Hype in Dubai, Wolfgang, Cafe del Mar album launch and more top parties
Anahid Fashion Nights at Armani/Privé This monthly fashion-conscious Arabic night features tunes from Soheil Ray. Free (couples only). 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).
Aperitivo Wednesdays at Café del Mar There’s an Italian theme at this night, which offers complimentary canapés prepared by the chefs at Giannino, while ladies are offered free Italian pre-meal mixed drinks. Free. 7pm-10pm. Café del Mar, Meydan Beach Club, The Walk at JBR (055 220 7506).
Calabar Head down for quality house and electro from resident DJs. Free. 6pm-2am. Calabar, The Address Downtown Dubai (04 436 8888).
Diamond Wednesdays One of the more popular urban nights in town, serving free mixed drinks for ladies before 1am. Free (door policy applies). 10pm-3am. Boudoir, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah (050 652 0626).
Flash Dance Wednesdays at Cavalli Club A weekly retro night at this Swarovski-studded club, with a playlist featuring hits from the ’80s to the ’90s. Free (door policy applies). 11pm-3am. Cavalli Club, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 9260).
Gentleman’s Night at Aquara Lounge In a novel twist, every gentleman arriving at the Yacht Club between 8pm and midnight is offered a free short drink. Free. 8pm-midnight. Aquara Lounge, Dubai Marina Yacht Club (042 362 7900).
i2 karaoke night Quirky retro-themed club i2 hosts a new weekly karaoke night. Free. 10pm-3am. i2, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (050 889 2578).
Million Stylez at Rare The Swedish dancehall artist – Kenshin Iryo to his mum – performs hits including ‘Miss Fatty’, ‘Baddis Ting’, ‘Everyday’ and ‘Fade Away’. Dhs100. 10pm-3am. Rare: The Place, Media Rotana, TECOM (050 852 3343).
No 5 Lounge ladies night Members of the fairer gender get a free selection of sushi, as well as two glasses of bubbly. 8pm-11pm. Ongoing. The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC (04 372 2323).
Rich List at Amika Dubai Mingle with the stars, with celebs and models invited to this shameless show of wealth. Reservations only. 10pm-3am. Amika Dubai, The H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (052 942 8161).
Rock Bottom TECOM Rocky Bs gets busy tonight with pre-weekend partiers. Free. 5pm-3am. Rock Bottom Café, Ramee Rose Hotel, TECOM (055 200 9333).
Salsita at N’Dulge N’Dulge’s new salsa night promises hot Latino grooves and authentic dance moves. Free. 10pm-3am. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0561).
Atif Aslam at Domeland Pakistani pop singer Aslam performs at this Oud Metha venue. Dhs150. 10pm-3am. Domeland, Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland, www.timeouttickets.com
Bora Bora Ibiza Party at White X An Ibiza-flavoured beach party with Dubai’s DJ Fou and Beirut’s DJ Mark. Dhs100. 8pm-3am. White X Beach & Lounge, Rixos The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 100 6555).
Deep Crates at Casa Latina Expect funk, hip-hop, Afrobeat and more at this top alternative hangout, hosted by Break DJ Lobito and the Deep Crates Cartell. Free. 10pm-3am. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha (04 399 6699).
Fatiniza album launch at Café del Mar Dubai-based rock/pop singer Fatiniza, best known for breakout hit ‘Out of Control’, launches her second LP, Nothing is Impossible. Her live set will be backed by various musicians, including the Atunda Drummers, who’ll fly in from Africa. DJ Loca plays warm-up from 7pm, with a support slot from Jeremiah and the Lucky Strikes at 8.30pm, and Fatiniza on at 9pm. Free (reservations recommended). 6pm-3am. Café del Mar, Meydan Beach Club, JBR (055 220 7506).
GlobalFunk featuring DJ Hype at The Music Room Fresh from bringing out Andy C, GlobalFunk produces another mainstay of the UK’s bass scene, DJ Hype, a genuine pioneer of drum’n’bass. After an early career spinning reggae, he made headlines after winning Best Male DJ at the UK’s Hardcore Awards in 1994. Also known for releases on Playaz and spinning on London’s Kiss FM, he appears here with MC AD, plus warm-up from MACH4, Charl Chaka, Mr Gremlin and MC Olly Wood. Dhs100. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (056 799 6355).
Henrik Schwarz at Trilogy German deep house veteran Schwarz ranks the likes of Jazzanova, Gilles Peterson and Sonar Kollectiv among his fans. Dhs150. 10pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).
