In Dubai, the increasingly dense and tall skyscraper forest, reaching up to the clouds, along with the remaining sand dunes, offer unbeatable observatories to enjoy the sunset. But to have the privilege of being in the front row, it takes more than just improvisation and reservations are usually mandatory. Here’s our top 10 list of the most beautiful rooftop terraces in the Emirate, with a view of Dubai.
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Burj Khalifa- The symbol of Dubai
Still the tallest tower in the world (830m) until its almost neighboring building under construction (1000m) dethrones it. Three decks on the 124th, 125th, and 148th floors (the highest, accessible at 555m) allow for watching the sunset…3 minutes after its official time, due to the altitude! This is of great importance in this Muslim country during Ramadan, where the breaking of fast on the highest floors should be delayed, as reminded by religious authorities. Depending on the level, one can have a drink, dinner, or even a private club space. Reservation is essential.
Price: free for children under 4, then starting from €85 with explanations from a “guest ambassador,” access to all three levels, interactive experiences, and a non-alcoholic drink at the Sky lounge.
Tip: make a reservation at least 60 minutes before sunset due to the queues. However, the elevators are extremely fast.
The Lounge Burj Khalifa, 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd, Downtown Dubai, Phone : + 971 48 888 888.
LEVEL 43 SKY LOUNGE
Located on the 43rd floor, 155m high, of the Four Points by Sheraton hotel on the main avenue, the Sky Lounge quickly fills up in the late afternoon. Its cocktail menu “Sunset Happy Hours” between 6 pm and 8 pm is very popular, as well as its “Geishas Nights” , exclusively for women with unlimited wine and a sushi platter for €23. It is one of the few rooftops that offers a view of Sheikh Zahed Avenue in a row as it turns orange and then solar red.
Price: minimum consumption of €25.
Tip: a festive place to experience with friends, without children.
Level 43, Four Points by Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed Rd, Dubaï, Phone: +971 56 414 2213.
SLS by Accor
Opened in April 2021 in the Business Bay district, this five-star hotel plays the fashion card with Privilege a stunning rooftop located on the 75th floor. What could be better than enjoying the last rays of the sunset, as Burj Khalifa and The Creek light up, than taking a dip in Dubai’s highest pool or savoring a “Desert Sunset,” the signature cocktail? Reservation is essential.
Price: starting from €25 (cocktail).
Tip: Bring your swimsuit, as the two infinity pools, including the one to the west, are too tempting to resist. Towels are provided.
SLS Dubai Hotel et Residences, Marasi Dr, Business Bay, Dubaï Tél. : +971 4 607 0757.
A rooftop that is also a restaurant, the “Highest View Lounge” on the 75th floor, offers a unique 360-degree view of the city that is truly breathtaking.
Tip: Be prepared to wait for the slowest elevators in the world to get to the rooftop. Arrive at least one hour before sunset.
Price: starting from €25.
Gevora Hotel, 101 Sheikh Zayed Road, Trade CentreDIFC, Dubaï, Phone : +971 4 524 0000.
Mercury Lounge at Four Seasons
Located on Jumeirah Beach and renovated in September 2020 with a “French Riviera” theme, the “Mercury Lounge” overlooks both the urban landscape of Dubai, with Burj Khalifa on one side and the Persian Gulf on the other. It’s a highly sought-after and quite glamorous spot, both for its atmosphere and its dual exposure.
Tip: Reservation is mandatory. Arrive at the opening at 6 pm to fully enjoy the sunset in serenity.
Price: starting from €15 for tapas and signature aperitifs.
Mercury Lounge at Four Seasons, 2 Jumeirah St, Jumeirah 2, Dubaï, Phone : +971 4270 7777.
Hilton Dubai The Walk
Located on the 35th floor of the four-star Hilton Dubai The Walk, situated on the chic and lively Marina promenade, this bar and restaurant has been a must-visit for years to watch the sun dip into the Gulf and admire Ain Dubai, the world’s largest Ferris wheel. Yes, another record! Reservations are a must.
Price: Pleasant cocktails starting at €15 and a delicious fusion food menu at around €75.
Tip: Remember to bring a sweater or shawl, as the wind can sometimes cool the atmosphere at this height when the sun has disappeared.
Hilton Dubai The Walk, Dubai Marina, Dubaï, Phone : +971 4 318 2319.
The Penthouse at Five Palm Jumeirah Hotel
At the 16th floor, overlooking the 470 rooms of this very lifestyle hotel on the Marina, the “Penthouse” is reserved for adults with its two infinity pools, bar, and restaurant. Perhaps the best option to experience the end of the day with a sunset over both the sea and the skyline.
Price: Although the “Penthouse” is free to access, it’s better to reserve to appreciate the sunset. Dining at “Five” is a lovely experience, at around 70 €.
Tip: Great for disco music fans, others may want to leave before the volume goes up with the sunset.
The Penthouse FIVE Palm Jumeirah Hotel, No. 1 Palm, Dubaï, Phone : +971 4 455 9989.
Skywiew Bar & Restaurant Burj Al Arab
Undulating like a wave, combining green and blue, on the 27th floor of the hotel that claims to be the only 7-star hotel in the world, this unique venue is both a tea room, bar, and restaurant, and can only be accessed by reservation made well in advance. With a 7-star sunset over the sea. For a few weeks now, the Burj Al Arab has had a “Beach Club Sal”, very contemporary with an equally stunning sunset.
Price: That of drinks or dinner. Expect to pay at least €150 per person, even for an aperitif with tapas.
Tip: In the winter, since the sun sets quite early at around 5 pm, indulge in a champagne tea-time with a generous and delicious serving of tapas, while enjoying the sunset.
Skyview Bar & Restaurant Burj Al Arab, Jumeira Jumeira Rd, Dubaï, Phone : +9714031 7777.
Atlantis The Palm Dubai
Built at the extreme tip of The Palm, this artificial archipelago shaped like a palm tree with a trunk and sixteen fronds, the Atlantis scans the horizon at 360 degrees. Some of its 1548 rooms are the best observatories for the sunset. Another option is to have a drink with the sunset in the background on the terrace of its “White Beach”.
Price: the price of a cocktail or mocktail. Starting from €20.
Tip: to get a preview of this sunset live from the Atlantis, connect to the Live Webcam, The Palm.
White Beach Dubai, Atlantis The Palm, Crescent Rd, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubaï, Émirats. Tél. : +9714 426 2000.
CÉ LA VI
CÉ LA VI, a well-known rooftop brand, has brought its iconic red umbrellas and high-altitude atmosphere from Southeast Asia to Dubai. Located at the top of the remarkable Address Sky View hotel in Downtown Dubai, the venue is divided into four areas: Restaurant, SkyBar, Club Lounge, and Pool Deck. This trendy destination offers a mix of indoor and outdoor seating, including dining tables, cozy lounge areas, and poolside cabanas.
Tip: With spectacular panoramic views of Dubai, CÉ LA VI Dubai has two standout features that are perfect for Instagram posts: a stunning rooftop infinity pool and a flower-framed swing that hangs directly in front of Burj Khalifa.
Address Sky View Hotel ,Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd, Dubai