If the dance floor brings a smile to your face and music gets your adrenaline pumping, then the nightlife in Dubai is unmissable. Dubai’s clubs can be over-the-top yet equally stylish and sophisticated with renowned DJs performing frequently. Most of these clubs are part of high-end hotels or beach clubs with great service orientation and innovative foods and beverages. While most clubs do not have an entry fee, couples and mixed groups are preferred and entry will be up to the door manager’s description. Ladies nights are usually till 1 a.m. on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Here’s a list of the best clubs in Dubai, each unique in their own sense.

1. White Dubai

A high-tech and ultramodern space, White Dubai has dazzled the partygoers for five years. This open-air club is the biggest in Dubai and shows off its dazzling skyline. The multiple award-winning club has recently reopened and continues to have a feel-good vibe with incredible light shows and a huge dance floor. There’s a free bar for ladies on Thursdays and Saturdays until 1 a.m.

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Opening hoursWhite Dubai is open on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Dress code: Smart casual.

2. The Penthouse Dubai

You can see the uninterrupted Dubai skyline from The Penthouse’s 16th-floor terraces- the City View Lounge Terrace and the Marina Bay Bar Terrace. It is a is a lively adults-only rooftop day club and evening lounge. For each of these terraces, there is a glass lined swimming pool where you can have a sundowner overlooking the Palm. It has a broad wine menu and boasts of a delicious cocktail menu.

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Opening hours: The Penthouse is open every day from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Cost: Ticket prices start at AED 149 (Rs 3000 or US$ 40) with a separate cost for pool access.
Dress code: For the lounge terrace, it is casual / beachwear and for the bar terrace, it is club chic.

3. Club Boudoir

Started in the 2000s, Boudoir has become a legacy among partygoers in Dubai. It also boasts to have hosted more than 200 international celebrities, so chances of spotting one when you are there are quite high. Inside the club, the dance floor and bar look opulent in its French Renaissance décor, with a dramatic crystal chandelier creating a brilliant light effect. If you step outside, you’ll see the spa overlooking the beach. Music includes urban and Bollywood.

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Opening hoursClub Boudoir is open from Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Dress code: Elegant & smart casuals.

4. Zero Gravity

At Dubai’s most awarded beach club, you can chill by the pool during the daytime and party all night long as it turns to night. Zero Gravity has an exclusive beach that overlooks the city’s hustle and bustle at both its sides. At its lounge, the music goes notches up through the night. In their five years of existence, Zero Gravity has had 400 international DJs play at their venue. They also bring the interesting concept of an evening brunch from 8 p.m. until midnight, so you can get all the energy you need to dance through till the wee morning hours.

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Opening hours: Zero Gravity is open all days from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. on weekdays and from 8 a.m. until 3 a.m. on weekends.
Cost: Its weekday pass starts at AED 150 (Rs 3000 or US$ 41).

5. BOA Lounge & Club

If you want to feel on top of the world while you dance away your worries, then the floor to ceiling glass at the BOA lounge will satisfy you. You will be able to gaze at the sparkling cityscape from this 32nd floor while you sip on one of their impressive cocktails. You’ll find dancers cueing the music at the centre of the club giving it a VIP vibe, complete with its hip and lavish interiors. If you like R&B and soul music, this club is for you.

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Opening hoursThe BOA Club is open every Thursday and Friday 11 p.m. onwards. The lounge is open every day from 8 p.m. onwards.
Dress Code: Classy and hip.

6. Provocateur Dubai

An incarnation of its flagship New York City nightclub, Provocateur Dubai is all about great electronic music. As soon as you step into Provocateur, you’ll notice the well done up interiors, with symmetric lights going through the entire club to accentuate the diamond-like lamp in the centre. The glitzy nightclub comes not just with great music, but the servers are a delight too. Just make sure you look the part when you arrive here, and make reservations beforehand. It also has a VIP table, if your group feels like splurging.

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Opening hours: Located at the Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Provocateur is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays from 12 a.m. to 3 a.m.
Dress code: Smart/elegant.

7. People by Crystal

A favourite of expats in Dubai, People is an award-winning night club at the Raffles Hotel. Complementing the hotel’s Egyptian design architecture, the People nightclub is at the peak of a pyramid on the 18th and 19th floor. With a mashup vibe of house and urban R&B music, This gives it a 360-degree view of the Dubai skyline. It gets crowded pretty fast, so you need to be there soon and reserve a table before getting there.

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Opening hours: People by Crystal is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Dress Code: Smart casual.

8. Cirque Le Soir Dubai

A freak circus theme with themed nights and a variety of music- that’s what keeps people to have nights outs at Cirque Le Soir week after week. A night here can have a crazy combination of Clowns, snake charmers, dwarfs, contortionists, stilt walkers, sword swallowers and fire eaters long with mixologists. The theatrics and decadent interiors are what makes the venue truly unique. Music highlights are hip-hop and urban nights and they’ve even won awards for the same. They cater to a VIP clientele so don’t be surprised if you bump into a celebrity here. The only way to get in is to book a table and be on their guest list.

