6 upscale shisha spots in Dubai
Shisha can be a very personal experience; a favourite spot can be a blend of friendliness, familiarity and flavour, and can take a good number of months for a shisha aficionado new to Dubai to find. The places listed here are about the experience: sitting in an upscale location where the combination of comfort and environment are unparalleled.
The Rooftop Terrace
Where? One and Only Royal Mirage
The Rooftop Terrace is an Arabian-themed lounge with soft surroundings and a view that looks out over the Gulf. A range of cocktails are offered for you alongside your shisha, with quiet music playing in the background. The high level space makes it ideal for sunset sessions.
Where? The Hilton Jumeirah, JBR
With its laidback terrace overlooking the Arabian Gulf, Wavebreaker is a casual setting from which to enjoy afternoon drinks, or a relaxed lunch with friends. The spot can get busy when the DJ is on, but a large location right next to the beach always affords an unhurried air. The food offering is diverse, from seafood and grills to Arabic favourites as well as a charcoal BBQ.
Where? Mina as Salam, Madinat Jumeirah
Other than the taxi queue on a Thursday night, there’s very little Madinat Jumeirah gets wrong, so there’s a level of confidence that comes with strolling into Mina Salam and ordering anything – from a burger to a cocktail. At Shimmers, there’s also one of the best views in the city to go with your shisha of choice, with the decked terrace overlooking the beach and the Burj Al Arab. Highly recommended.
Almaz by Momo
Where? The Beach, JBR
This is the latest UAE outlet for the London-based chain of Moroccan-themed restaurants and cafes and, unlike its forebearer in the Mall of the Emirates, has a large outdoor terrace, wide ocean views and sea breezes to accompany your chosen shisha. There’s also some excellent food on offer, such as pastilla and chicken liver in pomegranate sauce alongside couscous and tagine.
Where? The Creek Golf and Yacht Club, The Creek
QD’s large decked terrace is one of the most popular spots on the Creek, especially in the winter months, and its shisha is the main draw. The views of the Creek, which is again becoming a nightlife hub, adds to the unhurried ambience.
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