It isn’t very surprising that a rooftop bar + restaurant like Iris first launched in Beirut. The city has historically been the Middle East’s party capital, and these past two decades it has quickly regained much of its former lustre. Party people flock to its shores from across the region and far beyond to explore Beirut’s sophisticated and diverse lifestyle infrastructure. As trading comes naturally to the Lebanese, the lifestyle know-how is also exported accross the region.
Established as an upscale signature brand by Lebanese hospitality company Add-mind, Iris has expanded its operations both home and abroad, and the very latest venue to open its doors is Iris Dubai. Also perched on a rooftop, in this case the 27th floor of the Oberoi Hotel, it features a cozy, glass-encased space that allows spectacular views of Dubai’s skyline, including a unobstructed peek at the soaring Burj Khalifa, the planet’s tallest building.
Designed by Lebanese architect Suzy Nasr, the setting at Iris Dubai is contemporary and the abundant use of natural materials give the the space a warm and welcoming feel. The place features a bar section with an elongated bar and various seating areas, and an area for dining and lounging. Both sections feature a distinct design and atmosphere but similar light fixtures tie it all in. Iris Dubai caters to an in-the-know party crowd and its menu is conceptualized accordingly, listing an extensive range of signature fruit cocktails and mocktails, and should you start to feel peckish a range of tasty international dishes is readily available. Complementing the good times are the sounds by Iris Dubai’s resident deejays or live band gigs.