Dubai’s strict alcohol laws don’t dampen its long list of lavish nightclubs, pumping beach bars and famously hedonistic brunches, which kickstart the weekend every Friday morning. Massive music festivals and even bigger sporting events fill the calendar in November, and you can zip around Abu Dhabi’s Formula One track yourself, strapped into a Chevrolet or behind the wheel of a go-kart. Get more thrills and spills at adrenaline-pumping water parks and theme parks, including the high-octane Ferrari World, where the world’s fastest roller coaster races from0 to 240km/h in 4.9 seconds.
Our Dubai stag experts have all the local knowledge of where to drink, stay and eat and which amazing activities to make your stag weekend the most memorable. We take all the pain out of organising your stag group, getting your mates where they need to go, taking payments so you don't have to worry about who has paid what and when. By providing a dedicated account manager who is here 9am-9pm on week days and 9am-12pm on weekends, we can help If you need to add members to your group or change any of your stag choices. All you and your mates have to worry about is having an awesome time! Visit ourDubai stag page and inquire now!
Ski the slopes in the Mall of the Emirates then tackle the rest of Dubai’s mega-malls, or hunt a bargain in the ancient Arab souks either side of Dubai Creek.
Dune-bashing or camel-riding through the desert offers another glimpse of traditional Emirati culture. And you can also see the sand from the viewing platform of the Burj Khalifa, the loftiest skyscraper on the planet, towering above Dubai’s glittering collection of luxury hotels and resorts downtown.
This sparkling City of Gold is the global capital of over-the-top opulence, and your trip to Dubai is worth every last dirham.
Dubai by Night
To drink in Dubai as a tourist, you’ll need to stick to the designated areas and can’t be drinking (or be drunk) in public. It is alsoan offence for tourists to buy alcohol from an off-license. Keep an eye on what you post on social media - pictures of your friends throwing up after too many tequilas on a#dubaipost might catch the wrong kind of attention.
Out of the desert springs a well of world-class watering holes, from the sun-kissed sands of the Palm to the sultry rooftops of Downtown. Dubai’s weekend runs Friday and Saturday, so Thursday and Friday are the big nights.
And while the locals head out for a chilled-out shisha and a virgin cocktail, party animals flock to pumping dance floors with big-name DJs on the decks — check outHype Magazineand Resident Advisor for up-to-date club info.
Getting past the door can be tough for big groups of guys without women on their arms, and the cover charge is normallyDh50-200 for blokes. Dress codes can also be strict — something smarter than jeans and trainers, thanks gents — but beach clubs are naturally more laid-back. Most clubsdon’t open until 10pm, crank up around midnight, then close at 3am.
Boozy brunch buffets on Fridays are a Dubai tradition as indulgent as the city itself. Almost every hotel sets up a smorgasbord with bottomless bubbly to boot, so you can kick-start your weekend on Friday afternoon with a hedonistic feast. Check out ourTropical bottomless brunchcomplete with resident DJs and unlimited food and drink between 1pm and 5pm.
Sizzling beach clubs like Nikki line the coast as well — nab a sun bed near the pool then sip on mojitos and margaritas as the DJ spins chilled summer tracks until dusk.
Dubai During Ramadan
You’ll be glad to know that alcohol is not banned during the Holy Month of Ramadan. However,clubs are completely shut and bars, while open, will not play any music or serve alcohol before 8pm.This means you may want to consider booking outside these dates.
Keep in mind that during this 30-day period locals will be particularly reflective, so do your best to be respectful in public.Most restaurants will not be open between sunrise and sunset(to coincide with the fasting practice), but convenience stores and designated cafes still cater to non-Muslims.
Dress codes definitely get more conservative during this period: women should cover their shoulders and legs in public (a shawl will do wonders in a pinch), while men should not wear shorts above the knee.
Getting Around Dubai
Dubai has built more than just a showy skyline — the city’s transport infrastructure is top-drawer, too.
A clean, quick and cheapmetro systemlinks 47 stations — including the airport — with all themajor sights for Dh4, 6 or 8.50, depending on the length of your journey.Grab a red Nol prepaid ticket from any stop for Dh2, whichyou can then load up with 10 trips or 5 daily passes.Services stop from 1am to 5am,so hop in a cab or an Uber instead of stumbling around drunk in a town that doesn’t tolerate boozy behaviour.
A stack ofbus linesalso cov areas the metro doesn’t — pre-pay for your ticket on your Nol card.
Taxi or Ride-Share
Cabs chargeDh12 plus Dh2 per kilometre— a great-value trip home from the club, with taxi stands outside most malls and hotels. Uber and a local app calledCareemare also popular — roughly the same price as taxis, but much nicer cars.
As for walking? That’s a dangerous game with such heat and such crazy drivers.
You can hop on an abra — the old wooden boats chugging acrossDubai Creek — for just Dh1. But for some signature Emirati luxury, book your ownprivate yachtto cruise along the coastline.
Conquer the desert like an Arabian night behind the wheel of a dune buggy, smashing through the sand on a dune-bashing safari, or saddle up a camel and trek across the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve on humpback.
Staying Safe in Dubai
Dubai dodges the unrest that rocks the rest of the Middle East, and strict policing stamps out violent crime. Like all big cities, petty crime can happen — but the biggest threat to your safety is one too many glasses of Moët at brunch, because public drunkenness is a major no-no. You hear stories about visitors being locked up for ‘crimes’ like kissing or flipping the bird, let alone some of the things you might get away with on a stag do in Prague or Dublin. Keep your booze inside the bar, though, and you’ll be fine.
Free SIM Card
When you land at the airport, the passport control officer will hand you a free SIM card with 20MB of data and three minutes of calls already loaded on it, so you can get online straightaway.
You can then put 2GB and40 minutes on it for Dh110. Bye bye, rip-off roaming charges.
Ski in The Desert
Creating a winter wonderland in the heat of the Middle East was one of those pie-in-the-sky, only-in-Dubai ideas… until it was unveiled in 2005. Ski Dubai boasts an 85m high mountain with 22,500 sq m of powder, three lifts and five different runs, including a 400m black diamond trail
The first in the world under a roof. Oh, and there’s even a penguin colony you can meet.
Check out Dubai Theme Parks
Dubai’s excellent array of amusement parks aren’t cheap, but you can get free tickets when you stay at some hotels. For example, Atlantis The Palm includes access to Aquaventure, while Jumeirah hotels like Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Al Qasr Hotel and Mina A’Salam throw in admission to Wild Wadi. Build your Dubai stag weekend with Chillisauce and we can book you entry toFerrari World,Warner Bros Worldor the famousBollywood World.
The good-value2 Days Parks Passalso bundles together Motiongate, Bollywood Parks, Legoland and Legoland Water Park.