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Introducing You to the Best Highend Bar in Dubai: The Buddha Bar

MG is an air warrior and a global traveler well as an amateur astrologer who loves to visit and explore new places.



Dubai as we know is the El Dorado of the east, the proverbial city of Gold. It lives up to this name and has a lifestyle that is unmatched anywhere in the world. I have been in Dubai for the last four months along with my secretary and decided to spend Friday right at the Buddha Bar.

This is a unique chain of bars cum restaurants which is the brainchild of French-Romanian restaurateur Raymond Vișan and interior designer Claude Challe. The first of these unique restaurants opened in Paris in 1996 and as per my information there about 15 of these restaurants/bars around the world. There was one in Jakarta but it was closed down by an order of the Indonesian High Court, as many Buddhists objected to the image of Buddha being displayed in a bar. The bars are in Moscow, Paris, and London among other places but I don't think there is one in the United States.

The bar in Dubai is located in the heart of the city at the Dubai Marina and inside there is a two-storey high statue of Buddha. Gautama Buddha as we all know is the founder of the Buddhist religion which is basically an offshoot of Hinduism. The Buddha is recognized as the ninth avatar of Vishnu; he is the foremost Hindu deity in Vaishnavism.

I do not know why Raymond selected the Buddha as the trademark of the bar but probably he means to create an impression, a feeling that anybody who comes to this bar will go into the world of transcendental meditation. The bar creates an atmosphere with the type of music being played and an all-around atmosphere.


The bar

The bar can be easily reached as it is in the center of the city but one must make a reservation before going there. It's a very large bar but with the Wuhan virus, the seating capacity has been reduced by 50% to attend to the protocols connected with the prevention of the virus. You will be checked at the entrance for your temperature and you will have to give proof that you have taken the vaccine jab. You will have to wear a face mask while entering or exiting the hotel but you need not wear it once you are seated.

Once you enter the bar the customer is overwhelmed with the atmosphere. The menu embodies elegance and style, providing diners with an exclusive culinary experience. You can savor Far Eastern Cuisine, with Western tastes and influences. Flavors from China, Japan, and Thailand create a unique and exotic culinary experience.

The bar also caters to some of the finest cocktails and mocktails. You can also get the highest brands of scotch whiskey especially the single malt and there are no restrictions whatsoever. However, in these times of the Wuhan virus, the bar has to close by 11 PM.

The majestic two-storied venue features overhead chandeliers, opulent décor, and large bay windows that give you a great view of Dubai Marina and the Arabian Sea and you are on your way on a magical journey. The culinary section has now added an Indian menu as well because of the large clientele from India. You have vegetarian and gluten-free options as well.


Last word

When you are inside the bar and the restaurant or the lounge you will enter into a world of oriental delight. The bar has a special brand of music and once you leave you will be given a CD with that music.

The place is a bit pricey but then you want to go to an exclusive place you got to pay more. A visit can set you back almost 600 AED per head if you want to really live it up. This is also one of the places where Arab girls from Egypt, Lebanon, and Iraq congregate looking for a date someone to foot the bill.

Talking of my personal visit I had a bet with Sue that in case I lost I would carry her from Mustang to the restaurant table and thanks to my Boot Camp and airforce training I could do it so easily and it was a bit of a surprise to all the people who were watching us.

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Dubai is home to many American expatriates and tourists and they flood to such places. I will recommend a holiday in Dubai and of course at least two evenings at the Buddha bar that could leave an unforgettable memory.


MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on May 08, 2021:

Thank you Chitra, your comment is so welcome.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on May 08, 2021:

Peggy, so nice you commented. Dubai and UAE are not standard Islamic countries like say Pakistan. There is a lot of pragmatism and freedom in these places and that is the reason they are so rich. You will love a visit there.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 08, 2021:

Good review of the Buddha Bar, Dubai. I have heard about it from my relatives there.

Dubai travel is on my wish list. Let’s see when I get that opportunity.

Thank you for sharing this excellent article.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 08, 2021:

Thanks for telling us about the high-end bar in Dubai. What surprised me is that they serve alcohol in an Islamic country. I looked up Dubai, and according to Wikipedia, it says the following: "Adult non-Muslims are allowed to consume alcohol in licensed venues, typically within hotels, or at home with the possession of an alcohol license." Alcohol is tightly regulated. I can understand why the Budda theme could be offensive to some people in that setting instead of a religious one.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on May 08, 2021:

Bharat, Nice comment. You have a point and I agree with you. In a place like Indonesia-a Muslim country, this bar was stopped but Indians who constitute 30% of the population here have not objected, and neither the Indian consul. A lot of well-heeled Indians enjoy this bar. I think it's part of our culture to be "nice."

Bharat Sharan from Dhanbad on May 08, 2021:

It is a very informative article Emge. But instead of the image of Lord Budha, if it had the image of another religion, would all of them have liked it? Why is it done with the religions of India? The cheapest people of the world who wouldn't object to it, no? The religion tolerant Indian leaders support.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on May 06, 2021:

Thank you, Sangre, it's a pleasure reading your comment.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on May 04, 2021:

This is a really good review of the bar. I hadn't heard of this type of high end bar before, that has a Buddha of all things. It's definitely a place people should try to visit just for the experience.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on May 02, 2021:

Thank you Renu, you'll love it.

Renu on May 02, 2021:

Nice info, would love a drink at this bar.

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