Shisha is synonymous with the region and Ramadan’s long nights, spent with family and friends see the city’s shisha scene come to life. Top Spots Dubai has rounded up the top 7 shisha spots in Dubai.
1. SLS Hotel, Rooftop, Business Bay
A chic shisha venue with views to impress. Escape the heat of the city, this sky high venue offers guests the comfort of the cool night breeze. Head to the 75th floor of this ultra-modern hotel with a South Beach vibe and you’ll discover a pool terrace with impressive 360-degree city views. Set beside the two infinity pools the SLS rooftop terrace overlooks Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai. In addition to its exclusive iftar offering the SLS hotel serves up shisha long into the night.
2. Courtyard, Manzil Hotel, Downtown Dubai
This open-air Arabesque setting is known for its extensive iftar offering. Populated with potted plans, the central courtyard from which the venue takes its name gives guests a taste of regional traditions. It’s a cosy and intimate setting for al fresco shisha. Relax at the Courtyard long into the night as the venue transitions from iftar to suhoor.
3. Ninive, Emirates Towers
Ninive offers guests a charming setting under the stars with views of DIFC and Emirates Towers, the perfect place for an elegant evening experience during the Holy Month. Ninive offers guests an impressive array of shisha options including unusual flavours like peach, mango, and kiwi. There’s also the option to blend two varieties or the ‘Special Blend’ prepared by the venue’s Shisha Master. The relaxed setting pays homage to the heritage and craftsmanship of the region with its Arabesque design that has a contemporary twist.
4. Buhayra Lounge, Palace Downtown, Downtown Dubai
Located in the upscale Palace Downtown hotel next to the Dubai Fountain, Buhayra Lounge’s pretty poolside setting offers excellent Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai views. Visit for iftar or suhoor during Ramadan. Guests can enjoy their shisha in traditional Arabian tents that offer a bedouin experience next to the palm-lined swimming pool. The ‘Palace Shisha’ options offers guests a special blend of three flavours.
5. Amaseena, Ritz Carlton, JBR
Amaseena invites guests into a bedouin setting surrounded by lush plantlife where they can recline on comfy cushions in traditional tents and enjoy stargazing. Amaseena is a vast venue that overlooks the JBR beach and Ain Dubai. Amaseena’s extensive shisha menu includes classic, premium and even super-premium flavours including their ‘Happy Days’ variety making it one of the city’s most comprehensive shisha settings.
6. The Bay, Mandarin Oriental, Jumeirah
A chilled out setting for shisha by the shore. The Mandarin Oriental is known for its beautiful beachy location. During Ramadan, a live Oud musician adds to the ambience. Shisha is served on the outdoor terrace adjacent to the beach and sea while iftar and suhoor are served inside the venue’s contemporary glass-walled setting.
7. The Courtyards, One and Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh
The Courtyards offers guests a royal experience, tucked away in the Arabian Court inside the luxurious One and Only Royal Mirage hotel. The family-friendly alfresco venue invites guests to relax on piles of cosy padded cushions – majlis style while gazing up at the stars. The dining menu comprises Arabic teas and mezze while the shisha menu spans favourites including fragrant strawberry and apple.