House Party at Rare Expect to hear R&B, hip-hop, funky house, garage and even dubstep at this ‘house party’ themed night. Dhs100 for men (ladies free). 10pm-3am. Rare: The Place, Media Rotana, TECOM (050 852 3343).
iLL Communications at N’Dulge This award-winning house and electro night continues on the terrace, plus urban from Dany Neville and Crown Prince in the main room. Dhs120. 10pm-3am. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 200 4322).
iLL Communications with Marco Carola at Blue Marlin Alongside the regular night at N’Dulge, the award-winning Ohm Records team hosts its first night in a new home, with Italian techno talent Carola the eclectic guest. Expect a blend of beats and beach. Dhs120. 7pm-3am. Blue Marlin Ibiza, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).
Jamrock at Sublime Weekly night with DJs Shero, Sir Taz and Brooklyn spinning reggae, roots, dancehall, dub, calypso and more, and MC Money Plus on the mic. Dhs50; ladies and couples free before midnight. 9pm-3am. Sublime Bar & Grill, Ibis World Trade Centre (04 318 7130).
Local Talk vs MustHaveSoul at 360° Mad Mats, of Sweden’s Local Talk, guests for MustHaveSoul’s monthly parties, with Tom Chubb and Simon Reid representing the Dubai end. Free (reservations recommended). 6pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
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).
Mojo at Republique Top rock covers group Marwan & the Mojos – former residents at Blue Bar – now take to the stage at a venue named after themselves, Mojo, upstairs at alternative club Republique. Free. 10pm-2am. Republique, The Address Dubai Mall (04 438 8888).
Only at Armani/Privé Commercial urban tunes from Mass Ramli and Darko De Jan. Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).
Retro night at Infiniti Expect ’80s and ’90s hits by the pool at this new weekly retro night, from DJs Lina and Sabrina Terence. Free. 8pm-1am. Infiniti Pool Lounge, Sofitel Dubai, The Walk at JBR (04 448 4848).
The Laughter Factory A trio of comedians perform at this touring bill, which this month features Jeff Innocent, Wayne Deakin and Markus Birdman. Dhs140. 9pm. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, The Walk at JBR, www.timeouttickets.com.
Thursday Grooves at District Lounge Exclusive DIFC hangout District, inside the Capital Club, was formally only open to non-members on Fridays, but is now launching a new public Thursdays night party. Free. 5pm-3am. District Lounge, DIFC (050 880 2285).
VIP Room Recently opening in Dubai, this new branch of the exclusive St Tropez club is one of the most talked-about venues in town right now. Head down to see what the fuss is about. Expect urban and commercial tunes. Free (guestlist only). 9pm-3am. JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 388 1500).
Wolfgang live at Emirates Golf Club Veteran Filipino metal band Wolfgang, who achieved an international following in their ’90s heyday, reformed in 2008 after a lengthy hiatus. Expect the hits and newer stuff from an upcoming three-part concept album. Dhs125-250. Doors 7pm; show 9pm. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills, www.timeouttickets.com.
Friday March 8
Audio Tonic ‘Sunset Sessions’ with Rodolfo Wehba at 360° Audio Tonic promotes the Middle Eastern debut of rising Brazilian decksmith Rodolfo Wehba, who’s making a name for himself with a brand of music that blurs the borders of techno and deep house. Also spinning are Raxon, Julian Jinx and Megadon Betamax. Free (reservations recommended). 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
Blond:ish at Blue Marlin Hatched in Canada, now based in London, female DJ duo Anastascia and Vive-Ann spin for Blue Marlin. Members and bookings only. 1pm-11pm. Blue Marlin Ibiza, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).
Cavalli Live Expect live guest performers from around the world every Friday at Cavalli. Free (door policy applies). 11pm-3am. Cavalli Club, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 9260).
Channel Zoo Ibiza at Nasimi Beach The Zoo Project present a bill of six DJs, including Berlin’s Sven Weisemann and the UK’s Michael James, alongside local talents JC, David Craig, Smokingroove and more. Expect a carnival atmosphere with make-up artists, dancers and plenty more. Dhs100; ladies free before 8pm, men Dhs50. 5pm-2am. Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 200 4321).
Daydream at N’Dulge There’s no need to wait until the evening to hit the dancefloor, with this party kicking off at 4pm. Aimed at the post-brunch crowd, expect it to be busy with folk who have ‘over-N’Dulged’ at Saffron. Free. 4pm-3am. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0561).
Freaks and Beats at Cirque du Soir Freaky entertainers and more from the Cirque team, plus hype on the mic from Virgin Radio DJ Kris Fade. Free (bookings recommended). 10.30pm-3am. Cirque du Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 4900).
House of Afrika at The Dek on Eight Infusion launches a new weekly night showcasing deep house from South Africa, spun by specialists including DJs Charl Chaka, Afroboogie, Just Lance, Simon B and Nthayi. Free. 4pm-3am. The Dek on Eight, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
Hypnotique at The Q Bar A new trance night in the Holiday Inn’s tiny sports bar, featuring Giuseppe of Parvati Records and Ohm’s Moonshine, as well as 3D visuals. Dhs60; free for ladies before midnight. 9pm-3am. The Q Bar, Holiday Inn, Al Barsha (04 323 4333).
