Comedy, clubbing, parties and ping pong in Dubai this week
Diamond Wednesdays at XL Glitzy urban night Diamond Wednesdays, hosted by well-known DJs Brooklyn and Shero, has been reborn in a new venue. Free. 10pm-3am. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa (056 640 6161).
Fariman at Club Sensation The Iranian singer performs live in Dubai for the first time. Free for ladies, men Dhs100. 10.30pm. Club Sensation, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 911 0600).
Industry Night at Movida Exclusive nightspot Movida is traditionally busiest on Wednesdays. Find out what the fuss is about by checking out its popular Industry Night. Free (reservations recommended). 11pm-3am. Ongoing. Movida, Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).
JamFest Wednesdays at XS A fresh hip-hop, R&B and reggae night, with plenty of tunes from DJ Mantell. Dhs50 for men, free for ladies. 8pm-3am. Ongoing. XS Club, Chelsea Plaza Hotel, Satwa (055 642 2872).
Thrive industry night at Vista A networking event for employees in Media City and the nearby free zones. Free. 6pm-2am. Ongoing. Vista Restaurant & Lounge, Holiday Inn Express, Knowledge Village (055 444 0891).
Analog Room at The Q Underground Cadenza’s Argenis Brito and Phonica’s Soho guest at this emerging underground night, hosted in a gritty basement venue. Dhs75, free for ladies before midnight. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. The Q Underground, Holiday Inn Al Barsha (050 883 3172).
Bliss on House with Natalie Brogan Expect house and more from Dubai-based Brogan, who returns to Bliss for a second time. She’s playing not long after a man she once warmed up for: the one and only David Guetta, in Abu Dhabi last year. Free. 9pm-3am. Bliss Lounge, Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, JBR (050 553 7917).
Crazy P Soundsystem at Trilogy The ’90s UK disco-house band behind ‘Digging Deeper’ perform a slimmed down Soundsystem set. Dhs100. 10pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).
Deep Crates at Casa Latina Dubai’s most reliable regular arty event serves up old-school hip-hop, funk, Afrobeat, world grooves and more, plus some serious scratching action from DJ Lobito. Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha (04 399 6699).
Desi Beats with Atif Aslam and Hard Kaur at Atlantis Pakistani actor and pop star Atif Aslam, known for his vocal belting technique, plays on a bill alongside British Indian rapper and playback singer Hard Kaur. Dhs100-250. 8pm-3am. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah www.timeouttickets.com
Jamrock at Sublime Weekly night of reggae, dancehall and R&B. Dhs50, ladies and couples free before midnight. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Sublime Bar & Grill, Ibis World Trade Centre (04 318 7130).
Kaslik Night at Nomad Named after one of Lebanon’s most prestigious nightlife strips, Kaslik spins Beirut hits and more. Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing; also Fridays. Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Garhoud (04 283 3370).
Infusion Experience with Stuart Patterson at 360° Longstanding UK talent Patterson guests, plus sets from residents Hoolz and Charl Chaka. Free (reservations recommended). 6pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
Jukebox with Sister Rock at Nelson’s Popular with both the post-brunch crowd and the pre-gig crew, DJ Sister Rock spins whatever rock and indie you ask her too. It is called Jukebox, after all. Free. 4pm-9pm. Nelson’s, Media Rotana, TECOM (04 435 0000).
Punchline Comedy Club at Emirates Golf Club International comedy brand Punchline returns for another laugh fest, with guitar-strumming Edinburgh Fringe regular Rob Deering topping a bill of three comics, which also includes Andrew Stanley and Paul Myrehaug. The bill tours the UAE before returning for a second Dubai date at the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel next week. Dhs200 (with food). 7.30pm. Until May 16. Emirates Golf Club www.timeouttickets.com
SPiN Dubai Check out Dubai’s newest celeb-endorsed venue, the bizarre mix of ping pong hangout and nightclub that is New York export Spin. Free (reservations recommended). 8pm-3am. SPiN Dubai, Wafi (55 776 7746).
The Laughter Factory The latest bill includes former Time Out ‘Comedian of the Year’ Paul Tonkinson, whose notable TV credits include Michael Mcintyre’s Comedy Roadshow, The Comedy Store and The World Stands-Up for Comedy Central. His comedy and culinary skills recently combined to see him win the UK’s Celebrity Come Dine With Me. Also on the bill are the up and coming Marlon Davis, and former musician and gas rig worker John Fothergill. Dhs140. 9pm. Until May 16. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, JBR www.timeouttickets.com
The Act See Simon Hammerstein’s extroverted Las Vegas export, complete with risqué stage performances. Reservations and guestlist only. 9.30pm-3am. Ongoing. The Act, Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (052 811 9900).
VIP Room The St Tropez club that won Best New Club at our Music & Nightlife Awards. Free (guestlist only). 9pm-3am. Ongoing. JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 388 1500).
African Roots Bob Marley Tribute To mark the anniversary of Bob Marley’s death tomorrow, there’s a live musical tribute to the reggae legend tonight. Dhs75. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (056 799 6355).
Audio Tonic Sunset Sessions with Noir at 360° After a memorable disco-fuelled debut at 360° last November, Noir Music’s eponymous founder returns. There’s also Julian Jinx and Raxon upstairs, and Megadon Betamax below. Free (reservations recommended). 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
AudiOasis with DJ Friction and Malikah After taking some time out, bassheads’ haven AudiOasis launches in a new home and with their first international guest. A main player on the UK’s bass scene, DJ Friction is head of Shogun Audio, one of the country’s premier labels, and was the first host of BBC Radio One’s Drum ‘n’ Bass show. Also performing is female Arabic hip-hop artist Malikah, locals DJs Somalie, Elekktra and Kymera, and MC Pritt. There’s even going to be graffiti on display to complete the underground vibe. Dhs50. 10pm-3am. The Q Underground, Holiday Inn Al Barsha (04 323 4333).
