See David Guetta live in Abu Dhabi or catch Charice
Airplane A weekly session featuring unashamed ’80s cheese. Expect to hear plenty of guilty pleasures, plus to help you celebrate the weekend there’s an all-you-can-drink deal between 6pm and 9pm for Dhs99. Free. 6pm-9pm. Ongoing. Z:One, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
Aks A weekly session of unashamed ’80s cheese. Expect to hear plenty of guilty pleasures, plus to help you celebrate the weekend there’s an all-you-can-drink deal between 6pm and 9pm for Dhs99. Free. 6pm-9pm. Ongoing. Z:One, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000)
Aperitivo Alla Moda Party The house DJs spin funk grooves at this rooftop pool bar, popular with the after-work crowd. Free. 6pm-9pm. Ongoing. M-Dek, Media One, Media City (050 876 4335).
Bad Medicine This young weekly night promises the ‘freshest underground vibes in the city’, with Brit DJ Marky B joining resident Sandr Vokson. Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Mavericks, The Metropolitan Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 667 4320).
Cabaret Thursdays Expect live cabaret dancers, vocalists and entertainment. Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Rare, Media Rotana Hotel, TECOM (055 505 7580).
Deep Crates We’re promised ‘musicians’ music’ at this new night – funk, soul, reggae, Latin, hip-hop and even Afrobeat have been put on the table by DJ Lobito. Free. 9pm-3am. Casa Latina, Ibis Hotel, Al Barsha (04 399 6699).
Jamrock Resident DJs Brooklyn and Taz play R&B, hip hop, soca, reggae, dancehall and funky house. Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Sublime, Ibis Hotel, Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.sublimebar.com (04 318 7130).
Juliana Down The UAE rockers, who recently penned the official Rugby Sevens theme tune, play an open-air rooftop gig. Dhs100 (with one drink). Doors open 8pm. Dusk Terrace, Radisson Blu, Dubai Media City (04 366 9111).
MustHaveSoul with Luis Radio One of the pioneers of the Italian house industry for the past 20 years, and resident DJ of one of the best-known underground clubs in the world (Room 26), makes his UAE debut. Free. 7pm-2am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
No.1 Desi Locals DJ Shadow and DJ Hani spin commercial tunes. Dhs100. 10.30pm-3am. Sensation, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 115 2544).
People by Crystal DJ Anthony plays house and commercial tunes. Check the Facebook page for last-minute celeb visits. Free, couples and reservations only. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).
Taboo presents Alfredo A former journalist, Ibiza veteran and Balearic beat forefather, Argentinian Alfredo flies in to spin. Dhs100 before midnight, Dhs130 after. 9pm-3am. Trilogy, Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).
Unzipped Local bands play this weekly showcase of local talent, plus support from good time, tight-as-you-like house covers band Urban. Dhs50. 6pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel, Bur Dubai (056 799 6335).
ATB Trance big-hitter ATB hosts what could be the biggest bash at XL so far this year. Dhs150. 6pm-3am. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa (056 640 6161).
Audio Tonic Sunset Sessions presents Spirit Catcher The Belgian house duo, known for their ‘future disco’ sound, headline, with Mr Mr and Julian Jinx also on the bill. Free. 4pm-2am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
Charice The Filipino singer – who rose to fame following a series of performances for Oprah Winfrey in the States – visits Dubai on her ‘Infinity’ tour. Expect to hear 2010 smash ‘Pyramid’, plus newer material. Dhs95-195. 7pm. Festival Park, Al Badia, Festival City, www.timeouttickets.com
Connoisseur Urban groves all night. Dhs100, free for ladies and couples before midnight. 10pm-3am. Velvet Underground, Royal Ascot, Bur Dubai (050 8573 802)
David Guetta live in Abu Dhabi The French pop crossover king, monster of house and self-confessed biggest DJ in the world plays a set in the nation’s capital. Support comes from regional talent DJs Natalie Brogan and MaDJam. Dhs195-395. 9pm-3am. Yas Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi (04 366 2288).
Circoloco: System of Survival A day-long poolside party with DJs Jixo, Danz and MarkII. Dhs100; free for ladies and Face card holders before 3pm). Noon-3am. M-Dek, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
Fuel Nights A fusion of house and Arabic beats. Free, guestlist and table reservations only. 8pm-3am. Ongoing. Amika Lounge, The Monarch Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 354 4005).
Ill Communications presents Matthew Dekay The rising Dutch tech-house star plays in the intimate upstairs room, plus regular Pierre Ravan in the main room and R&B fare from Dany Neville on the roof. Dhs100 before midnight, Dhs150 after, ladies and Face card holders free before 11pm. 10pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).
