Up In The Air
Condé Nast Traveller India|December - January 2019
Up In The Air

When the mercury goes down, we go up—and out. Here’s a roundup of some of our favourite rooftops across the Middle East for al fresco drinks.

Laurel Munshower


40 Kong On level 40 of the H Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road, this buzzy cocktail bar delivers some of the best views of the city’s impressive stretch of skyscrapers along with inventive mixed drinks, well into the night. (40kong.com)

Cielo Sky Lounge Watch dhows and yachts sail along the Creek from this spot atop the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, which also brings in international DJs through the winter season. (cielodubai.com)

Luna Sky Bar Head up to this bar perched atop the Four Seasons in DIFC for a sophisticated social atmosphere (and a wide range of juniper spirits), with a view of the Burj Khalifa sparkling after nightfall. (lunadubai.com)

Mercury Lounge

Grab a seat just before sunset to watch the sun dip below the Gulf on one side and refl ect o the glassy Sheikh Zayed Road skyscrapers on the other. Atop Four Seasons’ Jumeirah property, the scene is appropriately glam. (mercurydubai.com)

The Penthouse Marina or Jumeirah Beach views? Take your pick at this white-clad venue at FIVE Palm Jumeriah, which serves as both a poolside day club and evening lounge; expect a high-energy scene on weekend nights. (fi vehotelsandresorts.com)

Pure Sky Lounge It tops Hilton Dubai The Walk, so you’ll get excellent views of the Palm from what is the highest lounge in JBR. The atmosphere is very chill and Saturdays feature an electric-violin performance. (hilton.com)

Rooftop Terrace & Sports Lounge

Decorated like a plush majlis brimming with cushions and candles, this bar at the One&Only Royal Mirage is one to relax in after a long day—or to cheer for your favourite team in serious comfort with the sky as your ceiling. (oneandonlyresorts.com)

Siddharta Lounge by Buddha-Bar Find a coastal Mediterranean vibe in the Marina— at waterside Grosvenor House—plus refreshing drinks and a grooving soundtrack in a recently revamped space. (siddhartalounge.com)


Relax@12 Living up to its name and set on the 12th fl oor of Aloft Abu Dhabi in the Embassies District, it has a laid-back ambience with a sea breeze coming o the waterways. All of which is best enjoyed while nibbling delicious sushi rolls. (relaxat12abudhabi.com)


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December - January 2019