It’s hard to imagine, but there was a time when shisha was the Middle East’s best kept secret. Now that it’s a favourite pastime for Dubai expats from across the globe, we thought we’d share our favourite shisha experiences across town:
1. The rooftop shisha
After a long day of shopping, nothing quite beats unwinding with a shisha and couple of cocktails. Located seconds away from Mall of the Emirates, Mosaic Chill oozes laid-back vibes in a garden-like setting.
2. The Downtown shisha
Sitting in the shadow of Burj Khalifa, this Downtown gem serves shisha poolside along with a selection of Middle Eastern delicacies. Chill out in luxury cabanas while taking in the jaw-dropping Downtown sights.
3. The Courtyard shisha
On any given night, this Arabian-inspired shisha joint is packed to the rafters with guests sipping on Moroccan tea and enjoying the buzz of Downtown Dubai.
4. The beachside shisha
Looking for beach vibes while you puff away on a hookah? This popular JBR favourite offers shisha lovers a late-night (or shall we say early-morning) hangout to kick back on bean bags while enjoying smoky beachside views.
5. The Arabian shisha
Boasting picturesque views of the Burj Al Arab, this Sultan’s majlis lookalike is a popular destination for shisha buffs and live music lovers. With Arabesque décor and a trendy atmosphere, it’s one place worth checking out.
6. The fruity shisha
7. The Victorian shisha
Travelling back in time to the Victorian era, we’ve found a shisha restaurant that oozes old England charm. Shakespeare and Co. offers an array of international dishes alongside a varied menu of shisha flavours.
8. The creekside shisha
Offering stunning views of the creek from an elevated deck, QD’s is the ultimate spot for shisha addicts. Always stuck on where to smoke shisha during summer months? The outdoor venue covers up during the hotter months, providing smokers with air-conditioned bliss.
9. The poolside shisha
Looking for a chic venue to make your Friday nights worthwhile? A Dubai Marina gem, chill out poolside with a fruity shisha while taking in the shimmering Marina lights.
10. The shisha with a view
Popular for its authentic Lebanese cuisine, this Arabic eatery in The Dubai Mall offers breathtaking views of the Dubai Fountains and Burj Khalifa from its outdoor balcony. Puff away while indulging in a traditional Lebanese Mixed Grill.