Cities & Nightlife
Cities After Dark: Middle East
The bright lights of Dubai bring the city to life at night

Glamorous and chic, these cities throughout the Middle East boast cosmopolitan nightlife and incredible cultural experiences sure to keep you entertained into the wee hours of the morning.


Embark on a dinner cruise down the Nile and enjoy breathtaking evening views of the city’s iconic skyline. Then head to the Cairo Opera House to take in a ballet or opera performance. It also hosts poetry readings and small concerts, in addition to its spate of theatrical offerings.

The bright lights of Dubai bring the city to life at night

The most populous city in the United Arab Emirates is known for its unparalleled — and exclusive — nightlife at places like Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE. It isn’t easy to access, with its far-flung beach location halfway between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, but that’s the point. Guests arrive in high style, some via helicopter or yacht, and companies like HeliDubai offer luxury VIP flights late into the night.

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Experience Bahrain's capital after dark with a stroll through the boardwalks of Reef Island. Although the area is touted as one of the newest residential areas on Manama’s north shore, an amble along its many walkways means you’ll see plenty of city lights along with the moon’s reflection on the gulf.

Abu Dhabi

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the largest mosques in the world, constructed with more than 100,000 tons of gleaming white marble, including the floor of the 183,000-square-foot main courtyard that can hold 22,000 worshippers. At night, the white domes seem to glisten against the dark skies.

Sunset exterior view of the resort nestled into the mountains with the sea gently lapping the quiet shore

The perfect way to cap off a beach day on the shores of the Sea of Oman? Head to the city of Muscat for a performance at the Royal Opera House, where old traditions meet new. The beautifully built structure accommodates 1,100 people and is anchored by a massive pipe organ. Classic operas such as Aida are on the schedule at this incredible venue.

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