Hot new bars, club nights and gigs to look forward to
Time Out Dubai staff
With huge events at Sandance, from The Killers headlining on October 11, to Jamiroquai and Chic’s Nile Rogers performing on November 15, the music scene in Dubai is already looking exciting this season. Throw in a huge Alicia Keys gig happening in Media City on November 15, along with the upcoming appearance from Will.i.am and Timbaland later in the month and it’s clear that we’re attracting some of the biggest acts on the planet. There’s also a host of new venues in the pipeline with a branch of world-famous Ibiza super club set to bring its Pacha brand to the Madinat in the coming months and established venues, such as Cavalli looking to revamp their concept, so the next few months should be interesting.
The White Room This new evening at the Al Murooj Rotana on Sheikh Zayed Road sees the hotel’s ballroom transformed into a nightspot concept each weekend. The brand, from Beirut, in keeping with its name, is a suitably white affair where commercial house and urban tunes are supplied by the resident DJs Devon Kosoko, Charbel Habib and Jojo Zarifa. A high-end dress-to-impress venue, the opening night saw sharply dressed clientele flock to the nightspot. We’re intrigued to see how the unique evening evolves. Reservations recommended. 11pm-3am. Al Murooj Rotana, Downtown Dubai (050 443 0933).
Will.i.am and Timbaland to headline event hosted by Quincy Jones The brand new Dubai Music Week is a trade show that is aimed at music industry workers and fans of all things pop. Hosted by legendary jazz producer and Michael Jackson collaborator Quincy Jones, the superstar headliners make quite a statement. Black Eyed Peas’ frontman Will.i.am will be running through hits including the recent Britney Spears duet ‘Scream and Shout’ along with Peas’ classics like ‘I Gotta Feeling’. Will.i.am will be joined by American super producer Timbaland in a night that we expect to see selling out fast. Dhs550-Dh2,200. Thursday September 26. Dubai World Trade Centre Arena, Sheikh Zayed Road (06 507 0445).
Starsailor singer to play Arthur’s Day Former lead singer of Starsailor, James Walsh, is set to take to the stage for an acoustic performance to mark Arthur’s Day, an Irish event which celebrates the founder of Ireland’s most famous dark beverage. The singer who’s sold over three million records will be running through a repertoire of hits including ‘Silence is Easy’ and ‘In the Crossfire’. With a second album that was produced by controversial wall of sound producer Phil Spector, we’re looking forward to seeing him in an intimate environment. Friday September 27. Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi, Umm Suqeim (04 318 1313).
New night on Fridays at Media One Hotel Until its roof terrace re-opens, the main nightspot at the Media One Hotel is its ninth floor urban space. Adorned with graffiti and reminiscent of an old-school factory party space, the venue is set to host House of Afrika every Friday. With a recent Break In event in August attracting queues out the door, we imagine this idea is going to be as popular, offering a refreshingly informal option to Dubai’s nightlife scene with an event which previously took place at the hotel’s alfresco Dek on Eight terrace. The organisers have already booked South African DJ Black Coffee to perform on September 14. Free. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
GQ Bar Following on the coat tails of Fashion TV’s Studio F nightclub and the launch of the Vogue Café in Dubai Mall, men’s fashion is set to get its own nightlife outlet in the form of a GQ Bar. The bar and restaurant is going to be located across two vast floors in a whopping 10,700 sq ft space. In keeping with GQ’s chic and gentlemanly brand, we’re told to expect a sleek, stylish and tasteful venue, which is scheduled to open in the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai – the world’s tallest hotel – before Christmas.