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Opening hours: Cirque Le Soir is open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Dress code: Smart casual.

9. Cavalli Club

The glittering décor of Cavalli Club has got the signature designs of celebrated designer Roberto Cavalli, who the club has collaborated with. The fashionable lounge is all about sparkling crystals and animal prints. The low hanging chandeliers at the centre look the part with the house and urban music. Its restaurant serves a fine Italian cuisine menu and has won accolades for the same. In less than a decade of its existence, Cavalli Club has become an international destination for the world’s jet setting elite. It has live shows and international DJs regularly, but at the same time you can also step in for a late night dinner.

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Opening hours: Cavalli Club is open on all days between 8:30 p.m. and 3 a.m.
Dress code: Smart / elegant.

10. Zinc Night Club

If you want to let loose without the fear of being judged, then a night at the Zinc night club will do you good. It is known for its unpretentious atmosphere and a wide variety of music. They also have some of the best resident DJs who play great house and 80s music. Go there early on weekends if you want to stay close to the dance floor and party all night.

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Opening hours: Zinc is open daily from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Cost: Entry fee is AED 100 (Rs 2000 or US$ 27).
Dress code: Smart casuals.

11. Soho Garden

A mix of dining, pool lounging and night life experience, Soho Garden is one place where you can spend the evening and night partying. Located at the edge of the city, it always has something new to offer. You can start with a sundowner at the poolside with their signature cocktails between 5 and 8 pm. They have four outstanding bars with separate areas to choose from, each with their own specialities. The live music there has some resident DJs on the deck.

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Opening hours: Soho Garden is open weekly from Wednesdays to Sundays from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m.
Dress code: Smart casuals.

12. Analog Room

If you are one of those who seeks perfection in the music they listen to, and underground / electronic music is your poison, then you will be in bliss at the Analog Room. In keeping with their sole promise of quality music, they have 10 resident DJs playing. The décor is minimalist with the focus on a sleek sound system. Which is why they have two rooms that play separate music. After 5 years of its existence, they have decided to promote only artists from the region.

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Opening hours: Analog Room is open every day from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. The club doesn’t have a dress code policy.

13. Armani/Privé

A VIP setting with the essence of the Armani brand, this exclusive evening lounge hosts the most happening nights in Dubai. The late-night and fast paced fun is accentuated by their lineup of resident and international DJs. This night club with an all-black decor is located in the world’s tallest tower- the Burj Khalifa and has a clientele that includes many jet setting celebrities. As the night moves on, the house music and the glam quotient of the place ramp up.

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Opening hours: The club is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Dress code: Smart casuals.

14. Base Dubai

Base Dubai is a huge open-air venue which plays host to some of the top artists of the world, and is easily one of the best night clubs on the global night life scene. If it wasn’t for the setting of the lounge and the bar experience, you may have mistaken Base Dubai to be a concert or a festival. It has the best sound systems, lights and pyrotechnic system in Dubai. It also has one of the best music events line up with hip-hop being the highlight.

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Opening hours: Base Dubai is open from Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Cost: The entry fee depends from event to event.
Dress code: Smart casual.

15. Stereo Arcade

The funky graffiti scrawled across walls, bright lights and live music give the Stereo Arcade a chilled vibe. As the name suggests, Stereo Arcade is distinct from the other nightclubs in Dubai because it actually has retro arcade games you can play at one of their 12 custom made machines while you dance the night away. It also has a well stocked bar to complete your experience here. The music in the arcade area is techno / synth based while the bar area highlights rock music. The retro club plays a range of music from the ’80s and ’90s to modern day hits.

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Opening hours: Stereo Arcade is open every day from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Dress code: Smart casual.

16. Spree The Club

A hit with Indians, at Spree you’ll have Bollywood music on most nights with their resident DJs. With a vibrant décor and a usually packed dance floor, the night will keep getting more and more ecstatic as the hours pass. They have themed nights every night and is famous for its Diva Desi Nights on Thursdays.

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Opening hours: Spree is open from Mondays through Saturdays from 10:30 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Cost: Entry fee is AED 100 (Rs 2000 or US$ 27).
Dress code: Smart & Elegant.

17. Mo*Vida Club

A popular destination for locals and visitors alike, Movida boasts of a large space with 2 bar areas, 5 dance floors and 38 VIP tables that overlook the dance floor. So whether you want to chill or dance the night away, you can’t escape the adrenaline at this night club. The music switches up as the night progresses, and you’ll see groups of party-goers ordering the bottle service with sparklers. The resident DJs play a wide variety of international music of all genres.

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Opening hours: Movida is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Dress code: Smart casuals.

