Being one of the world's most glamorous and architecturally ambitious destinations, Dubai is home to some incredible rooftop attractions. Take a holiday here and you can do everything from lounge in an infinity pool with outstanding views of the emirate's skyline to have a wild night out on a dizzyingly high rooftop.
Whether you're looking for relaxation, an incredible meal or drinks, you'll find the perfect rooftop venue in Dubai. Here are some of the best.
Dubai's best rooftop pools
If you're in search of a relaxing dip, there are few better destinations than Conrad Dubai, where you'll find the endlessly tempting Purobeach. Shielded from the hustle and bustle of Dubai by gorgeous greenery, this rooftop destination provides the perfect oasis of calm - a collection of pools, private cocoon beds along the water's edge and beautiful plantlife. Sitting atop the five-star Conrad Dubai, this pool is a spot you're unlikely to want to leave.
If it's a stunning view you're after, a trip to the rooftop pool at the Sofitel Downtown hotel is definitely in order. This 60-metre long infinity pool offers absolutely incredible views of the Burj Khalifa, making it popular with locals as well as visitors. Plus, it serves a delicious international brunch, making this one of the top spots for a truly indulgent, relaxing day.
The Address Dubai Marina
Offering another excellent rooftop infinity pool is The Address Dubai Marina. Some 50 metres long, this pool provides some impressive urban views, including the Cayan Tower, with its famous twist, and Jumeirah Beach. There is also a sauna and a jacuzzi to relax in. If you're more interested in the views than the relaxation, however, try to visit just after sunset, when the city's lights create pretty patterns on the water, and traditional boats can be seen gliding by.
Top rooftop restaurants in Dubai
Located in the Oberoi Dubai, Iris is a fantastic fashionable venue that promises delicious food (predominantly seafood) and a stylish ambience. Perched on the 27th floor of this hotel, the restaurant even has its own onsite art gallery, not to mention wonderful views of the Burj Khalifa. It's also worth bearing in mind that as well as dining out in style here, you can stay on late to experience the Iris as a laidback lounge complete with live music and DJs.
Searching for the perfect venue for a special night out? Look no further than Atelier M at Pier 7, Dubai Marina. This restaurant, lounge and rooftop bar combined not only gives you the opportunity to enjoy fabulous food, but also treat yourself to post-dinner drinks on the rooftop, basking in sunset views.
Serving up contemporary international cuisine, Atelier M spans three floors and provides one of the best views of scenic Dubai Marina available. The rooftop itself also regularly welcomes DJs, meaning you can effortlessly turn your romantic meal into an entire night out.
Best rooftop bars in Dubai
Perched on the 24th floor of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Uptown Bar is one of the very best rooftop bars in Dubai - and in a destination that's home to so many, that's really saying something. Like all the best rooftop bars, this one pairs stunning views (in this case of the Burj Al Arab and across the Arabian Gulf) with excellent drinks, tempting bar snacks, and different themes on most days. For instance, Thursday and Friday currently offer 'Moet Moments', while weekdays provide happy hours.
So, come here to sip of expertly mixed cocktails or a crisp glass of white wine, snack on delicious tapas and admire the stunning views.
Sitting atop Sofitel Dubai Downtown, Above is an incredible bar for everything from laid-back drinks to a livelier night out. Its combination of unobstructed views of the Burj Khalifa, amazing drinks and tempting bar menu make it stand out among Dubai's wide range of rooftop venues. Come here in the early evening to unwind with a cocktail or glass of wine, or visit in the early hours (the bar is open until 3am) to party the night away.
Dubai's most memorable rooftop parties
Story Rooftop Bar
Lower key than some of Dubai's other top sky-high venues, Story Rooftop Bar is impossibly trendy. You'll find it in Media City next to the Holiday Inn, where it serves well-priced drinks and stages fantastic club nights at the weekend. This laid-back venue is the perfect place to go to when you fancy a night on the dancefloor in a more relaxed setting - and for more modest prices than you'll be used to encountering in Dubai.
For ultimate party, visit Pacha. Famous for its sister venue in Ibiza, the Dubai incarnation promises the same wild atmosphere - this time from a stunning rooftop setting. Here, you can party with outstanding urban views of the Burj Al Arab and Madinat Jumeirah. Plus, while the rooftop area is without doubt the club's crowning glory, it actually occupies three floors, so you can check its bar and restaurant too.
Feel on top of the world in Dubai
There are so many amazing rooftop attractions in Dubai, you really will be spoilt for choice. The great thing is that there's such a variety that there's something for everyone, from travellers in search of an amazing party to families hoping to splash about in a pool with some incredible views.