By Jo Anne Bladd
Zuma, Burj al-Arab’s Skyview Bar were the only Gulf venues to make the rankings
Two of Dubai’s glitziest bars have been named among the
world’s top 50 venues in a new industry list, which sees the emirate net more
spots than Sydney, Los Angeles and Amsterdam.
Skyview Bar, located at the top of the flag-shaped Burj al-Arab hotel, and popular venue Zuma ranked 21st and 49th respectively on the 2011
World’s 50 Best Bars list.
Skyview is home to the world's most expensive cocktail, a
blend of 55-year-old whiskey served in an 18-carat gold glass with a price tag
The rankings, published by Russian vodka brand Stolichnaya,
was compiled after from a poll of 100 of the world’s leading industry
“Voters are romanced by exquisitely decorated hotel bars
that serve beautifully prepared drinks, made by immaculately turned-out
bartenders,” said Lucy Britner, editor of the list.
Topping this year’s list was New York’s PDT (Please Don’t
Tell), while London’s The Connaught and the Artesian took second and third
In city rankings, London held the biggest clutch of listed
bars with 12 venues securing spots.
New York had eight venues in the list, while Paris,
Barcelona and San Francisco each had three entries.
Dubai matched up with Melbourne and Tokyo with two entries,
while cosmopolitan cities Sydney, Los Angeles and Moscow each only managed a
Zuma, located in Dubai International Financial Centre,
described the ranking as a “tremendous accolade”.
“We are thrilled that
ZUMA will sit alongside these internationally-recognized bars,” said Ajaz
Sheikh, director of operations for the Middle East.
Get real. The entrance to skyview looks like a 15 year old from the 70's science project.