See Sade in the capital or laugh at Gordon Southern
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).
Bar Rumba presents Duff Disco The popular remix merchant headlines the ongoing Latin, jazz, trip-hop and broken-beat night Bar Rumba. Dhs100. 10pm-2am. M-Dek, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (050 725 8277).
Familia de la Salsa Fiesta A three-day celebration of all things salsa. The ninth annual event kicks off with a glitzy party at Dubai Marine Beach Resort tonight. Dhs75, or Dhs200 for the weekend. 9pm. Until December 17. Dubai Marine Beach Resort, Jumeirah, www.facebook.com/familiadelasalsa.
In Bed With Space World Tour Worldwide club brand Space has hosted more than 180 nights in 60 countries over the past decade, bringing together music, animation and fashion. DJ Kid Chris – the man behind compilation In Bed With Space – is behind the decks, with warm-up from DJs Enzo and DLB. Dhs100. 9pm-3am. Chi@The Lodge, Oud Metha (04 337 9470).
Jamrock Resident DJs Brooklyn and Taz play a selection of R&B, hip hop, soca, reggae, dance hall and funky house. Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Sublime, Ibis World Trade Centre Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.sublimebar.com (04 318 7130).
MustHaveSoul Residents Xmas Party A festive celebration with Simon Reid, Conan Liquid, Dan Chadwick and Tristan Bain. Half-price drinks from 6pm until 9pm. Free. 7pm-2am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
People by Crystal DJ Anthony plays house and commercial tunes. Free, couples and reservations only. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Raffles, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).
Taboo presents Lottie Awarding-winning worldwide DJ and model Lottie mans the decks. Dhs100 before 11pm, Dhs150 after. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6917).
The Laughter Factory with Gordon Southern and Markus Birdman Gordon Southern, winner of the Time Out comedy award in 1995, heads this backwards-looking 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 working as a TV actor. Dhs130. 9pm. Al Thuraya Ballroom, Grand Millennium Dubai, TECOM, 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. Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Rare, Media Rotana Hotel, TECOM (055 505 7580).
Velvet Underground Grand Opening A new club with a less-than-original name launches with two nights of free entry. This first night hosts house from female collective High on Heels and DJ Sabrina Terence, plus residents Mario Patrick and Jose Ibora. Free. 11pm-2am. Until Friday 16. Royal Ascot Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 857 3802).
Audio Tonic Sunset Sessions with Alex Niggeman After his cancellation back in October due to high winds at 360°, the Berlin house master is back to settle the score, plus sets from Mr Mr and Julian Jinx. Free. 4pm-2am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, www.audiotonic.net (056 682 6617).
Chilly Resident DJs Shadow and Shobi play a desi night of Indian and fusion music. Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Sublime, Ibis World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.sublimebar.com (04 318 7130).
Diva Club brand Diva hosts a night at iKandy Ultralounge. Free. Guest list and reservations recommended. 7pm-3am. Ongoing. Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 565 5427).
East 17 A nostalgic Christmas-themed pub gig from the once-chart-topping Brit four-piece, who are now just three thanks to Brian Harvey snubbing this latest reunion. Listen out for hits ‘House of Love’ and ‘It’s Alright.’ Dhs100. 8.30pm. McGettigan’s, Bonnington Hotel, Jumeirah Lake Towers (04 35 60 560) Familia de la Salsa Fiesta A three-day celebration of all things salsa. There are poolside events at the Novotel World Trade Centre today. Dhs75, or Dhs200 for the weekend. From 10.30am Until December 17. Novotel World Trade Centre, www.facebook.com/familiadelasalsa.
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 Rachael Calladine and The Everyday People Local soul singer Calladine headlines this al-fresco showcase of the region’s best home-grown talent, between sets by DJ Chris Rayner. The weekly gigs close with a genre-merging jam. Free. 7.30pm-11.30pm. Pyramid Rooftop Gardens, Wafi, Oud Metha (04 347 7793).
Nasimi Beach Festival of Fire Full Moon Party Faya Combo founder and former Bob Sinclar collaborator DJ Gregory headlines this Thai-themed night, with pyro shows and support sets from Charl Chaka, Nithayi, Smokingroove and Greg Stainer. Meanwhile, local beat merchants Globalfunk host their own floor with Mach4, DJ Ali, Kymera and MC Ollywood. Free for ladies and Face card holders, Dhs50 before 8pm, Dhs100 after. 5pm-2am. Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm (055 200 4321).
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).
Propaganda featuring The Futureheads DJ set New and classic guitar tunes in Chi Garden with a DJ set by indie upstarts The Futureheards, DJ Dan and Andy Buchan. Elsewhere’s there’s dubstep and drum’n’bass from DJ Jab, D-Tek, Sir Marc and more, and party tunes inside from DJ Richie D and Andy Swift. Dhs100. 9pm-3am. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland (04 33 79470).