Live Local Loud with Nikotin Energetic UAE rockers Nikotin are slightly less exotic than the recent groups to grace these fortnightly open-air showcases of local talent. But what they lack in subtlety they’re likely to make up for in high-adrenalin rock ‘n’ roll. Free. 7.30pm-midnight. Pyramids Rooftop Gardens,Wafi, Oud Metha (04 324 4100).
No.1 Fridays Award-winning urban night playing the latest R&B hits. Dhs100 (ladies free before midnight). 10.30pm-3am. Club Sensation, Crowne Plaza, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 331 1111).
Old School Funky Fridays New resident DJ Jack n’ Junior Rodriguez spins funk, soul, disco and old school house from across the decades – plus free drinks for ladies from 8pm to midnight. Free. 6pm-3am. Ongoing. Blends, The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7777).
Only at Armani/Privé R&B, hip-hop and electro from house DJs Mass Ramli, Brooklyn and Darko De Jan. Free. 10pm-3am. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa. (04 888 3308).
Underground Procedures R&B and hip-hop tunes spun by the house DJs. 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 at People by Crystal The 411 team are now at People, with DJ Bliss and Mr Shef Codes on the decks. Free. 10pm-3am. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).
Industry Saturdays A mix of house, R&B, dubstep and garage. 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 A chilled weekly set of musical curveballs. Expect choice cuts of funk, northern soul, ska, reggae, disco and hip-hop alongside classic house. Free. 4pm-2am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
R&B Saturdays at Chi R&B anthems from DJ Badir and DJ DLB, with free entry all night for ladies, and free drinks until 1am – groups of five ladies or more get a table and bottle. Dhs75 for men, free for ladies. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland (04 337 9470).
Saturday Night Live Jam Sessions Laid-back jam sessions for bands and solo artists to groove on rock, pop, reggae and blues tunes. Drum kit and equipment is provided – as is the house band if you don’t have your own. Free. 9.30pm-late. Excelsior Creek Hotel, Bur Dubai (04 357 2999).
Vibez DJs Dany Neville, Brooklyn and Rone Jaxx spin at this free night of R&B and hip-hop tunes. Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6917).
XO Saturdays Armani’s urban night with Mass Ramli and Brooklyn. Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).
Amika Intimo Fresh beats from the DJs. Free, guest list and reservations only. 8pm-3am. Ongoing. Amika, The Monarch Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 354 4005).
L.O.V.E. Sundays DJ Marshall plays electro-chic sounds. Free (reservations required). Open 7pm-3am. Ongoing. Okku, The Monarch Dubai (04 501 8777).
Redemption Sundays Hip-hop and R&B tunes spun by local and international talent at this high-end venue. Free before midnight; Dhs60 for men after midnight; free for ladies all night. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Gold Lounge, The Monarch Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 425 8623).
Envy Resident DJs provide beats. Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0561).
R&B Mondays DJs Shero and Stylez double up for the night. Dhs100 for men, free for ladies. 10.30pm-3am. Ongoing. Club Sensation, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 974 3376).
Trivia night with Rob Kaye Win prizes at this quiz. Ladies get drinks for Dhs10 all night, plus discounts for teachers and nurses. Free. From 8pm. Ongoing. Aussie Legends, Rydges Plaza, Satwa (04 398 2222).
An Evening with… Lee Sharpe Racing-themed gastropub The Stables launches a new dinner-with-a-guest concept with the former Man U winger turned reality TV star. Dhs495-695. 8pm. The Stables, Sheikh Zayed Road, above Fibber Magee’s (04 342 5571).
Honeytrap DJ Richie D and DLB spin commercial urban and hip-hop grooves, while ladies drink for free. Dhs75, free for ladies and Face card holders. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland (04 337 9470).
Jam Nights at Maxx Music Local players get involved in this weekly jam. 9pm-late. Ongoing. Maxx Music Bar & Grill, Citymax Hotel, Barsha (04 409 8000).
Retrospect Tristan Bain and Stickman play retro-tastic music. 5pm-2am. Ongoing. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (050 107 6405).
Unplugged with Florentina Tuchel and Cassiano Santos While Lee Sharpe recounts anecdotes upstairs, hear tunes from this duo at a new showcase of local musicians downstairs. Free. 9pm-late. The Stables, Sheikh Zayed Road (above Fibber Magee’s), (04 342 5571).
Uber Ladies’ Night The Uber team hosts this chilled night. Ladies drink for free until midnight, while DJ Stephane Karl spins funk, happy house and pop. Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Sho Cho, Dubai Marine Beach Resort, Jumeirah (04 346 1111)
Urban Mashup Expect a varied mix of old-school and new urban sounds. Dhs50, free for men until midnight, free for ladies all night. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed