Looking for nightlife in Dubai? We've got this week's best
Diamond Wednesdays at XL Urban night Diamond Wednesdays, hosted by DJs Brooklyn and Shero, has been reborn in a new venue. Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa (056 640 6161).
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).
The Laughter Factory at Zinc 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. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai www.timeouttickets.com
Smash! ladies’ night at SPiN Ping pong-themed nightspot SPiN has launched a ‘hard-hitting’ ladies’ night on Wednesdays, with free mixed drinks for three hours. Free. 9pm-midnight. Ongoing. SPiN Dubai, Wafi (04 370 7707).
Analog Room at The Q Underground A local showcase with Costas Papa and Nasrawi spinning at this emerging underground night, hosted in a gritty basement venue. Expect eclectic beats and a cool crowd. Dhs75, free for ladies before midnight. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. The Q Underground, Holiday Inn Al Barsha (050 883 3172).
Bliss on Beach Beats with Smokingroove More used to spinning to thousands at Sandance, Marco – one half of duo Smokingroove – guests for Bliss’s chilled weekly beach party. Well worth checking out. Free. 9pm-3am. Bliss Lounge, Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, JBR (050 553 7917).
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).
District Lounge DIFC’s District Lounge has closed the terrace for summer but launched a new ‘Cool in the City’ indoor concept, with house and old-school tunes from DJ Rash and Sabrina Terence, plus drinks deals from 8pm-11pm. Free. 7pm-late. Ongoing, District Lounge, DIFC (050 880 2285).
Dixon at Trilogy With more than 20 years in the game, German DJ Dixon knows his stuff. One of the few DJs on the Berlin scene to actually be from the city, expect to hear dark and soulful house with continental leanings. Dhs100. 10pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).
Fresh at Sublime In place of dancehall-leaning Jamrock, Sublime launches a new all-out urban Thursday night, with notorious local DJs Bliss and Masterztepz behind the decks. Dhs100, free for ladies before 1am. Ongoing. Sublime Bar & Grill, Ibis World Trade Centre (04 318 7130).
GlobalFunk tenth birthday with DJ Marky at The Music Room Claiming to be Dubai’s longest-running clubbing brand, GlobalFunk can boast an impressive list of international guests, having brought bass pioneers such as Andy C, Roni Size, DJ Hype, Goldie and many more to the emirate. Here they celebrate ten years with another notable international, Brazil’s drum ’n’ bass master DJ Marky, appearing with SP:MC, plus locals Charl Chaka, MACH4, Anderson Lima, MC Prit and MC Olly Wood. Dhs100. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (056 799 6335).
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).
Lifted by Amgorythmn at XS Club Another night of pystrance from this emerging promoter, with DJs Rik B, Brad Ashtar and Ramzy Shaar guesting. Dhs50, free for ladies before midnight. 10.30pm-3am. XC Club & Lounge, Chelsea Plaza Hotel, Satwa (04 398 2222).
Project 360° Resident’s night hosted by DJ Tristan Bain. Free (reservations recommended). 6pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
Punchline Comedy Club at Jumeirah Creekside 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 has been touring the UAE for the last week, but wraps up tonight. Dhs150 (entry only); Dhs350 (with three-course meal and two drinks). 7.30pm. Until May 16. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills www.timeouttickets.com
Silent Disco at The Dek on 8 The silent disco craze returns to the UAE. Clubbers wear headphones allowing them to choose what soundtrack they’d like to dance to, often creating a jarringly schizophrenic dancefloor. Although this event, which launches a new pair of headphones, will also feature one DJ out loud so not everyone has to get involved. Guesting are Doha’s Suzee X and Dubai Virgin Radio’s Rossi. Free. 5pm-2am. The Dek on 8, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
Special guest at Cavalli Club We’ve been promised an international music star tonight. Free (door policy applies). 11pm-3am. Cavalli Club, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 9260).
The Act See this 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).
We Love Old Skool Garage at White X A brand new night from the No.1 team specialising in UKG, with tunes tonight from Matt ‘Jam’ Lamont and MC CKP on the mic. Dhs100, couples and free for ladies before 11pm. 8pm-3am. White X Beach & Lounge, Rixos The Palm (055 100 6555).
Alternative Rock Festival at The Music Room A bill of seven promising local bands have been lined up for this night of all things dark and gritty. AKB take centre stage with the launch of their new EP, and there’s also sets from acoustic balladeer Akbo and hard-rockers Point of View, Chronicles of Khan and Kicksound. Anyone struggling to find the local scene should head down and listen. Dhs60. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 359 8888).
Audio Tonic Sunset Sessions with Robbie Akbal at 360° The up-and-coming Spanish-based Mexican producer and founder of Akbal records guests, plus Russ Cooper, Mr Mr and Tristain Bain. Free (reservations recommended). 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
Channel Zoo Ibiza at Nasimi Beach A stellar bill of DJs including special guests Jay Shepheard and Michael James, at Nasimi’s penultimate outdoor party before summer. Free for free for ladies, Dhs50 for men before 5pm, Dhs100 for all after 5pm. Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 200 4321).
Drop Dread with DJ MoCity at Casa Latina One third of India’s ‘first reggae soundsystem’, Reggae Rajahs, MoCity is credited with helping bringing a taste of Jamaica to the subcontinent, while the group host their own Dubstation festival. Here he guests for the Deep Crates Cartel’s reggae wing, with regulars Lobito, Frezidante, Dubijad and MC Hamokane also on tonight. Dhs50. 10pm-3am. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha (04 399 6699).
Dust with John Morales at Tamanya Dust play out the season with one of their most impressive bookings yet. Known as something of an innovator in the modern disco world, and with more than 1,000 tunes to his name, Morales is currently touring the third volume of his compilation series, M + M Mixes Vol 3 : NYC Underground Disco Anthems & Unreleased Edits. Backed by Electric Days, Dust is also hosting the party in a new poolside location, kicking off from sundown with residents Megadon Betamax and James Locksmith. Dhs75 (free for ladies before 8pm). 5pm-2am. Tamanya Terrace, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 396 9111).
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. Ongoing. Velvet Underground, Royal Ascot Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 962 4222).
House of Afrika at The Dek on 8 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. Ongoing. The Dek on 8, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
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. Free. 4pm-9pm. Ongoing. Nelson’s, Media Rotana, TECOM (04 435 0000).
MusicHall Check out the diverse range of performers from across the world at this cabaret-style Beirut export. There’s a minimum spend of Dhs300 for a bar stool. Free (minimum spend applies). 9pm-3am. Ongoing. MusicHall, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (056 270 8670).
No.1 Fridays ‘Party by Night’ at White X As the heat has hit No.1 has moved inside at White X, but you can still expect rocking urban tunes from DJs Adam J, Shero and Brooklyn, and a lively crowd there to hear them. Dhs100, free for ladies before 11pm. 5pm-3am. Ongoing. White X Beach & Lounge, Rixos The Palm (055 100 6555).
Sangam at Ductac A world music ensemble featuring Indian flute legend Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia and Dutch harpist Gwyneth Wentink, accompanied by master percussionists Gino Banks on drums and Subhankar Banerjee on the tabla. Dhs100-150. 7pm-10pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates www.timeouttickets.com
Sharam Jey at Blue Marlin Ibiza Expect soulful house grooves and some unexpected excursions from German decksmith Jey. Members and bookings only. 1pm-11pm. Blue Marlin Ibiza, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).
Sorry for Friday Rocking Exclusive club Movida hosts a more relaxed, arty atmosphere on Fridays. Free (reservations recommended). 11pm-3am. Ongoing. Movida, Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).
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 8 An Ibiza-flavoured soundtrack from Da Sendri, Jack Woodcock and Shaun Soomro, plus acoustic elements from live musicians. Free. 2pm-6pm The Dek on 8, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
Speed Pong at SPiN What could be more exciting than smashing a potential new friend at a game of tables tennis? Well that’s the bizarre ritual that’s meant to go down at this inventive singles night, where potential buddies meet behind Spin’s tables for a spot of ping pong. Free. 8pm-11pm SPiN Dubai, Wafi (04 370 7707).
XO Saturdays at Armani/Privé Armani’s urban night features R&B and urban mash-ups. Dhs100; free for ladies 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 L.O.V.E. team brings Sunday flair with its retro party. Free. 8pm-3am. Ongoing. 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).
McGettigan’s and Time Out Dubai’s Ultimate Quiz Night The first round of our new weekly quiz night at the DWTC branch of the popular Irish-themed bar. Hosted by personality Peter Redding, prizes up for grabs include drinks, lunches, brunches – and a grand prize of a trip to Dublin for four. Prove you trivia expertise against Dubai’s finest Free. 7.30pm. Ongoing. McGettigan’s DWTC, World Trade Centre (800 6247).
Melissa Le Rue at The Fridge Launching the 13th Fridge Concert Series is UAE-based songstress Melissa Le Rue, who will be previewing her debut single, ‘Unite’, in a performance alongside a five-piece band, and a huge Filipino choir. Dhs50. 7.30pm. The Fridge, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 347 7793).
Granulated Funk Soul at XS Club Funk and soul tunes, and free drinks for ladies all night. Free. 9pm-3am. XS Club & Lounge, Chelsea Plaza Hotel, Satwa (050 293 1507).
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. 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. Expect some informal musical workouts. Free. From 8pm. Ongoing. Jazz@Pizza Express, Cluster A, JLT (04 441 6342).