Check out all-new Chi We’ve heard that Chi has had an overhaul during summer – the Oud Metha club will be looking forward to showing off its new colours when doors are flung open at the start of the new season. Chi Garden is also getting a fresh look, set to be unveiled when the weather cools down.
Best for: Curious clubbers. Price depends on night. Open daily 9pm-3am. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha (04 337 9470).
Party beside the pool Former Fatboy Slim collaborator Roland Clark has been called in to get things cooking at XL’s season opening party. Bizarrely, the venue is set to close for a 40-day refurb at the end of August, meaning there are just a few precious days to enjoy its poolside charms. Get stuck in now.
Best for: Ibiza souls. Price TBC. 6pm-3am, Sunday August 19 (depending on public holiday). XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa (056 640 6161).
Hear a bar band Live music will resume at scores of bars across Dubai once the public holiday is called, so check out one of the city’s bar bands. Don’t know where to start? Try Damage, named Dubai’s best band in a recent competition, who play regularly at Beyond El Rancho in Deira.
Best for: Mods and rockers. Free. Open daily 7pm-3am. Beyond El Rancho, Marco Polo Hotel, Deira (04 272 0000).
It’s ladies’ night Dubai’s plethora of ladies nights are set to resume when the season formally begins, so grab your girlfriends and head out for a free night. Most consistent is Boudoir, which offers ladies free drinks every night before midnight, or head down on Sunday when the offer extends until closing.
Best for: Girls on the town. Free (reservations recommended). Open daily 9pm-3am. Boudoir, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah (04 345 5995).
Visit a new old-school bar... A quaint new retro hangout opened during the summer behind the scenes of JBR. As the swinging ’20s-themed Speakeasy prepares to move from soft to full launch, it’s high time to check out this hip joint.
Best for: Nostalgic night owls with a touch of quirk. Free. Currently open 8pm-2am, open noon-3am once the holiday is called. Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach (04 439 8888).
...or a cool space-age Cuban hangout Launched quietly in July, Cu-ba at the new Jumeirah Creekside Hotel in Garhoud is set to come into its own at the start of the new season. Expect the dancefloor to heat up come mid-September, when DJ Jodie Lee flies in to spin Latin and house tunes.
Best for: Cool party types. Free. Open Thu-Fri noon-2am, Sat-Wed noon-1am. Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Garhoud (04 230 8582).
Dance at a superclub Dubai’s dancefloors have been dormant for the past few weeks, but the new season will see most top venues reopening to welcome eager clubbers with the promise of big-name guests, likely to be announced when the holiday is called. Don’t know where to start? Hit top spot Trilogy, and check www.timeoutdubai.com/nightlife for more listings.
Best for: Hardcore clubbers. Price TBC. Open daily 9pm-3am after the holiday. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).
Watch the English Premier League The most popular football league on earth kicks off this weekend. With venues likely to start opening from noon again after the public holiday is called, what better time to settle into an old-school pub and watch all the drama of the Premier League unfold?