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Highly recognised as a fast-growing cosmopolitan city, Dubai offers visitors a taste of all things luxurious. Although when it comes to drinks to experience in Dubai, one of the major delusions is that you can’t drink alcohol without legal repercussions.

However, this isn't always the case, as despite strict laws on the consumption of alcohol many hotels come with a fully-licensed bar. Even though you're prohibited to drink alcohol outside or while relaxing on the beach, non-alcoholic drinks in the UAE provide excellent coolers against the heat.

Best Drinks to Experience in Dubai

For visitors who take their drinks seriously, read on for our selection of the best alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to experience in Dubai.

Non-Alcoholic Drink to Try in Dubai

Gahwa (Arabic Coffee)

Arabian coffee tends to often be slightly more bitter than other blends. Although it is rich with aromas of cardamom and cloves, best served while steaming hot and while delivered to the table in elaborate Arabian coffee pots is poured into small cups.


A very popular drink in Dubai, made from diluted grape molasses, dates and rose water and slightly diluted with a touch of regular water. It is served in a long glass with crushed ice, nuts and raisins.

Karak Chai

Although coffee is the most popular drink in Dubai, tea is easily catching up. The local favourite is most certainly Karak Chai. Deriving from the word ‘kadak’ meaning strong, this black tea is fragrantly spiced and served almost everywhere within the city.

Laban (Yogurt Drink)

Laban is a super healthy drink that is a cooling buttermilk concoction. It's also believed to be a particularly good boost for the immune system. Full of calcium, proteins and vitamins, with a slightly sour overtone, a glass of laban is the perfect start to the day ahead.

Alcoholic Drink to Try in Dubai


If you are celebrating a special occasion, then sometimes only champagne will do! Although if you're watching your wallet, the likes of Rosé Imperial, Nectar Imperial and Grand Vintage are going to be very pricy!

However, you can still get bargains in Dubai, as many places offer a champagne ‘happy hour’ between 6pm and 8pm. Alternatively, why not try one of our private champagne desert experiences here?


Dubai cocktail bars are well-versed in the knowledge of mixology. Offering a super slick service in some of the most amazing settings. Whether you want ‘all out fancy’, or somewhere a bit more chilled, there’s a bar in Dubai for you.

Here’s a few of the very best cocktails to sample whilst in Dubai.

Blueberry and Ginger Sour

Apparently, a Johnny Depp favourite that the famous Hollywood star is spotted drinking every time he visits Dubai. The gorgeous cocktail combines gin, simple syrup, lemon juice, a dash of egg white, and blueberries.

Zombie Horde

This signature cocktail contains a hint of vanilla shaken with pear and strawberry puree, lemon, and strong-proof rum shaken up with a shot or two of Absinthe.


A gorgeous cocktail of brandy, lemon, and triple sec, making a strong but refreshing tipple. As such, certainly one to enjoy at the end of the night. Maybe back at your hotel, having had a day out sightseeing or while looking back at our food and drink experiences in Dubai.

The Best Drinks to Experience in Dubai

Let tempt you back to the bar with a combination of traditional local drinks, alongside one or two iconic cocktails at one of the many rooftop hotel bars. Discover the best drinks to experience in Dubai with one of our food and drink activities.

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