Danny Rampling, Jamie Jones and East 17 in the city
Barasti Christmas Party Expect festive tunes and games at this daytime beach party, with a red and white dress code. Dhs260 (with Christmas barbecue and beverages). 1pm-5pm. Barasti, Le Méridian Mina Seyahi (04 399 3333).
Cirque du Soir Complete with jugglers, fire-breathers and dwarfs, theatrical nightspot Cirque du Soir is one of Dubai’s most unique clubs. Free (reservations recommended, door policy applies). 10.30pm-3am. Ongoing. Cirque du Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 4900).
Danny Rampling at Lounge 44 One of the forefathers of the UK rave scene, once-pirate radio DJ and notable producer, Danny Rampling is a man who deserves your respect. Ushered out of retirement in 2007, Rampling was nominated for a Time Out Dubai award following his last visit to the city in March 2011. Here he makes a welcome return to Dubai. Free (door policy applies). 7pm-3am. Lounge 44, Embassy, Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina (04 317 6000).
Deep Crates at Casa Latina Expect an eclectic range of tunes, some impressive deck-pyrotechnics and a clued-up crowd at Dubai’s most consistent alternative happening. Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha (04 399 6699).
East 17 at McGettigan’s Christmas Special The ’90s band return to McGettigan’s for a second year running to play a Christmas gig. Expect to hear hits including ‘House of Love’, ‘Deep’, ‘Alright’ and, of course, their Christmas UK number one, ‘Stay Another Day’. Dhs100. 9pm. McGettigan’s, Bonnington JLT (04 356 0560).
Goldie at Trilogy The gold tooth-sporting celebrity – and renowned drum’n’bass DJ – spins at Trilogy. Dhs100. 10pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).
iLL Communications presents Dany Neville’s official birthday party at N’Dulge A birthday tribute to renowned Dubai DJ and producer Dany Neville. The man himself is headlining the main room, with warm-up from special guest Jah Cure, plus Crown Prince and Emtee Pockets. Meanwhile Crosstown Rebels’ Mathew Jonson, Gabriel Green, Salah and Adam spin house on the terrace, and Safe from Smokingroove is in the lounge. Dhs120; ladies free before midnight. 10pm-3am. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 200 4322).
Movida Resident DJ Mitchell spins. Free (reservations only). 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Movida, Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).
Old School Fest at Domeland An all-out night at Domeland which promises both Dubai’s biggest flash mob and a special guest appearance by Chris Brown’s tour DJ, Baby Drew. This is all alongside a crew of more than ten other DJs and – amusingly enough – a Michael Jackson impersonator. Dhs100. 10pm-3am. Domeland by Chi, Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha (04 337 9470).
People by Crystal This award-winning club is one of the hottest places in town. Free (reservations recommended). 10pm-3am. Ongoing. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 354 3131).
Republique There’s a ‘no house music’ policy on Thursdays, with DJ DC playing old-school retro and alternatives tunes. Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Republique, The Address Downtown Dubai (056 718 1188).
Strictly Vinyl at 360° The Infusion team present DJs Salah Sadeq, JC, Afroboogie and Just Lance spinning their vinyl collections, with house upstairs and funk and soul down below. Free (guestlist recommended). 6pm-3am. 360° Jumeirah Beach Hotel (050 107 6405).
The Laughter Factory This month’s shortened, three-night run features Irish comic Andrew Ryan, US funnymen Glenn Wool and former Mock the Week guest Zoe Lyons. Dhs140. 9pm. Various locations until December 14. Mövenpick Jumeirah Beach, The Walk at JBR, www.timeouttickets.com
Thrust at Alegra DJ Enzo is behind the decks at this commercial night. Free (couples and mixed groups only; reservations recommended). 10pm-3am. Al Murooj Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 246 4555). Wild Nights at The Living Room Expect to hear R&B, house and more at this fresh night. Free (door policy applies). 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha (056 674 2981).
Wonderland at Armani/Privé A new Thursday-night concept with acrobatics, special effects and live artists, alongside urban tunes from regulars Patrik Carrera, Mass Ramli, Darko De Jan and VDJ Barbu.TV. Dhs100. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).
Audio Tonic Sunset Sessions with Daniel Solar at 360° Upcoming house talent Solar, of Exploited Records, is joined on the decks by regulars Raxon and Julian Jinx, plus Russ Cooper and Vas Floyd downstairs. Free (guestlist only). 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
Black Sun Empire and Thelem at The Music Room Drum’n’bass giants Black Sun Empire, who recently topped the cross-genre beatport charts with fifth album From the Shadows, go head to head with dubstep talent Thelem for four hours of international bass madness. Dhs125. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 359 8888).
Eddy Wata live at Club Sensation African Eurodance artist Wata, known for a few hits including ‘I Love My People’, ‘The Light’ and ‘I Like the Way’, guests. Support comes from DJs Dev Master, Tribe and MC Money. Dhs125. 10.30am-3am. Club Sensation, Crowne Plaza, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 911 0600).
Jamie Jones at Blue Marlin Ibiza Fresh from putting out a disc for Fabric, Hot Creations boss Jones headlines for Blue Marlin, alongside regulars Frederick Stone and Jean B. Free (members and members’ guests only). 1pm-11pm. Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotel & Resort, Ghantoot (050 142 2800).
Mahiki The club attracts a diverse party crowd in Dubai. Expect cheesy tunes and potent mixed drinks. Free (reservations recommended). 7pm-3am. Ongoing. Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 380 7731).
No.1 Fridays at N’Dulge DJ Lady S and DJ Target guest this week at top urban night No.1, plus regulars Masterstepz, Schooly, Brooklyn and Shero. Dhs100; free for ladies before midnight. 10.30pm-3am. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0561).
