To get a full sense of the dynamic and bustling new city that is Dubai, it is best to get a view from above. You’ll marvel over the gorgeous skyline full of recently built towering buildings, beautiful marinas and beach fronts, and of course lots of desert sand and a few cranes which symbolize that Dubai is still very much expanding and developing. Check out these top places for a stunning view of Dubai.
1 Burj Khalifa
Literally the best view of Dubai from the city's highest standpoint, the Burj Khalifa has become a Dubai monument as well as haven for fine dining, hospitality and nightlife. Go up to the 124th floor observatory deck for a view of the city and perhaps stop at the Hotel Armani on your way out or treat yourself to a meal at Atmosphere, the Burj Khalifa's very own award-wining restaurant also on the 124th floor.
2 Al Dawaar
Dubai's only revolving restaurant, every table offers a different and constantly changing view of the city below. Spend a good two hours at dinner and you will most likely get to see the entire city from many different angles. Be careful because the floor also revolves which means that you're not careful, you might loose some pocket change. Cuisine is predominantly Lebanese with a few international specialties and is best enjoyed by helping yourself to the buffet.
3 Eclipse Bar
Catch a panoramic view of Dubai's skyline from the Eclipse bar located on the 26th floor of the Intercontinental in Festival City. Decor comprises of dark tones and contemporary design which makes this champagne bar a snazzy place to go for a night out complete with a breathtaking view.
4 Vu's Bar
Vu's has always been a Dubai favorite and it is easy to see why. The sophisticated bar located on the 51st floor of Jumeirah Emirates Towers lives up to its name and provides a view, and not just any view, but one of the best in town. Enjoy haute cuisine, excellent service, delicious drinks and a serene and classy setting.
5 Skyview Bar
Go all out at the Burj Al Arab's Skyview Bar which provides a luxurious setting, great cocktails and of course, gorgeous views from 200 meters above sea level. This hip bar is located just across from the Al Muntaha restaurant and is great for afternoon tea and pre and post-dinner drinks and a fabulous ambiance.