For years, when ever anyone thought about nightlife in the Arab world, only two destinations really came to mind: Dubai and Beirut. With both cities dominating a VIP table, bottle service and sparkler kind of set up.
But recently the nightlife scene has undergone a transformation of sorts, with more underground clubs popping up, creating a more chill scene for everyone to blow off some steam.
Here’s our pick of the Region’s best clubs.
Yuka – Tunis
It might not be well known across the region (yet) but Tunis has long been a party city. The Tunisian capital’s nightlife scene is thriving, and it reached new heights when Yuka opened its doors in 2016. The beach-side venue quickly became the ultimate destination for a chill night out, a full-blown concert, and is home to none other than Al Kitsch Al Arabi Al Aseel’s parties.
1Oak – Dubai
Over the last decade, 1Oak has made a big name for itself all over the United States as one of the nation’s hottest spots. The club (which has outposts in NYC, LA and now Dubai) is a firm favourite of Rihanna, Frank Ocean, Leonardo DiCaprio and A$AP Rocky to name a few. If you’re looking to catch a few celebrities and some of the best DJs, this is the place to go.
Radiance – Amman
Up until recently, Amman’s club scene was practically non-existent. And while it’s still not huge, thanks to the emergence of a series pop-up clubs, the scene is steadily growing. Radiance is the latest in Amman’s pop-up club phenomenon. Since opening its doors in January, the club has brought on both local and international DJs and made a name for itself as one of the city’s go-to spots.
CLOSR – Beirut
It’s no secret that Beirut reigns as the Middle East’s ultimate party city. The Lebanese capital has long been the go-to spot to blow off steam, and the selection of clubs never disappoints, though most have always carried a similar vibe. Housed in a former workshop, CLOSR, with its industrial, has feel quickly become an alternative party location in the city, catering to a largely underserved electronic scene.
ZigZag – Cairo
Cairo’s club scene has always been pretty low-key, and when it came to electronic music, no venues existed up until recently, and that’s where ZigZag came to fill the void.