See Tank at Chi or head for Creamfields in the capital
Aks Music from DJ Zubair and DJ Manoj. Dhs100, free for couples until midnight, free for ladies all night. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Elegante, Royal Ascot Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 571 5745).
Aperitivo Alla Moda Party The house DJs spin eclectic funk grooves. Free. 6pm-9pm. Ongoing. M-Dek, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (050 876 4335).
Creamfields Genre-defining acts including head-mask wielding Deadmau5, dubstep supergroup Magnetic Man and sassy star Katy B headline the first night of this huge annual festival of electronic music in the nation’s capital. Dhs325 (day ticket), Dhs525 (weekend pass). 8pm-4am. Until December 9. Yas Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.creamfields.ae.
Jamrock Resident DJs Brooklyn and Taz play a selection of R&B, hip hop, soca, reggae, dancehall and funky house. Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Sublime, Ibis World Trade Centre Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.sublimebar.com (04 318 7130).
People by Crystal DJ Anthony plays house and commercial tunes. Free, couples and reservations only. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Raffles, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).
Point of View play Pink Floyd Tribute band-for-hire Point of View will recreate many of Pink Floyd’s less indulgent works, accompanied by a swirling, open-air laser light show. Dhs100-150. 10pm, Rooftop Gardens, Wafi, Oud Metha (050 113 9873)
Sharon Shannons and friends Some claim that fiddler player Shannons is the only traditional Irish musician to enjoy mainstream pop success, working with the likes of U2, Sinead O’ Connor, Willie Nelson, Steve Earle and Jackson Browne. Her recent audiences have included the ninth President of Ireland, Michael Higgins, and Barack Obama. Dhs159. 9pm. The Irish Village, Garhoud www.timeouttickets.com Snakebite Indie, punk, alternative and Britpop all battle for space at this delightfully gritty indie night, hosted by DJ Sister Rock. Free. 9pm-3am. Gold-Swiss Belhotel, Bur Dubai (04 301 9888). Taboo Resident DJs spin at this weekly night. Free before midnight, Dhs100 after. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6917).
Tank US R&B star Tank – known for his work alongside Ginuwine and Tyrese in acronym-heavy supergroup TGT – is flying in to make his Dubai debut. With 10 years on the charts, expect a dash of misogyny from hits including ‘I Luv Dem Girls’ and ‘Strip Club’. Dhs100. 9pm-3am. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha (04 337 9470).
Tasmin Little Known throughout the globe for her 2008 project The Naked Violin, soloist Tasmin Little has enjoyed an esteemed career playing with top orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony and London Mozart Players. Here she performs works by Bach, Bartók, Paul Patterson and more – entirely solo. Free but ticketed. 7pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates www.dubaiconcertcommittee.com (04 331 3832).
The Laughter Factory with Gordon Southern and Markus Birdman Gordon Southern, winner of the Time Out comedy award way back in 1995, heads the bill. Known for observational comedy and quick-witted improv, we’re told he’s still very much in demand, with regular sell-out shows in the UK. He appears here on a bill with stand-up Markus Birdman, who appeared on The Comedy Zone in 2002, and Owen O’Neill, best known for writing and performing seven one-man plays, as well as work as a TV actor. Dhs130. 9pm. Melrose Ballroom, Mövenpick Hotel Jumeriah Beach, www.timeouttickets.com
Thursdays at Armani/Privé with DJ Bliss Dance to hip hop, R&B, house and electro-pop. Free, couples and guest list only. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).
Thursday Night Live at Rare DJ Jean B is on the decks and Hush Bongos is on the drums at this stylish bar. Rare, Media Rotana Hotel, TECOM (055 505 7580).
AR Rahman He’s one of the biggest-selling artists ever, with a reported 300 million album sales to his name, and has picked up more awards than even he can count, including an Oscar for the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack. Fresh from hanging with Mick Jagger in supergroup SuperHeavy, Rahman plays this stadium gig in Dubai. For more details, see Previews, page 115. Dhs100-Dhs1,000. Doors 5pm, show starts 9pm. Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Sports City, www.timeouttickets.com
Audio Tonic Sunset Sessions with Kassey Voorn Flying in from Athens for his UAE debut, Greek wonder kid Voorn recently won the coveted Bedrock Records Remix Competition. Expect melodic progressive-led house from this one to watch. Free. 4pm-2am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, www.audiotonic.net (056 682 6617).
Chi Black ‘Addicts’ Launch Party The latest attempt to launch a happening drum’n’bass and dubstep night in Dubai will feature sets from a range of local DJs, plus commercial dance in the garden and urban in the club. Dhs100, free for ladies and couples. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha (04 337 9470).
Chilly Resident DJs Shadow and Shobi play a desi night of Indian and fusion music. Free. 10pm-3am. Sublime, Ibis World Trade Centre Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.sublimebar.com (04 318 7130).
