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12 Great Student Hang Outs in Dubai

We've gathered up 12 fantastic student hang-out spots for your studies, meeting up with friends and to enjoy during uni life.

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24 October 2016

Last updated on 14 January 2020
12 Great Student Hang Outs in Dubai

Life as a student in Dubai can be tough at times; with a legal drinking age of 21, those youngsters out there are somewhat limited in terms of where they can go, and what they can do. Nevertheless, this is Dubai, and to say there's nothing to do for students to enjoy would be a complete fib. 

Afterall we are in the land of the impressive, and there's no denying that the emirate of Dubai is the perfect place to nurture, inspire and grow a student's ambiition. 

12 Great Student Hang Outs in Dubai

But before they go making world-changing decisions and advancements, students living in Dubai understandable need somewhere to unwind, relax and catch-up with their fellow peers. Or even buckle-down and concentrate in a peaceful environment so they can complete their next essay. 

So here's 12 of our favourite hang-out spots that we recommend...

Yalla! Bowling
The perfect place to encourage healthy competition between you and your peers, Yalla! Bowling offers twelve 10 pin bowling lanes, as well as the latest video games and pool tables to enjoy. We've no doubt you and your friends will love a game or two! 

Found in Magic Planet, located in both City Centre Mirdif and Mall of the Emirates.

Hummingbird Baker

Hummingbird Bakery

With several locations across the emirate, this delectable café offers only the tastiest treats, the result of quality American baking. With its relaxed and recognisable interior, any of the Hummingbird Bakery outlets are the perfect place to unwind, relax and catch-up with a friend or family member, or even help your concentration while working on your next important assignment. 

Locations at Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Mall and Citywalk, or order online. Find out more about Hummingbird Bakery and their latest deals and offers

Maison Mathis

Maison Mathis

With offers every day, and even a pizza delivery option, Maison Mathis at the Arabian Ranches is a great hang-out spot for you and your friends to enjoy, good, hearty and simple food inspired by Belgian cuisine. We've no doubt the restaurant's interior will offer Insta-worthy snaps, too, and the views of the golf course itself are fantastic. 

Open daily from 7am until 2am, at Arabian Ranches Golf Club. Find out more about Maison Mathis.

The Courtyard Outlet
Home to over 10 unique outlets, ranging from furniture and antique stores, to photography and art galleries, The Courtyard Outlet is the perfect place for you to relax and be inspired. If you're looking to refurnish your place, shops like JADIS and The Courtyard Gallery offer beautiful peices of furniture and art. Looking for a gift for a friend? Head to Petals. And remember to grab your caffeine on your way out! 

Find The Courtyard Outlet on Street 6A in Al Quoz Industrial Area 1.

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VOX Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates
With the best and most latest releases showing frequently throughout the day, a trip to VOX Cinemas is always a treat - and an affordable one too - for you and your peers to unwind after handing in your most recent essay. If you have a spare Tuesday morning, you might even want to catch a fantastic film at a discounted price at our Movie Mornings... Find out more about that here! 

VOX Cinemas can be found on the upper level of Mall of the Emirates near the Home Centre end of the mall. 

Inflatable Waterpark at JBR
Anyone who's visited The Beach at JBR recently will no doubt have noticed the huge, 'Dubai' shaped inflatable waterpark floating proudly on the waves. In fact, it's the world's largest - in true Dubai fashion - and spans 77m long, by 33m wide and its colour mirrors that of the official Dubai tourism logo. It's the perfect place to head to for some splashin' fun with your friends. 

Head to The Beach at JBR any day of the week... Preferably when the weather is cooler, too. 

Bread Street kitchen

Bread Street Kitchen

When it comes to brunches, for most students, stretching the Dirhams is often a difficult task. However, when you come across an affordable brunch, that's both relaxing and enjoyable, that offers only the best food - inspired by none other than Celebrity Chef, Gordon Ramsay - and is located in one of the most recognisable hotels in Dubai, it's a no-brainer. Perfect for a monthly or bi-monthly treat with your and your friends and peers, we have no doubt that Bread Sreet Kitchen will look after you a treat. Of course, you have to be 21+ to enjoy their alcoholic package, but if not, the delicious menu is still more than enough to satisfy your tastebuds with their non-alcoholic package. Love a roast dinner? Cold cut meats? British cuisine? Then we promise, you'll love this place! 

Find Gordon Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen at Atlantis's The Avenues on Palm Jumeirah. Find out more about Bread Street Kitchen and find all of the latest deals and offers available.

Yoga at Al Barsha Park
Everybody knows a student appreciates a freebie. And if you're a yogi - better yet! Join a hatha yoga class with Laskya Yoga in Al Barsha Pond Park for FREE! It's a great opportunity to keep your yoga skills up to scratch while you're busy studying during the week. Remember to grab your girls to come along, too! 

Every Saturday from 6pm - 7pm at Al Barsha Pond Park, Gate 4.

The Archive Dubai
In an effort to promote a diverse and active cultural community, The Archive provides a space for exploration and entertainment while nuturing your love of literature and education. It's a prime spot for students to come, relax, participate in their book clubs, take part in a design talk, engage in workshops, sign up for yoga classes or simply read a book in the park. 

Open 8am - 8pm daily, Gate 1 (Al Hadiqa Street) at Safa Park. 

Iris Dubai

Iris Dubai

This place offers visitrs on of the most unique and ultimate outdoor rooftop experiences in Dubai, with fantastic views to boot. This perfectly tropical and modern gateaway amid Dubai's concrete skyscraper jungle is a fantastic place to unwind after a busy week of working and studying. If you're over 21 years old, grab your besties and head to Iris Dubai to take advantage of their extensive menu of international meals, as well as their creative cocktails and mocktails in a sophisticated ambiance. 

Located on the 27th floor of The Oberoi Hotel, via the basement. Find out more about Iris Dubai and their latest deals and offers available.

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Are you a complete bookworm? We may have found the perfect place for you. BookMunch is a community café that offers the perfect, relaxing reading place to curl up in with your favourite book, with some tasty comfort food nex to you. Inspired by Oliver Jeffers' The Incredible Book Eating Boy, which is about a boy who loved books so much that he ate every one of them, this unique place is perfect to relax, unwind and concentrate on your reading list. They even offer take-out picnic baskets, with a borrowed blanket and basket, so you and your friends can enjoy the perfect Dubai weather in the park... All you have to do is return the basket and blanket after you're done!

Located in both Bay Square Building 4, Business Bay, and Al Wasl Square on Al Wasl Road, opposite Al Reef Lebanese Bakery in Jumeirah. 

The Farm
Looking for a place surrounded by lush greenery, landscaping and beautiful views that you and your fellow students can enjoy? Head to The Farm! Here you'll find the perfect backdrop for your next photoshoot project, or catch-up with your besties or even organise a birthday get together for someone special. 

Open all week 7.30am - 11pm. Located at Al Barari, Nad Al Sheba Area, opposite to Global Village. 


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