Cavalli live at Cavalli Club Pianist Joan Martorell performs live. Free (door policy applies). 11pm-3am. Cavalli Club, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 9260).
Funkagenda at XL Beach Club Big room beat maker, Dubai regular and voracious Twitterer Funkagenda returns to Dubai. Going head-to-head with an event he once headlined, Sandance, we reckon the UK DJ will be digging deep into his box of home-grown remixes, which include the likes of Basement Jaxx, Moby and Fatboy Slim. Perhaps his greatest international note, however, comes for production work on The Black Eyed Peas chart-topping LP The E.N.D. Dhs100. Noon-3am. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa (056 640 6161).
Girl DJ Festival at Velvet Underground In coming weeks ‘old Dubai’ nightspot Velvet Underground is hosting glamorous, strictly female-only headliner DJs. Fittingly, ladies get in for free. Free for ladies, Dhs100 for men. 10.30pm-3am. Velvet Underground, Royal Ascot Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 962 4222).
Groove on the Grass Watergate Berlin season closer As the weather hots up, the scene cools down, but Groove on the Grass are gearing up for one last night. Clubbing brand Watergate Berlin puts up a triple bill of Dubai debuts with Catz ’n Dogz, Ruede Haglestein and Stassy. Entry price includes one drink. Dhs150. 6pm-3am. Emirates Golf Club (04 380 1234).
House of Afrika at The Dek on Eight A weekly night specialising in South African deep house, with residents Charl Chaka, Afroboogie, Just Lance, Simon B and Nthayi, plus international guests. Free. 1pm-3am. The Dek on 8, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
No.1 Fridays at White X The recent winner of Time Out’s Best Urban Night award is a guaranteed good night out. Dhs100, ladies free before midnight. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. White X Beach & Lounge, Rixos The Palm (055 100 6555).
Sandance featuring Florence and the Machine and Keane at Atlantis It’s the first full Sandance since NYE, and the last before summer, so perhaps it’s fitting that our wait has been rewarded with what is arguably the beach festival’s biggest line-up yet. Florence Welch and her almighty Machine do a nifty job of scoring chart hits while maintaining muso credibility, but it’s the dramatic stage show where the band are said to really shine. We get another major indie-pop band in Keane, who’ve performed the incredible feat of topping the UK album charts with each of the four LPs they’ve released. Dance fans will be catered for by one of the UK’s most prominent double acts, Groove Armada, returning to Sandance after a top set in November 2011 for another late night stint behind the decks. Meanwhile Nightmares on Wax’s trippy, chilled electronica will help ease us from daylight into dusk. Dhs295 (VIP sold out). 8pm-3am. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.timeouttickets.com
The Laughter Factory For details, see Thursday 9. Dhs140. 9pm. Until May 16. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, JBR www.timeouttickets.com
The Martinez Brothers at Blue Marlin This huge US brother act mark another in a string of major pre-summer bookings at VIP beach club Blue Marlin. Hope to hear hints of soul and disco amid the brothers’ mix of house and techno. Members and bookings only. 1pm-11pm. Blue Marlin Ibiza, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).
Yard Rock launch night at Chi After some increasingly niche nights at Chi, new reggae and dancehall night Yard Rock launches tonight with a Bob Marley tribute. There’s a similar theme at nearby The Music Room, but we reckon there’s enough Marley fans in Dubai to go round. Free (ladies and men before midnight), Dhs100 (men after midnight). 10pm-3am. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha (055 444 0891).
411 Saturdays at People by Crystal A reliably rammed, award-winning urban night, hosted by residents DJ Bliss and Mr Shef Codes. Free (door policy applies). 10pm-3am. Ongoing. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).
Balaeric Saturdays at The Dek on Eight An Ibiza-flavoured soundtrack, plus acoustic elements from live musicians. Free. 2pm-10pm The Dek on Eight, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
Electric Days with Francesca Lombardo at Tamanya Terrace London beatmaker Francesca Lombardo guests at this cool chill out terrace party. Dhs50. 5pm-midnight. Tamanya Terrace, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 366 9111).
XO Saturdays at Armani/Privé Armani’s urban night features R&B and urban mash-up. Dhs100; ladies free before midnight. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (056 683 3943).
Amika Status Sundays Expect fresh beats at this top urban night. Free (guestlist and reservations only). 8pm-3am. Ongoing. Amika, The H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 354 4005).
L.O.V.E. Sundays @ Okku The recent recipient of Time Out’s award for Best House Night, the L.O.V.E. team brings Sunday flair with its retro party. Free. 8pm-3am. Okku, The H Hotel (04 501 8777).
Hip-hop Mondays at Cirque du Soir Dubai’s DJ Bliss hosts this week at Cirque’s weekly urban fest. Free (reservations recommended). 10.30pm-3am. Ongoing. Cirque du Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (056 115 4507).
Manic Mondays at Zinc Old- and new-school club anthems from Greg Stainer and Andy Swift. Free for ladies all night and men before midnight, Dhs100 for men after midnight. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 151 5609).
Jam Night at The Music Room A showcase of local musicians. Price includes one drink. Dhs50. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (056 799 6355).
Pin-Up Tuesdays at Mahiki This award-winning ladies’ night may be the most popular in town. There’s free drinks for ladies from 9pm-11pm, and plenty of chart tunes. Free (door policy applies). 7pm-3am. Ongoing. Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 380 7731).
The Tuesday Jam at Jazz@Pizza Express The emirate’s resident jazzmen stop by for a jam session every Tuesday. Free. From 8pm. Jazz@Pizza Express, Cluster A, JLT (04 441 6342).