Chris Brown Touring album number four, the F.A.M.E. singer, dancer and entertainer plays an hour set for his Dubai debut. Dhs295-Dhs995. 6.30pm. Dubai Festival City, www.timeouttickets.com Creamfields Dance megastar Tiësto headlines the second night of this epic Abu Dhabi weekender, which also features grime hit Tinie Tempah and Laidback Luke on the bill. Dhs325 (day ticket), Dhs525 (weekend pass). 8pm-4am. Yas Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.creamfields.ae.
Crush at Chi House and R&B mashup from DJ Emtee. Free for ladies and couples, Dhs100 for men. 9pm-3am. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha (04 337 9470).
Fuel Nights A fusion of house and Arabic beats. Free, guest list and table reservations only. 8pm-3am. Ongoing. Amika Lounge, The Monarch Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 354 4005).
Live Local, Loud! with Tim Hassall and Caitlin Murphy A folky flavour as two songwriters headline this ongoing showcase of the region’s best home-grown talent under the stars, between sets by DJ Chris Rayner. Expect an eclectic mix of genres and performers. Free. 7.30pm-11.30pm. Pyramid Rooftop Gardens, Wafi, Oud Metha (04 347 7793).
People by Crystal DJ Anthony plays house and commercial tunes throughout the night. Free, couples and reservations only. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).
Peppermint Experience presents Luciano The top Swiss-Chilean DJ and Ibiza veteran spins live for the first time in Dubai, with warm-up from DJ Nelson. If you’re not going to Creamfields in Abu Dhabi, this is the one to head for. Dhs200-Dhs275. 9pm-3am, Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.timeouttickets.com
Tamer Hosny live Egyptian singer, songwriter and producer Tamer Hosny comes to Dubai for a one-off open-air gig. Dhs150. Doors open 6pm, show starts 9.30pm. Burj Park, Downtown Burj Khalifa, www.timeouttickets.com
The Chill Hear classic hits, old-school and nu-school hip hop, R&B and reggae at this new al-fresco spot. There’s also happy hour from 6pm until 9pm, and a pint and shisha for Dhs60. Free. 1pm-3am. Ongoing. Sky Garden, Metropolitan Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 552 3507).
The Laughter Factory with Gordon Southern and Markus Birdman For details, see Thursday 8. Dhs130. 9pm, The Irish Village, Garhoud, www.timeouttickets.com
Underground Procedures R&B and hip-hop spun by house DJs Dany Neville, Shero, Emtee and Brooklyn. Dhs100, free for men until midnight, free for ladies all night. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 331 1111).
411 Saturdays DJ Bliss and Mr Shef Codes present a night of urban sounds. Free, couples and guest list only. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).
Fizz’ickle It’s all about music, sun, swimming and dancing. Ladies get two free drinks upon arrival. Free. Noon-6pm. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa (056 640 6161).
Grind DJ T-Rek plays commercial old-school, R&B, hip hop and reggae, and ladies get free drinks until midnight. Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Time Café, Ramee Royal Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 854 3545).
Industry Saturday An eclectic mix of house, R&B, dubstep and garage from genre-spanning DJs Nithal, DJ Shero, Greg Stainer and David Newsum. Dhs50, free for ladies and Face card holders. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 151 5609).
MustHaveSoul presents Eclectic Circle Expect choice funk, Northern soul, ska, reggae, lounge, Motown, Balearica and house at this varied night, with half-price drinks from 4pm until 7pm. Free. 4pm-2am. Ongoing. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, www.musthavesoul.com (050 107 6405).
Raisani Records’ birthday bash Home-grown dance label Raisani Records celebrates its eighth birthday with a set from the label’s latest signing, Pierre Ravan. Free, reservations only. 11pm-3am, Republique, The Address Dubai Mall (04 438 8888).
Saturday Salsa Nights Cha-cha the night away with themed food and drink, accompanied by dance moves from instructor Del Pierre. Dhs50 minimum spend. 9.30pm-3am. Ongoing. Maxx Music Bar & Grill, Citymax Hotel, Al Barsha (04 409 8000).
Scene Enjoy Nobu sushi in the new Ultra Lounge as resident DJs provide beats to keep you moving. Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0561).
Unplugged Local acts and DJs including Noush Like Sploosh, Hamdan Al-Abri, Adam Shero, Rone Jaxx, Aaron and Ziriub play at this cherry-picked acoustic night. Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Sublime, Ibis Hotel, Dubai World Trade Centre (050 436 0891).
Amika Intimo Stop by to hear fresh beats from the resident DJ. Free, guest list and reservations only. 8pm-3am. Amika, The Monarch Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 354 4005).
Bikers’ night at Long’s Whether you’re a biker or just an enthusiast, take advantage of drinks deals including mixed drinks for Dhs30. Club members and real bikers get 20 per cent off standard drinks, plus there’s one free drink for club members. Free. 8pm-2am. Ongoing. Long’s Bar, Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 312 2202).
