Top 10 venues for celeb-spotting in Dubai

Jennifer Lopez dining at the Cavalli Club, Lindsay Lohan swimming with dolphins at Atlantis, The Palm…

We love Dubai and it’s no surprise when we catch a glimpse of our favourite celebrity around town because they happen to love it here too! Besides being a top tourist and business hub, the shopaholic’s heaven is also becoming a hotpot for international stars.


American reality TV star Kim Kardashian promotes her new scent Fluer Fatale in Dubai on November 24, 2014. (Ashok Verma)


American pop star Jennifer Lopez during the Damas’ Magerit dinner event in Dubai. (SUPPLIED)

Emirates 24|7 has laid out the celeb-worthy hangout spots in Dubai that have truly won the hearts of the richand famous.

(Atlantis, The Palm)

This magical structure built on the massive man-made island The Palm continues to draw the stars.

After the Aussie sisters Kylie and Dannii Minoque officially opened the hotel back in 2008, several celebs have been snapped up as they get transported into another realm.

Guests included Robert De Niro, Antonio Banderas, Lily Allen, Lindsay Lohan, Michael Jordan, Naomi Campbell, Agyness Deyn, Lindsay Lohan and Kim Kardashian.

(Madinat Jumeirah hotel)

This Arabian inspired haven has been a regular attraction for celebs for years.

A number of the glitterati seen at the venue that boasts hotels, summer houses, restaurants, a traditional souq and theatre include Tom Cruise, George Clooney, Amitabh Bachchan, Cate Blanchett, Shah Rukh Khan and Colin Firth.

(Burj Al Arab)

The world’s only seven-star luxury hotel is of course, one of its kind in the world.

Known not just for its exterior but also its exquisite and luxurious interior – guests include Claudia Schiffer, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and most recently, Selena Gomez and Kendall Jenner.

Buddha Bar

Another star magnet, is this romantic and relaxed vibe-filled venue oozing with chillout sounds hidden at Grosvenor House.

It’s Japanese, Thai and Chinese cuisine has lured the likes of A-listers such as Will Smith, David Beckham, Kareena Kapoor and Amr Diab.

Cavalli Club

Saturated with crystals and animal prints, the unmistaken signature of designer Roberto Cavalli puts a special touch to this unique restaurant and lounge.

Located at the Fairmont Hotel, celebs spotted at the venue include Jennifer Lopez, Kevin Spacey, James Blunt and Chris Brown.

Dolphin Bay – Atlantis

Certainly standing out amongst the list of hotels, restaurants and clubs, international celebs are a regular sight as they seek that once in a lifetime experience of swimming with dolphins.


Actress posted beachside picture in Dubai on Facebook. (Instagram)

The leisure activity has attracted glitterati with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Charlize Theron, Lindsay Lohan,  Paris Hilton, Mischa Barton, Novak Djokovic and Gary Linekar.

Shangri-La Hotel

The award-winning hotel with its exceptional dining hosts international performers at its exclusive nightclub The Act.

Famous faces seen at this extraordinary venue include Tyrese, Will Smith, Maxwell, and Jude Law.

Shang Palace, Shangri-La

Also located at the Shangri-La, is an authentic Shanghai-inspired restaurant that attracts regular international stars.

Fans of their sophisticated gastronomy includes the likes of Shakira, George Clooney and Matt Damon.

Nobu, Atlantis The Palm

Chances of spotting Robert DeNiro in Atlantis hotel on the Palm are high, particularly its exclusive restaurant Nobu.

The hot venue is a collaboration between the Hollywood A-lister and master chef Nobu Matsuhisa, so it’s absolutely normal catching a glimpse of more familiar faces as you feast on the delicious Japanese cuisine – one of those faces were Kim K herself.


DIFC during the day is a hustle and bustle so the chilled out vibe at this restaurant and lounge is very much welcomed by its visitors.

Celebs have been seen here on a regular basis too, not necessarily after working in the area though. Past customers included Kevin Spacey, Hugh Grant and Jared Leto, who is making his return to the UAE very soon to perform with his band 30 Seconds to Mars on April 10th.

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