18. The Pulse

Pulse has a spectacular venue with a sophisticated lounge and well-informed barmaids. In its DJ booth, you’ll see resident female DJs flanked by 2 bars and a dance floor. To give the effect of ‘pulse’ lines, you’ll find poles with liquid glitter gold floating in them. You can groove to a wide variety of music genres like house, techno rave, indie, R&B, hip-hop, retro, and urban. You may spot a few Bollywood celebrities here while you dance to the tunes of Hindi music at the Indian nights. Drink up to special cocktails here to add to the energetic vibe of the place.

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Opening hours: Pulse Dubai is open every day from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Dress code: Smart casuals and dramatic monochromatic outfits.

19. Club Se7en

Club Se7en is an ultra-modern music bar and dance club which highlights a team of Filipino resident DJs and hosts. The talented DJs play a host of music genres, including trance and house mixes. You’ll find Dubai’s A-listers sipping indulgent drinks here. It has a delectable food menu too that does well with its hip ambience. And when you’re chilling you’ll notice the state-of-the-art audio and lights giving the entire place a vibrant vibe.

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Opening hours: Located at the Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel, Club Se7en is open on all days from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Dress code: Casual chic.

20. Chameleon Club

Just like a chameleon changes its colours, this club’s breathtaking lighting arrangement will leave you tantalised. The décor boasts of 60,000 LED lights, heart shaped ceiling arches, suspended DJ booth with state-of-the-art sound system and beautiful acrobatic dancers. It’s two resident DJs are popular with the regulars here and play international and house music. Their themes and live events change frequently. If you are looking for a pre-club dinner then here you’ll find the scrumptious fusion of International and Japanese cuisines.

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Opening hours: Chameleon Club is open every day from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Dress code: Dressy.

21. The House Party Bar

If you miss the 90s house parties with songs, games and movies that remind you of your younger days, then don’t miss going to this cool hangout- The House Party Bar. The theme being a house party, it has a complete home setting, complete with red plastic cups, floral wallpaper, a bedroom, a sitting area and kitchen. You’ll also find your favourite foosball table and retro arcade games here. They play retro Hollywood music that literally every ‘80s and ‘90s kid loves. The cocktails are also named in a way to recreate the ‘90s scene.

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Opening hours: The House Party Bar is open daily from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.

22. The Billionaire Mansion

The Billionaire Mansion covers three unique areas for its guests – Billionaire Mansion Lounge Bar & Shisha Terrace, nightclub and private Karaoke Privé. Its no wonder that you’ll find jet setters from various industries and celebrities making Billionaire Mansion their hot spot for the weekend. The dining options include a unique dining concept with authentic Italian cuisine partnered with contemporary Japanese dishes by the award-winning restaurant Sumosan. And there will always be some nice event, international DJ or artist performances for the elite crowd.

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Opening hours: Located at the Taj Hotel, Business Bay, Billionaire Mansion is open every day between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m.
Dress code: Smart elegant.

23. The Blue Marlin Ibiza

If you’ve had your bit of looking through glass windows to the Dubai skyline, the Blue Marlin Ibiza gets a part of the crazy party life of Ibiza to Dubai. It offers the beautiful pleasures of golden sand, blue view and comfort sunbeds along with amazing brunch and lunch options by the poolside. By the time you take a dip in the pool and its time for sunset, out come the Champagnes, types of Sangria, Cocktails and Blue Marlin Ibiza Special cocktails. Soon the relaxed vibe transforms into a spirited night club as the DJs start to play their music. The dance and electronic music will enthral you, leaving you wanting for more.

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Opening hours: The Blue Marlin Ibiza is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Dress code: Casuals.

24. Secret Room

Arrive in style at this night club designed only for the elite. If you consider yourself among this crowd then just drive your supercar to the middle of the club and scan your finger to enter through a graffiti coloured corridor to an underground venue. The resident DJs play the very best in Hip-Hop, R&B and the hottest commercial tracks. The décor oozes with luxury and has a modern and chic vibe. The stunning bar is the centrepiece of the nightclub with a rose gold setting.

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Opening hours: The Secret Room is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Cost: A table for four needs to have a minimum spend of AED 5000 (Rs 98000 or US$ 1400).

25. N’Dulge

N’Dulge night club has been one of the trendsetters in Dubai with the first outdoor terrace. Its suspended catwalk is still a novelty for anyone who visits for the first time. Plays deep house music, R&B and some electro. The dancefloor is flanked by the catwalk which also brings to you burlesque showgirls and dancers through the night. You can also lounge here with one of the signature cocktails and chill at the sleek sofas and armchairs.

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Opening hours: N’Dulge is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. and on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Dress code: Smart casual.

Regardless of which clubs you choose to go to, one thing is for sure that these venues will leave you with a feeling of extravagance and exhilaration, true Dubai style.

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