Quint boat party After Cipher’s last boat party was cancelled due to bad weather, expect a memorable voyage with break DJ Lobito and the Deep Crates Cartell behind the decks. Places are limited – first come, first served, with updates at twitter.com/quintdubai. Free. 11pm-2am. Leaving from Jebel Ali Golf Resort (050 798 7174).
Rony Afif Quartet at Blue Bar Bop standards and more from the best regular jazz night in the city. Free. 10pm-1.30am. Ongoing. Blue Bar, Novotel World Trade Centre (04 332 0000).
Stranded on The World Islands Chilled beach club event Stranded relaunches on Lebanon island. The price includes entry and boat travel from Jumeirah. Dhs250. Noon-8pm. Ongoing. Lebanon, The World Islands (050 687 9959).
The Good Life at Shimmers Chilled sunset session with beanbags, a mobile bar and live DJ. Free. 4pm-midnight. Shimmers, Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6730).
The Laughter Factory This month’s shortened, three-night run features Irish comic Andrew Ryan, US funnymen Glenn Wool and former Mock the Week guest Zoe Lyons. Dhs140. 9pm. Various locations until December 14. Grand Millennium, TECOM, www.timeouttickets.com.
Video Games Live at Dubai World Trade Centre A UAE symphony orchestra plays memorable jingles from computer games. The concept may sound unusual, but the concert creator is none other than Tommy Tallerico, the cousin of Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, so we guess you’re in safe hands. Dhs185-595. Doors pen 1pm; show starts 7.30pm. Dubai World Trade Centre, www.timeouttickets.com.
Upstairs at Republique Hear live music or comedy upstairs, while DJ Shef Codes and DC spin urban, old-school and chart hits down below. Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Republique, The Address Downtown Dubai (056 718 1188).
411 Saturdays at People by Crystal Winner of Time Out Dubai’s Best Urban Night award this year, expect top tunes from 411’s DJ Bliss, Mr Shef Codes, Masterstepz and DJ Stylez. Free (reservations recommended). 10pm-3am. Ongoing. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai (050 354 3131).
Entra Mi Casa at 360° Expect a mix off deep, afro and soul house from Just Lance, Charl Chaka and Nthayi outside, while Tristan Bain plays old-school funk and soul inside. Free. 6pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
Saturday Salsa Fever at Malecon Hear salsa and Latin tunes from DJ Udia early on, with R&B and house later from DJ Diego. Hone your skills with salsa lessons at 8.30pm (beginners) and 9.30pm (intermediate). Free entry; lessons Dhs40 or free to diners. 8.30pm-3am. Ongoing. Dubai Marine Beach Resort, Jumeirah (04 34 61111).
The Grill This lively sports radioshow on Dubai Eye is broadcast every week live from Barasti, with panellists Brian Murgatroyd, Ben Jacobs, Zulf Hyatt-Khan, Clarke Davies, Marc Archer and Damian Brandy, plus Time Out Dubai columnist Tom Bushell. Free. 5pm-8pm. Ongoing. Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi (04 399 3333).
The Music Room hosts Shine Hear the rockin’ house band play everything from Guns N’ Roses to Michael Jackson. Dhs60. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (050 453 9727).
NEW XO Saturdays’ ‘Red Velvet’ at Armani/Privé XO rebrands slightly with a new ‘Red Velvet’ theme. Expect a top urban night of commercial R&B and hip-hop tunes served up by residents Mass Ramli and Brooklyn, plus dizzying visuals on the region’s largest LED screen from VDJ Barbu.TV. Dhs150. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).
Amika Intimo A selection of fresh beats mixing Arabic flavours with contemporary house. Free (guest list and reservations only). 8pm-3am. Ongoing. Amika, The H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 354 4005).
Singer-songwriter night at The Pavilion Five local aspiring songwriters try out some original material. This month’s gig includes Joshua Job, Victoria Canal, Bari Versa and Caitlin Murphy, alongside host Harrison Rice. Free. 7.30pm. The Pavilion, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).
Swagger Sundays at Kiza African beats, hip-hop and R&B tunes from DJs Tribe and Kulcha at this fresh bustling night on Chi’s doorstep. Free. 6pm-3am. Ongoing. Kiza, Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha (04 334 4159).
Mahiki Mondays Beach Luau A weekly indoor event with a tiki beach-party theme, which offers a more relaxed Mahiki night with a ‘beach chic’ dress code. Free (door policy applies). 7pm-3am. Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 380 7731).
Manic Monday at Zinc Chart hits. Dhs75, free for ladies 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 151 5609).
R&B Mondays at Velvet Underground DJs Shero and Stylez man the decks. Dhs100 for men, free for ladies and Face Card holders. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Velvet Underground, Royal Ascot Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 962 4222).
1Up Karaoke Night There are more than 70,000 tracks to chose from, and five free drinks for every lady through the door. Free. 8pm-late. Ongoing. 1Up, Boutique 7 Hotel, TECOM (04 448 7928).
Pure at Armani/Privé A night of urban/house fusion from top resident DJs Darko De Jan, Skinny Loop and VDJ barbu.tv. Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).
The Ivy hosts live jazz Expect a soothing saxophonist and backing track at this fresh mid-week jazz night, hosted in an upscale restaurant. Free. 8pm-11pm. Ongoing. The Ivy, Jumeirah Emirates Towers (04 319 8767).
The Social at Ruth’s Chris Lounge A popular post-work night, with house tunes from DJs Buff Wise and Yazz, and early drinks deals. Free. 7pm-3am. Ongoing. The Address Dubai Marina (04 454 9538).