Massive Events boat party A five-hour party on the Gugu Boat, with urban and more spun by Dubai-based DJs Swaq, Madbeats, Khalid and guest Chabo. The price includes food and beverages. Dhs350. 9.30pm. Leaving from Dubai Marina Yacht Club (050 713 9094).
Metal Asylum at The Music Room A quartet of local talent play this ‘Rebel Rock’ showcase, including Kicksound, IED Band, Riff Raff and Plain Wave. Dhs60. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (056 799 6355).
Mirchi Bollywood Rocks Hindi stars Sunidhi Chauhan and Shankar Ehsaan Loy perform together for the first time in Dubai. Dhs200-1,000. 9pm. Dubai World Trade Centre, www.timeouttickets.com
Movida Expect a glammed-up crowd at one of Dubai’s most exclusive clubs. Bookings only. 11pm-3am. Movida, Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).
MusicHall One of the hottest new venues in town, Beirut club MusicHall serves up an array of musical performers from across the globe in a single evening, with a lively cabaret-style feel. There is a minimum spend of Dhs300 per person per stool, or Dhs450 per seat at a table. Reservations recommended. Open Thu-Fri 9pm-3am. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0000).
Nadia Ali at Café del Mar Pakistani-American singer Ali plays a one-off gig at this trendy beach club. Dhs150. 4pm-late. Café del Mar, Meydan Beach Club, JBR (055 220 7506).
Nina at Boracay Filipino pop star Nina Girado – known as ‘the soul siren’ – performs her hits. Dhs75-150. Doors open 7pm; show starts 10pm. Boracay, Asiana Hotel, Deira (04 238 7777).
No.1 Friday at White X This lively urban night is a guaranteed good party, thanks to resident DJs including Shero, Masterstepz and Brooklyn. Dhs100 (ladies free before 11pm). Noon-3am. White X Beach & Lounge, Rixos The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 100 6555).
Paparazzi with at Armani/Privé A regular house night at this Burj-based club. Dhs100. 10pm-3am. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).
The Good Life at Shimmers Head down to this chilled sunset session, which boasts beanbags, a mobile bar and DJ. Free. 4pm-midnight. Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6730).
XL Beach Club Expect a glamorous crew at this part beach club, part nightclub venue. Ladies free, men Dhs100 after 11pm. Noon-3am. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort (056 640 6161).
411 Saturdays at People by Crystal DJ Bliss and crew host this award-winning urban night, which is guaranteed to be one of the busiest Saturdays in town. Free (door policy applies). 10pm-3am, People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).
Boat show after-party at Movida It’s normally only open from Wednesday to Friday, but Movida is planning a one-off Saturday to host the Dubai International Boat Show Official After-Party. Free (reservations recommended). 10pm-4am. Movida, Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 754 4233).
Entra Mi Casa at 360° Wind-down night from Infusion spinning deep, Afro, and soulful house grooves. Free (reservations recommended). 6pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
Mahiki Retro Rewind A night of ’80s and ’90s Desert Island Discs and guilty pleasures. Free (door policy applies). 7pm-3am. Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 380 7731).
Amika Status Sundays Fresh urban beats at this top urban night. Free (guest list and reservations only). 8pm-3am. Ongoing. Amika, The H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 354 4005).
Paul Hamilton at Caramel Having apparently worked alongside the likes of Tiësto, Sander Kleinenberg, Roger Sanchez and Basement Jaxx, Dubai-based decksmith Hamilton takes a new weekly residency at Caramel. Free. 8pm-3am. Caramel, DIFC (04 428 6677).
Swagger Sundays at Kiza African beats, hip-hop and R&B tunes from DJs Tribe and Kulcha. Free. 6pm-3am. Ongoing. Kiza, Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha (04 334 4159).
Urbanite at Zinc DJs Emtee Pockets and Taz team up with MC Money Plus at this urban night. Free for ladies all night, free for men before midnight, Dhs50 after. 10pm-3am. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 151 5609).
Quiz night at Girders Prizes are on offer at this weekly quiz night. Free. 7.30pm. Girders, Ocean View Hotel, The Walk at JBR (04 814 5599).
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).
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).
Beauty and the Beats at Rare DJ Stylez spins urban hits at this new club night, which offers ladies free bubbly before 1am. Free (door policy applies). 10pm-3am, Rare: The Place, Media Rotana, TECOM (055 147 6034).
Cirque Loves... Patrick Expect lucky leprechauns, pots of gold and lots of green as Cirque du Soir hosts a pre-St Patrick’s Day celebration. Free (bookings recommended). 10.30pm-3am. Cirque du Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 4900).
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).
Salsa Secrets at White X White X’s new ladies night offers two free mixed drinks for ladies, plus a free one-hour salsa lesson at 9pm. 9pm-2am. White X Beach & Lounge, Rixos The Palm (055 100 6555).