the most chilled-out terrace in town.

Iris - The Oberoi Dubai Iris, Dubai. Located on the 27th floor of the Oberoi Dubai, Iris is a rooftop oasis away from the bustling metropolis that is Downtown Dubai. Building on the success of its sister venue in Beirut, Iris holds events throughout the week and even has its own art gallery. This is fast becoming a hotspot for the city's fashionable crowd. Details: irisdubai.com

Go Because: Where else can you see an art gallery and the Burj Khalifa all in one sitting?

Atelier M - Pier 7 Atelier M, Pier 7, Dubai. A restaurant first and foremost, Atelier M, set in the new Pier 7 development in Dubai Marina, is hiding a little gem of a secret: a stunning rooftop bar perfect for after-dinner drinks. Details: atelierm.ae

Go Because: You can eat a full meal in the restaurant before soaking up the Marina skyline. 

Pure Sky Lounge - Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Residences Pure Sky Lounge, Hilton Dubai. Located 35 floors up the Al Bahar tower in JBR, Pure Sky Lounge is the bar of choice for people looking for spectacular sunsets over the sea. An open-air barbecue and extensive drinks menu ensures you won't be left hungry or thirsty. Details: hilton.com

Go Because: The evening 'sunset brunch' is a great way to watch the sun go down.

40 Kong - H Hotel, One Sheikh Zayed Road (main image) 40 kong, Dubai. Sitting all the way up on the 40th floor of the H Hotel, which is situated in the prestigious address of number one, Sheikh Zayed Road, 40 Kong is a high-end outdoor cocktail lounge for the city's movers and shakers. Details: 40kong.com

Go Because: The decor is sleek and modern and the city views are stunning.