Crash Party A popular Persian night with DJ Divan, with free drinks for ladies before 1am. Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Elegante, Royal Ascot Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 962 4222).
L.O.V.E. Sundays DJ Marshall plays electro-chic sounds until 3am. Free (reservation required). Open 7pm-3am. Ongoing. Okku, The Monarch Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8777).
Maxx Music Bar & Grill Karaoke Night A karaoke night hosted by RJ Kirsty Meyer, with free short drinks for all singers. Free. 9pm ’til late. Ongoing. Citymax Hotel Al Barsha (04 409 8000).
Sunday Sirens Ladies Night Retro ’80s, ’90s and current hits reverb around the beach at this high-end ladies night: ladies can enjoy three glasses of bubbly for free. Free. 6pm-3am, XL Beach Club, Harbour Grand Resort & Spa (056 640 6161).
Urban Expect urban sounds at this aptly-named weekly club night. Free. Open 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Pulse, Mövenpick Hotel Bur Dubai (04 358 2090).
Biggles Quiz Night Rounds include photo quizzes and creative competitions from sausage balloons to plasticine, plus Dhs1,000 cash for the winner. Free. From 8.30pm. Ongoing. Biggles, Millennium Airport Hotel, Garhoud (04 282 3464).
Envy Step out onto the terrace or relax in the new lounge and enjoy Nobu sushi as resident DJs provide beats. Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0561).
Guantanmera Latino Night DJ Udia and DJ Margerita hit the decks every Monday, with salsa dance classes for Dhs40 from 8.30pm onwards. Ladies get two free drinks all night. Free. 8pm-2am. Ongoing. Sublime, Ibis Hotel Dubai World Trade Centre (050 277 7475).
Havana Nights Bailame Cuba presents a weekly Cuban night, with salsa lessons from Aloy Junco and Latino beats from DJ Evo. Free. 7pm-1am. Ongoing. Blends, The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7777).
Kosupure Night Put on your best fancy dress, because there’s a prize for best dressed – the winner receives four bottles of hops, a bottle of grape or five shots. Also on Tuesdays. Free. 10pm-midnight. Ongoing. Harry Ghatto’s, Jumeirah Emirates Towers (04 319 8088).
Persian Red Carpet The Persian Superstars host this new weekly Monday club night, with regular guests and visitors. Dhs100, free for ladies all night. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 911 0600).
Think Twice DJ Neil-T and MC Money Plus spin R&B, funky house and more, plus there’s a buy one, get one free offer on selected drinks. Dhs100, free for ladies and couples. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Elegante, Royal Ascot Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 962 4222).
Trivia night with Rob Kaye Win prizes at this quiz. Ladies get drinks for Dhs10 all night, and there are special discounts for teachers and nurses. Free. From 8pm. Ongoing. Aussie Legends, Rydges Plaza Hotel, Satwa (04 398 2222).
360° ladies’ night The fairer sex get two-for-one deals all night, with hops deals for gents. Free. 6pm-2am. Ongoing. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 406 8999).
Fly A night of R&B and urban sounds. Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. N’Dulge, Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0561).
Haute People by Crystal with DJ Bliss The award-winning DJ plays this French-themed night. Free. 11pm-3am. Ongoing People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).
Hype Tuesdays Expect hip hop, R&B and dance from local DJs DJ Kirk and Mr Shef Codes on rotation, plus monthly guests. Dhs60. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).
Retrospect DJs Tristan Bain and Stickman play everything from retro-tastic music from the ’60s to Ibiza classics. It’s two-for-one on mixed drinks from 8pm-11pm for ladies, plus the first 11 groups of six or more ladies get a free bottle. Free. 7pm-2am. Ongoing. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (050 107 6405). Urban Mashup Old-school and new urban sounds with DJ Andy Swift and Rone Jaxx. Dhs50, free for men until midnight, free for ladies all night. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 331 1111).
Chocolate Hip hop and R&B tracks, with free chocolate all night. Dhs75, ladies free. Open 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland (04 337 9470).
Elegante Wednesdays DJ Neil-T, DJ Josh and MC Money Plus present R&B, funky house and commercial hits. Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Elegante, Royal Ascot Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 962 4222).
GlitterBaby A day and night of R&B and house, with half-price drinks for ladies before noon. Free. Noon-3am. Ongoing. XL Beach Club, Harbour Grand Beach Resort & Spa (056 640 6161).
PMC Royale All three rooms are open for this weekly Persian night. Dhs100, ladies free before 11pm. 9pm-3am. N’Dulge, Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0561).
The Laughter Factory with Gordon Southern and Markus Birdman For details, see Thursday 8. Dhs130. 9pm. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road www.timeouttickets.com
Über Wednesdays ÜberDubai hosts this night with music from DJ Eli Abi. Free. 8pm-3am. Ongoing. Amika Lounge, The Monarch Dubai (04 354 4005).