Al Sarab Rooftop Lounge

Price guide: Budget

Jumeirah Bab Al Shams Hotel, The Desert, Dubai

Price guide: Budget

Al Sarab Rooftop Lounge

By Alex Ritman, your Dubai expert

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Expert overall rating:3.9 out of 5
Food and drink:
3.9
3.9
Ambience:
4.7
4.7
Service:
4.2
4.2
Location:
4.7
4.7
Value for money:
3.9
3.9
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Escaping the crowds, Great views / scenery, Nature / wildlife, Relaxation, Romance

Expert review of Al Sarab Rooftop Lounge

With views out across the desert, this chilled cafe/bar is among the most relaxing in Dubai.

Located out in the desert, surrounded by nothing but sand dunes, the Jumeirah Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa is a somewhat unique and spectacular resort. But, even if you're not fortunate enough to be staying there (and you should - it's not overly pricey), there's no reason you can't head there one afternoon or evening for a taste of the experience. Among its bars and restaurants, I love the Al Sarab Rooftop lounge, liberally scattered with Arabic furnishings, with views out across the astonishing desert. If you can drop by to catch the sunset, you're in for a treat.   

Food and drink: 

The food here is mainly snacky - Arabic platters of hummous, salad and other tasty local treats - and not ideal for a full meal. There is a decent wine list, plus a decent variety of fruit flavoured shisha, should you wish to try the classic Arabian pipe. 

Ambience: 

Relaxation is the key here, with the sofas, candles and ornate Arabian furnishings all geared towards a healthy dose of chill out - helped enormously by the sand dunes all around. It's mainly tourists here, both couples and families.  

Service: 

Friendly and attentive. They may even end up charging you less for a pot of tea than the price in the menu, which is what happened last time I went.  

Location: 

Al Sarab is sat on the roof of the Jumeirah Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa hotel, an Arabian Fort-themed resort out in the middle of the desert.  It'll take you about 40 minutes drive from Dubai to get here.

Price advice: 

The Arabic platters cost around 100 dirhams, which is more than most other places, but you are sat in the middle of the desert. Once you've had a drink, you can then go for a wander around the resort, have a game of croquet on the lawn or just sit in the desert and watch the sun go down, which makes the whole experience rather unforgettable. 

More information on Al Sarab Rooftop Lounge:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Bar, Café, Wine bar
Food:
Middle Eastern, Snacks
Address:
Jumeirah Bab Al Shams Hotel, The Desert, Dubai
Telephone:
04 809 6100
Website:
http://www.jumeirah.com/en/Hotels-and-Resorts/Destinations/Dubai/Jumeirah-Bab-Al-Shams/Restaurants--Nightlife/Bars--Nightlife/Al-Sarab-Lounge/
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Sun-Thu 4pm-1am, Fri & Sat noon-1am.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not necessary

Have you been to Al Sarab Rooftop Lounge? Would you recommended it?