Sade live in Abu Dhabi Soul icon Sade comes to the nation’s capital. We’re looking forward to the nostalgic thrill of hearing ’80s and ’90s hits ‘No Ordinary Love’, ‘Sweetest Taboo’, ‘It’s a Crime’ and ‘Smooth Operator’ live. Dhs295-750. 7.30pm. Yas Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.yasisland.ae. South African Rock Night A night of rock and metal to celebrate South Africa’s reconciliation, with punk band Fighting Super Heroes and hard rockers Echoes With Laughter, plus DJs Saron Gas, Seether, Just Jinger, Parlotones, Fokofpolisiekar, Crash Car Burn and Jack Parow. Dh50. 9pm-3am. Aussie Legends, Rydges Plaza (050 904 8559).
Step On Dubai’s ‘longest-running indie duo’ Rude Larry and Mark Evans spin indie tunes all night. Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Catwalk, Golden Tulip Hotel, Al Barsha (050 464 9390).
Sunstroke Only 40 women and 40 men can fit on this four-hour catamaran party. House tunes will be spun by resident DJ Jack Woodcock and guest Tom Chubb. Dhs350 (advance booking only, with unlimited food and drink). 3pm-7pm. Dubai Marina Yacht Club, Dubai Marina (050 600 9928). 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 15. Dhs130. 9pm. Mazina, The Address Dubai Marina, 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 (04 331 1111).
Velvet Underground Grand Opening The second opening party at this new club is an R&B-themed evening, hosting members of the UK’s Hott2Deff Squad including Shola Ama and former BBC One radio presenter DJ Spoony, plus Rone Jaxx, DJ Sal Junior J, DJ Doc, and host MC Vampe. Free. 11pm-2am. Royal Ascot Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 857 3802).
411 Saturdays DJ Bliss and Mr Shef Codes present urban sounds. Free, couples and guest list only. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Armani Hotel (04 888 3308).
Familia de la Salsa Fiesta The three-day fiesta wraps up with a party at Malecon. Dhs75, or Dhs200 for the weekend. 9.30pm. Until December 17. Dubai Marine Beach Resort, Jumeirah, www.facebook.com/familiadelasalsa.
Fizz’ickle It’s all about music, sun, swimming and dancing at this weekly ‘ladies’ day’, where the fairer sex get two free drinks upon arrival. Free. Noon-6pm. Ongoing. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort (056 640 6161).
Grind DJ T-Rek plays commercial old-school, R&B, hip hop and reggae. Ladies get free drinks until midnight. Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Time Café. Ramee Royal Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 854 3545).
Industry Saturday House, R&B, dubstep and garage from DJs Nithal, DJ Shero, Greg Stainer and David Newsum. Dhs50, free for ladies and Face card holders. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai (050 151 5609).
MustHaveSoul presents Eclectic Circle Expect choice cuts of 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.
Saturday Salsa Nights Cha-cha the night away with themed food and drink, plus dance moves from instructor Del Pierre. Dhs50 minimum spend. 9.30pm-3am. Ongoing. Maxx Music Bar & Grill, Citymax Hotel, Al Barsha (04 409 8000).
Crush R&B tunes on the floor with DJ Emtee, plus a search for the UAE’s top model of 2011. Dhs85. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha (04 337 9470).
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 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. Ongoing. Amika, The Monarch Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 354 4005).
Bikers’ night at Long’s Whether you’re a biker or just an enthusiast, you can take advantage of drinks deals including selected mixed drinks for Dhs30. 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 Hear retro ’80s, ’90s and current hits, while ladies get three free glasses of bubbly. Free. 6pm-3am. Ongoing. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort (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).
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 classes from Familia de la Salsa. Ladies get two free drinks. Free. 8pm-2am. Ongoing. Sublime, Ibis Hotel Dubai World Trade Centre (050 277 7475).
Havana Nights Bailame Cuba presents a new 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).
360° ladies’ night The fairer sex enjoy two-for-one deals all night, while gents can enjoy deals on hops. 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 Emirati DJ presents a night of top urban tracks. 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 Mr Shef Codes and DJ Kirk 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).
Guilty Pleasures with Salt-n-Pepa Two-thirds of the ’90s hip-hop girl troupe behind hits like ‘Push It’, ‘Shoop’ and ‘Tramp’ fly in for this retro-themed evening. Support comes from Anna Greenwood (Guilty Pleasures UK) and NYC-based Cosmo Baker. Dhs100 (advance), Dhs150 (door), Dhs 500-1,000 (VIP). 7pm-3am, December 20. Madinat Jumeirah, www.timeouttickets.com
See You Next Tuesday Billed as ‘a new kind of ladies night’, from the team behind alternative club night See You Next Friday. Expect choice indie, disco and electro tunes, alongside free selected mixed drinks for ladies. Free. 9pm-late. Ongoing. Republique, The Address, Dubai Mall (055 882 5675).
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. Free. Noon-3am. Ongoing. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa (056 640 6161).
PMC Royale All three rooms of the newly revamped club are open for this weekly Persian night. Dhs100, ladies free before 11pm. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. N’Dulge, Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0561).
Über Wednesdays ÜberDubai hosts this night with music from DJ Eli Abi. Free. 8pm-3am. Ongoing. Amika Lounge, The Monarch Dubai (04 354 4005).