Airplane A weekly session featuring unashamed ’80s cheese. Expect to hear 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).
Cabaret Thursdays Expect live cabaret dancers, vocalists and entertainment with a theatrical flair. Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Rare, Media Rotana Hotel, TECOM (055 505 7580).
Deep Crates We’re promised ‘musicians’ music’ at this 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).
Electric Boutique with Friendly Fires DJ Set A DJ set from one or more of the British indie trio, plus warm-up from Andy Buchan, and urban on the roof from DJ Bliss and Mr Shef Codes. Dhs100 (before midnight), Dhs130 (after). 10pm-3am, Thursday March 22. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).
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).
JoJo De Freq Quirky British DJ De Freq spins at this top bar. Free. 7pm-2am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
Jonathan Ulysses & Norman Jay What a choice – Space Ibiza veteran Ulysees spinning inside the club, and Good Times maestro Norman Jay on the terrace. Earlier on there are sets from Dubai regular Dion Maveth, while Rossi spins retro sounds in the lounge. Dhs100 (ladies free before midnight). 9pm-3am. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (056 603 7961). Norooz 2012 Live in Dubai A host of Iranian stars perform live in Dubai for Iranian New Year. Tonight: Dariush and Faramarz Aslani. Dhs299-499. 8pm (doors), 10pm (show). Until Friday 23. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road www.timeouttickets.com
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).
Pierre Raven Popular catwalk DJ Raven takes drinkers and diners on a ‘spiritual journey’ to see in the Persian New Year. Free (guestlist and reservations). 7pm-3am. Okku, The Monarch Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 142 8363).
Sikka Art Fair Some of the city’s best musicians play free outdoor gigs across the quirky Bastakiya Quarter to mark of Dubai Art Week. Tonight: singer-songwriters Layla Kardan and Abbo, plus Arabic jazz from oud master Kamal Musallam and electro jazz from KromozomBeats, featuring drummer Rony Afif. Free. 6pm-10pm. Al Bastakiya, Bur Dubai (no number).
Thursdays Experience House tunes in Chi Club from DJ Enxo and DJ DLB, plus urban in Chi Red from Flowmaster J. Free (ladies and couples), Dhs100(men). 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland (04 337 9470).
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, Bur Dubai (056 799 6335).
After Brunch Beat Session Chill out grooves and two-for-one drinks before 7pm. Free. 4pm-8pm. Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 8888).
Audio Tonic Sunset Sessions with Roberto Rodriguez Expect accessible, danceable house from the Finnish DJ. Free (guestlist). 4pm-2am. Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 406 8999).
Bass and Beats Urban in the club from DJ Mo Tiger, DJ Badir and Flow Master J, plus retro club tunes in Chi Red from DJ Mylo and DJ DLB. Free (ladies, couples and mixed groups), Dhs100 (men). Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha (04 354 3131).
Connoisseur Urban grooves all night. Dhs100, free for ladies and couples before midnight. 10pm-3am. Velvet Underground, Royal Ascot, Bur Dubai (050 8573 802).
Viva presents Darko De Jan Armani’s resident house DJ spins. Free. 10pm-3am. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).
Don Moen Popular Christian singer from the US who has clocked more than five million album sales. Dhs60-250. 7pm-1am. Dubai Tennis Stadium www.timeouttickets.com
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 Big Night Out with Sébastien Léger French house star Léger is the main room, plus The Noisemaker Live in the studio and urban on the rooftop from resident Dany Neville. Dhs100 before midnight, Dhs150 after, ladies and Face card holders free before 11pm. 10pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).
Music Al Dubai Notable acts play in the evening at this two-day celebration of French culture. Tonight’s bill features gipsy jazz from Debout sur le Zinc, as well as Laurent Delorme and the Francis Cabrel Cover Band. Dhs175 (daily), Dhs300 (both days). Noon (fair opens), 8pm (concerts star). Dubai International Marine Club, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi (no number).
Norooz 2012 Live in Dubai A host of Iranian stars perform live in Dubai for Iranian New Year. Tonight: Ebi, Kamran and Hooman. Dhs299-499. 8pm (doors), 10pm (show). Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road www.timeouttickets.com
Old School Funky Fridays Resident DJ Jack n’ Junior Rodriguez spins funk, soul, disco and old school house, with free drinks for ladies from 8pm to midnight. Free. 6pm-3am. Ongoing. Blends, The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7777).
Punk Rock Night featuring The Frenemies Riff-heavy punks the The Frenemies and the Dead Shakes are on the bill for what is likely to be a very aggressive night. Dhs50. 9pm-3am. Aussie Legends, Rydges Plaza Dubai, Satwa (04 398 2222).
No.1 Fridays 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).
Only at Armani/Privé R&B, hip-hop and electro from Mass Ramli, Brooklyn and Darko De Jan. Free. 10pm-3am. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).
Sikka Art Fair Some of the city’s best musicians play free outdoor gigs across Bastakiya for Dubai Art Week. Tonight: gypsy jazz trio Zazous, contemporary dance from Flordeliza & Krista Degaetano, singer Layla Kardan, theatre from the Star Too group, Emirati band Tahkt Al Emirate and DJ/live violin performance from DJ Tar3k V. Free. 5pm-10pm. Al Bastakiya, Bur Dubai (no number).
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).
Music Al Dubai Tonight hear Arno Santamaria and Jali, who co-wrote Tracy Chapman’s ‘Fast Car’. Dhs175 (daily), Dhs300 (both days). Noon (fair opens), 8pm (concerts star). Dubai International Marine Club, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi (no number).
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 jam. Drum kit and equipment is provided. Free. 9.30pm-late. Excelsior Creek Hotel, Bur Dubai (04 357 2999).
Sikka Art Fair Local musicians perform as part of Dubai Art Week. Tonight: soprano Lauren Niewland, composer DJ Bhuvan, dance duo Flordeliza & Krista Degaetano, vocals and harp duo Melisa Le Rue and Lidia Stankoulova, before Le Rue leads her band through some neo soul. Later on looped cello comes from Aaron Kim and there’s contemporary dance and live music from Riina Luikkonen and Barnaby Priest. Free. 4pm-9pm. Al Bastakiya, Bur Dubai (no number).
Soul X8 New weekly urban night DJ Emtee spinning old school, new school, soul and R&B. Free (door policy applies). Ongoing. 9pm-3am. Amika Dubai, The Monarch, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 358 0044).
XO Saturdays presents Baby Drew Baby Drew – best known as Chris Brown’s ‘official’ DJ – spins urban. Dhs100 (men), free (ladies). 10pm-3am. 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.. 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).
Sikka Art Fair Final day of gigs as part of Dubai Art Week. Tonight: Arabic sounds from the Khalil Ghadri Fusion Band, performance poet Hala Ali, live dance and music from Riina Luikkonen and Barnaby Pries, jazz and blues songwriter Kerrie Anne Philips, more rhyme at the poets’ night and Arabic fusion from Dahab. Free. 4pm-9pm. Al Bastakiya, Bur Dubai (no number).
Jebel Ali Club Quiz Night A 10-round showdown of wits. Dhs5 per person. 8.30pm. Ongoing. Jebel Ali Recreational Club, Jebel Ali Village. (055 851 3152).
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).
Honeytrap DJ Richie D and DLB spin while ladies drink for free. Dhs75, free for ladies.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, touching on disco, funk and old-school house 5pm-2am. Ongoing. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (050 107 6405).
Unplugged Showcase of local musicians at the downstairs bar. 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 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 Road (04 331 1111).