Dubai is best for...

Outstanding bars: From glitzy cocktail bars to classic Irish pubs, Dubai has everything you could possibly want from a night out

Extravagant nightclubs: Visit the beach clubs, lounge bars, roof top swimming pools and high end clubs on your holiday

World Class DJs: Paul Van Dyke, Groove Armada, Hed Kandi and many more have played at the Dubai clubs in recent years

Fast facts

Language: The language spoken in Dubai is Arabic

Currency: The currency used in Dubai is the Dirham

Local time: Dubai is 3 hours ahead of GMT/UK time

Fly to: Dubai's main airport is Dubai International Airport

Renowned for its extravagance and luxury, the Dubai nightlife is no different. As dusk falls on Dubai, roof top pools, beach clubs and lounge bars make this normally conservative city feel like a totally different place. You must be 21 to drink, with most bars and clubs open from until the early hours of the morning. Whilst on holiday to Dubai, you’ll find plenty of spots to sample the local nightlife, every night of the week.

You can start the weekend early in Dubai as the working week ends on a Thursday, with Friday and Saturday the weekends for most. This means Thursday and Friday nights are the busiest nights for the nightlife. Although most clubs in Dubai shut around 3am, you can still have the party of a lifetime. On holidays to Dubai you can check out some of the world’s most glamorous clubs, like Cirque Le Soir, renowned as the home of A-List celebrities when they’re in the city. Expect circus-style theatrics like stilt walkers, fire eaters and sword swallowers, as well as plenty of cocktails and dancing.

Cavalli Club is another VIP hotspot in the city, and is thought to be one of Dubai nightlife’s most glamorous venues. With its Italian restaurant, lounge and club, you can start with dinner and spend the whole night here. WHITE Dubai remains one of the most popular clubs around, thanks to its outdoor rooftop setting and spectacular light shows. Make sure you dress to impress when clubbing in Dubai, as dress codes are strict and under 21s won’t be allowed entry.

For the best views of the city head to one of Dubai’s roof top bars and one of the most popular spots for visitors is the Bahri bar in the Mina A’Salam Hotel. With its wooden veranda, it overlooks the beach and you can watch the Burj Al Arab light show after dark. If it’s beautiful views you’re after, you’d be hard pushed to find better than those at The Roof Top in the one and only Royal Mirage Hotel. With its Moroccan and Arabian Nights themed décor, this alfresco bar has an extensive list of potent cocktails and a laidback lounge vibe, with live music and DJs most nights. It may seem strange, but Dubai is quite well known for its expat bars, with The Irish Village being one of the most popular (and most authentic).

Whether you’re looking for romantic, high-end dining, cocktails with a view of the city or the hottest, most glamorous nightclubs around, Dubai nightlife won’t fail to impress; there really is something here to suit all tastes.