What pops up in your mind when you think of night? I hope it is not as dull as the bedroom, lamps, and sleep. Even if it is, everything will change if you are in Dubai. The night is not just about rest when you are in a city that never sleeps. Try something different in the most happening city in the world. Nightlife in Dubai is eventful, and you can celebrate with your loved ones without thinking about the time.
There are many places to visit in Dubai at night. Make a bucket list of things to do in Dubai at night and spice up your holidays.
See mesmerizing Dubai Fountain show
This is undoubtedly the topmost activity that should be in your bucket list for a night visit in Dubai. Being located at a fantastic location in Downtown Dubai, the fountain is a popular tourist attraction. The Dubai Fountain show gives a festive vibe to the premises from the evening. The main highlight of the fountain is that it is amid the two amazing structures in Dubai – one being the Burj Khalifa and the other being the Dubai Mall.
Two shows are there in the daytime. Still, the show is magnificent when you watch it under the moonlight. The whole Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall will be illuminated, and the fountain show will be a blend of lights and splash. Evening shows are from 6 pm to 11 pm at an interval of 30 minutes. Be there at Downtown Dubai at night to see the largest performing fountain in the world. After watching a show, you will certainly wait for half-an-hour for the next one. Dubai Mall opening hours
Go for Dhow cruise
Dhow cruise is a quintessential tourist activity in Dubai. It is a leisure trip on a traditional wooden boat refurbished for the tourists. Dhow offers a premium dinner and sightseeing experience. These are known as floating restaurants for the delicious dinner buffet that they offer the guests. You can get a table on any of the famous restaurants in Dubai with wonderful waterfront views. But, none of them can give the delight of having food while enjoying the ever-changing views.
Dhow cruise enables you to choose between two destinations — Marina and Creek. The waterway in Marina and Creek are lit up when Dhows are passing by. Marina Dhow cruise is expensive, just like everything concerned with this canal city is so dear. It is a journey along the modern skyscrapers in Dubai and throws light on the posh city life. On the other hand, Creek Dhow cruise is the synonym of simplicity and traditions. It is economical and will let you spot some of the ancient skyscrapers in Dubai.
Admire varied cultures at Global village
As the name denotes, the whole globe shrinks to become a village in Dubai. The global village is one of the most-loved attractions in the city which comes to life only during winter. It is a blend of all cultures in the world and is somewhere between a market and a theme park.
Global Village has numerous pavilions dedicated to different countries where you can buy traditional handicrafts. You will feel like you have toured around the world just in a few hours and no surprise that it is a much-visited place in the city.
The pavilions of different countries are constructed to resemble its iconic landmarks or local architecture. You can ramble through an esplanade where you will spot Abras sailing with tourists. There will be many events and entertainment programs for the shopaholics and window-shoppers.
Global village timings
- Date: 29 October 2019- 4 April 2020
- Ticket price: AED 15
- Timing: Saturday-Wednesday: 4 pm-midnight
- Thursday, Friday and Public Holidays: 4 pm – 1 am
- Keep in mind: Monday is only for families with kids and ladies only
Stroll through Marina
Marina is the artificial canal city in Dubai known for the luxury and vibrant nightlife. The city gets a festive mood when it turns dark. During your visit to Dubai, you should see the Dubai Marina at night. The main nighttime entertainments in Marina include sailing on yachts and Dhow cruise. You can spot a fleet of luxury yachts when you walk through Marina.
The landmarks which you should never miss include the wonderful waterfront apartments called Jumeirah Beach Residences (JBR), the skyscrapers including Cayan Tower, Bluewaters Island, and the Marina Mall.
Bluewaters Island is the newest addition to Marina, which is still under construction. It had made headlines for having the tallest observation wheel called Ain Dubai. You can have a glimpse of Ain Dubai which will soon break world records. Marina Walk has several alfresco dining options and simply walking through this promenade is fun.
The all lit-up Dubai Garden Glow
Dubai Garden Glow is a fantasy world that illuminates your nights. It opens only in winter and offers many magical moments to the visitors. It is the best place to visit with your children as fun and learn is the principle here. Children can see the dinosaurs, underwater world, and their favorite cartoon characters. They will also learn about the importance of wildlife preservation and conserving resources for the future.
Dubai Glow Garden timing
- Garden will open in October
- Timing: 4 pm – 11 pm
- Venue: Zabeel park
- Ticket price is AED 60 per person
- Free entry for the children below three years
Is it safe to walk in Dubai at night?
Yes, it is undoubtedly safe to walk in Dubai at night. In fact, everything in the city becomes livelier after nightfall, and most of the tourist attractions will be crowded. The rate of crimes reported against tourists is very less in this city. Women can use the public transport at any time. However, it is better to avoid walking in the secluded areas at late hours, especially when you are alone. Always give priority to your safety and the time of traveling solely depends on your judgement.
When you are in Dubai, just don’t stay indoors at night. Step outside of the four walls and celebrate in the city of lights.